In Case You've Lost Count

In Case You've Lost Count

It has been forever since I’ve written, so I thought I’d take a minute to just put a little update out into the blogosphere. I have about four different “update” blogs sitting in my draft folder. But each time I started writing one, our family would change before I could finish it. Such is the life of a foster family. Anyway, our family has (somewhat) stabilized, so I’m hoping to sneak this little update in before anything changes yet again.

First There Were Two

Once upon a time I met a nice guy named Mike. We fell in love, got married, and made a couple of cute babies. Four and a half years ago we started doing foster care. All in all we’ve had 18 kids (including the original two) come through our house – some have stayed permanently, others moved on after just a few weeks or months, and some were only with us for only days.

Now There Are Nine

As of today we have quaint little family of nine. We still have those two babies we made once upon a time, but they’ve grown up a bit. Currently we’ve completed one adoption and we have three more pending, which means (fingers crossed) we should be completing three more adoptions in the next six-ish months (all kids who are already living with us).

Between bio, foster, and adopted we have six who we call “the kids.” The kids are currently 3, 6, 7, 8, 8, and 11 years old. Yes, that’s two eight year olds. No, they’re not twins. This happens when you do out-of-birth-order foster care/adoption. In fact, come January we’ll have triplets for the next six months. We also have an 18 year old foster daughter. From the looks of her disheveled bedroom and mountains of dirty laundry, my guess is that she’ll be living with us for a while still.

That’s A Lotta Change

A little over a year ago we thought our family was complete with the four kids we had at the time. So, naturally, we added three more kids. It’s been one crazy year at our household. We built out two additional bedrooms in what had been our family room. We adjusted to taking two cars on every family outing and vacation. We learned to juggle the schedules of FIVE different schools. We bought stock in Costco. (Just kidding on that last one.)

Anyway, that’s my update. We have seven kids between the ages of 3 and 18. Life is slightly insane right now.

And, no; we are not taking any more kids

Jasmine is foster parent in the Chicago ‘burbs. She and her husband currently have seven kids living at home including their biological, adopted, and foster children. Follow Jasmine on Facebook.

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