Attachment in Traumatized Children, that is the name of the licensing class my husband and I took last night. It is one of about 14 classes we are taking to fulfill our required 41.5 hours of training. I know that the things we are learning are preparing us for properly caring for the future children who are placed in our home, but my husband and I couldn’t help but relate some of the information to our bio children. Have we been parenting them with enough grace? Have we been wrongly putting adult expectations onto them? Have we been listening to them enough? Do our children feel like we care about their needs?
Christmas is less than 50 days away, and I have to tell you, I am giddy with excitement. I love everything about this holiday – from celebrating our Savior’s birth, to the twinkling lights, decorations, and snow. I also LOVE Christmas music, which I admit I have already started blasting throughout my home and car.… Continue reading A Fair Trade Christmas – My Favorite Things
And Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce Wednesday, Day 3 of the Haven Retreat, was truly the BEST DAY! Seriously! I loved Wednesday. If I could relive the day over and over and over again, I would be ecstatic. It started bright and early with a quick class to go over a section… Continue reading The Haven Retreat – Day 3
Good Morning Sunshine I have to admit to you, Tuesday was probably my hardest day at the retreat. As is common when trying to sleep somewhere new, I didn’t get a lot of shut-eye the night before and I was exhausted. Thankfully, we started the day with yoga, so at least I was able to ease… Continue reading The Haven Retreat – Day 2
Getting There Back in June, I shared about an upcoming retreat that I planned on attending. This incredible retreat offered by The Younique Foundation is specifically designed for adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The four-day retreat is filled with activities to provide participants with tools to help them on their healing journey. Last… Continue reading The Haven Retreat – Day 1
I consider myself a very open book, but I have a story that I haven’t shared with many. It is a story from my teen years that I pushed to the side many years ago. While I knew deep down that it was a story that still had a hold on me, I truly believed that its impact was minimal.
Last fall I was talking to the Young Life’s Wyldlife leader in my community about an upcoming meeting that I was choosing to host in my home. Young Life is something that I wanted my 13-year-old to be a part of, but not something that I wanted to force upon her or push her too… Continue reading There’s Grace For That Too