I'm another "older" mom. I have one stepson, two adopted kids, and three homemade ones. The two adopted are Hispanic/white, which is what we wanted because my ex-husband and I are both Hispanic. He got tired of being a family when they were very small, and my current husband of 28 1/2 years took over being their dad when they were 4 & 2. The kids range in age from 33 to 16. The 16 and 33 yr olds are very close, and the youngest even spent 5+ weeks with her older sister this summer because she was studying ballet in Philadelphia. Our kids are 33, 32, 30, 25, 23, and 16.
We live in Northeastern MN, so I guess that's the Midwest as well.
I come from So California, and the Midwest seemed like Mars to me while growing up, so it still sounds funny to say we're in the Midwest. We've been in MN for 12 years and love it.
We've used a ton of curriculum over the past 23 years. Our only child left at home uses PACE and other courses because she studies ballet all day long and needs an independent course of study. No grandchildren yet, and none in the foreseeable future.