Celebrating 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours!

I sent this out a few days ago to my 3 Thankful Thoughts friends, and I want to share it with you too.

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The top left photo shows Russ, Mimi, Samuel, Annarose, and Claire on the final day of their trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. Russ had always wanted to do this trip and Annarose’s studies in Colombia (and travel to many other countries) were the impetus he needed to make it happen. Mimi, Samuel, and Claire joined them for this incredible adventure.

The next photo is of Hannah and David a short time before they were engaged – hence the lack of ring on her finger. The wedding is July 13th at our home, which thrills and terrifies me. We have a lot of work to do!

The bottom left photo shows Noah and Katie at Noah’s graduation from medical school. He’s now in residency with plans to become a maternal fetal medicine specialist, a subspecialty of ObGyn.

Next is a photo of Russ and me with Beza at her high school graduation. It was a big accomplishment! She is now in Job Corps in San Diego studying hospitality.

The final photo is most of us, plus two friends-who-are-family, at the Ballard Locks in Seattle.

God was gentle with us in 2018, and it’s been a better year for our family than we’ve had in a long time. Russ and I are so thankful for the good things God is doing in the lives of our kids.

We’re looking toward 2019 with hope and expectation. Change happens quickly as our kids pursue education, careers, and make big life decisions. Russ and I are in awe of the amazing people they’re becoming.

With only four left at home (and soon three), we’re helping Zoe transition out of foster care, Claire plan for college, and cheering for Ebenezer and Wogayu as they play lots of sports.

My house is brimming with family this week; I’m writing as they all sleep. I’m taking the first week of January off to spend with Russ focusing on our marriage, plans, and dreams for 2019. I may pop in, but if not, I’ll see you the second week of January.

I’ll have a new episode of The Adoption Connection podcast for you Tuesday, January 8th!

From my family to yours, may courage and love carry you through the end of 2018. I wish you a heart filled with hope as we move into the newness of 2019.

You’re a good mom – you really are. Take good care of yourself through the holiday season.

All my love,


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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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