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Episode 88: Success and Hope

Fostering Voices Podcast

Release Date: 03/21/2020

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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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

Fostering Voices Podcast

"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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What is the kind of success you are looking for, for your family, and for yourself?

Our last 2 episodes with Gaelin Elmore really helped us to see what it looks like to walk alongside kids, and have them choose a different path then the one we had planned for them to be on. But is it a worse path? 

We have talked before about how we once proclaimed we didn't want our kids to be 'punks/a-holes', and that was our mission. But our friends, Don and Renee Worcester, advised us to focus on what we wanted our kids to become, and not on the vast array of all the things we didn't want them to become. So we chose to focus on having children who were kind, compassionate, and forgiving instead. 

In this time of having more time at home, for most folks (and hats off to all the medical professionals,  and folks who are working hard to keep society functioning, and are daily putting themselves at risk!), we hope that we will all take FULL ADVANTAGE of the extra time we have together.

Make a plan to have time to get to the things you have always told yourself you don't have time for! Maybe that is exercising, or reading more, or teaching your children new things.

Here are some of the resources we mentioned in this episode:

- Mindset by Carol Dweck

- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

- The Dragonborn Series by Brett Humphrey 

- Queen Dee Fitness workouts

- Blogilates Workouts!

- Finding school districts that have meal programs for all kids 18 and under. Like this one in Arizona!

This also helps to remind us to be mindful of children who are home, and not at school, and school may have been the safest place for them! Let us all be vigilant as neighbors, of kids around us who may be in need.

The Good Word of the Day

"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently"

- Romans 8:24-25

May our hope be in the Lord always! Especially when we can clearly see that we cannot control the world, or people around us. 

We hope you enjoyed this episode and that you are able to have an abundance mindset in this time of uncertainty. We are SO thankful for this community, and we hope that you will reach out if there is a way that we can support you in prayer, or possibly some toilet paper.

Until next week friends!