http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOeQUwdAjE0 This is one of the most powerful videos I have seen in a long time - if ever. Just under 19 minutes. Anyone considering fostering or adopting or looking after any child removed from their birth family needs to see this film. Although it is well produced and the child's words may not really … Continue reading ReMoved – a child goes into foster care
The 9th day of the 9th month is a day set aside around the world as a day to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term to describe a group of developmental disorders that results from the exposure of a fetus to alcohol. FASD includes, Fetal … Continue reading Today is FASD Awareness Day.
I came across this pin on Pinterest a few weeks ago and saved it because I was surprised to find that this is something my daughter asked me to do without knowing what it was. She asked me to start doing this because I kiss my dog on his forehead if I have to go … Continue reading 3rd Eye Kiss
While helping the maiden clean her room this week, we came across this little booklet I had made for her when she was nine. We read through it and had a good laugh. It was made as a quiet activity for her to do in the morning if she woke up before me. I had … Continue reading The Maiden’s Guideline’s for Good Behaviour
The crone found an old email she had sent to a friend about a rage the maiden had - it is almost 4 years ago to the day. I had forgotten about this rage. She was 12. Had lived with me for almost four years. Sad, when you can forget because there were still more … Continue reading Remembering a rage
The maiden will be sixteen in five weeks. In eight weeks it will be our eighth anniversary as a family. She also wants a tattoo. So, I told her she would have a decision to make: birthday party or tattoo. I can't afford both. She chose the tattoo. Big relief for me! While some parents … Continue reading Birthday party or tattoo? Celebrating sweet sixteen and eight years.
I received a Facebook friend request from the maiden's birth mother last week. I have wondered over the last couple years if it would happen, but when it came, it still surprised me. I do not have an open adoption. It wasn't asked for, and I didn't offer one. All birth mom asked was if … Continue reading To friend or not to friend? That is my dilemma.
Many children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder present “younger” in some skill sets developmentally compared to peers of the same physical age. This can be awkward when you are out somewhere and your 15 year old is acting like an eight year old and people are staring - because outwardly she "looks typical" but her disability … Continue reading I am grateful that I am still loved this way.
I was browsing Pinterest this morning looking for graphic inspiration to represent FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). I didn't find anything that spoke to me, but it did lead me to the following chart, which shows what life may be like for an 18 year old with FASD. FASD describes a range of lifelong disabilities … Continue reading Four Mantras for Parenting a Child with FASD
So, here I am, on my fourth day as a newbie blogger and I am already confused with how to do this and that. Unlike adopting, which took four years from the initial phone call for information to the arrival of my daughter, WordPress took less than an hour to sign up and have my … Continue reading Learning WordPress harder than adopting!