Another Saturday Night

My friend, Liz, came over this afternoon to help me with a decorating project of putting garlands and white lights on top of tall pieces of furniture in the living room. Liz was rather appalled to find that I had purchased white extension cords that clearly did not blend with my brown walls or furniture. We ran to the store to exchange the cords and I left instructions with the older boys to heat up some leftovers for the little kids to eat so they could have their baths early. Russ was working all day, so it was a perfect opportunity to skip cooking dinner.

This is what I came home to find:

Haircuts in progress

Cookie baking in progress

Children eating chocolate chips in the laundry room.

Followed by dunking cookies in milk

No dinner had been served, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. At least everyone was being productive!

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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. KT
    November 23, 2008

    LOVE IT!!!

  2. Anonymous
    November 23, 2008

    Hahahaha! And to think…I was in a post-surgery haze in the living room and missed all of this!


  3. Lori
    November 23, 2008

    That’s great! D lost his hair yesterday as well….he was looking pretty scary. But I didn’t think he would come home with quite so much of it gone! I need a picture to post.

  4. Kathrin
    November 24, 2008

    That is wonderful. Realy how important is dinner compared to this. I am touched by how loving and carring you kids are with eachother!

    I would love to have a big family but sofar it’s just me and the 2 girls (one bio one adopted).


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