A Little Love From My Daughters

Three of my girls gave me valentines this year and they are so sweet that I have to share them with you. You’ll get a kick out of Bee’s.


Dear Mama, Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you so much and I think that you are just as brave as St. Valentine who went to jail so that people could get married.  You amaze me every day with your grace, patience, and love for Jesus. Love you.


Mom, you are amazing and there are so much things I love about you, but the most is that you still love me when I am a pain in the butt.  Love you so much!


Happy Valentine’s Day Mommy. I love you so much. I couldn’t live without you (literally).

I spent the day sick and on the sofa.  Fortunately, I bought treats for the kids a couple of weeks earlier and even had little valentine bags.  I labeled each bag and put them in a pretty basket on the kitchen counter for the kids to find in the morning.  It wasn’t Pinterest worthy, but I’m thankful I was able to do it.

And now for some exciting news.  Hannah is home for the weekend!!  She got here late last night and can only stay until Monday, so we plan to pack the days with good family time.

Have a great weekend, friends.


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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. Heidi
    February 16, 2013

    Such fun notes. My mom helped my kids write Valentine's for us. They were pretty cute! I went to bed sick on Valentine's and spent yesterday in bed. I'm glad to be feeling better today. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Laura
    February 16, 2013

    Love love love them all….but especially Bee's! Tell her Aunt Laura says it is one for the record books!

  3. Emily
    February 16, 2013

    Aahhh I love these! All so beautiful. B's makes me happy.
    I'm sitting here in my living room with Rick and Madie, and we are about to walk to Chapters to get some coffee or Chai! 😀 You are good at having lovely friends.

  4. erika
    February 16, 2013

    What sweet precious Valentines and have a fun blessed weekend with Hannah home. 🙂 Praying for your family.

  5. Blessed
    February 16, 2013

    Forget Pinterest. You blessed your children, and it was supposed to be for them not to make anyone else inspired by your creativity. ; ) Good job, Mama. Hope you get better soon!

  6. SleepyKnitter
    February 16, 2013

    Ah! Those are darling!

  7. Sadee
    February 18, 2013

    Sooooo SWEET!!

  8. linedancergal
    February 20, 2013

    How cool! Somehow I missed this last week. Yep I LOVE Bee's one.


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