‘The Pioneer Woman’ is a film based on a true story. This, according to Ree Drummond, was one of the most “powerful” moments of her foster parenting experience.
Food Network superstar Ree Drummond stunned many of her fans in 2020 when she announced the birth of their son and brother, Jamar, on her online Pioneer Woman blog.
In her biography Frontier Follies, Ree described the process of integrating Jamar into the Drummond family as “exciting and joyous.” But she hadn’t anticipated a very memorable occasion that would lead to an unexpectedly close connection.
Drummond announced the birth of her “bonus child” on Instagram.
Jamar, the family’s newest teen, had been living on the Drummond Oklahoma ranch since early 2019, but Ree couldn’t post about him on social media or even acknowledge his arrival because he was still a juvenile.
“I feel protective of Jamar and have always wanted his tale to be his own and not fodder for my social media, which is often plagued with stupid videos of my Basset hounds racing toward the camera in slow motion,” she wrote in her new memoir and on her blog. “Also, I’ve never wanted to give Jamar more attention than he wanted or needed before allowing him to settle in and establish his bearings in our house.”
Ree felt more at ease talking about Jamar after he turned 18 – and the young guy was curious as to why she hadn’t done so before. “Most significantly, he told me he’s weary of feeling like we’re trying to keep him hidden from the world,” she wrote. He’s fine with my talking about him now, and he believes it’s about time, given how long he’s been in the family.”
Ree Drummond fought her way through this necessary part of the fostering process.
“In Oklahoma, official training is required to be a foster parent, and because Jamar came… This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.