As I headed to the hospital for my induction, I made a quick pitstop at my parents house—where I dropped off my dog and some of my moms oversized clothes that I had been wearing throughout my pregnancy. I figured that after I gave birth, I wouldn’t need those clothes anymore, and that I’d immediately… Continue reading Embracing Your Postpartum Body
I've committed to sharing more of my foster care journey. While we are not currently open for a new foster care placement, fostering is something I am so passionate about. Below is a Throwback Thursday post, which details a small snippet of what my days were like as a foster mother. My phone vibrates. It’s… Continue reading A Day in the Life: Foster Mom Edition
Perhaps you’ve been trying to conceive for weeks, months, or even years. Or, maybe you accidentally fell pregnant. Either way, here you are—staring at two lines, right in the middle of a global pandemic. A positive pregnancy test is always followed by a host of emotions. Even the most well prepared and excited individuals will… Continue reading Pandemic Pregnancy, Part One: The Good & The Bad
Hi friends—long time no chat. Last year, I stepped back from my blog. Truthfully, I stayed off of social media in general. I was struggling with life at the beginning of last year, then the world fell apart in March, my pregnancy took unexpected turns in May, and my baby was born in October. 2020… Continue reading Where Was I?
9pm- We hear you cough. It’s too early for your typical midnight wake up. A few moments pass, and the tears begin. We go in to check on you. You’re still asleep, but you’re crying. Tears flow and your body jerks, but you’re unaware of our presence. You’re stuck in a nightmare. Do we let… Continue reading So I cry
Foster care is a lot of things. One thing it isn’t? Easy. Like everyone else, social media is my highlight reel. I post a lot of the good on Instagram. Stories of the boys finding their place in our home, and stories of us finding our place as parents. However, I rarely talk about the… Continue reading It’s complicated.
I talk about foster care a lot. I often worry that I overshare, or that people are tired of hearing about it. Other times, I wonder if I’m not sharing enough. Truth be told, I’ll never be done talking about foster care. No words will ever give this chapter of my life proper justice. In… Continue reading Caffeinate & Advocate
On June 25th, we welcomed our first foster placement into our home. Within a few minutes, we became responsible for not one, but TWO little girls! To say our lives changed in an instant is an understatement, and we have definitely felt the weight of this responsibility these past few days. The girls are feeling… Continue reading Our First Placement
And no, I'm not pregnant. In February, Michael and I started the process of becoming licensed foster parents. What does this mean? Well, we are currently taking classes, submitting paperwork, having our home inspected, and basically being poked and prodded in every way possible to make sure that we are capable of caring for foster… Continue reading Our family is growing by at least 2 feet!