Just breathe.

Tomorrow we will officially be a house of 7. Then we dwindle down to a family of 5 as Biscuit and Blue are leaving on their trip to Colorado too! I’m going to be lonely, I think. Husband is going to suffer because he spends a lot of time with Biscuit and Blue after our younger kids are put to bed, every night it’s a full blown chatter fest topped with ‘bean dips.’ 🙄

Flower is off to college; its bittersweet. Hopefully this move can help with her maturity level, the whole entitlement thing is not my favorite. Flower doesn’t think she is anything other than perfect in her eyes, I’m just going to roll with it because I can’t stand any more guilt trips. No matter what I say or do she thinks I’m mad at her, it stinks. I’m all about living and learning; tough love. If my kid can’t get out there and learn by trial and error she will end up being 25 years old, living at home, expecting me to take care of her. Experience matters, failure matters. I do these things because I love her and expect greatness from her, I am not an enabler… I am raising the future leaders of the world.

Hair is moving in with relatives. That was to be expected and this is exactly why I do foster care. I want my placements to go home and if they can’t to home I want them to live with their extended families. If that’s not an option I always support whatever decision my teen placements want… sometimes it’s to be emancipated, move to a group home, or even moved to a different foster home. I don’t always agree with what the older kids choose but I always support them; that’s my job. I want kids to be happy, safe, and feel loved. I am relieved that she is moving tomorrow as recently she has had behavioral changes that I’m not keen on. No one in the home is keen on them, to be honest.

In other news, I’m seeking out recipes for large families. Do you have any great dinner recipes that I could double for my army of children? I truly feel like we live off of chicken and avocados at this point. I’d like to switch that up.

2 thoughts on “Just breathe.”

  1. Few recipes I eat with my small family, but could EASILY be doubled (or even tripled). https://smittenkitchen.com/2013/07/one-pan-farro-with-tomatoes/ Sounds crazy, but add lots of sausage links into this. It’s incredibly easy and if you get the 10 minute farro, it can come together within 30 minutes. I love fast meals since I am usually in school until late, and little man has to EAT. If you are feeling adventurous, try this one: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/05/singapore-curry-noodles-stir-fry-recipe.html It makes a TON, and it’s one of my favorites! I am usually scoping out different recipes from both of these sites, especially because they have such variety! I miss you, and love seeing how your family grows and changes! I can’t wait to be done with school so I can register as a foster parent. As always, you inspire me on the daily. Much love!

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