Trusting in a plan that we don’t know (and can’t control)

As the year comes to a close, our family is starting to reflect on the year that was, and laying out our hopes and dreams for the year to come. It’s beyond clear that 2020 will be forever marked…

Foster care timelines are notoriously slippery. Some things take longer than expected, and some things come to fruition rather abruptly. Whenever we believe we have a sense of a timeline, we are typically wrong. We will often scramble to prepare ourselves for major decisions; have intense conversations with everyone involved…

September has arrived. A month that is always ushered in with much anticipation, albeit sometimes bittersweet, as we wrap up the summertime and look towards the start of a new school year. Generally, there is a sense of certainty, and families can start to plan out what their falls will…

What is the mental image that you conjure up when you think about foster care?

Is it blueberry and peach picking as a family? Is it neighborhood play-dates? Is it trips to the beach? Is it family vacations? Is it a bedtime routine filled with prayers, “I love yous”, goodnight…

Last Sunday was my first Father’s Day, and it brought me to consider the moment parenting begins for foster parents. Our preparation time is often limited, and far shorter than a nine month pregnancy. In fact, it can sometimes be a text like the one pictured above that arrives during…

The impetus for this piece is my personal engagement in the perpetual political Facebook food fight. My engagement has rarely brought lasting satisfaction, and more often than not has lead to further disagreement, frustration, and polarization. The quest to be witty and poignant, where speed of response trumps quality, has…

Peter Lorinser

Educator. Runner. Christian. Foster Dad. BranchesForChildren.wordpress.com

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