Life here has been good. January is almost over and we have settled into the post holiday peaceful hum of family life again.
Emerson is five months old already. She is a joy and we relish every moment with her.
This spring, our boys will turn eight, our girls will turn six, our two year old will turn three and in the summer, our 18 year old will be off to college.
Time really does fly.
My son’s former Foster Mother, Tammy, called me the other day. She and I have become pretty good friends. We have stayed in contact over the years so she knows that Torren is safe and loved, and so that Torren has a connection to his life before he became a Kiernan.
Tammy called to tell me about the two beautiful children in her care who will soon be in need of an adoptive family. “Would we be interested? “ She asked.
My heart skipped a beat…..I ALWAYS, ALWAYS have room in my heart and my life for one (or two) more ……My family has grown in love and has been so incredibly enriched by each new member who enters our lives.
Since that call, every couple of days I get an e-mail from Tammy informing me of the progress occurring in little E & A’s lives.
Tammy and her husband have fostered about 30 kids over the past 15 years. I am in awe of their emotional ability to pour such love and commitment into these little people and then still be able let them go to start their new lives.
She laughs and says that she is in awe of our ability to raise these little ones into adulthood…..
We are a match made in heaven!
The problem is my husband, who is not so interested in fostering or raising any more kids other than the ones we have. Sigh…..
And here we are……At an impasse.
There is no way to negotiate. No way to split down the middle. No way to compromise. We either go forward or we don’t.
Danee Kiernan is a writer, parent, entrepreneur and co-author of Bouncing with Style: Starting over but Not From Scratch. She connects with others based on her experiences as a full time woman, full time mom (adoptive, birth & foster), stay at home mom, working woman and business owner. She hopes that sharing her experiences openly will help others to find their bounce. Danee is a powerful advocate for women’s rights, especially every woman’s right to choose her own destiny and build the life that she desires.
Danee KIernan earned a BS degree in Elementary Education with an early childhood specialization from Iowa Wesleyan College, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Danee believes in the importance of love, family and pursuing dreams. She makes her home in Wisconsin, where she and husband Jim, are thoroughly enjoying the experience of raising their 11 children.
You can reach Danee Kiernan at firstname.lastname@example.org