Well, the first part I can answer!
I'm a biological / step / foster parent to (currently) 9 kids in Lebanon, Oregon. And I'm still alive. If that doesn't qualify me to write a "Survival Guide", then nothing does! I'm loud, sarcastic, arrogant bordering on narcissistic, crazy, and I hope sometimes funny. I have high hopes for what to do with my blog.
I hope this blog grows to be many things. I hope it will be a way to share information / photos / stories with my loved ones who are not local (and maybe those that are). I hope to share some of my fun stories from the past, and some current ones. But most of all, I need it to be an outlet where I can just let go of some of my tales, lay them out in the open for all to see, and not stress over them anymore. Some will be easy and fun, while others won't be. Either way, I need it to help me survive the experience. I hope to find catharsis, at least for a few minutes from time to time. With 9 kids I have no shortage of stories, tales, and stresses. Some days, things will go well. Others, not so much.
As to the second part: Why should you care?
You shouldn't. Find another blog, with someone nice, and try that. Here is my place, so buzz off.
See...told you. Sarcastic and arrogant. But...a survivor!