Hello! Let me introduce you to my little family on the prairie! We’re a family of four, one adult (I guess that’s me) and three wild-child-things. We’re a pretty awesome adoptive family knit together with love and chaos and chocolate.
33 34 (oh gosh, how did this happen?). Single, stubborn, slightly-crazy mother of three awesome kids. I grew up in Montana, left briefly for a stint in college to ‘find myself’ and came back to my roots to find my children. I am an atheist, but I believe in the power of love and willpower. I believe in magic and miracles and the mysteries of science. I believe in shaping your own destiny. As far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a foster and adoptive parent, and though it’s been a rough ride, I’ve accomplished that dream threefold. I’ve walked paths far less traveled by than the average person, and as the poem says, that has indeed made all the difference.
My oldest. She joined our family at age six along with her sister, Little Bit. They were only supposed to stay a couple months, but destiny had other plans. Beautiful and a touch shy. Loves her mama and sometimes her siblings, animals and music, art and movies and all things outdoors. Big Girl is 10, and will be eleven before the year is through. She’s beginning to grow from a child into the barest outline of the young woman she will one day be, and it terrifies and awes us both. She will begin grade 5 this July and will be homeschooled to assist with trauma-related delays and her emotional needs both.
My middle child, age 9. He came to me most recently, joining our family in February of 2014 as an adoptive placement. He’s my only boy, and the only child I brought into my home with the expectation that he would stay forever. He’s handsome and sweet, charming and hilarious. He loves people and books and riding his bike. He loves his mama and he’s not afraid to say so. Adults everywhere find him the most funny, adorkable little boy they’ve ever met. Despite delays related to severe trauma, he’s catching up to his peers and doing great in public school, where he will remain for fourth grade this year.
She’s the baby of the family, at 8-I-can’t-believe-it years of age. Brought into the family at three, she remembers very little of her previous families. She’s absolutely fearless, much to Mama’s dismay and delight both. Loves nature – animals, plants AND bugs – and all things athletic and wild. Insatiably curious about everything. She’s my wild child, headstrong and spirited. She was the youngest in her class at school, barely making the age cutoff for kindergarten when she started. She has had a love/hate relationship with school, and will be homeschooled this year for third grade.