A Long Overdue Hello

Hello friend! It may seem like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, but I’ve just been a little quiet in this space. I’ve missed you!

We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the release of The Connected Parent. It’s been amazing to see this dream come true. Due to Covid, there were no book signings and no launch party, but my days were packed with online interviews and speaking. The book continues to do very well and I’m so thankful.

The Connected Parent

I began working on my sibling book again but found it hard to make progress. I love the topic so much, but with the kids doing school at home during quarantine, progress was terribly slow. Because I was eager to get the content out to you, Annarose and I did a live webinar which was a huge success. The replay is now available for purchase.

Caring for the Siblings in Adoptive and Foster Families

The Hope Circle continues to grow and give me so much joy! If you’re an adoptive mom looking for a safe, loving, supportive community, I invite you to join us. This is the space where I’m able to personally interact with foster and adoptive moms.

The Hope Circle

Work at The Adoption Connection continues to expand. What began as a podcast is now a resource-rich website with courses, webinars, private and group coaching, and more. In order to make it easier for everyone to find things, and to simplify my life, I’m bringing more of my work under The Adoption Connection.

The Adoption Connection

One Thankful Mom will continue to be my personal and author website.

This summer we have a family wedding in Mexico. The boys are busy with daily football workouts and summer jobs. I hope to get back to writing more in the fall!

If you want to connect more personally, I spend most of my personal online time in the Hope Circle. You can also find me on Instagram at One Thankful Mom and The Adoption Connection.

All my love,


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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. Anne Shellhamer
    July 16, 2021

    Good morning,

    My husband and I are reading through your book. My husband, also named Russ, is very zealous that what we follow lines up with God’s word. We like a lot of the TBRI information and how to connect but all Children’s behavior is viewed as an outgrowth of the trauma experienced. However, not all bad behavior is due to trauma. Sometimes bad behavior is due to sin. As a believer how does this truth that we are sinful fit with TBRI teaching about behavior? We really need help reconciling this with our faith and since your are believers we are hoping you can help. Thank you, Anne

  2. Sarah
    October 20, 2022


    I still read your blog! Thanks for the update.


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