A Great Way to Start the Week

Cute brothers!

Russ and I had the pleasure of taking three of our daughters to get shots today. It was not how they were hoping to spend the morning. Actually, all five of us had vaccines because Russ and I finished our Hep A/B series that we began prior to our trip to Ethiopia. Boo had one shot and Dimples got two. Both of them are now current on all that they need. Honeybee, on the other hand has a long way to go. Rather than giving her every shot available, our doctor ran titers on her blood so we actually know which diseases she has immunity to and which ones she does not. We also know that she has had the chickenpox, and last spring she had measles.

We promised the girls a treat when we were done with shots and they persuaded us that their suffering was great enough to justify lunch at McDonalds. It was fun being out with the three of them. I am sure people were curious about us because the adults at the tables in the play area were all strangely quiet as our girls talked loudly on about friends from Ethiopia, their orphanage, who was in America now, and who still needed a family. They didn’t leave too many questions unanswered.

My big girls were busy at home felting the slippers they knit last night. I think they are hooked and we may see some serious slipper production in the next few days. Too bad my nieces are going home tomorrow, but I know their mom will be happy to have them back.

Just off the needles – super easy and fast.

The slippers before being felted – they are clearly too big.

Felting is often done in the washing machine, but a center agitator is ideal. Since I have a front loader (Thank you God and Russ), the girls decided to felt them by hand, agitating them in a bowl and alternating hot and cold water to cause the wool fibers to shrink and mat together.

Here are the completed slippers!

Some friends are joining us for dinner tonight and there is a large pot of Chicken Tortilla Soup simmering in the oven that Sweet Pea and Mimi put together with their cousins. It should be a nice, relaxing evening.

Rusty and I had one last Christmas moment when his gift finally arrived today. The snow apparently slowed things down, although this seems extra slow to me. Here he is opening his Pentominoes.

I have gotten some great questions to share with all of you, so get ready to offer some answers. I’ll try to post one tomorrow.

Thank you for stopping by.


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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. Nicole Anderson
    December 29, 2008

    Thank you so much for all that you share! I would love to have been a fly on the wall at mcDonalds! How wonderful that they have each other and you to talk to about everything! Sounds like a wonderful day!

  2. small world
    December 30, 2008

    I want to learn to felt!!!How fun is that. Our girls would so go for that. E will have to get more shots next month and after our last episode at the Docs, I am afraid to even tell her. I may have to have Ray come just for some moral support and maybe a trip to McDonalds would take a little of the sting out!
    Love, Theresa


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