In My Daughter's Own Words

A brand new experience…

(my fingerprints, to be sent to the FBI for a criminal background check)

(the fancy scanning machine…they no longer use purple or red or blue ink)

If you are wondering what on earth I did to deserve fingerprinting…it was not the heat of a ridiculously warm May driving me to commit crimes (even minor ones). In fact, the fingerprint session goes with wonderful news.

My family is in the process of adopting 2, or possibly 3, children from Ethiopia! The first minor bit of paperwork is done, but there is lots ahead. Fingerprinting is part of the criminal background check for all family members over the age of eighteen.

Please pray that the process goes smoothly and that God blesses us with 2 (or 3) wonderful children. There is such an incredible need…between 5 and 6 million orphans in Ethiopia. I am so proud of my parents for deciding to bless orphans with the love they have given to me and my brothers and sisters.

As an aside, finals and papers went well. God was very kind in both sustaining me through a gauntlet of two crazy weeks and helping things to turn out well. Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement. Have a wonderful summer!

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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. Nicole
    June 22, 2006

    It is wonderful that your family is adopting! 🙂 May God bless you during this adventure.

  2. Katie Beth
    June 22, 2006

    Hannah looks happy. 🙂

  3. Thankfulmom
    June 22, 2006

    Thank you, Nicole. Katie Beth, H. is happy – it’s such a special time for us. I appreciate your comments!

  4. Michael Plaza
    June 22, 2006

    Praying for you guys!

  5. Paula Bauer
    June 23, 2006

    I am glad you started this blog, especially as I am soooo out of the loop right now! I am blessed to hear that the paperwork has gone well, and things are progressing smoothly. I will be praying. Things are going well here, but I miss my husband and elder children. John’s mom is getting stronger and making improvements, but I think we could well be here through the end of August. We will see how she progresses.
    Miss you!
    Love, Paula

  6. Jasmine Elis
    June 23, 2006

    Hello Mrs Q! =) I’m not sure if I’ve left a comment before, anywho… I’m a friend of MK’s. I’m really excited for your family! and I’m praying for you guys =) God bless! and continue blogging…


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