I am the Mom to nine children from ages 33 to 8…for now, anyway. Four still live at home, four are married, and one is serving a mission for the LDS church. I have heard it said that raising children is similar to herding cats, and on some days it does indeed feel that way. Most of the time, however, I try to find joy in the journey. My children range from highly gifted to a variety of special needs. Four were born to me, 3 came via international adoption from China and Haiti and two are adoptions from foster care. A few have “issues” due to their background in their early years, and as my DH says, “Some even have the whole subscription.” We love ’em all, though, and I am proud to be their mother. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it is the gospel of Jesus Christ that brings me much hope and joy.