Saturday, November 19, 2016

Get out the dusting rag...

Time to dust off the cobwebs and get this blog back up and going!

We have a new addition to the family!

First, Lilah Grace's adoption was final back in September a month before her 4th birthday! We are thrilled to finally have that process complete and thought our family was complete as well.

Well - we were mistaken as her bio parents had yet another baby and he is now HOME with his siblings.  Like Lilah Grace this isn't something we planned, but still he is very much wanted and loved here. Yes, we will be adopting him as well.

Please follow me on our parenting journey as we explore parenting this little one who happens to have an extra chromosome 21 (Trisomy 21) otherwise known as Down Syndrome.  This is a new journey for us but we are making it on a leap of faith with the support and love from YOU, our village!

Welcome with love,  Nolan -

Friday, April 1, 2016


I have decided it is time to take care of ME!
All my life I have been a caretaker to others, often putting their needs and well being before my own. I am declaring the month of April the month about ME!
I am starting today - right now - yes even at 50!
Dermalogica is my favorite skin care line and today they started a 30 Day to Better Skin Challenge. I have rather let myself go and even my skin care has suffered immensely the last few months. Time to get back on track and add a few more things to take care of me.
I don't plan on making MAJOR life changes, but hey every little bit helps and I want to be realistic because seriously my life right now is...well...very challenging!
Fitting in time for ME has always posed a challenge. I am the mama to three adult children, and three at home through foster care. Two of my three at home have VERY HIGH needs. The other one, well, she is THREE, need I say more?
Stick around of you want to take this journey with me, it could prove to be very entertaining ;)
You can follow me on social media as Dr_Kymberlee. I have SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope and I love new followers
Remember, it's NEVER too late to start again!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Together WE CAN change lives!

The Story

3.6 million American children are reported as abused, abandoned and neglected. This includes children in our own communities. Royal Family Kids Camps (RFKC) values these children, and has chosen to take tangible action, touching the lives of these children through week long camps throughout the US. These camps DO make a difference

My own foster children have attended these camps for the last 8 years. It was while picking up my children two years ago, that I looked around and noticed that a great number of these children had their belongings in trash bags.  It is my goal to get NEW duffle bags to as many children as we can to give them a succesful foundation for camp. 

Our starting goal is 100 children attending camp THIS summer. 

Children of abuse, abandonment and neglect do not start their lives with the same advantages as “normal kids.”  They are lonely and wounded—abused, abandoned and neglected—in need of hope, and deserving of a better future.These children move from home to home and sometimes on a moments notice, all too often all they have in their lives is the few things they can grab. Wouldn't it be nice to show them that their things are VALUABLE and not trash and give them a decent place to store their "treasures" they collect from camp. The bag would also serve as a positive reminder to the time they spent at camp each and every time they had to pull it out and pack their belongings.  

Join my family in helping these kids build a better future, give them a bag of HOPE. You may not be able to be a foster parent, but you CAN positively impact the life of a foster child. :)



If your business or employer has a giving program and would like to offer the kids any in kind donations, please contact me directly


  • Annually, 3.6 million cases of child abuse*, neglect or abandonment are reported in America.
  • One of these victims dies every six hours due to that abuse*. But you can make a difference — through your support of Royal Family KIDS.
  • Royal Family KIDS, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible, as allowed by law.


    It costs $500 to sponsor a child for camp.
    Any donation makes a difference!

    *Use the drop down menu (select a fund) to designate your gift to the Royal Family Kids Camp

    RFKC Federal Taxpayer I.D. Number is 33-0380021

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

    Help The Journey


    Travelling 50 Countries helping 50 Charities OVER 6 Continents this is one EPIC Journey #HelpTheJourney

    You can choose to help one of the charities Derek is supporting or you can help sustain Derek as he travels to raise funds. Whatever you chose to do, PLEASE take action today!!


    You can either help one of the missions he is on as well - currently a group of amazing people I am associated with are raising funds to help build houses in Nepal. If you would like to HELP THE JOURNEY and be a part of this community effort please do!
    While making your donation, please check the box on the 2nd screen (Dedicate this donation in honor of someone.) and enter Dan Moore or DansPeeps in the name box.

    Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Letter to a Foster Child

    I did NOT write this, although I wish I had - the origin can be found HERE

    Dear past foster child,
    How are you doing?  Do you ever think of us, your temporary foster family?  We think of you.  You probably had more of an impact on us than you know.  Odds are, we will never meet again, but there are so many things I want to tell you.
    If you were ever in a foster home where you felt loved (or were even in one that you didn’t feel loved, it is still possible you were loved, but your family didn’t know how to show you love the way you wanted it, or you weren’t in a place to receive it), this message is for you.
    We had several of you come stay with us – some for just a few short days, but some for months.  We remember the day you first came to us.  There was always the anticipation and flurry of activity after we got the call.  We rarely knew much about you, because we were given information on a “need to know” basis.  This meant that we had to guess at a lot of things, like what you liked to eat, how you liked to be held, how you went to sleep.  We rarely got it right in the beginning.  We put you in a bed at 8, and you were used to staying up until you crashed on the floor around 11 or 12.  We fed you baked chicken and milk, you wanted chicken nuggets and Dr. Pepper.  You still took a bottle at night, but we didn’t know that, so you cried every night as we tried different ways of rocking you to sleep.
    We didn’t understand you, but we tried.  We tried to piece together what you wanted or had been through by things you said or things the caseworker told us.  Some of you arrived hyper and wired and seemed ready to take on the world (and us!).  Some of you arrived “blank”.  We knew there was a person inside, but we couldn’t find you at first.  Then slowly, we got to know you.  One day, there was a spark.  You showed us a piece of your soul.  We cried for joy when that happened; you were so full of promise!  We started to have more fun together.  You also got more comfortable with us and started to rebel.  It made it harder for us, but we were glad because we were starting to see the real you.
    The longer we had you, the more we loved you.  We tried to show you, but we know it didn’t always work.  We are a family too, full of imperfections.  We are sorry that our daughter freaked out when you sneezed on her at the dinner table.  I mean REALLY FREAKED OUT.  I know she apologized to you later, but it must have been scary at the time.  I am sorry for giving you multiple directions then being frustrated with you when you didn’t follow them.  It took me a week to figure out that you really didn’t understand. I thought you were defying me on purpose.  We are sorry it took us a few weeks to realize your rash was scabies.  The caseworker told us it was eczema.  We are sorry you got your immunizations twice.  The doctor’s office hadn’t recorded that your mom had done it the week before you came to us.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  We have a lot more “I’m sorry’s” that we would tell you.
    We want you to know that we still think about you and talk about you.  We wonder where you are at.  We play the question game as a family – How old would he be now?  Then we go on, “What do you think she looks like?  Remember how beautiful her hair was?  Remember how hard it was to comb the tangles and how much she hated us brushing it?  What grade would he be in?  Do you think his parents stayed together?  I wonder if he’s broken any bones yet?  (He used to climb on everything).  Is there someone loving him?
    We also reminisce.  We talk about something you did that was cute or funny or scary or naughty.  Remember how much she liked “so big”.  Remember when she was so sick and we stayed up all night with croup then finally took her to the emergency room because we were so scared?  Remember her favorite movie she wanted to watch over and over and over?  Remember how he would sing in the car?  Remember how she would yell when we left the library?  Remember when she ran from us in the store and we couldn’t catch her?  Remember how he would randomly hit whoever sat next to him in the car?
    We still get out your pictures and ooh and awe over you.  We pray for you.  We hope you are doing well.  We also want you to know that we would have kept you if we could.  Sometimes, we knew it was really best that you went back to your family.  They loved you and just needed the time to figure things out.  They didn’t know how to parent or had to take care of an addiction.  Other times, we sent you home and were afraid for you.  We didn’t think your parents were ready, but it wasn’t up to us.  As much as we loved you, we didn’t have any rights to you.  We gave our opinions, but we never knew if they were ever taken into account (It usually didn’t seem like it).  We did what we could, but it never felt like enough.  Sometimes we think about what we could have done differently.  Would it have made a difference?  We don’t know.
    We have talked about finding you when you turn 18.  Most of you were young though, so you really wouldn’t even remember us.  We do want you to know that we did not choose to abandon you. You were in a system where we were not allowed to be in contact with you after you left us.  If we knew your parents, we tried.  Sometimes they let us stay in your life, sometimes they didn’t.
    No matter what you take from this, we want to you to always know that we still love you and always will.