I have been blogging for over seven years now and I didn't think that one of my best friends would start blogging too. But she has and I am so thrilled for her and excited to introduce my readers to Lisa, aka Mama Minx.
Lisa and I have been best friends since middle school. We both grew up in the same small town just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. Now it is time for me to embarrass her. Sorry, Lisa but I must share this photo.
I searched my old photo albums and found this one from Homecoming circa 1993. I am in the black dress and Lisa is wearing the floral print dress. I decided to hide the identities of our dates.
I could fill a whole blog post reminiscing about the past, but instead I will share a little about who Lisa is today.
Lisa and I have a lot in common, a lot more than we did way back in the nineties when we were just kids. Both of us had our first child when we were still teenagers and are mothers in a large family. I have five kids, three boys and two girls and she has six boys, zero girls.
I am amazed at how strong she is and her ability to raise a home full of handsome and well behaved boys. She is often asked how she does it. Which is funny because I am often asked the same question even though my situation is a little different than hers.
The most difficult things for me is being a parent of five children, four with special needs, and a husband who travels for work every week. I don't have a lot of help raising my kids. I have to be able to handle Aspergian meltdowns, prevent a hyper and impulsive little boy from harming himself or others, encourage an anxiety ridden, depressive eight year old girl to have a positive attitude to prevent herself from hurting herself or pulling her hair out, and help a disorganized Aspergian teenage girl learn how to become more indipendent in preparation for what ever lies ahead for her after high-school. My hands are full.
Lisa has just as much on her plate as I do. Her boys have different fathers so she is managing co-parenting. This is something that I do not know anything about, nor would I know how to handle if it were thrown at me.
Her oldest son is 18 and her youngest isn't even two yet. She is parenting nearly every stage of childhood today. I have a teenager and then a big 8 year gap between her and child number 2.
Lisa also owns a massage therapy business in our hometown where we grew up. If you are ever in Stoughton, Wisconsin go and visit her at Relax Massage. If you don't live in Stoughton or aren't up that way you can also visit Lisa on her personal blog, Mama Minx. Leave her a comment and tell her that Cascia from the Talbert Zoo sent you.