It wasn’t until I became a mother — a foster mother, to be precise — that I realized just how difficult motherhood can be. All of a sudden, all my ‘Mommy Monsters’ came out to play, full force. There were these tiny creatures pushing in on me at all hours of the day and night. There was no time to sleep, or eat, or shower … or do any of the other things I had done the first forty years of my life without a second thought.
Fifteen years later, as we celebrate the birthday of my picture-adverse son, I look back and wonder where all the time went. You hear that a lot from parents of teenagers, I know … but it is true all the same. Here is what we look like now!
(Yes, Chris is still hiding. Probably off somewhere with his girlfriend.)
Since I started this blog nine years ago, I’ve been balancing work and home life, currently acquiring books for Ave Maria Press and promoting two of my own, Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
I’d like to write a book of encouragement for other adoptive and foster parents, as well as those thinking about making the trip. My other blog, “A Mother on the Road Less Traveled,” is where I write about this subject most often. If you’d like to get in touch with me, to talk about your experiences, you can reach me by sending a comment or question to me at Heidi(dot)hess(dot)saxton(at)gmail(dot)com. I look forward to hearing from you!