Twice a month we interview Moms in our “How Does She Do It?’ feature. If you would like to participate please reach out on Facebook or Instagram.
We are excited to introduce you to Diane Ponist. Diane and her wife Kristin own and run a debt relief company, Trust Us Financial Firm LLC. They are raising 6 children together in Florida.
Are you an Urban or Suburban Mama, where do you live?
I am currently suburban, our in the country of Mascotte Florida. Although, I was always in the suburbs Of either Trenton, NJ or Philadelphia Pa. This life is all new to me.
Tell us about your children?
My wife and I currently have 6 children. 5 that are adopted from the foster system and the last one my wife birthed through IUI. We have 2 girls and 4 boys. We are also inquiring in taking on another foster child.
Tell us about your typical weekday?
My typical week is a little intense. We wake up by 7 am to get our 4 oldest ready and off to school. Then once they are gone and by my second cup of coffee I’m upstairs to my office. Besides 6 kids we own a debt relief firm and we do that all on our own. We are family owned and ran, so that means working 24/7. In the meantime we are fitting in several doctors appointments, etc. for all the kids needs. We were a medical foster home at one point, so we have a little extra doctor visits for a few of our kiddos.
Do you have help?
Yes, my wife is by spouse and business partner. My mother is close by and used to live with us to help when needed.
Who cooks dinner?
The both of us love to cook and we alternate. We both love experimenting with meals and love lots of flavor in our food.
How often do you buy something just for you?
I really never do, it’s extremely rare. Then when I do, I feel guilty about it since I’m such a penny pincher. My wife likes to call me cheap, I call it thrifty. But almost all that we make goes to the kids and fitting their needs and activities.
Do you exercise regularly and if so, what and how do you fit it in?
Yes, I exercise often, as much as possible and as long as I have the energy. I do most of the outside house work and try to lift weights as time permits. On my lunch time in the nice weather I enjoy swimming as well.
What clothing lines or stores do you like to buy for your children?
We shop mostly at Children’s place, Kohls and Target for our kids. There is no certain line of clothing we choose, it’s what is on sale and fits their personality.
I’m totally obsessed with…
I’m obsessed with large TV’s and trying new wines. We are movie and reality TV buffs so the larger the television the better! Since moving to Florida, my Disney World obsession has also taken over. Oh and my small obsession with trying new hairstyles and colors.
Three things in my purse right now are…
Well, funny enough, I don’t even carry a wallet. Since I’m not the “typical” mom, I wear men’s clothing and a purse does not fit my personality in any way, shape or form.
My favourite drugstore buy is…
Melatonin, that’s all I’m going to say about that!!!!
My guilty pleasure is…
Hmmm my guilty pleasure is playing video games and eating olives!
Thank you to Diana Ponist for taking the time out of her day to let us know “How Does She Do It.”