My journey as a foster parent.

"Have you guys ever ate at a restaurant before?"

- Apparently we’ve never been out to eat with Robin because he thought that his going home celebration lunch today was our first.

My husband and I are a good team. This applies to (foster) parenting, participating in and leading community organizations, and now to reaching the end of Mario Bros 3 (which neither of us had ever accomplished on our own)!

My husband and I are a good team. This applies to (foster) parenting, participating in and leading community organizations, and now to reaching the end of Mario Bros 3 (which neither of us had ever accomplished on our own)!

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We are at the point in Robin’s transition home that he is spending significantly more time with his mom than with us. In case you were wondering what my husband and I do with our extra time, we bought Nintendo games we didn’t have and have been working together to beat Super Mario Bros 3. 

All three boys styled my hair during the sibling visit/sleepover. At the same time. This is how it ended up.

All three boys styled my hair during the sibling visit/sleepover. At the same time. This is how it ended up.

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When the twins left after their overnight visit, I tried to treat myself to a bath (i.e. a space to deal with emotions where there are no children or loved ones I could unintentionally take them out on). I settled in, rested my head, and then remembered that no less than 4 poopy butts under the age of 10 had been in the tub  in the previous 24 hours. It was a short bath.

Guess who is visiting!

Guess who is visiting!

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Today Robin announced that he would like to live with my mom until he dies.

"You need to teach your son not to kick balls into the woods because I keep having to go get them."

- a concerned (and irritated) 5 year old

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Robin was really missing his brothers (especially Fox), so we took a risk and set up an overnight. If you’ve been following along for awhile, you already know that his brothers lived  with us for over a year and are now with an adoptive family. I wasn’t sure how it would go, but it was wonderful! The three boys played beautifully some of the time, and when they didn’t we had quality one-on-one time. Fox is every bit as hilarious as I remember and Bear is just as kind. Robin seemed to enjoy their company and laughed more than I’ve heard in awhile.

"Just because the dentist says you have to brush your teeth for two minutes doesn’t mean you have to do it. Not every night."

- The problem with this, Robin, is that the dentist can usually tell when I don’t .

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