Advice from a Friend

Reading The Kissing Hand, recommended by Leslie

One of the best things about blogging is learning from one another. My blog friend, Ann, wrote two posts that are filled with great thoughts and advice about adopting waiting children. If you are bringing a child home soon, or if you are recently home, these are fabulous reads – I wish she could have written them two years ago!

What I’ve Learned in Adoption Land

My Best Advice

Not long ago I wrote two posts about Constancy (first and second). I wrote about how my Mom would place a kiss in our hands for us to hold on to. My friend, Leslie, recommended a book called The Kissing Hand which I promptly ordered. I have to admit that I got a tiny bit choked up the first time I read it aloud to the children. They love it.

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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. blessedmomto7
    March 25, 2009

    I too ALWAYS love getting books others recommend! THanks! He looks so comfy on mamas lap 🙂

  2. Tisha
    March 25, 2009

    Thanks for linking those posts…..reading, taking notes trying to take it all in as we prepare ourselves. Very helpful stuff!

  3. Signe
    March 25, 2009

    You should be getting a commission from Amazon. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Leslie
    March 26, 2009

    That book never gets old. 🙂

  5. Pajama Mama
    March 26, 2009

    I wish I read this post yesterday! My son has been having a really hard time going to Sunday School or his class in our Homeschool coop for some time now…and yesterday I placed an amazon order…I’ll have to add this on to my list of books to look for,

  6. Angela
    March 27, 2009

    We love the Kissing Hand, too! I read it to Mae when she was going to preschool 2 years ago, and she still asks for kisses on her hands at bedtime! (actually they ALL now ask for kisses on their hands at bedtime, but mae is the only one who has ever heard the story! ha!)
    maybe i should order it…eh?


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