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Oh, great.  Now we have to update the Blog title.

Move it on over to: 7 under 8.

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Oh, great.  Now we have to update the Blog title.

Move it on over to: 6 under 6.

There are not many.  Most people learn their lesson after 4 under 3.

http://blisstree.com/live/5-under-4/
http://marzomemories.blogspot.com/2008/04/5-under-4.html

Close but not quite crazy enough:

5 under 5

4 under 3 (no fair; they used actual twins):

http://4under3.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/4under3

Is it biologically possible to have five children within four years?
Sure.  A kid or two then triplets, or vice versa.  Heck, have five-tuples.
Not us.  We have another trick:  Foster care adoption.

The scoop on foster care adoption:

Summary:

If you’re interested in growing your family, you’ve got options.  Puppies, goldfish, houseplants.  Some people, after careful forethought or romantic accident, conceive and bear human baby children.  Not everyone has the option of childbirth… but there are other ways.

A lot of attention is spent on fertility, pregnancy (the bump!), labor and delivery, breast-feeding and warm, hearthy biology.  These are beautiful, worthy things.  Is there any room for an idea so sterile and calculated as choosing to implant someone unrelated into your family, regard them as your own child?  These are not competing ideas.  Passing it on is what matters — giving life as it was given to you, whether through your own genetics or by providing for, sheltering and even legally absorbing a child.

We live in a dangerous world.  Not everyone can count on stability in their family.  Not everyone takes for granted a home with parents or guardians.  Whatever the story is, children may be removed from their home.  If possible, social services will try to reunite the family.  In the meantime those children need someplace safe to stay — that’s fostering.  Maybe someday they will need a new permanent home, a forever family — that’s adopting.

Stats (the need):

More than 450,000 children find themselves in the United States foster care system in any given year, according to the latest estimates.  Families adopt about 50,000 kids every year.  Over 75,000 children’s parents lose their parental rights per year, usually freeing them up for adoption.  Children also age out of the system at 18 or emancipate early.  75,000 newly adoptable kids minus 50,000 adopted children leaves some left over….

Perhaps through this blog, we will subtly plug the importance and rewards of risking this kind of adventure.  (No pressure.  It’s a lot of work.  At least live vicariously through us.)

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We have a lot of kids.  Five.  Age three to zero.  No twins or other multiples.

Enough people have suggested that our story is too strange to keep it private.  Web-logs (“blogs”) are the way to spread the word anymore.  So here is our tale: How we acquired five children so quickly and how we survive day by day.