Hello to all of you readers! Do I have one? Well... if not now, I am extremely hopeful to have at least one in the future. Hey, the sky's the limit! Right?
Well let me introduce myself. I am married... 12 years now. Yay! Quite the accomplishment! I have 6 children. Ok... 4 are 18-25 so I guess they aren't exactly children. But still... they are mine. The younger 2 are 10 and 6. I also care for my mother. She's been with me for about 25 years. Back when I was a single parent she would babysit for me - a lot - so I guess we're about even by now. And we have a dog. A very large, overweight black lab who thinks he's a puppy.
I was a single mother for 12 years before I got re-married. I know what it's like to stand in the food stamp line or shop at thrift stores (we still do that... it's in style now!). I know how it feels to have to decide if you should pay rent or buy food for the kids... and out of frustration... just order a pizza!
I've had to deal with many issues along the way. My mother was diagnosed with Meniere's disease which meant she couldn't babysit my kids and she needed a doctors care. She had no insurance so it was a great relief when she was old enough to recieve social security.
Getting married again was a whole new deal. My kids went from wondering why their 'real' dad wasn't around - to not understanding that their new step-father wasn't a 'fairy tale' dad. It was a hard adjustment and we still face issues like these today.
Throw in a few rebellious teenage years; addictions, sibling rivalry, poor decisions, wrong choices and you'll get the idea of what we've come through.
Thankfully God has brought us through it all. I am proud of my children and who they have become (and are becoming). I am very blessed! My husband is a great father and provider. My mother has come a long way and is actually healthier than she thinks. I may whine a bit(or a lot)... but I really can't complain. God is so good to me!!!