Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Right before Christmas I received an email from the CEO of San Mar Children's Homes in Western Maryland. They operate group homes, a school, a foster care agency, and an adoption agency. He was doing some research while developing a newsletter and was going to be using some of the book Parenting Other People's Children. During his research he came across my blog post of this book. (In case you missed it, I read this book not long ago and really got a LOT out of it in understanding Olivia and some her "issues.")

His email went on to say that he would like to use some or all of that post in the newsletter in order to give a foster parent's understanding of it. I agreed and he will be adding almost all of the post along with my information to the newsletter. How exciting! I hope that my thoughts can help others to do some reading and/or research. I know I haven't been fully prepared for some of the issues that have come up, and wish that someone, anyone, especially my foster care agency or some of the professionals I've seen in regards to some of my kiddos, would have helped me to find the knowledge I need/needed.

Their website is: http://www.sanmarhome.org/

The newsletter is hopefully to be posted online once it's completed.


Lisa, that is great! It is so encouraging to know that you are having an impact just by sharing your life and thoughts.


Hey right now we are in Orlando. Going to Downtown Disney tomorrow - Got plans??? Call me, 850 - 418 - 2286.

My boy is itching for LEGOland :)

Let me know... I have been thinking I really want to talk to you, got some stuff on my mind lately and you are being there, doing that :)

talk to you soon and maybe see you tomorrow...

Lisa said...

Anne! Hello! I will try to call, We're going to possibly be in Orlando visiting with Brandi from Living Freely in the morning. What time will you be there do you think? I think we're planning on a park in the morning??? I'd love to meet up!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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