Thursday, December 28, 2017

Foster Mom Stories FF - What I learned in 2017

Who knew that 2017 would include headstands, juggling, and baby gate parkour obstacle courses? I sure didn't know what 2017 would bring.

So, how did these things come about?

Headstands were a goal I set back in December (2016) along with a couple other new poses, that I failed to master. 

As I'm sure you can imagine, Juggling was not something that I intended to pick up this last year. It actually came about when we were gifted some awesome toy balls for the kids. Seriously, the textured ball sets are AMAZING! Everyone in the house, including adults had a good time with them. Some of us juggled and bounced them while others tried to eat them. I'll let you guess who did what.

Baby gate parkour became a necessary to maneuver around the house since we legally need gates up during naps and our house is laid out funny. 2017 was a blur and it was hard, but looking back, I'm glad it happened and I tried my best to make the best of it.

What new skills did you learn or practice this last year? What are some goals you would like to take on next year? 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Foster Mom Stories FF - What's This Series About?

Hey you,

I considered starting a new blog all about the joys and lessons associated with fostering. The first experience was hard. I was sick for most of it with Mono and Hepatitis (long story, Drs overdosed me on Benadryl when I had an allergic reaction to a medication) and anyone who has raised children knows that taking on two toddlers as our first placement was absolutely crazy.

Anyways, instead of starting a new blog I decided that this would fit in perfectly with my religion blog. This blog is all about my faith and what I study about the belief systems and worldviews of others. Not every post will talk about God but there is no doubt that I would have made it through parenting without daily turning to God for help, studying the Word and God as a perfect parent, as well as trusting that God knew what He was doing even when I didn't see the significance. Sooo, here goes a new series all about my Foster Mom Stories.

So, What's Next?

We are not sure what our next placement will be. We are in the process of praying about what direction to go. Details like how many and their ages are still up in the air. Adoption vs foster care is another topic we are praying over. Regardless, we plan to take on another adventure in the realm of kids and I'm sure you will enjoy following the adventure as much as we enjoy having it. My prayer is that I will learn more about God and grow stronger and gain wisdom through it all.

This Blog Series will be my journal about my experiences as a foster parent. I will share our journey and what I am learning along the way. Though I plan to talk about the struggles and challenges, there is so much that needs to be kept private and I intend to maintain privacy for the sake of our littles and their families, as well as our personal sanity. Know that it is tough and there will be times I only share the positive to keep myself in check. Also, I do not always share as life is happening.

In this series, you can expect to read about the grace and mercy of God, as well as redemption and hope. I suppose the opposite of these things would include the sinful nature inherent in children and parents alike. I will also share what I learn about parenting children who have been through more than most of us see.

I hope that you will have a new understanding of foster parents and foster children from following this series.

You can also follow the hashtag with the same name over on Instagram to see more of my stories and corresponding artwork as well.

Thank you for starting this journey with us!
Love,
Felicia Follum

Friday, May 29, 2015

My Dilemma About SCK RLGN

It's been so long since I've updated this blog and inevitability my views on things have changed. Maybe I have learned more or simply disagree based on a variety of possible reasons.
There are also some old posts that I'm debating on whether I want them public...not like many people stumble upon my blog though.
This has always been a space to wrestle with ideas, debate, and even play devils advocate, with myself. And I created it as a place where I could speak freely, learn, and make a few mistakes along the way.
Though, I'm  not sure that I want my personal name and art associated with everything I've posted in the past...
Well for now. My art site is more important (to spend editing time on) so I'm leaving some junk (my current view) up on here. One day I may return and clean this hoarders nest of word vomit....
Just some art from Feliciafollum.com

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hindu Temples in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal



As a student of religious studies and philosophy I of course am fascinated with various religions. As I traveled throughout India I took several opportunities to explore the Hindu (and other) temples. This video shares a small portion of a couple of the Devi Goddess Temples in New Delhi. As I walk through be sure to look at all the art and beauty you can see in the highly decorative Hindu culture.


This video consists of two separate ceremonies. The first half is a ceremony from a village near Bishnapur in West Bengal and the second is from Madhya Pradesh. For more insight into what is going on be sure to check out my YouTube page to see (and join in) the conversation with a Bengali man in response to this video. He has some great insight.

Though I have not posted them to my YouTube account, I plan to have at least one more pooja video in addition to several videos from a guided Khajuraho tour.

I will continue to share many more videos from my time in India so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube account as well as my Facebook and Art Blog to actually see how India impacted me and my art. As I share more and more of my artwork inspired by my travels in India I am sure that these videos will help you understand where this new inspiration is coming from.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Exercise is Healthy

"Exercise is good for your body, but religion helps you in every way. It promises life now and forever."

Monday, August 13, 2012

Heaven's Very Speacial Child

Photo from National Down Syndrome Society

I work at a creative arts center (read more about the Cooper Center here or follow them on Facebook) for people with people who have disabilities teaching language arts and art.  One day for my cultural reading class we read poems by and able people with disabilities.  One of the girls with Down Syndrome fell in love with this one titled "Heaven's Very Special Child."  She even made me print a copy for her to take home.

Just thought I would share the joy.

Heaven's Very Speacial Child

A meeting was held quite far from Earth!
It's time again for another birth.
Said the Angels to the LORD above,
This Special Child will need much love.

His progress may be very slow,
Accomplishments he may not show.
And he'll require extra care
From the folks he meets down there.

He may not run or laugh or play,
His thoughts may seem quite far away,
In many ways he won't adapt,
And he'll be known as handicapped.

So let's be careful where he's sent,
 We want his life to be content.
Please LORD, find the parents who
Will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away
The leading role they're asked to play,
But with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.

And soon they'll know the privilege given
In caring for their gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild,
Is HEAVEN'S VERY SPECIAL CHILD.


by Edna Massionilla December 1981 The Optomist- newsletter for PROUD Parents Regional Outreach for Understanding Down's Inc.

If you are more of an art fan be sure to check out my social justice art blog and my Facebook Art page.  I am in the process of creating a series of posters dealing with the fascinating history of people with disabilities.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Stories

I found this post about getting to know people's stories on Donald Miller's blog. 

Talking to people about their life is one of the best ways to get to know someone.  This article offers some great ideas for questions to ask to help you dig a little deeper than basic small talk.

Next time you are at church, a party, or just hanging out with friends ask some deep questions.