A Birthday Party – Finally!


Friday was the day Boo had been waiting for and she enjoyed every minute of it, from frosting cupcakes to opening gifts. It was great!

We have “friends parties” when our kids turn five, ten, and fifteen. This schedule takes a lot of pressure off of us and eliminates year-to-year decision making. Boo turned five at the end of December, but it’s never too late to celebrate!

This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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. Heidi Mehltretter
    February 19, 2008


  2. Jim & Laurel
    March 16, 2008

    As the mother of 13, I LOVE the idea of “friend parties” every 5 years. Wow! We don’t do them every year, but we have to make the decision every year.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

I accept the Privacy Policy