100 Days…

…until Mimi and Andrew’s wedding day of July 17, 2010.

We had the wonderful opportunity to meet Andrew’s family over Easter.  They flew up from San Antonio, Texas, to meet us and spend time with Mimi and Andrew.  We could not be more thankful for the second family God has given to Mimi.  They are wonderful and we are so pleased to have them as part of our extended family.

We talked about wedding plans, laughed over stories of our children, got a little teary about sharing holidays (maybe it was only me…), and searched for the perfect place for a rehearsal dinner.

We know that God is adding to our family and beginning the process of enlarging us as our children add their spouses and children.  This is a new season of life; it feels exciting and weighty.  I’m adding the role of mother-in-law which necessitates learning when to step back and when to be helpful.  It is something new to navigate and I want to do it with grace and in a way that brings glory to Christ.

I’ll keep you posted!


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Signe
    April 9, 2010

    This would be where being really busy is a blessing. You don't have time to nag your son-in-law, besides he already love you. Too bad San Antonio is so far away.

    1. OneThankfulmom
      April 9, 2010

      Good point. It's good to know that living at this pace has benefits!

  2. Lisa H.
    April 8, 2010

    I’ve had this same EXACT thought…I want to be there to support my children into adulthood, but I have been called “Helicopter Mom” a time or two….(because I can “hover”), so chasing my little ones has helped to keep me suitably busy as my son is now a young man with an intended, and my daughter will be off to college in the fall! :o)

  3. Kathrin
    April 9, 2010

    It sounds wonderful. You already look like family.

  4. Renee
    April 9, 2010

    You're so blessed! You all look so joyful in that photo.

  5. Chantelle
    April 9, 2010

    What a beautiful couple they are! You will make a wonderful, gracious MIL, no doubt in my mind. 🙂


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