Hi there - I am new here and so glad I found a place where I don't feel alone. I love being a mom to my two kids, but some days the blessings seem so far away and the minute to minute survival seems sooo exausting. After raising a bio girl difficult child 1, we chose to adopt male difficult child 2 at age 5, when she was 8. After as much as we thought we had experience (ha,ha) prepared and ready.....boy were we kidding ourselves. I guess I had forgotten how hard it was to deal with the violence. difficult child 2 has not been with us very long and we have a big job ahead of us. We also did not expect GFG1s behaviors that had been under control to resurface with the new addition - how I did not expect that I do not know So anyway - it is a crazy life here, I look forward to having a place to come to share and get support.