We can fool ourselves into thinking that we have our lives well planned out. It was that way for me, being a product of the 1950/60’s: I’d go to college, meet my prince, get married, have children and live happily ever after. As much as I thought I knew what to expect, my life was riddled with surprises. But the last was the most unexpected, compelling me to write Fifth Child, a non-fiction book about the anguish and consequences of a drug-addicted child, which resulted in parenting her child almost since birth.

My husband and I are cast into a shockingly large demographic. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon in our country because of our shifting economy, unmarried teen mothers, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. Close to 10 million grandparents comprise the club. We had already raised four children. Jaime was our third child, and Brady is her son, who began calling us Mommy and Daddy when he was three. Readers may be amazed to find calamity overcoming a so seemingly traditional family. But as events and family history unfold, disturbing pitfalls and unfortunate genetic vulnerability reveal fault lines that can sabotage people from any walk of life.

"The Addict's Mom Sharing Without Shame" Video is so important whether addiction has touched your life or not. It's powerful. Please click on the link below to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNZbbePiKg

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Wow! This Makes 38 out 40 Five Star Reviews!

5.0 out of 5 stars Father of a Heroin Addict who is still alive & in PrisonJune 21, 2014
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This review is from: Fifth Child: The Turbulent Path That Led to Parenting Our Child's Child (Paperback)
My wife and I are living Lynne's story. Our daughter is in prison for several felonies to
fund her drug addiction. She gave birth almost 6 years ago to a baby boy, Jaden.
Only to relapse when he was 3 months old. We became guardians & then 3 years ago adopted him.
He is a joy & consumes most of our life now,
Our daughter is still alive and is serving another year of a 4 year sentence .
What happens next is in God's hands,
This book was so real at every level of what we feel & our journey being parents of an addict.
Thank you Lynne for words we read that we relate to and at some level feel we are not on this journey alone.
I read the book in one night after the first chapter.
St Pete, Fl

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