About

“Barren to Bonkers” is a humorous blog about our life after infertility.  Over 9 years we “gathered” our family members and now are traipsing through life together.  After our first son was born very premature (at 27 weeks) we had multiple losses (see our whole story at www.recipeforafamily.wordpress.com).  After it was all said and done our family is now:

Cindy (me): former elementary teacher, now stay-at-home mom and beginning author/speaker

Jerad (my husband): finance guy

Joey (14): biological son, born premature at 27 weeks

Johnny (11): son became a part of our family through adoption from Ukraine at age one-and-a-half, adopted “twin” to Josh (we adopted them at the same time, they have the same B-day, they are not biologically related)

Josh (11): son  became a part of our family through adoption from Ukraine at age one-and-a-half,  adopted “twin” to Johnny (we adopted them at the same time, they have the same B-day, they are not biologically related)

Lexi (10): daughter became a part of our family through adoption at birth, domestic open adoption

Cassie (5): biological daughter (twin), born at 26 weeks, carried by a gestational carrier (IVF Surrogate)

Callie (5): biological daughter (twin), born at 26 weeks, carried by a gestational carrier (IVF Surrogate)

The quick timeline was we got married, had Joey 9 months later (3 months premature), had two more babies that passed away, worked with a surrogate, had two more losses, then adopted Josh and Johnny from Ukraine when Joey was 4 1/2.  Two months later we adopted Lexi!  So we went from 1 to 4 kids in 3 months all under the age of 5.  Then we waited another 4 1/2 years and Cassie and Callie were born (also 3 months premature).

-Cindy

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  1. Wow! And I thought our life and family growth has been a whirlwind!!! Ok. Yea, so…it has been, but anyway…I am really going to enjoy your blog! ~Melissa Scott/realmom8 @ Bones in My Heart

  2. Finally had a chance to stop by your blog after you found mine today. It is so neat to hear about your gathered family! I love it, although it sounds like you’ve had a lot of heartache along the way. My husband and I have a heart for adoption, so it’s always encouraging to see other big families open their hearts for more. You are blessed!

  3. I am just starting my blog and googled wordpress parenting blogs and found you! We too adopted our two boys—funny how I just couldn’t attend baby showers for others during my infertility but once I held that little baby in my arms, I was gung ho to attend any and all baby showers. Look forward to hearing more from you.

  4. Just stumbled across your blog and boy am I glad I did. I’m really looking forward to your posts. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Praise God for children and family … how ever they come to us.
    May He continue to bless you, use you and build your family for greatness in Him.
    Much love,
    Natalie 😉

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