Another Day In The Life, A Poem

I was inspired to write a poem after reading this one by Pooja I used to love to write poetry but haven’t in years. So please be gentle, haha😁 I hear my son before I open my eyes, He is bonding virtually with someone across the country. And I realize another day has begun. I … Continue reading Another Day In The Life, A Poem

Adopting An Older Child From Foster Care

I’m a big supporter of foster care adoption, as some of you are aware, and I’m so very glad we did it because it brought us to our children. But it wasn’t all simple. Adopting from foster care is a lot. You are at the mercy of case workers and judges. And adopting teenagers is … Continue reading Adopting An Older Child From Foster Care

Interesting Lunches On A Road Trip

Memories! Adventures! Life lessons! When we took a family vacation to Pennsylvania, I was hoping for all of these and I got them. And one of my adventures involved our lunch stop. So before we had one of the best visit ever with family, we had to get there. And on the way, we googled … Continue reading Interesting Lunches On A Road Trip

The Transition Into Adulthood

My son and I were at odds a lot during the teen years. (Read about those here! My Son And Honesty…Or Lack There Of.) But, still I knew deep down, he loved me. I think. But, I definitely never felt overly respected by him. But, that was until I took him to the eye doctor … Continue reading The Transition Into Adulthood

When The Birth Mother Dies

My children's biological mother is dead. I only know because one day, I decided to be nosy and check jail records to see if she'd been up to anything. She hadn't. Because it turns out that after years of being worried that I would run into her with the kids, their birth mother was gone. … Continue reading When The Birth Mother Dies

Self-Care And Teenagers

Life is never simple. The stress and the obligations never end. Adulting is completely over-rated. And this is why it's super important to find the fun when you can and find opportunities to relax. And that's just what I was trying to do after grocery shopping the other day. It had started pouring rain just … Continue reading Self-Care And Teenagers

I Have A New Puppy

I have a puppy! Omg, I have a puppy! All of these years of rescuing/acquiring dogs and I have never had a puppy. The plan wasn't a puppy but for years, I have been dealing with the stress of bringing dogs in (as rescues and for petsitting) and worrying about the safety of our cats. … Continue reading I Have A New Puppy

Unexpected Truths From A Teenager

They say that horseback riding is beneficial on many levels. And, man, were they right! There is the obvious stuff like strength building, weight loss, and confidence building. But, what I didn't expect was the emotional benefit for my teenage son. I have mentioned this in a previous post before but this is a new … Continue reading Unexpected Truths From A Teenager

I Forget About My Son’s ADHD

My son has ADHD and sometimes that just seems like a catch-all diagnosis. Through the years, there have been those who didn't completely think that ADHD was a "thing" and there have been those who thought it was as simple as taking away sugar. And there have been those who didn't think I should have … Continue reading I Forget About My Son’s ADHD

I Hate Waking My Son Up

My 13 year old epitomizes the term "heavy sleeper." The worst part of my day has always been any time that I have to wake him up. Homeschool definitely makes that part easier because I can try to let him wake up naturally. Not always, though, because he has been known to sleep all day. … Continue reading I Hate Waking My Son Up