An Inside Look Into Our Big Crazy Adoptive Family!
Friday, September 28, 2012
"Mommy, flat iron my hair," she said. I'd never tried that. We were going to a hair care training event for African American hair down in Aurora. It was to help foster and adoptive moms learn how to better care for their children of color's hair. I've already spent a long time learning as much as possible about hair, but I still have questions. Each kid was supposed to get some time with a hair expert who works regularly with non-Caucasian hair. We ended up consulting with some women from a salon that works exclusively with curly haired people. They weren't impressed by my attempt to flat iron Jordan's hair. That's okay. I prefer her hair curly or braided. We learned some tricks for managing it when she keeps it in a fro. We also got talked into getting her a $100 haircut and style. I've never paid that much money for hair in my life. It looked great for about 3 days. We won't be doing that again.
Michael really liked the man he met, Chris, who taught him how to take care of his hair even when it's cut short. He gave him a special brush to train it to grow in a wave pattern. But, being a kid, he still doesn't like to spend time brushing his hair. He wants me to let him grow it long so we can corn row it, but since he will not take the time to keep it detangled, I just keep giving him a buzz cut. Maybe when he's older and more responsible we can try it longer.
I'm a 39 year old Christian mom of 10 kids. I have six girls; Danya age 17, Gloria age 15, Jordan age 15, Brianna age 14, Katie age 8, and our other 8 year old Karyie. My four sons include Michael age 14, Shane age 13, Kevin age 11, and Ryker age 2. I also was a foster mom for about 5 years. In 2009 we adopted two of the 33 kids we've fostered. In April 2012 we adopted three more! I've been happily married to the love of my life, Daniel, for 21 years!
For privacy reasons we cannot post identifying pictures of foster children. That's why their faces are covered or only the backs of their heads are shown. We also give them nicknames to protect their privacy.
The Mini Homeschoolers
Danya and Gloria are "The Mini Homeschoolers" in a series of YouTube videos where they answer questions about homeschooling from a younger perspective. These videos are based on the ones created by two funny homeschooled young men called "Ask the Homeschoolers".
Watch the videos here: The Mini Homeschoolers