For a time such as now

Have you cried yet? I’m not a cryer. I don’t often get overwhelmed…unless my floor, kitchen and dining table are all messy at the same time, but this feels overwhelming. While the fear of what is potentially coming still feels a little surreal it is the realisation that this year is going to be nothing…

As our world gets smaller, make theirs bigger!

What a crazy year it has been! And we aren’t even a quarter of the way through yet. We all know how hard it is ‘out there’ so I am not going to dwell on the details, rather, this is a post with some suggestions on ways to help our kids know and see the…

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…

Are you tired?

Originally posted on Our Family Grows:
I am feeling tired today. Not tired from looking after the kids or because the baby is teething, more of that ‘life tired’. Lots of little disappointments along the way to trying to achieve your goals. Once you enter the Fostering world, little disappointments are a constant companion. The…

Adopted. Biological. Foster. Dad.

Adopted. Biological. Foster. Dad. Watching my own husband grow from an unsure first time dad to comfortable and confident to be in a house full of noisy children of varying forms of ‘ours’ has been one of my greatest joys. Today we will hear the journey of another man who has grown his family 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…

Mothers day

A guest piece today from my friend, sister and one I share a son with. This woman has taught me about parenting with grace and with others as we have laughed, cried and prayed together for the children we call ours. “Today I got my first Mother’s Day gift, it was a happy sad moment…

From her eyes. A story of Surviving. Breaking. Thriving. A child’s perspective.

I believe you. You have had to go through things that no one should. The world is full of broken people and sometimes they may hurt others. If there is one thing that is for sure, it is that things change. Nothing is forever. One day you will look back on this day and it may still be painful, but it won’t be your reality, it will just be a memory.