A Quick Hello

Just a quick note as we head out on a family vacation, with a stop at our family reunion on the way. Through friends we met at AHOPE, we were invited to take a much needed rest at a home on Whidbey Island. We are so thankful!

Russ and I have great plans to spend lots of down time with our kids, especially the youngest six who have not had much time with us these last weeks. Even our three big boys are able to come along; and Sweet Pea will join us on the weekend.

I hope to do some writing and blogging while we’re gone, but most of all, I plan to rest and enjoy my family.

Thank you for all of your prayers and good wishes for Andrew and Mimi. They are off on a glorious honeymoon —  and quite happy.


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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. Kathrin
    July 21, 2010

    How wonderful! I hope you have a great time. Enjoy.

  2. Given Much Mom
    July 22, 2010

    Can't wait to see more of those wedding pics when you have time! 🙂

  3. Donna
    July 25, 2010

    As I am just back to some blogging after our whirlwind of weddings this summer, I totally understand!

    Praying a beautiful time of rejuvination for all of you!!


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