I am recharged! The five of us "girls" drank coffee on the front porch and talked, hiked and talked, went out to eat at the marina and talked, watched chick flicks and talked, drank wine and talked, snacked and talked, sat by the fire and talked, talked and talked. One of the women works for the Corps of Engineers, so she was able to rent a very private cabin in the woods that is only available to employees. It was wonderful! All of us have older children who were adopted from Russia when they were between nine and thirteen years old. It was such a blessing to be able to freely talk to other mothers who have dealt with the same joys and struggles of adopting school-age children. It was also so nice to find out that I wasn't alone with so many of my child's issues. I think I returned home as a new-and-improved mom.
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.