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Our life now consisted of 5 kids under 4 all in nappies, one teen and us. Everywhere we went we needed 2 double prams, we needed to get a bigger car, more furniture, more toys, more storage. There was more appointments, more assessments, more daycare fees. But there was 200% more love. And it was evident from the start we were supposed to find each other. Adoption plans got put on hold as we decided almost immediately that if we could adopt all 6 that’s what we would do. We wanted to do it all together so noone felt superior. Everyone was equal. And everybody would be equal in our family.
As the days went on needs changed, behaviours were up and down and some day to day stuff got harder. We starting pressing for answers.
Without answers how can we make our kids reach their full potential? Without answers how do we really know how to best help them succeed?
I wanted to make sure that when they start school they had all the tools for success.
Our amazing teen did so well. She was ripped out of the only life she knew and had to start at a new school in a new area. Nothing nearby was familiar. They wanted her to repeat the grade she had done. I put my foot down. This amazing, beautiful, resilient teen had been through enough. She was trying her best to make it work and I wouldn’t have them do this. She would break. So we made a deal. We would let her finish out the school year and if she doesn’t reach the grade average we will discuss it. Well in semester 2 I got a letter… we would like to invite you to our awards ceremony as you daughter has exceeded expections in 6 subjects and is receiving excellence awards.
I fought and she blossomed. It was the absolute best feeling. I knew then and there we were going to be fine!
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.
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 💕💕💕 #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
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