Foster Parenting: Gardeners for a Season

 NOTE: To share this story, I am pooling from four other foster moms: Brandy, Joyce, Sue, and Suzanne. Collectively we have had over 110 children in our homes. Some of these children were “our own” foster kids and others were children we babysat, sometimes for a day or for several weeks, for other foster moms. Eight of those children have been adopted into three of these homes. Nurturing Children of Another Mother When I was … Read more

Think Pink

Sunlight arrived first, followed by Moonbeam. Both summer babies, they were born a little over two years apart. I envisioned for them days of laughter and nights of sharing secrets, and (someday) grown up girls who were friends. How was I to know then that my vision was just a dream? As a child, I had five sisters with whom to play, and I imagined my girls would have as much fun playing together as we … Read more

Celebrating the Mothers in my Life

  It’s Mother’s day, and I am looking outward instead of inward. Rather than looking at what I don’t have, I choose to claim the blessings that are mine. I realize there are women who feel pain over being single or childless, especially on Mother’s Day. There are other women out there who have prodigal offspring and wonder if they are ever coming home. Other moms have buried offspring. I recognize that pain. I know … Read more

Autumn is Here

Autumn is Here!  Fall tells the same story all over again, Bursting with fire, wind, laughter, and rain; Enchanting in colors of orange and brown, Aglow in the splendor of leaves falling down.    I hear her still calling, haphazardly so, To the Scarlets and Maples, to have them let go. And again at this season, the best of the year, I’m alive in creation, for Autumn in here! Gertrude M. Slabach, circa 1981 One day … Read more