The Weekly Reporter: my new Newsletter

Last weekend, Evie was talking to K (our new foster brother) about his “birthday party” on Halloween night. (his birthday isn’t REALLY on Halloween; he just likes to imagine it so.) They got busy making posters and hanging them up around the house. (see images, below). I started to make one as well, but then I thought, ‘i wish this was more widely spread, K seems so excited about it, and Evelyn is being so nice about it.’ Suddenly, I had an idea: to make a newspaper!

I decided to call my newspaper The Weekly Reporter. I had this idea before, but had never had really gotten to it. This time, I wrote down news. I realized this doesn’t seem like front-page news since it’s really imaginary. So, I decided to ask Dad, ‘what is something BIG happening in our lives?’ that’s when he told me about our back porch being built. I said ‘thanks dad’… and headed upstairs to write my first article. About 1/2 hour later, I was ready to publish it. I asked Dad if I could use his printer. He said yes. But first, I needed to edit it. I took a small bottle of white-out, and dabbed out all the scribbled out spots and mistakes. Now, it was ready to be published.

I made two copies: one for us, and one for the Bakkes (our friends and neighbors). The next morning, I delivered it (Dad helped me take it to the Bakkes). The Weekly Reporter was a BIG SUCCESS. My friends loved it, and Mom & Dad loved it too. I’m planning to build out another one, too.

What’s next for The Weekly Reporter? I don’t know… but don’t be surprised if I ask you for an interview!

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E: “The only reason I’m happy for COVID…”

“Is that global warming is stopped and more family time”

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The back porch roof

Today we started building out the roof to our back porch. This will hopefully make the porch more use-able in colder months.

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Too young for this! (Overheard conversations)

A: I can’t wait til you’re 10 years old

E: I can’t wait til I move out of the house

A: I can’t wait til I move to Hollywood

E: I can’t wait til I become a zombie

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Evelyns 8th birthday

Abbey baked Evie her own birthday cupcake

Cyn coordinated a “kudo-board” for those who love Evie to wish her happy birthday. It’s a lovely way for many people to share a memory or express love. Here it is: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/DND8WLsE

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Uncle Matt & Aunt Elizabeth’s Wedding

Uncle Matt & Elizabeth got married last weekend. An amazing event, will you really witness the stories of two amazing people come together. We’re happy to have an expansion in our family.

It was also the First two days that we were without our two new children. That made it special, because we had a chance to reflect on what the last two months have been like and catch our breath before becoming six again after the weekend

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Biodiversity

Hi readers,it’s me, Abigail.I’m in fifth grade now and we just watched a documentary about biodiversity.humans are a big threat to the world.in 2030 global warming will be here to stay.we’ve lost 55 percent of the animal population this way.we have to stop this.so,please help save the earth.our home is being destroyed.😔 (I’m serious.)

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Conversations: maybe this foster thing isn’t so bad after all…

E: you know, I think having foster siblings isn’t so bad after all

A: yeah, I kind of like our family being a circus

E: now our family is as crazy as Ellie & Elliott’s family!

A: yeah. I used to not think so, but now I do.

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Trust Funds

We’ve been emphasizing the kids (biological & otherwise) that “trust is earned”. And the way you earn trust is by being honest: to follow through on what you say you’ll do, or admit when you made a mistake, or to not keep secrets. A common expression now is to ask them “did that increase or decrease my ability to trust you?” (I got this from my brother, Drew). I try to catch them doing things right, and remind them that “the trust is growing”, or “your account is growing”.

If you’re catching that a lot of this sounds like money, you’re right. I didn’t mean for it to turn out that way, but the analogy works!

So we decided to follow through and go the whole way on it. We created a “trust currency”– we’re calling them “trust funds” (get it? 🙂 ), and we’re hoping to give a tangible component to the lesson.

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“You are like… ‘MISTER List!’” -Abigail quotes

We’ve reached some type of milestone when your kids start making astute observations about your own personality

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