All Day Packing

I have spent the entire day getting ready to leave for Seattle tomorrow. We would like to be on the road by 7:00 AM, in order not to be rushed when we arrive at Childrens for medical appointments. Once the appointments are behind us, we will really kick off our Thanksgiving fun. We’ll spend two nights with our friends and then head to my sister’s for a family gathering on Friday.

Honeybee and Little Boo (who would prefer to be called Sunshine) enjoyed making creations with the extra pie pastry.

It took me far too long to do Honeybee and Dimples’ hair! I did twists (that are somewhat like cornrows) on Honeybee’s hair and mini-braids on Dimples’. Honeybee was not impressed, but Dimples was quite happy; she wanted me to add some “clicky-clacky” beads, but I had to work quickly. I divided her head into six sections with elastics against her scalp. Then I divided each section into three and made three separate braids in each for a total of 18 small braids.

I want to make one quick plug for the AHOPE Holiday Cards, which you can view on the AHOPE Store site. If you have a blog, we would be grateful if you would write a post promoting them. For every five sets of cards that are sold as a result of your blog, we’ll send you one of our wonderful AHOPE Bracelets. Just ask your readers to put your blog name in the comment section of the order form. You can also copy the photo of the card from our store site or from my blog. Thank you everyone for your help. We already have our 2009 cards in the works, so we would love to sell all of the cards we have printed. With every set of cards sold, a significant donation goes to support the children of AHOPE.

I’ll be back on Saturday night, just in time to sleep, make it to church by 8:00 AM, and then get our Christmas tree. It’s going to be a great weekend.

In closing, here are a few things for which I am thankful to God: warm water, appliances that work while I sleep, cars that will get us safely to visit our family this weekend, my big kids who are such a joy and a blessing, my little kids who are a joy, blessing, and source of incredible energy, my husband whom I love so much, security, salvation, fellowship with my Christian friends, photography, my Ethiopian children’s birth families, my Sonicare toothbrush, apples, Ibuprofen (Russ added that one), our children’s health, automated thermostats (another suggestion from Russ), my treadmill, the small DVD player next to my treadmill, my church, worship, Jesus.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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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.

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