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 »

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 »
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Thanksgiving with Foster Kids: My Bittersweet Realization

Thanksgiving with Foster Kids: My Bittersweet Realization
About two and a half years ago I became a foster mom when my husband and I accepted our first “placement” … three siblings (in addition to our “own” two young children). Life was CRAZY. Like, super-duper crazy. I thought I was prepared for fostering, but I can now tell you with certain confidence that... Read more »

The Cream Pie Challenge for Foster Care

The Cream Pie Challenge for Foster Care
I’ll admit it – I’m not above copycatting the ice bucket challenge in order to serve my own needs. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? I’m not going to debate the merits of the ALS ice bucket challenge. The fact is that the goal was to raise money and awareness for... Read more »

Receiving a Foster Care Placement: The First 24 Hours

A few weeks ago my phone rang at 4am. One look at the screen showed a caseworker’s phone number. Before I even answered I knew what the call would bring. Are you willing to accept a new foster care placement? A child needs a home. The caseworker tells me the child’s age and gender. She knows... Read more »
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Davion Only: Who's to blame for a failed adoption?

Teenager Davion Only made national news last year when he took to the pulpit and begged for a family to love him forever. Davion, born into foster care, had been bounced between group homes and foster families his whole life. After more than 10,000 people expressed interest in adopting Only, he was matched with a... Read more »

Pantry Organization for the Lazy Neat Freak

Pantry Organization for the Lazy Neat Freak
My name is Jasmine and I’m a Lazy Neat Freak. I like everything to be nicely put into its place, but I’m not willing to put much time or energy into this goal. And with four kids under the age of six organization is key, but my time is precious. A few weeks ago our... Read more »

Through Their Eyes: Nature Photography

Through Their Eyes: Nature Photography
This is the first installment of what I hope will become a regular post on That Foster Family. I love seeing life through my children’s eyes, and by handing them the camera once in a while I get a rare glimpse at exactly what they see in our big world. This week the kids chose... Read more »
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Foster Parents Are Not Heroes: We Don't Wear Capes

As foster parents, my husband and I constantly hear that we’re heroes or saints. My quick-witted comeback is generally “No, I’m just crazy.” It breaks the ice, we all chuckle, and then I say, “But seriously, I’m the lucky one for getting to love these cuties.” Because here’s the truth: foster parents are not heroes... Read more »