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Episode 81: Holiday Recap From Our Family Of Nine

Fostering Voices Podcast

Release Date: 02/01/2020

Episode 96: Highs and Low of Fostering show art Episode 96: Highs and Low of Fostering

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This is one of our shortest episodes - clocking in at just under 20 minutes! We wanted to do a nice light episode where our listeners could get to know us a bit better, without having to hear us retell our life stories. Which come up here and there over the last 95 episodes.

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Episode 95: Loss and Feelings in Foster Care and Adoption show art Episode 95: Loss and Feelings in Foster Care and Adoption

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Foster parents need to accrue different number of training hours to keep their licenses open. In Arizona, that number is 12 a year. We had 3 more that we needed to do, so Chris did his training on Feelings, and I did mine on Loss. They were very intermingled, so it worked well for us to do a podcast episode on them!

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Episode 94: Get Licensed for Foster Care, Now! show art Episode 94: Get Licensed for Foster Care, Now!

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how to get licensed for foster care right now. We are still in the middle of a global pandemic, and so it is actually easier to get licensed right now, than ever before. Because all of the classes, and most of the requirements can be done online!

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Episode 93: The Art of Gift Giving show art Episode 93: The Art of Gift Giving

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With Mother's Day around the corner - and even if you don't listen to this right when we release these episodes, there are always birthdays, Christmas, and other opportunities to buy thoughtful gifts for our loved ones. So we encourage you to listen to this episode to get some tips!

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Episode 93: The Art of Gift Giving show art Episode 93: The Art of Gift Giving

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With Mother's Day around the corner - and even if you don't listen to this right when we release these episodes, there are always birthdays, Christmas, and other opportunities to buy thoughtful gifts for our loved ones. So we encourage you to listen to this episode to get some tips!

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Episode 92: Safe House for Foster and Adoptive Families show art Episode 92: Safe House for Foster and Adoptive Families

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"Safe House" by Dr. Josh Straub, talks about how EMOTIONAL SAFETY, more than any other factor is scientifically linked to raising kids who live, love, and lead well. So it's important as the parents to learn emotional safety, so we can provide that for our kids as well.

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Episode 92: Safe House for Foster and Adoptive Families show art Episode 92: Safe House for Foster and Adoptive Families

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"Safe House" by Dr. Josh Straub, talks about how EMOTIONAL SAFETY, more than any other factor is scientifically linked to raising kids who live, love, and lead well. So it's important as the parents to learn emotional safety, so we can provide that for our kids as well.

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Episode 91: Interview with a Foster Sibling Pt 2 show art Episode 91: Interview with a Foster Sibling Pt 2

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This week's episode features an interview with our son, Topher! He is 12 years old, and direct and brief with his answers! Which is why you get to enjoy a nice, short episode this week!

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Episode 91: Interview with a Foster Sibling Pt 2 show art Episode 91: Interview with a Foster Sibling Pt 2

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This week's episode features an interview with our son, Topher! He is 12 years old, and direct and brief with his answers! Which is why you get to enjoy a nice, short episode this week!

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Episode 90: Feeding Our Minds With Good Books show art Episode 90: Feeding Our Minds With Good Books

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This week we discuss the books that we have read for Quarter 1! Most of them came strongly recommended to us, and we enjoyed them - so we hope you enjoy them as well!

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Episode 81 marks the first episode of Season 5, and we are so excited for a brand new season, featuring new episodes and new interviews! The biggest news from our off season is that we acquired a Podcast Sponsor! We are so very thankful for Showit for walking alongside our podcast, and foster care journey, and supporting us!

Showit is a premier website builder for photographers. Although admittedly- anyone who needs a website can benefit from the beautiful designs, and mobile-responsive layout of all Showit sites. Our website is powered by Showit! And one of our sweet co-workers at Showit - Josh Ahles, worked on some backend stuff on our site, so we are thankful that it is working better than before! So if you are looking for a website, check out Showit! If you need someone to help you with it, hit up Josh! We also know a ton of other website designers, so seriously, reach out if this is something you are interested in.

This episode talks about our 6 week break from the podcast, where we got to relax, and rest as a family of 9. We had a great Christmas, and worked on some things during our break. Namely goals for the new year! Our kids do this as well. The 4 years olds basically get to partake in some caffeine-free Starbucks, and they color. But all the other kids think of things they want to accomplish, and how they are going to do that. Many goals involved being more patient with siblings, and making better food choices (less Takis!).

Some of our inspiration for making our goals comes from Dave Ramsey, and this episode from the Storybrand podcast. Our friend Grant Botma is a great example of working out a life goal. His company, Stewardship, seeks to love people through their finances. So simple, yet you can see this in every aspect of Grant's business and life! He recently wrote a great book where he also talks about this called The Problem Isn't Their Paycheck. Definitely check all of those out!

One major takeaway from this episode for foster parents is to Check Your Email Junk Mail! We lost some valuable notices for free bicycles for foster kids before Christmas! Such a bummer. But we did hit up Goodwill after Christmas, and we scored some great bikes for $12! What a deal!

We are so thankful for all of you listeners, and we hope you enjoyed your holidays as well. Get ready for a new season of the podcast, and we hope to educate and empower you on the journey you are on!

We would love to connect with you, and now you can email us at hello@fosteringvoices.com !  

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Hope you have a great week and join us again next Saturday!