Bold or Crazy, I'm Not Quite Sure

Honeybee on the Fourth

Last night we had dinner with friends — at their house.  Yes, it’s true, our new-ish friends invited all eleven of us to dinner and it was great fun.  I was a little worried about Kelli cooking for my slew of big eaters.  At the age of six, Eby eats like a high school linebacker and Dimples eats like a child who fears she may never see food again – which is a deep fear.  I offered to bring a big salad and some fruit to which Kelli protested until I assured her that I really wanted to do it.  Plus, I had a very yummy salad in mind that would go perfectly with dinner, so it was fine.

Russ and I loaded up the six youngest and headed over while the three oldest boys showered off the grime acquired from their summer jobs.  They’re all doing hard physical work, which makes me proud, and they are earning money, which makes them proud. Once my handsome boys arrived we had dinner – a dinner that I didn’t plan or cook, and thoroughly enjoyed.

The kids ate quickly before heading to the neighborhood park while the rest of us relaxed.  Later they played a rousing game that involved running through the house, hiding, screeching, and other rowdy, exciting play that wouldn’t suit calmer families.  We played a new card game which was great fun, although being solidly in my forties, I desperately needed my glasses (which I hadn’t brought), and now realize just how poor my vision has become.

Over the months as our friends have gotten to know us, they’ve become familiar with our struggles, but they love us and they love our children.  We are thankful.

Have a great weekend everyone.  I have ambitious plans to order most of what I need for my homeschool year, clean out the girls’ dressers, figure out school uniforms for Honeybee and Dimples , get the sprinkler system working, mow the path through the pasture, do some detailed architectural drawings for the addition we are hoping (praying) to add to our house, and do some car repairs.  Just kidding, Russ is going to tackle the last four.

Back 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. Learning to Abandon
    July 8, 2011

    Glad to hear you had a good time! I can't remember the last time our whole family was invited to someone's house for dinner. If we were, it would be a scary thing…the chaos that would break out would no doubt be a huge shock to many families. My mom and I have actually talked about that lately, how it's time to start inviting families over for dinner and going over to other homes more often!

    I love what you said about these friends of yours becoming familiar with your struggles, but still knowing and loving your children. As a big sister (I'm 18) to 4 adopted kids, I can honestly say the families that LOVE inspite of the many, many imperfections and struggles, are the ones that minister to us the most!

    Good luck tackling that weekend to-do list. It's a big one!


  2. Lori
    July 8, 2011

    Sure glad you added the bit about Russ at the end…'cuz I was ready to cry just thinking of all you plan to do compared to what I plan to do this weekend!

  3. Paula
    July 8, 2011

    Detailed architectural drawings?! Woman! Is there anything you can't do? 😉
    Glad you had a much deserved fun and relaxing evening with friends.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      July 8, 2011

      I was just kidding! Russ is going to do that – and all of the other really hard things on the list.

      1. Paula
        July 9, 2011

        Whew! I was going to start looking for your super suit…

  4. Darci
    July 9, 2011

    I love new friends! How great that you had such a wonderful time and could just relax and not have to make the meal :). Have a great summer


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