About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tag: ‘foster-care’

    Still here, still waiting, still trying to get organized. ha

    Monday, July 18th, 2016

    Our internet was down off and on for two weeks.

    So I used it as a good excuse to not blog.

    Documenting half of my family is getting old.

    Really old.


    My plan is to start at the beginning and share month to month how we got here but I am still not sure when I can start that.

    I took this of my friend and her daughter at their adoption party last month.

    I was glad to go but being around other people not dealing with the same things I am dealing with makes me feel like an outsider.

    It is odd.


    My life is just different.

    Thankfully I have friends who adopt and foster so I don’t feel totally alone.

    I have been surrounded by amazing friends.

    One day I would like to hang out with them again 🙂

    Impatiently waiting for change.

    Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

    Patience is not my strong suit.

    I did not like waiting 9 months for my boys due date.

    I would not even go in the nursery because it would make me want it to come quickly.

    So right now I am waiting on change.

    I don’t like it.

    My husband says there is no hurry.

    There is a hurry.

    It is called I don’t like waiting…

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    Some change I am happy to put off though.

    Like my husband saying this cottonwood needs to come down.

    It is the cottonwood with the rope swing that gets the most amazing light at sunset.

    So here he is climbing a tree to cut out a widow maker so that I can keep my tree a bit longer.

    So here is to putting off change and waiting impatiently for it!

    Books and Resources we have found helpful while fostering.

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

    These are some of the resources that I highly recommend to foster parents/adoptive parents or even just parents with difficult children.

    They have totally changed how I parent and how I see my children’s behaviors.

    A lot of children just need to be taught how to deal with frustration and how to calm themselves in the same way they need to be taught how to read.

    It is a rough hard road and if I help make it even a little easier for just one family than I will be happy.

    Parents of children from hard places we can do this!

    For Parents:


    The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

    This book really helps introduce the concept of collaborative problem solving and helping teach kids how to deal with frustration.

    There are some videos on youtube also of Dr. Ross Greene teaching on this concept.

    The Connected Child

    Such a good book about how to parent children from hard places and answers a lot of the why’s behind the behaviors.

    Goes with the TBRI training.

    Empowered to Connect

    Similar to the connected child but with more biblical principles added in.

    They have the study guide available for free on their site!


    Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Training(we bought the training videos but there are free online resources as well).

    Similar to The Connected Child and Empowered to Connect but more in depth.

    For the kids:

    The Angry Octopus

    Teaches easy to follow relaxation techniques in a fun story about an Octopus that gets angry.

    Dealing with Feeling Angry

    A great kids book that gives them ideas of what to do when angry.


    The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep

    We read this book every night!

    It has helped so much with reluctant sleepers!

    Sea Otter Cove: A relaxation story

    Another great book to help teach little one’s how to calm down and relax.