Christmas Countdown

My sister, Laura, sent the kids this super fun Christmas countdown activity. Each night after dinner the kids open one bag to discover the treasure it holds. So far there have been Hershey kisses, Christmas pencils, “stained glass” ornaments to paint, and Christmas erasers. It is so fun and easy! As the bags come down, we are hanging Christmas pictures from friends in their place. You can find the original post of this idea on Olive Shoots and Muddy Boots.

We are off and running this morning, first to an appointment and then to Signe’s house to let the little boys play for awhile. I can’t remember the last time I went to a friend’s house for coffee and visiting, they are very excited, and so am I.

I finished writing our Christmas letter yesterday, now I need to complete the project of getting addresses entered into the computer in order to print labels.  I’ve nearly abandoned it several times and begun addressing envelopes by hand, but I know I will be glad when it is done.

Sweet Pea got home yesterday, which brings the festive feeling way up!  We sat around the table talking and laughing for a long time last night.  It’s good to be together.

All for today.  Have a great Tuesday, friends.




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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. Kim
    December 20, 2011

    Thanks for the great idea. I'm certainly putting that on my to-do list for next Christmas. Love it!

  2. Captain Murdock
    December 20, 2011

    Fantastic idea. Merry Christmas!

  3. moonlake
    March 8, 2012

    Great idea. Keeping this in mind.


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