Archives for the month of: December, 2015

all star


We were pleased when Seneca and Raven were asked to participate on the Lower Elwha Tribe’s teams at an inter-tribal basketball tournament. Held annually, seven tribes sent teams and the play took place at Squaxin Island near Shelton, over the weekend.

Raven was one of the taller boys in his division and did well especially on defense. He has been playing JV basketball for Stevens Middle School, so was in practice.

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It was Seneca though, who amazed us. Lower Elwha is a small tribe and they had only six kids to send, two girls. And since the rules say that there must be two girls on the floor at all times, she played the entire tournament.

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They lost the first game in a good fight and Ted and I weren’t there for the second day’s games. However they won both of those games so we went back for the finals.   We were pleased to see how much the team had improved after having played a few games together.   And Seneca had become a little fighter, with a very strong defense. They won the first game and then went on to play the very team they had played the first round.

They led from the beginning with Seneca getting rebound after rebound and passing the ball to the boys who were better shooters.

the winning team

And so the Lower Elwha’s won the championship for their age group.

And to top it off, Seneca was given the “All Star” award, given to only one girl and one boy player.

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We are grateful to the Lower Elwha Tribe for making this opportunity possible and we are very proud of Seneca. And Raven too!!




Seneca is dressed for a party!

Last night was the Christmas party for foster families. Even our older kids look forward to this party.

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Food was colorful and plentyful

There was turkey and ham and all of the trimmings, but the big event, of course, was the visit from Santa.

Even Raven was willing to chat with Santa for a moment. Santa asked about his interests: art? No. music? No, sports: Yes!

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Raven chats with Santa

Each child is given a stocking when they have finished talking with Santa. Sunbonnet Sue Quit Club members sew stockings each year and they are varied, fun and colorful. And each is filled with goodies and surprises. Headphones, mittens, gum, deodorant, and jacks were among the favorite items for Seneca and Raven.

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Stocking waiting to be delivered to eager kids


For us it is an opportunity to see children who were in our foster home in the past, as we typically care for children when they first come into care until a more permanent placement can be found for them. We found six children who had stayed with us and there were many hugs as the kids reconnected.

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She loved her mittens!!

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This event is put on by the North Olympic foster Parent Association. Many thanks folks.