fos·terˈfôstər,ˈfästər/ verb 1. encourage or promote the development of 2. bring up (a child that is not one's own by birth)

dou·ble en·ten·dre ˌdo͞obl änˈtändrə,ˌdəbl änˈtändrə/ noun 1. a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.

When my brother was 13, he and his best friend discovered this term, double entendre.  They were 13 year old boys, so they loved anything that hinted at innuendo.  This love for innuendo extended even to a word that meant innuendo.  Enter double entendre into their (my) vocabulary.  The title of this blog is a double entendre (minus any sort of innuendo).

Fos·ter the fam·i·ly ˈfôstər T͟Hə/ /ˈfam(ə)lē/ Blog title 1. A blog that “encourages and promotes the development of” family “The goal of this blog is to help moms foster the(ir) famil(ies) to love Jesus and be mission focused.” Synonyms: a blog about gospel-centered parenting, mission-focused family, intentional child-rearing 2. A blog about a family that “brings up a child (make that children) that is not one’s own by birth” “I am/am interested in becoming/am intrigued by these strange people known as foster moms and want to read a blog about about someone who fosters the(ir) family.” Synonyms: a blog about getting involved in foster/adoption/orphan care, the craziness of our little band


In case you’re shopping for a new blog, thanks for considering this one. Let me introduce myself. I’m a disciple of Jesus. I’m a wife. I’m a mom (bio to two kiddos, foster/”definitely-for-now-maybe-forever”/pre-adoptive mom to two littles, and short-term foster mom to whichever baby needs a home this week). Books are my love (I’ve been known to consume 10 in an average month). Nothing gets me smiling/crying/talking-loudly-with-wild-hand-gestures more than orphan care, mercy ministry, and missions. There’s more to me, of course (when I asked myself what I love, all I could think, on repeat, was: coffee, beer, nutella), but I expect all of this (minus the coffee, beer, nutella) to be what this blog centers on.

NOTE: In an effort to be up front (and because federal regulations mandate it), you should know that I sometimes receive a cut for some of the products I recommend.  Here's what I promise you: 1) It's not much. 2) I will never recommend anything that I wouldn't recommend without the pennies I receive for giving my recommendation.