A Full Day!

Samuel and Honeybee

Tomorrow we will be up bright and early on our way to a big appointment. This one isn’t for Dimples, or Eby, or Honeybee. Tomorrow Rusty and Ladybug are getting braces. Russ and I are a little bit overwhelmed at the thought of doing two at once, but it makes a lot of sense logistically since we live nearly two hours away from the orthodontist’s office. Combining their appointments should significantly cut down on my driving time.

Tomorrow is also a very special day because it is Boo’s birthday! She is turning seven and is very excited.

On top of all of those good things, our friends from Seattle are coming to visit and we are looking forward to having them here.

On the subject of PTSD, (which we weren’t talking about, but is on my mind), Dimples is missing her routine. I’m not doing a very good job creating one either…Russ reminded me of that when he was working hard to get the girls settled for “Quiet Hour” and I was nearly sabotaging his efforts. We told the kids that everyone will have “Quiet Hour” each day this week, but sometimes it feels like too much work to make it happen! Fortunately, Russ was motivated and it has been successful the past two days.

This afternoon we had a very rocky moment and I was discouraged, but we finally recognized it as hunger. Dimples ran to the kitchen where she ate an entire can of tuna fish with berbere (Ethiopian spice); then her smile returned and she was calm again. Tomorrow while I am at the orthodontist, Dimples is spending the day with some special friends…which will give her a break from her siblings, and them a break from her. After many days of intense “togetherness”, this will be good for everyone.

While she is playing with friends, Sweet Pea is going to help Boo make her Flower Garden birthday cake, a variation of this Gumdrop Garden Cake.

Snow is predicted tonight, which would be lovely…if only we didn’t have a trip to make in the morning.

More soon!


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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. Melodie Monberg
    December 30, 2009

    I read how your little girl loves berbere. I have a large packet of it I brought back from Ethiopia and we've not used. Would you like it? I think your daughter would enjoy it more than I would.

    My email is: melodie111 @ gmail dot com


  2. darci
    December 30, 2009

    what a busy week! praying all goes smoothly. and happy birthday to boo! our middle daughter just turned 7..what a lovely age. (i guess aren't they all?) 🙂

  3. Eileen
    December 30, 2009

    Aiy yi yi! TWO hours away for the orthodontist?! I can't even imagine. Every single one of my kids needs braces. Two of the four kids are missing permanent teeth (one is missing NINE if you count wisdom teeth), two need implants, at least two need palatal expanders, and the thumb-sucking four year-old, well, she'll definitely need something. But they don't have any cavities! I'll be forever grateful that my husband chose to be a dentist, earning us a lifetime of free ortho!

  4. Mamita J
    December 30, 2009


    We have one more thing in common…Sunshine is getting his braces in the next two weeks.

    I'm sorry Dimples routine is off. It really can be scary and discouraging. It's good that Russ is willing and able to help keep things together. I hope her time off tomorrow is just what she needs to come back to a place of calm.

    And a very happy birthday to Boo!


  5. Mamita J
    December 30, 2009

    PS. And I'm praying for your drive in the snow. You are a brave woman.

    Your friend who only drives in snow about 3 times/year,

  6. Kathrin
    December 30, 2009

    Happy Birthday Boo!! Have a wonderful day.


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