A Little Vacation

We are off on a little family vacation and we’re packing in lots of fun. Last night we visited Russ’s sister and her family. We hadn’t seen each other in nearly two years because Russ and I were in Ethiopia during last summer’s family reunion. They had not met Honeybee yet and she was a little bit shy, but she warmed up quickly, especially once the girls went on a flower-picking adventure. Everyone had a great time being outside in the evening sunshine.

Today we are visiting both of my sisters and my parents. The kids loved sitting in Uncle Terry’s police car with the lights flashing.

Mimi has been in Texas for a week. She landed at SeaTac this afternoon where Sweet Pea and my nephew picked her up. I haven’t seen her yet, but I’m sure she’ll have adventures to share with us. I overheard something about rainstorms and Copperheads.

Tomorrow we are visiting friends on our way up north where we’ll be staying for a few days. We plan to do some sightseeing on Wednesday, but most of all, we want to enjoy time with our children. It is becoming more and more rare to have all of us in the same place at the same time and I cherish these special days.

On Thursday Russ and I will squeeze in a day of appointments at Children’s with Dimples and Honeybee while the rest of the gang continues vacationing. We’ll be sure to have a little fun as well.

Blogging about my family is going to take a back seat to actually being with my family this week, but I’ll be back 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. Laurel
    May 25, 2009

    Heading “up North”? How far North?

    We’d love to meet you all if you’re up our way. (I’m HOME from Ghana. Yea!)



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