A Few Random Things on a Sunday Afternoon

Our church has two services, one at 8:00 and a second at 10:30. We decided to give attending the early service a good try and we’ve found that we like it. By the time 10:30 rolls around we have already done plenty of parenting and we are beginning to feel frayed around the edges. Now we get the kids up, help the younger set get dressed, feed them a little bagel, and then toss them in the car. There is hardly time for naughtiness to occur.

Between services we often stay to visit with friends. Today a family with two older daughters came for the second service and set their things in the row behind us. We chatted for a few minutes and then began to gather up our coats, etc. to leave. My friend said, “Are you leaving?” I told her that we had already attended the early service. I said that I figured she would be relieved not to be sitting behind us, to which she kindly replied, “Oh no, we’ll miss the entertainment.”

We are working on not being a distraction, but we have progress to make.


My nieces are visiting, which is a very special treat. Fortunately for me, one of my nieces loves handwork so she has completed the binding on Russ’ quilt and is currently binding a quilt I began when I was pregnant with Noah. Do you think eighteen years is an excessive length of time for creating a baby quilt?

Sweet Pea has been cranking out baby hats and Mimi is creating a new hat for herself. We are feeling quite domestic and creative today.

My other niece is reading a novel in German – smart girl.


Sweet Pea got her first issue of a medical journal, American Family Physician. It has been sitting on the kitchen counter for a couple of days without anybody noticing it. Today, Noah picked it up and said, “Does this really have to be in the kitchen?” I had no idea why he was concerned until he pointed out the cover illustration which demonstrated a rather personal medical procedure. We all got a good laugh out of it.


Mimi just realized that her hat is in crisis and I must rescue her.

All for now.


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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. Ann
    December 28, 2008

    You are too funny girl! I have a quilt I started for our bed 20 years ago and I have never finished it because I no longer like the colors–rust, peach and blue. I am waiting for those colors to come back in style so I will like them again 🙂

    I have another question to add to your running questions on books related to large families: 1.) What are your favorite books about large families? 2.) What are your favorite books about adopting an older child? 3.) What books do you find most inspirational as a mom?

    I always love reading your blog. Never stop writing 🙂

  2. Ann
    December 28, 2008

    I meant to say I have another question to add to your running questions on large families–with the topic being books 🙂

  3. MLB
    December 28, 2008

    John and I had a good laugh at your post. I especially liked the comment about not being a distraction in church. We were a major distraction this morning and it’s good to know that people are entertained by such a distraction.

  4. Lori
    December 28, 2008

    Enjoy my girls….I’m missing them! But I’m enjoying time with my little girls for today, building a gingerbread village from scratch…more of an undertaking than I realized it would be. I will definitely being doing a blog post about it to preserve the memory (although Elaina is quite sure we will be doing this every year). Wish we were there with all of you!

  5. Andrea
    December 30, 2008

    So fun! I love to knit, but I haven’t gotten past scarves yet. Think I could get some pointers on how to make the hats? ;o) Happy New Year to you!

  6. jen
    December 30, 2008

    Oh, that was such a good laugh – we get AFP too. I ask the same question as Noah did, and the kids call it the “gross” magazine!

    I just love seeing how your family is doing! I also love the comments you’ve been leaving at my place!



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