Mud Puddle Soup

The kids love Poppy!

Hello friends!  I am here, just enjoying a visit from my sister and her family rather than spending time on the computer.  It always feels very strange when I spend too much time away from my blog and from interacting with all of you.

The highlights of the last few days:

Yesterday a Costco bottle of Yoshida’s Sauce was dropped in the kitchen splattering the ceiling, cupboards, appliances, and floor.  It was a mess and took nearly an hour to clean up; wiping off the ceiling was the biggest challenge.

Poppy (our blog nickname for the bit of sweetness we like to babysit) was with us two days this week and we’ll see her again on Friday.  The children love her so much that I have to make sure I get to hold her a bit.

The cousins are having a blast making “soup” in the mud puddles, playing Wii, and baking cookies.

Russ’ work schedule is back to normal and I am so grateful!

We had a very challenging weekend with a couple of our children.  It took so much out of us and made us think seriously about corrective strategies, summer plans, and prayer.  Sometimes we are so discouraged and then we pull ourselves back together and press on.  Can you relate to that?

We saw Sweet Pea off to Anchorage Friday night.  She is already enjoying her adventures and even had a moose outside the hospital yesterday. She is working with a midwife today, which makes me happy since I’m a big fan of midwives, especially the ones who cared for my family during many of my children’s births.  Thank you Miriamma, Gail, Margaret, Judy, and Emily for loving and serving mothers and babies.

Mimi and Andrew joined us for dinner last night.  Mimi landed her first post-college job with a local dentist’s office and Andrew is working and going to school.  He also has written 40,000 words of his first novel and they are filming a short film this weekend.

Russ and I are looking forward to our trip to Denver next week!  Just being with him will be such a blessing to me, add to that a fantastic Empowered to Connect conference, and I know it is going to be wonderful.

All for today!  I’ll be back to regular blogging soon.

Encourage one another,


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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. Julie
    March 30, 2011

    Have a wonderful time in Denver with your hubby. Enjoy each other. Be encouraged. 🙂

    Praying for self-regulation for your littles before, during and after your trip.

  2. Lisa
    March 30, 2011

    See you in Denver!! 🙂

  3. Heidi
    March 30, 2011

    Yoshidas…SO yummy but such a pain to clean up! Praying for your upcoming trip and continued healing in your children from the hard places. 🙂


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