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When my parents told us they were training to become foster parents six years ago, not a single one of my sisters or I were surprised.  Our lives as part of the foster care system have been nothing short of...
Nine years ago my family and I jumped into foster care, completely ignorant to the reality of the children, the parents connected to them, and the complexities of those relationships. I viewed myself as a hero of sorts, who came in...

Adoption:: One Year Later

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Before becoming a foster and then adoptive parent, I never realized how often I would feel conflicted about my kids' milestones. That the same event could bring profound happiness as well as deep sadness. November 11, 2017 is forever...
November is national adoption month! Hearing the gavel bang announcing a new, permanent family member is one of the most exciting sounds we’ve heard. It can take years for an adoption to be finalized and many families, including a few...
My husband and I entered the journey of foster care with the hopes of adopting someday, but little did we know that we would adopt five kids in less than five years of being licensed foster parents. Needless to...

Why We Moved to the City

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  About four years ago, my husband and I decided to pick up our family and move. It was time to live in the heart of our city. I grew up as a little white girl in the suburbs. I never...
As I sit here writing this post, I am a stay-at-home mom, running a small non-profit in my non-existent spare time, caring for six children, spending most of my time as a would-be taxi service driving these kids from here to...
Its been almost three years since we went from a family of four to a family of seven overnight, so I feel that I have the authority as a mom to explain why transitions are the worst. Transitions are the...
Last week my son woke up beaming, "it's my special day, it's my adoption anniversary!" As he entered the kitchen I had our "you are special today" plate ready with his breakfast and placed it down by "Daddy's chair," which...
My family has been engaging in foster care for nearly eight years. We have seen kiddos come and go and sometimes stay forever, but the going never gets any easier... Only more familiar.  As we prepare right now to say...

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Our Favorite Milwaukee Area Parks to Enjoy with Kids

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There’s no denying that Wisconsin has a lot of great land to explore, but did you know that the metro Milwaukee area boasts some...