12 of the kids October 2014

I have 13 children.  That’s not a typo – thirteen.  Infertility, seven pregnancies (which contradicts infertility, I suppose), 12 years of foster care and adopting and I was blessed to end up with 13.  It.  Is.  Awesome.   I grew up in dysfunction so foster care was my way of giving back.  Someone made a difference to me, so I wanted to pay it forward.

11 kids on vacation April 2015

11 kids on vacation April 2015

Many things have motivated me to maintain my health. Being raised by parents who are addicts taught me a lot about what I didn’t want.  I wanted to stay healthy and age gracefully.   I’ve been active in many ways, but the one thing that was always a part of my life off and on since college was running. Inexpensive, portable and done in any weather running not only keeps me in good physical shape, it gives me a chance for my head to clear. It’s time to think, problem solve and plan, but mostly it’s time for me.



Running is a place where I can be the diva that I am while at the same time it’s perfectly natural to snot rocket, pee outside, sweat profusely and swear.  I allow my kids to map out routes driven by their buses. I’m not afraid to get lost. I’m strong. I’m confident.  Hopefully I have instilled in my children the value of staying healthy and active.

Chris and I on a date hiking and having a picnic.

Chris and I on a date hiking and having a picnic

We embrace a more minimalistic lifestyle.  Learning not to compete with others and what they own and have a clutter free, smaller home is a continuing journey.  We have less stress, less spending, less stuff and better relationships and experiences.  Having strong family ties, being healthy and building memories are some of the things that are most important to us.  The kids are growing up fast, I’m happy to enjoy the journey.

21 thoughts on “About

  1. jennifershere Post author

    These are my ramblings about running. I’ll add some about parenting as well. I’d love input on what people want to hear. With a family this big, foster care, adoptions, breastfeeding and relactating, home births (yup – two in water!), infertility, hysterectomy, growing up with dysfunction and addictive parents, etc… I can blog about a lot!!! And running is a theme throughout my life. Are we running away from something, running towards something, running to get through something or a combination????

    Thanks for blogging!!!

    1. Johnny Mino

      Astonishing! I never knew that side of you! Wow! Amazing! The love you have for Children, to have tried so hard and for so long to be able to have kids tells it all. Then to go out and adopt 4 more, homeschooling and all. AWESOME! That tells alot about your Character and what makes you tick. And your running as well, helps you keep it all together! I take my hat off to you! I’m not only IMPRESSED, but find you INTRIGUING, and more INTERESTING than you will ever know! You Go GIRL! God Bless You!
      Johnny the Cuban and Italian from the East Coast who thinks you’re awesome and finds you even more Attractive than ever!
      You are Truly UNIQUE!!!

  2. Marlene

    Just came from SR….you have a beautiful family! Just read one post and wanted to get to know you better and hopped on over to your About tab. As a mom of two, I totally can relate to your running and what joy it gives me when my kids and others in my family enjoy running as well. God bless you for your amazing heart, strength and courage! Keep on running and loving and nurturing all of your kids! Many continued blessings to you and your family! xxoo

  3. Maureen

    Also from SR. Wow you are Amazing God bless you. Love the family pictures. Look forward to reading more about you and your family.

  4. J @ ... semplicemente ... j

    Wow … and I can’t find the time to run? :) You made me laugh … I do not think I have ever been faster than my youngest and I completely understand when you said in your post it is bittersweet … I love and admire her as I see her very NOT jiggly leave me after just a few second after our run start … :) and then I am left there by myself thinking and my competitive spirit say why can I run that way … then I just smile!

  5. Hillary Richards Cole

    What a beautiful thing you have going! I enjoyed reading about you and your family! I can’t imagine not having exercise in my life. It truly saves your soul! Enjoy!!

  6. Finn

    ok wow! you are an inspiration! so glad i found your blog. i vow never to complain that i don’t have the time to work out with having only one child (an almost 4 year old). have i said wow yet??? love the family pics too!

    1. jennifershere Post author

      I think you might have said “Wow”!! We’re all different, but no matter the situation it’s all about priorities and motivation!! You go! I read other women’s blogs and wonder how they do it so we’re all there for each other. I’m glad you found me too!! I’m biased but I think I have a pretty great family!

  7. FabFitFoodFunGal

    Wow, as a young woman in my twenties, you are such an inspiration of the kind of mother I’d like to be one day. You seem like such a loving, open, and friendly family…not to mention healthy!

    1. jennifershere Post author

      I appreciate that!! We are all those things as well as fun! Life’s too short not to laugh often!!! My kids are a blast. If you wait until you’re ready and it’s an exciting thing to have kids, you just don’t look back.

  8. brosselit

    Hi! I just read your post on Miss Minimalist, and I would like to invite you to join a group of bloggers for a writing project. Contact me if you are interested: brosselit(at)gmail(dot)com.


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