Exploring Sensory and Motor Needs
07 Jan

Exploring Sensory and Motor Needs

All this sensory input, which begins in the brain, has its effect throughout the body. Norman Cousins Many children from hard places have challenges meeting their sensory and motor needs.  Unmet sensory and motor needs can present as negative behaviors that interrupt other areas of life. Libby Van Bruggen, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, guides caregivers in understanding a holistic approach to identifying and helping meet various sensory and motor needs. Through these support resources, she works to help caregivers understand...

06 Jan

Ending 2019 with Gratitude

Now let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 To our faithful friends, All praise to Him and gratefulness to you as we look back over 2019 and look ahead to 2020 As I reflect on this past year, my mind is flooded with His faithfulness in so many ways. There were many challenges, there were many joys, He was in all of it. My mind is drawn to a song called, “My...

Image of people holding hands with the text Sioux Falls Support, Created for Connection with Mary Weber, MS, LPC, LMFT
30 Sep

Created for Connection

Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued – when they can give and receive without judgementBrene Brown We all need connection. It really is that simple. There’s no way around it, no way to fight it, no way to let go ignored. We were created by a loving and gracious Father not to do life alone. Yet, as easy as it is to admit this might be true, it is not near...

Image of a chalk board with the text Sioux Center Support, Navigating the School System with Grand Willits
25 Sep

Navigating the School System

It’s not easy, and you’re not alone. That’s the first thing you should know. Our children from hard places need guidance to survive and thrive in the school setting. And unfortunately, it’s not something many people outside of the foster care and adoption community understand. Until you’re living it, it’s hard to see the effects schooling can have on kids who have experienced trauma. Grant Willits, our local school counselor and former classroom teacher, joined us for our first support meeting to share...

07 Nov

Bryan Post Video

This clip from Bryan Post at The Post Institute is an excellent reminder of how we need to be aware of our own triggers and emotional state before trying to help our children’s mindfulness and regulation. It is a great taste of the teaching Mary Weber did in September for our Sioux Falls Katelyn’s Fund families. Click here to watch the video ...

12 Mar


My almost 8-year-old son never wants to pray out loud with me at bedtime. I know enough not to make it a big deal or make him go through the motions if his heart is not in it. But, it still bugs me that he is not interested in talking to God with me.   Tonight I took him with me to a high school FCA event I was speaking at (out of convenience mostly but with the hope he would enjoy...

01 Dec

Open Handed

It has been too long since I have written a blog post (due to me forgetting to post when I am scheduled!) and I had every intention to post yesterday when I was scheduled! Ahh but life happens and my days are full, in the best way, with 3 small children, college athletes that need to hear the Gospel, a staff team that needs care, and neighbors and a church community to invest in.   As I slow down and sit to...

28 Oct


In the last little while, some of my teen kids have said things like this:  Can you imagine what life would be like if we hadn’t adopted…….if we had stopped with….(insert name).  My teens are living interesting lives.  More time away from home and with friends, focusing on leaving the nest rather than living in the nest, etc.  Tonight it came up again.  Our number 4 has significant ADHD and life with her is like living in a tornado.  All...

19 Oct

The Truth About Why Adoptive Parents Need Support

“How do meals help families returning home from adopting a new child?”  One of my friends came to visit us after we had returned home from Thailand with our daughter and asked this sincere question.  It’s true, I think most people don’t fully understand the stress that an adjustment period brings when a new child is added to a family through adoption.  Most can identify with bringing home a new infant and how much work and weary that can be;...