I am a mom to eight lovely children, four grew within me and four grew apart from me, but all have grown in my heart. We have been together as one forever family since July 2016, after a two and half year long adoption journey that began with our first orphan hosting trip through Project143.
My blog originated with the beginning of our adoption journey. My very first post, “How do you do it” answers the question I was first posed endlessly–“How do you decide to adopt five siblings all at once?” Click on the link and find the answer to that question and read my all-time most viewed post.
For those who are curious about the endless stacks of paperwork it takes to complete an international adoption, you may want to take a peek at my post “the paper chase” that explains a bit of the beginning steps of our adoption journey, with regards to the mounds of paperwork it entails.
Additional questions, such as the reason why we chose international versus domestic adoption or why we chose to adopt older children, click and see the post titled, “Questions” which addresses these and more.
For an insider’s view of our first hosting trip with the boys, look at the post “Interview Questions with Tiny Green Elephants”.
For those who may think we never faced problems or struggles or fear or doubt during our adoption, please see these following posts that addresses all of these issues.
- Fear is a liar
- The Battle
- (Almost) Missed Blessings
- Bearing with one another
- If at first you don’t succeed…
Our adoption was made final in Latvia on Thanksgiving Day 2016. How appropriate. You can view a photo video of our journey over the past two years at my post, “Whatever you do just don’t lost heart.”
As for me, here is a little bit more about my background. I have my Master’s degree in Education with my Teaching Certificate to teach K-8th grade, from The University of Michigan (GO BLUE!). My undergraduate degree is in Psychology with a Social Work minor. Working with vulnerable children is something I have always been drawn to. I have worked as a youth mentor, behavioral therapist for autistic children, and I have worked for several groups homes as both a child care counselor and later as a Director of Training. In the public school system I taught grades PK, K, 2, 3, and 4 and subbed them all. Finally, for a few years I opened a home-based preschool which I loved! Currently I’m happy to be able to homeschool my children and spend time with my loving husband of 17 years who works in the medical field.
A photo of all the littles taken recently.Not pictured above is my wonderful 21-year old daughter, who is my right-hand woman. I don’t know what I would do without her help!
A photo of our entire family taken Christmas 2016.
Today our kiddo makeup now looks like this: 21, 11, 10, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4. If you are following along closely on my blog, you may have noticed we are missing one boy (the now almost 15 year old boy whom we hosted four times). You can read more about why this is in my post, The Battle.
UPDATE::: God is a God of redemption, and this 15 year old I mention above is NOW 17 and officially our son! Praise God! You can read the story in my post, Replace fear with FAITH.
Our kiddo makeup now looks like this: 24, 17, 14, 12, 12, 10, 9, 7, 6. the photo below was taken the day after coming home from our second adoption of our oldest son.
As I said, I originally started this blog to talk about our beginning adoption journey. As we are nearing the end of our official adoption and immigration part of that journey, I believe my blog will evolve to cover new topics. I hope to branch out and share a little more about how my home functions and what I have learned over my twenty-four year parenting journey that continues. Writing on the blog is creative fun for me. I enjoy the interactive atmosphere of the blogging style of writing. As I move forward with the blog, I want to share, learn, inspire, encourage, help, teach and connect. Thanks for stopping by and reading through.😍