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Foster Parent Prayers Day 4

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

Sleep doesn’t always come easy for children in foster care. That should really come as no surprise given how chaotic their lives have been before they come to us, but it doesn’t make it any easier for foster parents to handle. Insomnia, interrupted sleep, nightmares and night terrors are just a few of the issues our kids face.Tired foster parents and tired kids end up creating a recipe for crankiness and hurt feelings.

Some things that have worked for us include consistent bedtime routines, limiting screen time before bed, weighted blankets and night lights. What has helped you when your foster kiddos have trouble with sleep?

 

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Foster Parent Prayers Day 2

I’m excited about this month of daily prayers for foster children. Sometimes, as a foster parent, I feel helpless to effect change in their situations. But, God. He is there with me, with them and already knows the outcome. What He wants and expects from us is to love each child in our care forContinue Reading

Foster Parent Prayers

May is National Foster Care month. If you’ve ever visited my blog, you know that foster care is a personal passion for me for many reasons. I spent time in the foster care system as a child and my husband and I are currently licensed foster parents. In addition, we have adopted children from fosterContinue Reading

An Organized Move

As a major life change, moving is one of the top 10 most stressful events in life. It requires a lot of time, effort and planning. Packing all of your belongings and then unpacking them is a hassle and disrupts the entire family. Fortunately, there are ways to make moving a little easier. MAKE AContinue Reading

Organizing the Kitchen

It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It can often be one of the most difficult spaces to keep organized. Here are some of my tips: Keep counters clear.  Not only does this protect your prep space, but clear counters go a long way in making the space uncluttered.Continue Reading

To my son as he goes off to college

The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. ~ Author Unknown Dear Son, As you headed off to college last week and started a new chapter in your life, the one entitled Adulthood, I began to wonder if your dad and I taught you everything you need to know.  IContinue Reading

Dear Mama of Michael Brown

I can’t imagine the horror and heaviness of heart you have endured in the past week and a half since the tragic, senseless death of your son. I want you to know that regardless of what ANYONE says or ANYTHING your son did in the past, he did NOT deserve to be gunned down andContinue Reading

The Importance of Rest

I don’t know about you but I tend to take sleep for granted. Until it is elusive. When a deadline looms, something stressful takes up space in my thoughts or my allergies are giving me a fit; sleep doesn’t come as naturally as it usually does for me.  And, I almost immediately begin feeling theContinue Reading

Plugged In- Final Session

When I originally taught this prayer study it was so helpful to me in the season of life I was in–> with a new job, leaving full-time ministry and juggling the demands of teenage and young adult children.  Now, reposting two years later, the irony is not lost on me that I am starting aContinue Reading

Plugged In- Session 6

This session we are focusing on the verse in Ephesians that instructs us to pray without ceasing.  Is that really possible?