“I think I'm getting really good at adapting and rolling with it because we don't know what the next day holds,” says Tessa. “And so all we've got is right now and that's a really good thing that kids remind us of every day.”
Even though the massive gear bag for this new Free Range Family isn’t getting any lighter, it’s Tessa’s strength to pick it up, day after day, despite the struggle, that is making it feel just a little less cumbersome and a little more normal.
“Raising my kids on my own, dealing with their emotions, dealing with my emotions, dealing with our loss, all of it. It's super hard, but it definitely hasn't been bad,” Tessa laments. “There are days that have felt really bad and hard but to see the kids coming back to life to see, I don't know, to notice small things and celebrate them, to have joy again, it all feels like all the hard is worth it and it's not bad.”