Just another manic Monday

Why am I here?


My reintroduction…

Welcome, my name is Iiona and I’m happy you stopped by. Initially, I started this blog as a way to keep in touch with family as we moved from Wisconsin to Texas. It was a huge deal for me and I was having separation anxiety, so I wanted a way to be able to keep people updated on what was happening in our crazy little life. Of course, life has happened in the middle of all that and the stories I post on here are a mix of everything. I post a lot about my children, and how that looks in my life. I mean after all I am a SAHM with six children. I’m married to my best friend, we’ve been married for about 8 1/2 years and it seems like it’s already been half of forever. Let me introduce you to the family 🙂


There is Ike, my other half. He is a motorcycle fanatic, owns a Harley Davidson and wouldn’t have it any other way. He loves riding long distances on his bike, which tends to have us taking road trips over the summer. He typically rides his motorcycle and I drive the van with the kiddos. We are a blended family, and occasionally the older three make an appearance on the blog. But mostly they don’t. Ike never reads my blog, which is neither here nor there. It just is, and I’m ok with that.

Next is, D-boy. He is our 14 year old son whom is artistic, sensitive and still learning who/what he is. We think he is adorable, let me rephrase that. I think he is adorable, but I can’t say that out loud to him because he is a Freshman in high school now. I’m side eyeng that I have a high schooler, it makes me feel incredibly old. D-boy is a sensitive old soul who began talking in full sentences at 9 months. He is a literal learner and if anyone understands that, it just means its all black or all white. There is absolutely NO GREY! Which makes for some interesting conversations.

Mini Mouse is the second mom of the house, she is 8, but I swear she acts like she is 28. Which most days is great, but there are those times where it can get intense. Have you ever had one of those days where you realize you’re punishing your child for acting like you? Yeah, happens a lot. She is a perfect mix of Isaac and I. She is witty, funny and super sarcastic. When I say the conversations in our house are comical, I mean it 100%!

Next up is Miss Marie, she is the youngest of our blended family and the one who gets the most attention. I’m so not going to lie about that, LOL! Hey, I can own up to my #momfails can you? She was premature, born at 33 weeks and stayed the first 5 1/2 weeks of her life in the NICU. Life hasn’t been the same since she made an entrance into this world. We have learned so much about ourselves and about what it means to raise a child that is differently abled. She is deaf, wears bilateral hearing aids and absolutely gives no one a pass. In the deaf community she would be considered Hard of Hearing, but I have to clarify the difference to people. Because if I say hard of hearing, people think old folks hard of hearing. When it’s more life born this way and it can get worse hard of hearing. The funniest thing about Miss Marie is she doesn’t smile much or give much attention to people who talk to her for small talk, people get uncomfortable with that and I have learned that’s her and she has that right to make the decision to talk to strangers if she so chooses.

Then we have three foster children, we call them Babies. So there is Baby R, he just turned 2 and is a complete hoot. He is stubborn and feels like he should be able to chose how things go. Then there is his twin sisters, Baby N and Baby M. They just recently turned one. The biggest thing we have been dealing with lately is they are new walkers… Let that sink in… So we have three tiny humans walking around the house trying to run shit, and most times they do.

As I stated earlier, I started the blog to share our life with our family up north. Since then it has evolved into something different. Lately I have been blogging to write about the experiences I have been through and the lessons & growth I have learned through those experiences. I call them my lessons learned. I’ve also been blogging about our experiences as foster parents and what that looks like. Basically, I write because… I want to feed the need to be a self absorbed prick in my own corner of the universe. Or maybe I write because my alter ego refuses to let me rest until I spill out the stories that are rolling through my head on a movie reel.

If by chance during this process of blogging I start and finish the book I want to write (a children’s book and an adult book), then I feel like I would have accomplished my goal. I am looking forward to where this current journey takes us as a family and where I end up.

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Ildiko Ethaneal

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2 thoughts on “Why am I here?

  1. Still happy to ride along. Love and prayers always.

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