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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

What Were Ya Thinkin’ Wednesday

What Were Ya Thinkin’ Wednesday

So I am sitting at my computer in the kitchen and I hear this “Click-click…slam, click-click…slam” coming from the garage. After more than a minute I go out to see what is going on. I see my oldest daughter, my eyebrow furrows, and I ask the unanswerabel question “Why are you doing that?” Our old microwave was on the gargae floor and ... Read More »

Freedom Sweeping

Freedom Sweeping

“Don’t step in my pile!” Isn’t that what you scream when you’re sweeping and the kids come running through. But it’s too late and they walk right through the weeks worth of dirt, cheerios, dog hair and dead box elder bugs (OK sometimes it’s not quite a weeks worth). Then they keep walking on into your hall with the carpet tracking ... Read More »

A Mid-Morning Mommy Boost!

A Mid-Morning Mommy Boost!

Are you looking for a little mid-morning boost? Something to look forward to every morning with your coffee and cronut? Then stop by my blog! You can even subscribe to get it delivered right to your email. *Short, lighthearted Mom stories (daily mateiral provided by my darling, clever children, six of them, ages 6-15) * Funny videos *Participate in  “What were ya ... Read More »

To Market We Go

To Market We Go

Anyone else’s fridge empty after the long MEA weekend? I’m off to the market (doesn’t that sound easy?). I loved this video becasue we do have sooooo many choices. But, before we even get to deciding whether we want the gluten-free organic seed crackers we have to decide which of the eight local “markets” we want to go to (or should ... Read More »

Life Skills for 1st Graders

Life Skills for 1st Graders

Yeah, we all know the importance of reading, writing, and arithmatic (and apparently coding-new to our curriculum this year) but what about the important life skills that every child needs to learn before graduating, ready to face the rigors of college (or vocational school, or a job, or whatever it takes for the child to be able to support themselves and ... Read More »

Bigger Kids, Bigger “Needs”?

Bigger Kids, Bigger “Needs”?

1st grader: Mom I need paper towel roll for a project at school. 5th grader: Mom, I need a tiny screw for my Bass Clarinet so one of the valve-thingy’s doesn’t fall off. 7th grader: Mom, I need 6 different bugs for science, we can freeze them in our freezer! 10th grader: Mom, I need a suit, tie, shoes, corsage…and ... Read More »

#emptyhouse

#emptyhouse

If Cassie and Callie were my only kids I would have a big head. I’d be blogging about all you other parents who just need to relax and nurture the best in your child. I’d give advice on how you just need consistent boundaries and love, and all will be grand. Fortunately (depending how you look at it) I have other children that have me ... Read More »

Wholesome Homemade Lunches…

Wholesome Homemade Lunches…

that’s where I started…in my planning for the new school year.  I made an Excel spreadsheet of everything I would make for the kids’ lunches, replicating the Government approved Myplate precicesly (apparently the food pyramid I grew up with was insufficient and produced a generation of nuerotic overachievers who make Excel spreadheets of what to feed their family…good thing they changed it).  But it doesn’t ... Read More »

Dog Needs vs. Kid Needs

Dog Needs vs. Kid Needs

4 Basic needs of a dog: 1. Feed me 2. Let me out to “whiz or poo” (the dog trainers vocabulary I’m learning) 3. Take me for a walk 4. Show me some love (pet me, rub my tummy, play with me)   4 Basic needs of a kid: 1.  Feed me, but not that vegetarian lasagna you made the ... Read More »

“How’s it Going with the New Puppy?”

“How’s it Going with the New Puppy?”

Remember in the 10th grade when your English teacher had you write a descriptive essay? She emphasized how you want to draw your reader in by writing about all five senses. Here’s my descriptive essay about our drive to the cabin for the 4th of July…with the new puppy. The sun shone bright through the windshield like a beam of ... Read More »