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Forces

I have been thinking a lot about seventh grade physics lately. Mary is doing a unit on Newton’s Law and how different forces push and pull on an object. For example, if a block is sitting on a table, it’s considered “at rest” and it’s going to stay that way unless a force acts upon […]

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Angry

I haven’t written in a while. Honestly it’s been over a month and I can’t wrap my head around how that happened and how fast time seems to move around here. Every time I start to think about a post and what I want to share with you, I draw a blank. I’m pretty good […]

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Valentine’s Day

Traditions are big around here. We do up all of the traditional holidays like Christmas and Easter, but probably the next biggest holiday in this house is Valentine’s Day. To most of the world, Valentine’s Day is a day to shower your significant other with gifts and words of affirmation. A day filled with sweet […]

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Monster Meatloaf and Duct- Taped Spiders

Our two year old has been obsessed with monsters lately. Obsessed. Sometimes he thinks monsters are something fun or silly. Whenever anyone leaves the house he shouts, “love you, watch out for monsters!” He loves to run around the house and be the monster while chasing the other little boys around, laughing as he goes. […]

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The Visit

“Getting high just seemed so much easier,” he whispered as he stood in the corner of our playroom, running his fingers through his son’s blond baby curls. “I know it sounds bad, but it’s true. I made some mistakes and spent some time in jail. The whole time I was there, I was looking forward […]

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A Christmas Surprise

“There has been a big change in the visit policy for your case.” The transportation worker was calling me on the Saturday before Christmas. She never calls on the weekends so I knew that this was unusual. “It’s been decided that their visits will be changed to unsupervised and unlimited starting immediately. This means that […]

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CASA

When a child comes into the foster care system, the circle of people around them suddenly becomes much bigger. Every child who comes into foster care has a worker from DHHR who is assigned to manage their case. They are also assigned a lawyer to represent them in court and a judge who will be […]

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A Lesson from Mary

There is just something about riding in the car that makes my older kids want to talk. Maybe it’s the lack of direct eye contact or that there isn’t anything else to do, but as soon as the engine starts, so does the conversation. Today Mary and I were dreaming of taking a spontaneous trip […]

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Mommy, my mommy.

He collapses into my arms, his little face soaked with tears. His chest is heaving and his body shakes from grief and exhaustion. “Mommy, my mommy,” he sobs over and over again as he burrows his face into my chest. I push a sweaty strand of dark brown hair off of his forehead and hold […]

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Safe to Wake Clock

Last week I shared about my early risers and how we manage mornings around here. This week, those morning knocks at my door started at 3:30am. Yes, 3:30am. In my sleep deprived stupor, I took their little hands and marched them right back to their rooms. I tucked them into their beds and told him […]