Mother’s Day can be a minefield for almost anyone involved in the foster care system. The trip wires are there – the handmade gifts, the Muffins with Mom, the poignancy of a day that celebrates something people desperately want but can not always achieve. A handful of dandelions or a picture drawn with a fat [...]
You’re here, Trina
A diamond anniversary for a gem of a store
My friend Cathy celebrated the 10th anniversary of her store this weekend and I think that's cause for an admiration celebration. So, here are 10 things I love about Blue Moon Emporium. Its owner, a warm and funny California transplant who loves Wisconsin enough to stay here without complaint (even during the bleak May-winter with [...]
An antique heart
My friend Jill gave me an antique heart for my birthday this year and I can’t stop thinking about how accurately it symbolizes foster parenting. Both beyond and within all the training and tears, the meetings and stress, the constant worry, the laughter, the learning and the love beats the heart. And, thankfully, it’s not [...]
Are you okay, May?
You're better than this, May. I know you are. You're the month of lilacs, lily of the valley and optimism. We look to you, May. You're our gentle ferry to summer. We turn that calendar page from April and take a deep, apple-blossom-scented sigh of relief, because we know we've made it through the dark [...]