Day: March 12, 2016

irumuer…

What a great story, written over at http://onetahayes.com/2016/03/10/coal-oil-lamp/comment-page-1/.  You must read her story about reading by the lamp light and the glow it gave with a penny card behind it. Do any of you know what a penny card is?  It is a postcard that cost one cent.  I have many old penny cards that I found in the run-down house my grandmother grew up in.  I couldn’t help myself.  I had to share some of my memories of an era that is nearly lost.  A time, both memorable and cherished in the life of a girl who hungered to live in the years of old. I was fortunate that my grandmother, and my mamaw gave birth to my parents late in life.  Grandma didn’t even marry until she was 29 years -old.  She dated my papa for nine years before they finally eloped.  Why did they elope in a time when women were urged to get married?  Her parents wouldn’t allow it. Grandma was a smart woman, but she was ruled by a hard …

irumeur…

Foster Care/Adoption.  A fellow blogger and adoptive mom, posted about the Care for Disrupted Families in adoption. You can read the article at: http://hypervigilant.org/2016/03/10/care-for-disrupted-families/comment-page-1/ It has been seven years since our daughter came home.  She just turned 7 years-old.  I’d only been fostering for a few months, when we were notified about our girl.  Because of the trauma she’d already suffered, I wanted to help her find peace in a world of disruption, displacement and dismissal.  This was not an easy task.  How can anyone make this okay? Still, it was my job -and I was determined.  So, I thought I would share with you -hopefully potential adoptive parents, one of the tricks in my bag -that really made a difference.  I won’t tell you what happened in my daughters world, or the things that were revealed through this process -but I will give you the tools to make it work for you. Each night at bedtime, we would sit and talk about our day.  Maybe we would read, I always love to read children’s …