A Christmas Greeting

Would you like to send a Christmas card to a street kid in Seattle?  This is a very simple opportunity to show love to the fatherless by extending kindness to a young person living on the streets – in a big city – where it rains all the time – in the winter – where it can be a dark and frightening place.

I would be so grateful if you would spread the word, through your blogs, churches, schools, or Facebook friends.  There are more details in the post, Be That Mom.  Skip to the bottom if you want the basic facts, such as a mailing address.

#471 – 480 giving thanks

four extra children running about my house yesterday

feeding them hot chocolate and popcorn for an afternoon snack

piano studio recital for Ladybug and Sunshine

clean wood floors

Noah feeding the cows and doing dishes

Samuel putting the little boys to bed

Rusty driving his siblings around

Russ working night and day

Waking in the early morning to find Russ by my side

paper snowflakes on the kitchen windows

I hope your weekend is filled with good gifts.


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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
    December 4, 2011

    I love to read your thankful list. Paper snowflakes in kitchen windows reminds me of the time your girls made an entire paper snow drift in your dining room. They were very happy doing it. The four extra kids running around your house made me thankful too, I finally got my kitchen cleaned up 🙂


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