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Hannah and Mimi

I woke up this morning in Richmond, Virginia. I won’t complain about the delayed flights (even the one that departed three hours late) because I’ve flown to Africa more than once, and those are looooooong flights and very tiring days.

My nephew is getting married tomorrow; he is my sister, Laura’s, oldest son. I assumed that I wouldn’t be able to come, but as I thought about my parents being here and both of my sisters, it seemed wise to take the opportunity to spend some special time together. Plus we get to celebrate Drew and his new wife.

As a super bonus, Mimi traveled with me and Hannah is flying in tonight. We’re even going to do a little sightseeing all together after the wedding. This is such a rare and sweet time.

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We have a Sunday night tradition we all enjoy. Since we have our big dinner with the entire family in the afternoon, our evening meal is usually popcorn, cheese, and fruit. I like this for about 25 different reasons, one of which is that the kids make it themselves, and there is nearly no clean-up.

Russ was always the popcorn maker in our family. Years ago he mastered the art of popping it on the stove in our largest pot. I, however, preferred the ease of microwave popcorn…the problem was that I knew the bright yellow color and other chemicals weren’t good for us. I just didn’t want to deal with the hassle of making it in the big pot.

Enter the Wabash Valley Farms 25008 Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper- which transformed our Sunday nights.

Two Months Home

Today marks two months since I made my last trip to Montana and brought Dimples back with me. Since that day Dimples has moved home, transitioned to a new school, played a season of volleyball, joined the youth group, and made new friends. She has reconnected with special people who were part of her support […]

Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting (and a Book Giveaway)

Owlhaven is one of the very first blogs I read when we were beginning our adoption journey. Mary Ostyn, has been writing Owlhaven a few months longer than I’ve been writing One Thankful Mom. Over the years we’ve become friends and a few weekends ago we spent three days together on a retreat with a small […]

Sunday Gratitude 10.19.14

giving thanks #1511 – 1520 a Saturday that stretched before us – no travel, meetings, or appointments warm weather while we worked in the yard  Russ’ happiness at a day spent outdoors kids cheerfully (for the most part) working with us

Not Quite What I Hoped For

  Two days at UW, multiple appointments, testing, interviews, and finally a team meeting around the conference table. The final report – Eby’s sensory differences are significant, he has some speech challenges , and trauma is still a big factor influencing his life. As I listened to the team talk about their findings, my hope […]