Author: Nicole Henry

The Perfect Gift

I know once you read this Christmas will have passed, Hanukkah will be on the 5th day, and a sense of normalcy will probably have returned to most of your lives. Right now, as I’m writing this, it is December 22nd and holiday fever is everywhere. It’s on TV, in my classroom, in the stores, and the list goes on and on. We literally could not escape it if we tried. Many people, in fact most people, do not mind holiday fever because this is their favorite time of year. For the rest of us, you know the Grinch and Scrooge type people; this is actually not the happiest time of year. In fact it’s the most stressful, most financially burdensome, and most headache causing time of year. With all of that being said, there is one part of the holiday season that I look forward to. There is one gift that I cannot wait to receive every single year. The box is always a cube, sometimes it’s big and sometimes it’s small, but it’s always that perfect cube shape. It’s heavy. If it’s not heavy then it’s probably not the gift.  I know, I know, get on with it already, right? A snow globe. Yes, my favorite gift every year is a snow globe. I am aware that to many a snow globe is really nothing that extraordinary, but...

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Life, Oy!

Life, it sure has a way of slapping you in the face on a random Wednesday. Let me set the scene for you. I was a hot mess, lying in bed because I was home sick with a terrible stomach ache, and the phone rang. The number did not look familiar so I ignored it. A voicemail popped up on the screen, and I thought, “crap someone actually wants to talk to me enough that they left a voicemail.” Didn’t they realize I was sick and trying to be a hermit? Reluctantly I listened to the voicemail and a large pit developed in my stomach when the school guidance counselor asked that I call to talk to her about my foster son. I did as I was asked and called her back. In the end, inappropriate things were written on his paper and she wanted me to speak to him about his behavior in class. I went into total “beast mode.” I hashed out my plan. No electronics, grounded for the weekend, reading a book to educate himself about the words written on the paper. I was annoyed. How dare he interrupt my sick day with this?! A few texts were exchanged pertaining to the situation, and that night I explained to him why I was mad and what the consequences for his actions would be. He took it...

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The Charms of Teaching in a Small Town

I am currently a kindergarten teacher in the room that I went to kindergarten in. Yes, I know that’s a little crazy, but do you want to know what’s even crazier? The teacher who teaches in the room next door to me went to kindergarten in the room she teaches kindergarten in too. No, I am not kidding. I know what you’re probably thinking. Wow, they’re total townies, and you’re right, we are. I am, however, totally fine with being a townie. The reason I am fine with, and actually love, teaching in the town I grew up in...

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My Foster Son, His Mom, and a Trip to the Fair

A little over eight months ago I became a foster parent at the age of 28. When I started the fostering process I was nearly positive that I would end up fostering a younger child. A few weeks before submitting my final piece of paperwork I decided I would offer to foster teens as well. In all honesty, I didn’t think they would call me about a teen, but almost a month to the day after I received my license the call came saying they had a 14 year old boy who needed a placement. I decided to give it a try. We get along really well and he’s a great kid. I know people hear horror stories about teenagers in the system, but please know that just because a child is a teenager in foster care it does not automatically mean they are going to be difficult to deal with. When you take a child into your home you are also accepting his past and family into your life as well. That looks different for each foster family, but it is part of the process for all of us. My foster son’s mother is currently unable to be the main caregiver for her son, but that does mean that she doesn’t love him and want what is best for him. Today, my foster son, his mom, and I...

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