Ice Pirates Friendship Tournament

February 15, 2019

It is a real highlight of special needs sports when teams can get together and play games.

Thus weekend, the Ice Pirates are hosting a tournament for teams from across Ontario.

It’s lots of good fun.


Winning The Heart of Your Child – book review

February 12, 2019

I received an advance copy of this book, as part of the launch team.

Here’s my review.

“People lose their way when they lose their why” – Michael Hyatt

Stay focused on today’s stage and where your children are right now. P 77

As he outlines the keys. Mike does an excellent job of weaving the changes in our children and how to use our influence with them.

He encourages us to embrace the changes and reach out to positive voices of influence around us.

As our children move into the teen years, Mike encourages us to be all there with our kids, and listen without judgement.

On p 132, Mike makes a profound statement after they had been shaken by decisions their children were making: “Even though they had made some serious mistakes, we did not let those define them.”  We all make mistakes. We must allow room for our children to fail. “Remember that your goal is not to make your children march in line, but to help them understand how to live in freedom. This happens through love, not just rules or restrictions.”

Mike draws from his experience as a pastor , adoptive parent, and speaker to provide relatable principles to improve your relationship with your children.

You can your copy on Amazon,, Barnes and Noble, Indigo, or other retailers. Ebooks are available as well.

Winning The Heart Of Your Child

February 4, 2019

I’m thrilled and honoured to be part of the launch party team for “Winning The Heart Of Your Child” by Mike Berry.

It offers hope and encouragement for parents who feel they have lost hope that they can influence their children in the face of conflicting values in the world.

It launches on February 5, and can be preordered from leading retailers. There are great preorder bonuses available as well.

It is available in ebook formats as well.


Random thoughts

December 14, 2018

It’s been a long time since I posted an update.

Life is busy.

Kids are growing.

Christmas is coming.

Before we know it, a new year will be here.

All the best in the remainder of 2018 and into 2019.

Sudden change (or maybe not)

August 24, 2017

We started out on our journey toward adoption about 15 years ago.

Our journey shifted toward fostering when a baby (now our son) became available, but he wasn’t available for adoption yet. We were presented with the option of foster to adopt. Why not, we thought.

Fast forward about 2 years, and we are looking at expanding our family again. We waited to get our home study updated so we could be considered for another child.

At the end of 2009, we received a call about a baby due in a month. This was our second son.

It took a long time to finalize his adoption.

We decided to foster to give back.

We had a few foster kids over the years.

As time passed, we discovered our kids had some challenges. We placed restrictions on the kids we were willing to accept.

As we were going through the annual paperwork, it seemed that wasn’t much point to continuing.

So we are no longer foster parents.

Fostering enriched our lives and have us our family.

That season is over.

Another year has gone and a new one has come

December 29, 2016

Where did 2016 go?

2016 seems to have been notable in particular for the number of celebrities who have passed on. 

David Bowie. 


Leonard Cohen. 

Carrie Fisher. Closely followed by her mother, Dennis Reynolds

Ultimately, no one can escape death. Some pass on early. Others have a long life.

We have no control over what happens to us in life. We can control how we react to it. 

Forgiveness us a big part if handling what happens in life. Forgiveness ultimately sets in prisoner 

Open adoption can be interesting

December 3, 2016

Our annual open adoption Christmas party was on Sunday afternoon. 

We picked up Reid’s birth mother, her husband, and her oldest daughter. Following logic, also his half sister. We last saw her over five years ago. She’s about four months older than Tate, but a school year ahead. We immediately noticed that his birth mother’s hair was dyed blue. 

It’s hosted by our local Children’s Aid to allow adoptive and birth families to connect at a neutral site. Everyone is invited to bring appetizers to share. 

It went pretty well. A fun time was had by all. 

As we were driving to drop them off, Reid asked, “Why is your hair blue?”  I just about busted a gut trying not to laugh.  We told him because It was dyed that colour. That’s good for now.  

On Monday night we were driving home a different way, which was by their apartment. Reid asked.”Who we pick up?”  I told him their names, as that’s who he knows them as. 

We’re not really sure how much of a concept he has about adoption, so we haven’t really told him. We’re not sure exactly what to say, but we will have to be prepared. 

Observations in Adoption Month

November 19, 2016

Adoption is a life changing experience, both for the adoptive parents and adopted child. 

Adoption is romanticized in the media. They don’t necessarily tell the whole story, along with the bumps and warts that are come along with real life. 

They don’t necessarily know about the challenges that can be part of the journey, especially when adopting from foster care.  

To be fully aware of the potential issues, talk to adoptive parents. 

Adopting an older child

October 8, 2016

Here’s a heart warming story about the adoption of an almost 18 year old, just before he aged out of foster care. 

How one loving couple changed an 18 year old foster kid”s life 

Back to school…

September 5, 2016

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. 

Summer has been fun, but it is nice to be heading back to a regular routine. 

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