Our First Family Camping Trip

First family camping trip

When I was young we didn’t go camping, it just wasn’t something we did. I never felt like I missed out on it, but wanted to try it one day with my kids to see what all the fuss was about.

My kids LOVED it. We only booked two nights at a local Ontario Park to try it out and ended up leaving the second evening due to a thunder storm rolling in, but the kids can’t wait to do it again! They are already planning next year’s trip – which they wanted to be for the whole summer. (sorry kids, Momma has to work so she can afford these little trips!)

Can’t help but imagine how I could have one, maybe two more kids with us next year!

Here are some things I have learned from our first camping trip that I will bring forward to next year’s trip:

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My Training is Booked!


I am so excited, I have to share right away! I just received confirmation that they have booked me in for my P.R.I.D.E  (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) Training! My classes start September 29th.

I am one step closer… once I complete the 9 training classes I will have 3 or 4 Home Study appointments.

I’m on the path to becoming a Foster Parent and I am so excited!

Why Take the Step?


I don’t remember when I first thought about becoming a Foster Parent. I think it was probably about four years ago now. I didn’t have an “ah-ha” moment or have the thought of “this is something I have to do” that some people get. For me, it was the feeling like something was missing – or someone. I always saw myself with three children and after having two I knew I wanted at least one more.

When I started looking into my options with foster care I did not have a lot of knowledge of the Foster Care system. Some of my relatives have been foster parents and my parents looked into it when I was little (they went to a few meetings but decided it wasn’t a fit for our family at the time), so I wasn’t new to the idea of Foster Parenting. I did some research online and read some stories of children that had gone through foster care and I wanted to look more into it. My husband (who I am no longer with) was not on board so it stopped there. I did not push the idea as he was sure from the first time I mentioned it that it wasn’t something he wanted to get involved in. Fast forward to now and I am able to look into it again on my own.

So why now?

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Celebrating Birthdays

Our Super Hero Party

I absolutely love planning birthday parties! I love celebrating and having a house full of kids with all of the energy and excitement! (although, once it is over I am exhausted!)  I love brainstorming ideas with the kids about their theme, the food they want there, the friends they want to invite, etc. etc. We usually plan birthdays over a couple months leading up to the party, picking up items we see at the Dollar Store, making invitations. This weekend my son had a birthday party and it got me thinking about how things will be when I have a foster child. Will I be able to throw them birthday parties like I do for my own children, or will there be the overhanging wonder about if the child will still be with me for their birthday, will I start to plan it with them but not be able to have it if they leave my home?  I know there are more important things to worry about and I will quickly learn all of those things, but I really hope that I am able to throw birthday parties for my foster children just like I do for my own.

What have your experiences been with birthdays and Foster children?

(The picture above is from our Super Hero themed party this weekend. My family name is Grover, so of course we had a Super Grover there!)

It’s Only the Beginning


Choose to see the wish, the possibility, the positive; not the weed, the negativity.

I have just announced this week to friends and family that I am gathering information and applying to become a Foster Parent. I have family members that have been foster parents and I know couples through my Church as well who Foster who are very supportive and excited for me to start this journey. However, there are some people expressing not-so-positive thoughts. I expected this, but it still gets me down a bit.  I also expect this is just the beginning of negative comments.

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My First Meeting with CAS

I had my first meeting with the local Children’s Aid Society (CAS) to go over my interest in becoming a Foster Parent. I will be honest, this might be a bit of a boring post because it is just information gathered… but for anyone looking into the process, I hope this helps!

A Social Worker came to my house to meet to answer questions and go over the application process with me. I received a lot of information and found out more about what I am in for over the next 6-8 months. The meeting was scheduled for a one hour block; we ended up talking for about 45 minutes.

Some of the items we discussed:

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Who, What, Why?

Who:  My name is Michelle, I recently turned 30 and am a single mother of two wonderful children (ages nine and seven).

What: This Blog is about my journey to becoming a Foster Parent. One step further, it will document my life as a Single Foster Parent. It will cover my whole process, starting from the very beginning. You will hear about my application, the process and wait time, the training I have signed up for, the preparations needed and everything else in between. I will probably be throwing in every day stuff, including what we do for fun and our menu planning as well.

Why:  I want to document my journey and experiences for not only myself, but others who are going through the process or those thinking of going through the process! I will try to cover the whole process from the very beginning so you have all of the information I have. Of course, the information will vary across the Country,  so please keep in mind this is for the process I am experiencing in Ontario.

I look forward to sharing my journey and hearing from others who are in the process or have already become Foster Parents.