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Part One : The Storm is Brewing

I have chosen to write my anxiety story in 3 parts because I would like to break it down. All 3 parts are equally important and equally heavy. Here is my “before”. My storm that was brewing. I believe my anxiety started when my dad passed away. He suffered a lot and I was there. I will just say it was life changing for me. I didn’t see the world in the same bubble-wrapped, light… Read More »Part One : The Storm is Brewing

I have 11 kids. I am still winging it. Seriously. They all have drastically different personalities. I have a different personality one day to the next! There are no right answers. There are no books on how to be the perfect parent. (I would have read it). You know why? We are different. Different families with different personalities, different morals and different connections. That is what really matters. Connection. There are no right answers. We… Read More »

Adoption – Our Children Have 2 Moms

When fostering and getting a placement a million different feelings surface. Excitement, nervousness, overwhelmed and sadness. I expected sadness when it came to the situation the Little was in. What I didn’t expect was the sadness I would feel for their parents. As a foster parent I have had many feelings toward parents. Confusion, anger and most often Compassion. I am a mom. How do I not feel the stabbing my heart out feeling most… Read More »Adoption – Our Children Have 2 Moms

Anxiety and Alcohol

I have a confession. Alcohol helps with my anxiety. In the moment it calms my nerves and it calms my mind. No longer am I jumping from one thought to the next. The dread eases. I relax. 3 years ago I started on medication for anxiety. Something I didn’t know I had until I was pregnant for my 3yo son. I thought I was going crazy. In a way I was. I suffered greatly for… Read More »Anxiety and Alcohol

Life is beautiful. Life is amazing. And it really is! Someone mentioned that maybe my content is all really heavy and it is. It is all heavy. I need to tie in all of the moments that are crazy beautiful because there are many. I want to help people. I feel like The Real doesn’t happen often so I want to share The Real. The Real teens. The Real fostering and adoption. The Real being… Read More »

My #1 Piece of Advice for Foster Parents

Ron and I started discussing adoption when we lived in a small 2 bedroom house with 6 kids. The worker that came out for the initial talk was gracious enough not to laugh. I don’t think I could have kept a straight face if I were her. I just wanted this so badly. Eventually we moved to a larger house and one of the first things I did was call CAS to get the process… Read More »My #1 Piece of Advice for Foster Parents

A Bit of Funny for Sunday

I am going to start my fostering/adoption category with a fun post. The hard can wait. On occasion CAS (Children’s Aid Society) will have training to help foster parents learn about how to help children in our care. I pull up at CAS ready to learn! I get up to the door and the intercom is repeating CODE ORANGE repeatedly. I am supposed to know what each code represents but I didn’t. I am standing… Read More »A Bit of Funny for Sunday