head shotMy name is Mary and I live in St. Paul Minnesota. I am a mother to 3 young men with whom I am amazingly proud.

On parenthood: I am madly in love with my children, but need my own space.  When my kids were little I never went to a playground without a good book.  Children’s museums bore me. I was thrilled when my kids finally aged out and I no longer had to feel guilty about not bringing them there.  I  have never hosted a kid’s birthday party with a theme and do  not regret not having done so. I long to be an empty nester and living in a warm climate 5 months out of the year.

On career: I have worked as a social worker for most of the past 20 years with a five year hiatus during which I ran an in-home daycare and lived to tell about it.  I completed my masters in clinical social work. I work full time at a dialysis clinic. I moonlight providing clinical supervision and mentoring to fellow social workers.

On family: My two sisters are my best friends.  We share everything and I cannot bear to think of what I would do without them.  Both of my parents have passed on. I have an aunt that has been a surrogate mother to myself and my sisters. In recent years she moved to St Paul from Northern MN.

On adoption: Along with my now ex-husband I adopted my middle son,”E”, through the MN Waiting Children’s Program 10 years ago.  I have and still do  rely on faith, humor, adoption competent mental health professionals and my family to get me through the struggles inherent in parenting my very special, yet very fragile son.  When I am feeling at my most defeated and vulnerable I remember a quote that my sister gave me. It is one  that I have carried with me daily for the past several years.  It reads: ” God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called.” -author unknown.

On blogging: I write about my struggles, celebrations or subjects that I feel strongly about.  I welcome comments and would love to chat with you if you read a post  that is particularly interesting to you.  Feel free to share my blog address with others.

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