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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

A Day with the Opportunity to Inspire

A Day with the Opportunity to Inspire

The girls wanted to know why they didn’t have school today, so I rattled off all the facts I could remember about MLK, then I found this: How MLK Made a Better World in Just 10 Years This was inspiring and created a whole new conversation. What will we be doing to make an impact today…this week…in 10 years?   ... Read More »

Back to the Ol’ Routine

Back to the Ol’ Routine

So the kids go back to school today. I have to say it was really nice to be able to sleep in a little and not rush to get the kids here, there and everywhere, and I don’t think we used the word “homework” once (although it was encouraged at the beginning of break). But there is a certain flow that ... Read More »

Do your New Year’s Resolutions Change After a Loved One has Died?

Do your New Year’s Resolutions Change After a Loved One has Died?

Last week my mother-in-law passed away, right before Christmas. She had severe arthritis for years and was battling COPD, but she was living independently at home and we had just talked to her the week before. So it was not expected, not that death ever is. But losing someone close is hard. I know that statement is not profound, but it ... Read More »

What Mom’s Do for Their Birthdays!

What Mom’s Do for Their Birthdays!

Big Birthday plans today, going out to lunch and off to a concert tonight! (Lunch will be with the girls at the fine dining establishment also known as the girls’ school, followed by a BRAVO music presentation in the 1st grade class, and tonight my husband is taking me out to the MME Band Concert-that’s our 7th grade son’s concert. ... Read More »

Faith-n-Family Fridays: Christmas Traditions

Faith-n-Family Fridays: Christmas Traditions

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Sometimes I forget to emphasize that with my kids, especially the youngest ones. This will be only their 7th Christmas, and those first few years I’m pretty sure they don’t remember. So I want to make sure I am intentional about what traditions we are doing. We have a nativity set (yes, ... Read More »

TBT Parenting

TBT Parenting

Throw Back Thursday Parenting Check out these Paretning Techniques: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195273333817998041/ Photo Credit: lolwall.com Read More »

What Were Ya Thinkin’ Wednesday?-Beaver Badminton

What Were Ya Thinkin’ Wednesday?-Beaver Badminton

Yesterday I searched for “Educational Websites” so that my kids can expand their horizons. They have been on the site “Cool Math Games” which sounds educational except for the part that “math” is rarely included in any of the games. They play this game creatively called Red Ball in which a red ball rolls around jumping through obstacles to get ... Read More »

Snowflakes-Take 5

Snowflakes-Take 5

Sometimes I forget that our youngest kids haven’t done all the same crafts/activities etc. that I did with the older kids. I would have been the Pinterest Queen 10 years ago when our oldest was five, but I’ve kind of moved on from some of that. However, the girls came home chatting about snowflakes so we made paper snowflakes this ... Read More »

Continue to Go About your Business of Doing Good

Continue to Go About your Business of Doing Good

While everything else is going on in the world, people like this are going about their business of doing good: Random Acts of Pasta Read more here: http://www.randomactsofpasta.com/     Text your teen at 10:00 today, just to show you care! Today’s Text: What is one charity you would want to help this Christmas season? Read More »

“Screens and Teens”

“Screens and Teens”

In the past we have limited “screen time” to around an hour a day. That means TV, XBox, computer whatever it is. But the other day it occured to me that our kids that have iPads at school have 7 hours of screen time PLUS what they do at home. I’m trying to get as much information I can before ... Read More »