Am I An Adult?

Am I An Adult?
Am I An Adult? I’m 17 and waking up, groggy and uncomfortable in a hospital room. It’s Christmas morning. I had emergency surgery the night before. I’m alone. I occurs to me that I don’t think I’ve ever been alone in a hospital room. My whole life, I was fortunate to always have a parent... Read more »

How to Enjoy Disney World with a Large Family

How to Enjoy Disney World with a Large Family
A couple years ago I wrote about how our family of seven managed to stretch our dollar for an affordable trip to Disney World. I promised a follow-up post about how to enjoy Disney World with a large family, but life got busier and busier, and here, at long last, is that post. With five... Read more »

Your Teen is Sexting: An Unusual Approach

Your Teen is Sexting: An Unusual Approach
If you have a teenager it’s just a matter of time until you have to deal with sexting in some form. This morning in a Facebook parenting group I read the gazillionth post which basically said “Help! My teenager is sending inappropriate pictures online! What do I do?!” Cue the concerned parents with their endless... Read more »
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In Case You've Lost Count

In Case You've Lost Count
It has been forever since I’ve written, so I thought I’d take a minute to just put a little update out into the blogosphere. I have about four different “update” blogs sitting in my draft folder. But each time I started writing one, our family would change before I could finish it. Such is the... Read more »

Just Don't Commit Felonies: Foster Families Have Weird Rules

Once a month ChicagoNow has a writing challenge where we have one hour to write about a specific prompt. I do not participate monthly, usually because I’m asleep. Because I’m a tired old mom of sixteen gazillion children. But tonight I’m up and I liked the prompt, so here you go: Write about something you... Read more »

Saying Goodbye To My Foster Baby

“Isn’t it hard to let them go?” As a foster parent, I hear this question almost daily. At the very least I hear it weekly. So do you want to know what it’s really like saying goodbye to my foster baby? Well, here you go. Every gruesome moment of it. Recently it became time for... Read more »
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My Tomorrow

After getting settled into the hospital room (again) I check Facebook in a spare moment to find that this month’s one-hour writing challenge has begun. I look at the topic, planning to sit this one out. But it’s too good. Too relevant to my life right now. The challenge is to write and post a... Read more »

How To Afford Disney World With a Large Family

How To Afford Disney World With a Large Family
Ever since having children I’ve dreamed of taking them to Disney World, but we’re cheapskates, and the pricetag had us scared off for a long time. However, last fall we finally made it happen! We all had an AWESOME time, and with careful planning it was way more affordable than I would have guessed –... Read more »

That Time Canned Ravioli Helped My Adopted Kid Heal

This story is about that time canned ravioli helped my adopted kid heal. Allow me to explain … Our family eats mostly whole, organic foods, so canned raviolis have never crossed the threshold into our home. But last week after I said my goodnights and tucked the kids into bed, I sat enjoying a few peaceful... Read more »
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Holidays: How To Do It Better

Just for fun, I’m participating in this month’s ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour, a challenge in which we bloggers have one hour to create a blog on a selected topic. Because I have nothing better to do at 9:00 on a Wednesday night. Like laundry. Tonight’s challenge: “Create a new holiday, or holidays, that you believe should exist.” This is... Read more »