Tomorrow I am going on a moms-only weekend. I am so excited! A group of us who adopted school-aged children from Russia through Operation Hope in 2004 and 2005 are going on a retreat. No kids, no husbands, and no responsibilities! I am taking four bottles of wine, fruit and cheese. One mom is bringing champagne and chili, another mom is bringing veggies, salsa, and a cheese ball, and a third is bringing veggie dip, a fondue pot and chocolate. A fourth is bringing gourmet coffee, creamer and a breakfast casserole. We are going to pig out, sit by the fire until 3 am, do a bit of hiking outside our cabin in the woods, and do lots and lots of talking. Middle aged moms -- it's party time!!
I'm a work-at-home mom of thirteen children ranging in age from twenty-six years old to five months old. Eight are home grown and five were adopted internationally (Russia, Guatemala, Vietnam and Ethiopia). We live on an 85-acre farm, and we have home schooled since 1986. My husband is a family physician in solo practice. I manage his practice and file the insurance claims.