Kirsten C

Kirsten C. was born and raised in Texas Hill Country. After becoming a hopelessly devoted Bobcat and earning a degree in Mass Communications-Public Relations at Texas State University, she was wooed by the never-ending culinary options and vibrant street art of Houston and became a transplant. By day she is a marketing enthusiast for a downtown engineering firm, and by night, an over-the-top {and unashamed} dog mom. She and her husband William are licensed foster parents—advocating for children and families—who hope to one day grow their family through adoption. You can follow their unruly journey on their blog, Cornell Chaos. When she’s not trying a new restaurant, playing behind the lens of a Cannon, piddling in the yard, or scouring markets for hidden gems, Kirsten is often found teaching student ministry through Kingsland Baptist Church or escaping at a local coffee spot.
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Know Before You Go: Galveston Edition

It’s Galveston Island time! There is something about crossing the causeway to Galveston Island that slows down the clock. Everything is bathed in sand and sun, and you subconsciously slip into vacation mode. You can...
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How to Support Foster Families in Your Community

There are over 400,000 children and youth currently in foster care. Approximately 1,200 children enter the foster care system every day. The statistics can be absolutely staggering—heartbreaking. And don’t go watching Instant Family either. Called to Support...
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Reading List: Foster Care and Adoption Books for Children

April is all about libraries! We celebrate school libraries and librarian day, but what about our home libraries? For us, it was important for the kids in our home to have books with children...

Adventures of the Lost Boys

“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever in Never Never Land!” – Peter Pan The whimsical...

I Loved Fur First: Lessons in Parenting Learned from My Dogs

When our first foster placement entered our home, we had zero—zilch, nada—parenting experience. Sure, we took the courses, earned our certificates, and I chewed up every blog and podcast I could get my hands...
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Holidays and the Enneagram: How Each Type Celebrates the Season

Ah…the tangle of lights. Never-ending social engagements. The ever-growing list of people to buy for. Dragging 18 boxes of decorations down from the attic. Glitter—everywhere. The spirit of Christmas! Everyone handles the holiday season...

Ice Cream for Breakfast: How Saying Yes Fosters Connection with Kids

When you boil it down, life comes down to a series of yes and no decisions. I cannot remember which study I was working through at the time, but a piece of solid advice...

The Pain of Being the Odd Mom Out

An interesting phenomenon has begun to emerge among my mom community. It seems I have reached the magical age where 90% of my friends either have children or are currently in the process of bringing...

Trader Joe’s: Always in My Cart

Any Joe Schmoe could rave arbitrarily about the delectableness of Trader Joe's cookie butter or tell you to buy the buffalo-style chicken dip. But it takes a truly dedicated fiend to dig into the...

Blowing Up the Lie of a Balanced Life

When exactly did we buy into this lie that we could (and should) indeed live a “balanced” life? A quick search on Google lends all kinds of advice:: 7 Secrets of Successful People for Living a...