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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.

Summer goes by…

July 16, 2016

We’ve had some pretty hot weather over the past week or so. 

It’s been uncomfortable at times, but this the type of weather we wait all winter for. 

It’s really hard to believe that July is half gone. 

Before we know it, it will be September and back to school time. 

Until then, we just have to enjoy the weather. 

Your child doesn’t look like they have FASD ….

May 24, 2016

So far, we haven’t run into any major problems with people in the school system having an issue getting FASD and the accommodations needed that are spelled out in the IEP. Until recently. But that’s another story …..

Here’s a link to a post on by Mike Berry,  Your child doesn’t look like they have FASD. This post summarizes many things we have experienced, or will likely experience in the future.

The issue of invisible disabilities goes far beyond FASD, or the autism spectrum, or many other acronyms.


Ten years 

April 27, 2016

This is a special day for us. 

Ten years ago, our baby was delivered. By a social worker. To our front door..

That little boy has become a bright, creative, energetic young man.


April 18, 2016

I was just looking total views, and it is closing in on 5,000. 

The long view on fostering

March 24, 2016

TIn the past few months, I have discovered a blog and website,, with content written by Mike and Kristen Berry. 

Mike and Kristen have adopted eight kids, some with FASD. I have found the posts to contain a great deal of useful information. They offer advice from the perspective of those who have dealt with the screaming, yelling, stomping, chucking stuff around, fit that leaves the parent wanting to crawl into a hole. 

In addition to their written content, they also have a podcast that shares useful information. 

In their podcast episode released on March 23, Season 2, Episode 18 Interview with Tricia Collins, Mike interviews Tricia Collins, a former foster child.  

Many foster parents wonder if what they are doing makes a difference. 

Tricia shared it took a while, but it did make a difference. 

Check out th website and podcast. It can also be found on iTunes. Podcast link in iTunes

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