How to Keep Going When Love is Not a Victory March

Somewhere in our county there is a massive old limestone bridge over which a railroad company had once run its trains. Today, having found myself in the area and with a bit of time on my hands, I set out to find it. However, all I knew was that it was somewhat southeast of an … Continue reading How to Keep Going When Love is Not a Victory March

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Considering Foster Care? Then Bust Down the Door

Have you seen that episode of I Love Lucy with the freezer? I certainly hope you have, but if not, allow me to give you a brief synopsis. Lucy and Ethel decide to buy a large, industrial freezer without their husbands knowing it because they figure buying meat in bulk and storing it in the … Continue reading Considering Foster Care? Then Bust Down the Door

Guest Post: 9 Foster Care Myths, by Brandon Bishop

My wife, Trina, and I have been licensed foster parents since October 2014. We like to say God chose this journey for us because of the events that led up to us deciding to jump in. We tried for a couple of years to have biological children and it just wasn't the right time. We … Continue reading Guest Post: 9 Foster Care Myths, by Brandon Bishop

Book Review: Winning the Heart of Your Child by Mike Berry

From the back cover: Many of us enter parenthood with a perfect vision of what our family will be. But along the way we discover that the children we've been blessed with are real human beings, with their own minds, ideals, and views of the world. Our influence only goes so far, and when those … Continue reading Book Review: Winning the Heart of Your Child by Mike Berry

All He Wants is to Feel Safe and Loved

I have a Facebook friend who excitedly counted down the days until spring break when she could finally spend a bunch of quality time with her kids. That’s beautiful and amazing and inspiring and foreign to me. You see, for me, the looming inevitability of spring break was foreboding, a feeling I’m sure (or at … Continue reading All He Wants is to Feel Safe and Loved

Uncle Iroh’s Lessons for Foster Parents

In the early- to mid-2000s, there was a delightful fantasy adventure show on Nickelodeon called Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s the story of a boy named Aang, the Avatar, who is basically the chosen one to save the world from the conquering Fire Nation. While the show is technically for kids, it … Continue reading Uncle Iroh’s Lessons for Foster Parents

Rethinking Control, Part 5: Giving Away Control to Meet the Needs of Children with Attachment Difficulties

Throughout this series about rethinking control, I’ve written about how you’re completely in control of yourself and nothing else. This includes your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. When you have a skewed understanding of what you can and cannot control, you may find yourself dealing with anger. One of the things that you cannot control, and … Continue reading Rethinking Control, Part 5: Giving Away Control to Meet the Needs of Children with Attachment Difficulties