Catching Up

It’s been far too long! Between snow days and Spring Break, my days have been a little disorganized.

I’ve also been preparing to speak at The Refresh Conference. I’m teaching two breakouts, When Your Heart Feels Trampled (and you’re finding it hard to even like your child) and The Impact of Adoption/Fostering on Siblings.

The title of the first one is tough, but I’m all about honesty and I get this question a lot when I coach parents, so I’m diving in. I’m teaching about:

  1. Why this happens (there is a reason).
  2. What Blocked Care looks and feels like.
  3. Numerous ways of overcoming it, physical and mental solutions, and faith.

The Sibling breakout is extra special because I’m interviewing three of my kids: Isaiah, Annarose, and Claire about their experiences of having four children join the family through adoption, and one more through foster care.

I also have three recent podcast episodes to share!

#27 Tips for Getting Chores Done

#28 Hope for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care with Pam Parish

#29 Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday and Live to Tell About It

You can listen to these on your phone in a podcast app, or on your computer. Just click the links above to find each episode.

A suitcase is on my bed waiting to be filled, so I’d better get to it. If you’re at Refresh, please introduce yourself and say hello. I love meeting you!

With love, courage, and hope,


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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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