The Price of Trust: Phillip’s Adoption Story

*NOTE:  I have changed the names of people outside our family in order to protect their privacy.   Also, Phillip has read this story and we have discussed it extensively.  Our hope, including Phillip’s, is that families who hope to adopt and foster children in desperate need of adoption will find hope in this story….

World Read Aloud Day- February 16, 2017

Read alouds are my absolute favorite.  Ask any of my kids what they love to do most in the media center and I guarantee you they’ll say it is listening to me read aloud.  I promise I’m not tooting my own horn.  All of us have strengths we bring to the table no matter our…

Finding Your Passion: The Genius of Peter and Paul Reynolds

We’ve all heard of books we think of as classics even if we’ve never read them.  Books like Atlas Shrugged, Fahrenheit 451, and The  House of the Seven Gables come to mind. I consider myself a well-read person (I’m a librarian, after all!) but it is simply beyond my capacity to read EVERYTHING.  The Dot was…

It’s Autumn’s Adoption Day!

Days like today are easily overcome with emotion.  We accepted Autumn into our lives and our hearts with only a silken thread of hope that she would one day be ours.  She was two weeks old when we met her and so tiny that we had to brace her in her car seat (a special…

Parenting Blog: A Crisis of Parenting

Not long ago my daughter woke up with a stomach bug.  When one of our kids gets sick we have to kick into high gear.  Not only do we have to clean up the mess and comfort the child we also have to scramble to make arrangements to miss work. We have to secure a…

Parenting Blog: Struggling with Infertility: A Prelude to Adoption

*Note:  Our first two foster children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy. I still remember the first time I saw Erin.  It was April 4, 2009.  She wore a blue shirt, khaki capris, and a white cardigan.  I wore a pink shirt, pink sweater, and khaki pants.  In our e-mail the night before I asked…

Parenting Post: 5 Reasons You Need to be a Foster Parent

My wife and I had a bit of a whirlwind romance.  Both of us were in our mid-30’s and we were starting to feel our age.  Neither of us wanted to do the bar scene since we don’t drink and we both hated blind dates (horror stories, anyone??).  So, in December 2008 we both joined…