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Love Plain and Simple

This continues the story of our journey to have a family. The time frame for this chapter of our story is September 2007. If you continue to read along, you will see first hand the reality of how broken the Foster Care system truly is. ____________________ I had been told when I received the first call about these two little boys that ...

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FINALLY! The Pitter Patter of Little Feet!

This continues the story of our journey to have a family. The time frame for this chapter of our story is September 2007. If you continue to read along, you will see first hand the reality of how broken the Foster Care system truly is. ____________________ We had gone to all of our classes and received all of our certifications. We had ...

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Syllabus To Be A Parent

  So what does it take to be a Foster Parent, you ask? This is just the basic information of the courses you have to take and be “certified in” to become a Foster Parent. I will refer back to this document from time to time during my ongoing series on the Broken System of Foster Care. In addition To ...

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America Dances In The Streets

  “God Bless America! Land that I love!” Just a warning to anyone who reads this. Prepare yourself for sudden outbursts of song! No, this is not a musical, and just a warning- I do not have a beautiful singing voice at all! So, close your ears if you don’t want to hear my grateful voice of celebration! Tonight is ...

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Fostering Hope

This continues the story of our journey to have a family. The time frame for this chapter of our story is March-September 2007. If you continue to read along, you will see first hand the reality of how broken the Foster Care system truly is. ____________________ During the 8 weeks of our training, we met another couple who were going through the ...

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Facing My Fears

This continues the story of our journey to have a family. The time frame for this chapter of our story is January-March 2007. If you continue to read along, you will see first hand the reality of how broken the Foster Care system truly is. ____________________ We finally decided we had reached the end of the fertility journey. We would not try again. It ...

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Liberal Personal Attack On A Special Needs Child Backfires!

It took a lot of prayer for me to write an email to a fellow journalist yesterday. I had read a post by Jack Stuef at the liberal site wonkette.com unabashedly attack little Trig Palin. I refuse to post anything that was said on the site, but I can assure you it was beyond hateful. Tonight, on our radio show The ...

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A Missed Message

This continues the story of our journey to have a family. The time frame for this chapter of our story is 2002-2007. If you continue to read along, you will see first hand the reality of how broken the Foster Care system truly is. ____________________ I hate tests. It does not matter what kind of test it is or how well I ...

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A Common Sense Approach To The National Debt

It is with great pleasure that I dedicate this article to my Dad. I ask you to indulge me for just a moment as I give you some “behind-the-scene” information before I address the title issue of this article, the National Debt. For many years, my Dad and I had a strained relationship. Over the years we have determined that ...

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Dreams Of A Little Girl Shattered.. Or Are They?

This begins the story of our journey to have a family. The time frame for this chapter of our story is pre-2007. If you continue to read along, you will see first hand the reality of how broken the Foster Care system truly is. ____________________ You were created for a purpose. In fact, each of us was created for a special, unique purpose. ...

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Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire!

I just read an article in The Wall Street Journal reporting on President Obama’s response to Representative Paul Ryan’s budget. Here is a quote from the article: “The speech he chose to deliver was dishonest even by modern political standards”. It is pretty much a “given” that politicians cannot be trusted. However, for a major news source to go on ...

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Who Hears The Voice Of The Children?

To say that our Foster Care system is broken is a gross understatement. Whether it is the actual Child Protective Service agency, the individual case workers, the judges deciding the cases, foster parents, or the law itself is hard to pinpoint. I would venture to say it is most likely all of these factors combined. My main question is this: ...

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It’s The Simple Things In Life

I never imagined that a simple morning adventure with my 3-year-old would send me into such a whirlwind of nostalgia and fear for our country all at the same time. But this morning, that is exactly what happened. I walked downstairs, went into the kitchen, and what I saw made my heart skip a beat. Then two beats. I vaguely ...

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Tired of Having To Choose The Lesser of Two Evils

I believe we are living in a very unique time in history. Yes, I believe every point in history has its unique purpose, but I believe that there are certain times that stand out more than others. A great example of a time in our history that stands out more than other times is the years leading up to the ...

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REMEMBERING THE AMERICA I KNOW AND LOVE

While in a discussion this morning on Twitter, some very deep, real and haunting realizations hit me. Many people may disagree, but I honestly believe the generation of today has it much worse off than we had it as kids. The strange thing is that, being not even 38 years old, I am not what I would consider old. I ...

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