Raising whole girls.

These girls of mine! Oh my heart. When little sister arrived earthside we had a blue blanket and a pink blanket ready to go. There were already 3 boys in our home at that point and big sister ran into the room, on seeing the pink blanket wrapped around the tiny bundle she exclaimed to…

I’ve thought about becoming a foster carer…

Have you said those words? Googled how to become a carer? You certainly wouldn’t be alone. There is a incredible wide gap between the number of submissions for information and the number of people who follow through with an application. So what stops people? Fear. Particularly, the fear of the unknown. It isn’t the only…

A visit to Gallipoli, Turkey, for Anzac Day

Almost 106 years ago, young men set off from our shores on an Adventure of a lifetime. Little did they know the horrors that awaited them. Many didn’t make it back and none returned the man that they left. While we didn’t wake and stand on our driveway on Saturday morning to mark the anniversary…

Mexico!

This weekend we went to our favourite place to eat! Mexico! Coincidentally it coincided with the anniversary weekend of when the husband and I first met, in a Mexican neighbourhood of Chicago, doing a service project together. Tacos, Burritos and Horchata have always had a special place in our heart, and by the end of…

The first year – a carer’s perspective.

It has taken me a few days to get this up! This is something I hope you take a moment to sit and read. I think it hits the heart of so many I speak with. How people come to join the foster care community is so vast. Some are almost ‘forced’ into it through…

The invisible carer – A Grandparent’s story

My dad has a Countdown app on his phone. He knows that there are 2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours 23 minutes and 15, 14, 13….seconds until his retirement (or there about’s!). He also knows that when he retires he has spent the last 40 years building into his superannuation and that his…

Walking in her shoes – A Biological Mum’s perspective.

They say you don’t know what it is like for someone else until you walk a mile in their shoes. I have often wondered what the Out of home care system would look like if we all ‘swapped’ roles for a day. If a foster carer could stand in as the magistrate. If the Social worker could be a foster child. If a magistrate could live a day as a foster carer! I wonder if there would be any changes to the system if we really understood what it was like for others to live amongst this chaos.

Living Fully, not Frantically

Last week my little girl started year 1! She went off to school eager and excited for homework! On the third day I went into her class and there on the wall was a picture she had drawn that I couldn’t quiet make out and the sentence under the title “What does your mum do…

Mums – Maybe this is it?

Have you seen the pictures of little Aylan?
Have you cried tears for a little boy you didn’t even know like I have?
Wasn’t he cute? A world away, in more ways then just geographically. The world has seen the DEVASTATION of the crisis in Syria and so many other parts of our world washed ashore on a peaceful beach. Ironic. A picture that will last in our minds for a while, but probably, not as long enough as it should.