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About Barren to Bonkers

About Barren to Bonkers
Barren to Bonkers A Mid-Morning Mommy Break

Slide_two_990x550“Barren to Bonkers” is a humorous blog about our life after infertility.  Over 9 years we “gathered” our family members and now are traipsing through life together.  After our first son was born very premature (at 27 weeks) we had multiple losses.  After it was all said and done our family is now:

Cindy (me): former elementary teacher, now stay-at-home mom and author/speaker

Jerad (my husband): finance guy

Joey (15): biological son, born premature at 27 weeks

Johnny (12): son became a part of our family through adoption from Ukraine at age one-and-a-half, adopted “twin” to Josh (we adopted them at the same time, they have the same B-day, they are not biologically related)

Josh (12): son  became a part of our family through adoption from Ukraine at age one-and-a-half,  adopted “twin” to Johnny (we adopted them at the same time, they have the same B-day, they are not biologically related)

Lexi (10): daughter became a part of our family through adoption at birth, domestic open adoption

Cassie (6): biological daughter (twin), born at 26 weeks, carried by a gestational carrier (IVF Surrogate)

Callie (6): biological daughter (twin), born at 26 weeks, carried by a gestational carrier (IVF Surrogate)

The quick timeline was we got married, had Joey 9 months later (3 months premature), had two more babies that passed away, worked with a surrogate, had two more losses, then adopted Josh and Johnny from Ukraine.  Two months later we adopted Lexi (Open adoption from Minnesota)!  So we went from 1 to 4 kids in 3 months, all under the age of 5.  Then we waited another 4 1/2 years and Cassie and Callie were born via IVF and a surrogate, also born 3 months premature!  (Our Mother’s Day is complicated!)  What a wild journey.  I hope you enjoy reading about how we are all learning to live a good life together!

-Cindy

Infant Bonding in Adoption

This month’s Thriving Family Magazine features a pull-out from one of my articles. Here is the full article:   Bonding with an Adopted Newborn By Cindy Rasmussen I was there when she was born. I jockeyed around the other family members, trying to get a glimpse of her. What would she look like? Would it be love at first sight? What ... Read More »

Coming this Fall 2015

6-week Classes beginning September 14, 2015, 9:15-11:15am, Minnetonka Community Ed Center Sharpies and Shakespeare: An Art Class and Book Club in One! Instructor: Cindy Rasmussen A fun, relaxing art and literature class for adults through Minnetonka Community Ed.   September 14, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm, Oak Knoll Church, Minnetonka Minnesota Christian Writer’s Guild Speaker: Cindy Rasmussen First Things First:Elements for success. First ... Read More »

Upcoming Events Fall 2015

6-week Classes beginning September 14, 2015, 9:15-11:15am, Minnetonka Community Ed Center Sharpies and Shakespeare: An Art Class and Book Club in One! Instructor: Cindy Rasmussen A fun, relaxing art and literature class for adults through Minnetonka Community Ed.   September 14, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm, Oak Knoll Church, Minnetonka Minnesota Christian Writer’s Guild Speaker: Cindy Rasmussen First Things First:Elements for success. First ... Read More »

Mom’s Boost Monday: April 6

Mom’s Boost Monday: April 6

Top 10 Daily Boosters: 1. Quote of the Week:               2. Parenting Boost Littles (0-5) Sketch a cartoon on a post-it note for your child(ren) and put it on your fridge. Middles (6-12) Write a note on a post-it to your child(ren) and hide it in their room: (this week’s example) “I like how ... Read More »

Mom’s Boost Monday, March 23

Mom’s Boost Monday, March 23

Top 10 Daily Boosters: 1. Quote of the Week:               2. Parenting Boost Littles (0-5) Sketch a cartoon on a post-it note for your child(ren) and put it on your fridge:     Middles (6-12) Write a note on a post-it to your child(ren) and hide it in their room: (this week’s example) “I ... Read More »

Mom’s Boost Monday March 9

Mom’s Boost Monday March 9

Top 10 Daily Boosters: 1. Quote of the Week:             2. Parenting Boost Littles (0-5) Sketch a cartoon on a post-it note for your child(ren) and put it on your fridge: Middles (6-12) Write a note on a post-it to your child(ren) and hide it in their room: (this week’s example)”I love how you took ... Read More »

Mom’s Boost Monday

Mom’s Boost Monday

Top 10 Daily Boosters: 1. Quote of the Week:               2. Marriage Booster Part 1:Each day share one interesting quote/fact/news story with your spouse (can’t be about carpooling or homework). For example: What is your favorite wine and what does it say about you: Part 2: Each day text yourself a compliment. How is ... Read More »

Why Mom’s Don’t Get Anything Done

Why Mom’s Don’t Get Anything Done

Check out this cute video: http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/comedy/why-moms-really-get-nothing-done/vi-BBhLTFd Now take that sweet video, change the background music to the William Tell Overture; add another toddler, a four-year-old AND a newborn. That’s how I rolled 11 years ago. (Then again my friend from church had a toddler and QUADS, so maybe I should zip-it!) Read More »

Yes! This…

Found this on  the “Finding Joy” blog:   when you feel like you don’t make a difference remember this. . . The way your child’s eyes light up when you pick them up from school. How you know just the right way to tuck sheets up and where to put the kisses goodnight. The infinite number of toilet paper rolls, ... Read More »

Flu Bug 7, Rasmussen’s 1

Flu Bug 7, Rasmussen’s 1

So the stomach flu kicked our butts the last two weeks. Funny how that coincides with my decision to go back to work! (Not laughing.) I knew there would be some scenarios I would need to plan for if I was working, like if someone was sick would my husband or I stay home with them? For the most part our kids ... Read More »