My Valentine

This guy πŸ₯°πŸ₯° loving you forever won’t be long enough. Love you so much PC. Can’t wait til you are home with is again. Happy valentines day πŸ₯°πŸ₯° #happyvalentinesday #valentines #valentine #beemine #bemyvalentine #happyloveday #love #husbandandwife #husband #militarylife #sahm #mom #mum #largefamily #yestheyareadopted #aussie #aussiemum #aussiesofinstagram #parents #doinglifetogether #familyfirst #alwaysandforever #loveyoutothemoonandback #badmom #momlife #instamom

2013 – 5 becomes 8

2013

The new year brought pure happiness. We had our family, we were ready to get into the adoption seminar and life was going pretty smoothly.

Then one fine day in April the boys were in daycare and I was going to brunch with my girlfriend. Ducked to the loo and my phone kept ringing. It was our case manager. A message came. Do you want a baby girl? I redialled and she picked up straight away. I hope you want a girl I said yes. This baby girl ended up being 2 girls 14 months and 13 years. 

Excitement and nerves filled me. Yay girls but oh my gosh a teenager. We are still in our 20s. How will we do with a teenager?? 

A few hours passed and the baby girl arrived. She was so tiny and just the most adorable little monkey ever. The teenager didn’t come. They were unable to find her as she was not at home so they would bring her when she resurfaces. Don’t worry if she runs they said, she’s street smart. 

The next morning we attempted brunch again… we sit down in the coffee shop and my phone rings. We have the teenager and will be at your house in half an hour. She has nothing. She is a average 12 year old size she will need clothes. Being right next to a clothes boutique I grabbed a few items and miss T and I headed home to meet her sister who turned out to be of average size if she was an 8 year old. 

They boys came home and hubby finished work early. Next minute there was a knock and a little blonde twelvie full of attitude was waiting. They came in we did introductions showed herthe room that was now hers and we were a family of 7.

Exactly 1 month after we got our girls we got another call . A bio brothers placement fell through can we have him for a week while they look for another option…. That week is still going 7 years and an adoption day later.

We didn’t know it then but this is how our family would stay forever.

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Special needs

When you have so many kids with different then average needs life can get crazy!

People can be very Judgemental especially when theyΒ  don’t “look” special needs.

A bit of insight to what we deal with daily is 5 x adhd, 2 x odd, 1 x dmdd, 2 x intellectual disabilities, 1 x chromosome duplication and 1 x asd.


So if you see me in the street and I look stressedΒ  or tired this is why.

Sometimes just getting through breakfast can be a challenge πŸ™‚

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2012

2012 started as a year of promise. We were getting our groove parenting 3 kids. We got to know them, their personalities and their little quirks. Don’t get me wrong 3 under 3 was really hard work but we loved them so much.

We started to enquire about adoptions and look into getting into the adoption seminars (a compulsory step which you both had to attend). The waiting lists were long and they didn’t hold them frequently. We gathered information and met other families that had been through or were taking the steps we were to adopt.

We met families where the process took 4 -6 years. That was an overwhelming thought. Back then they also told us that the kids had to live with us for 2 years before we could apply. We were just over 1 year in.

Nate got sent away with the defence. A 6 month exercise. 6 months alone …. With 3 kids… under 3.. that shall be interesting. Luckily my bestie J lived and worked closeby and spend most waking hours (and alot of sleeping ones too) at our house the help. Without her who knows how I would handed coped. I will be forever grateful.

Of course the week Nate goes away we get invitations to the adoption seminar that I have to decline.. 4 months later more invitations, I tell them we need to put it on hold til he is home.

When Nate finally got home it was hard to adjust to having him home again. We had gotten into strict routines and I had set things I did and he got in my way! This is something most military families go through. It takes a week or 2 to get back insync. Then it was Christmas again.

Where did the year go? We had been parents to these 3 beautiful boys for 18months!
Life was crazy but settled but we couldn’t be happier πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• #endometriosis #endowarrior #pcos #pcosawareness #infertility #unexplainedinfertility #ovulation #ttc #family #mum #momlife #women #mumlife #aussiemum #parenting #largefamilies #5ormorekids #6kids #fostercare #adoption #momlifeisthebest #honestmotherhood #parentingishard #lifeishard #parenthood #lifewithkids #momtruth #instamom #ivf #fostering

2011 – first Christmas with kids

Our first Christmas as parents was so amazing. Santa was so good to everyone!

Knowing we had permanent care orders made it even better!

We decided to get on the road and spend Xmas with our Victorian relatives. We couldn’t wait to share our joy with everyone!

We also knew we could now look into what needed to happen for adoption.

Life was great!

We spent time with family, went to the zoo, made cookies for Santa ot was perfect!

We had our family our 3 kids what could be better then that?

Don’t get me wrong it was hard work! The kids had no people or social skills but we would support them however we could forever.

The second we met them we just knew we were all meant to be!

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A decade of memories

As we kick off 2020 I can’t help but think of the decade that was. A decade ago we were starting the year thinking we would never be parents. All our fertility treatments so far had failed. We hoped and prayed we would get there but our hearts were a little broken. We had no idea that 2010 would be the start. The year we would decide to be foster carers, the first year of many assesments, the year that changed our lives. 10 years ago we could never have dreamed we would be here today. Mum and dad to SIX kids. Six kids that drive us crazy every day but who we couldn’t picture life without. Here are some photos over the last decade.
Dreams can come true.
Have courage and be kind.
Miracles do happen. #adoptedfamily #adoption2019 #adecadeoflove #endowarrior #pcos #instamom #makingmemories #family #mumof6 #largefamily #aussiemum #momlife #momofboys #momofgirls #parenting #badmom #ivf #infertility #miracleshappen #staystrong #loveislove #familycamping #lifewithkids #relateable #fostercare #momblogger #watchthemgrow #mymotherhood #mummahood #thehappynow

Special gifts

Mum and dad give us experiences for Christmas. We are going on a cruise this year!!!

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Special 2018 memory

Special memory.. 2018 Santa experience. Knowing they were very soon to be adopted Santa ditched the Christmas book and made it all about adoption πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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2011 – officially carers

2011

Over the next few months we had around 20 kids come through our house. Some we were really sad to see go and others we were exhausted and happy for a break (though sometimes that break was only long enough to change sheets!)

In April we decided to try another frozen ivf cycle. They decided to thaw our final 3 embryos. We did all the prep we were ready to go and we got a call to say none of them survived the thawing process. I was of course disappointed but a part of me was relieved as I was still not over the last traumatic transfer day.

No time to dwell we were very busy. Lots of visitations, medical appointments, school meetings for various kids. It was July our lives really changed.

We got a call for 1yo twins and a 2yo.. all boys.. heartbreaking backgrounds and in need of some extra special love. They were emergency care but our connection was instant. We knew we were supposed to be a family.

Days before christmas in 2011 we got a call to say they now had permanent care orders until the age of 18 (it was a long and stressful 5 months but so full of love and zero regrets). We knew when the opportunity presented itself we would adopt them. Our family was complete. Family of 5 (outnumbered by boys πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) we thought that would be it!

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2010/2011 foster care

During our failed attempts to conceive we came across another military family who had a gorgeous little baby girl and also fostered kids. They had been doing it for a while and growing up her mum also fostered.

Every day I count my lucky stars that we met them. If we didn’t, we most likely wouldn’t be here now.

They told us their stories and with their support and help we started our own fostering journey.

Fostering had always been something we had thought about but really didn’t know a whole lot about.

Everyone always asks if it was a hard decision and what made us do it, but the truth is we give everything our all. We knew there were kids who needed a home and we had a home that needed kids. What else is there?

So we made the enquiry and …bam … we were on the road to getting authorised.

It took us longer then average to get approved. The main reason being every time we booked an assessment or meeting that we both had to attend hubby was sent away for work.

Others often asked us how it would work with military life. Our thoughts were that if it was supposed to work it would. If it didn’t work out at least we have it everything and we would have no regrets.

After 9 months of assesments, enquiries and shared lives, shared stories training we got the big tick of approval (well it was actually a short phone call).

We got told in feb 2011 that we were approved and we couldn’t be happier.

No time to dwell on it the phone rang again and we had kids on route to our house!

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