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Maternity Leave

Hi Folks – The more I look at my life, the more I think I’m not doing things as well as I could be – too many balls in the air.  Many of the things I care about are paying a price.   The addition of the chronic sleep deprivation that goes with a new…

Moving On

Every time my life settles down enough for me to return to regular blogging, crazy stuff happens.  First there was the sudden arrival of newborn baby Z. – we were called at 2:30 pm and by 4:30, Eric was picking him up at the hospital.  Since normally one gets more than umm…two hours to prepare…

Note: I wrote a slightly different piece under this title on ye olde blogge back in August, but given the emphasis on discussion of contraception going on, I thought it was worth reiterating and mulling over further. When your specialty as a foster family is taking large sibling groups, you hear a lot of stuff…

Throw a Spitball, Go to Jail

I am a homeschooler, a private schooler and a public schooler, and as such, don’t have a strong ideological commitment to any of the above – I think they all have their place. My oldest son has severe autism and attends a private school for children with autism, but paid for and managed by the…

The Foster Parent Diet

Given that January is the season for regretting excesses and making new starts, I thought I’d offer Sharon’s patented formula for losing 10lbs fast – absolutely guaranteed to take off the weight like lightning.; Day 1: Spend most of the day getting ready for a weekend event – running errands, shopping at local markets, prepping…

The Story of M.

As you may remember, after waiting for a long time for a sibling placement, Eric and I took what was supposed to be a weekend placement of a little boy, M. back in October. We picked him up on a Thursday afternoon, anticipating he’d go to his father on Monday, but for various reasons, that…

A superb article by Benjamin Dueholm in Washington Monthly about Foster Parenting and its connection to politics and a whole host of other things. Well worth a read: In a way that we never really anticipated, welcoming Sophia into our home led us into the wilderness of red tape and frustration navigated every day by…

AWOL

The phone rang about 2 on Thursday afternoon, just as I was about to settle down with my book draft for a long, dull afternoon of revisions. If I was implicitly fantasizing about something to get our adrenaline pumping, I got it. Our social worker called and asked if we would consider taking a 17…

Storm Update

So we made it through. Let me just note, however, that anyone who says that Irene was a wimpy storm that didn’t do much damage shoulda been here. We’re safe, but it was a near thing. We had close to 9 inches of rain and wind gusts that I’d estimate above 60mph – they took…

First, check out my guest post at Scientific American Blogs as part of their “Passions of Food Day” Blog Fest. Also, just keeping you all updated (as much as I can within the confidentiality guidelines), we got our first call about a foster placement, in this case a group of five children. It isn’t clear…