We’re expecting a ridiculous snowstorm tomorrow, so all of my plans for today were put on hold while I crammed three days of getting stuff done out in the world into one. I hope to post a full blog tomorrow (in between shoveling & chasing THIS DOG as she gallops through the snow). For now I thought I’d share three books you might like if you’re enjoying our adoption story. You know, in case you’re snowed in tomorrow, too :)
Reading is how I process things, how I figure them out. When some new subject catches my attention, the first thing I do is go get every memoir I can find (along with a novel or three) so I can see how other people handled the challenges. Here are three different perspectives on foster care & strangers-as-family that earned a permanent place on my bookshelf:
If you help foster kids in any way, this book will reassure you that everything counts and you are making a huge difference, probably way more than you realize.
A YA novel about a girl in foster care – it sounds sad, but really isn’t. #2 Cherub told me about this one – she’s read everything in the genre – and this did not disappoint.
I love how it reminded me that kids in foster care are KIDS, with the same array of everyday life questions, dreams, ambitions, and goals as other kids.
This one’s a heartbreaker, but in the best way. It’s not about foster care. It’s the memoir of a young woman who moves to a new city and meets a woman from Somalia, along with her five daughters, on a bus. Her descriptions of the woman’s struggles to learn American culture and survive are compelling.
Stay warm! And if you ARE someplace warm, please send pictures! :)