My short answer is: no thank you. My long answer is: Can we talk, friend?

Dear Church Offering Me a Free Foster Parent Night Out,

My short answer is: no thank you.

My long answer is: Can we talk, friend?

I’ve gotten a lot of offers like this, both for free babysitting and other free supports like Christmas gifts. They arrive in my email inbox…

6. Bodmin Moor (metal band-name level doom, yes pls)

5. Mynydd Hiraethog (probably sounds good to scream outloud)

4. The desolate windswept moors at the end of The Secret Garden (1993)

3. The desolate windswept moors of Rohan that Éowyn looks over from atop Edoras, hair flying like the banners of the Rohirrim in the wind, fearful yet brave as the future thunders ever towards her

2. Those desolate windswept Wuthering Heights moors

  1. Bleaklow (all of my moods in one handy moor!)

Foster care is the world’s slowest roller coaster in the best of times.

Foster care is the world’s slowest roller coaster in the best of times.

We can all agree these are not the best of times.

Quarantine has not — shockingly — changed this. If every court date in The Before Times seemed to dangle an ending like some kind of carrot…

I didn’t know Earth Day décor was a thing I was supposed to be preparing my home so urgently for.

I am so glad you’re here! I have been waiting for this moment all year, and it is an honor — a thrill, really — to greet you at the door with my new Earth Day décor. Now, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Target Dollar Spot, I didn’t know Earth…

Hayley DeRoche

Librarian, author of HELLO LOVELIES! (Audible Originals, 2019), writer, foster mom, regular mom, cool mom.

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