…And to Cheer Me Up

Here are a few Christmas photos. More to come over the next few days. This first photo is of MK and N. decorating the porch.
H. making almond roca. A. with her long desired horse.

C. with her Ethiopian baby. We hope we’ll have our real Ethiopian baby 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. Michael Plaza
    January 7, 2007

    Happy Birthday, Mrs. Q!!

  2. NathanA
    January 7, 2007

    Whoa, it’s your birthday?! How come nobody tells me these things! 🙂

    Happy Birthday!!

    — Nathan

  3. Michael Plaza
    January 7, 2007

    I just told you. 😉

  4. Thankfulmom
    January 7, 2007

    Thanks guys! I got a newly painted dining room and newly covered dining room chairs for my birthday – as well as some other lovely gifts from my children. It has been a good birthday. You’ll both have to join us for dinner soon.

    Mrs. Q

  5. Anonymous
    January 7, 2007

    Happy Birthday! I hope it was a lovely. Sorry I haven’t stopped by in a while. Praying for an upcoming SUCCESSFUL court date for K.


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