Coming Up – Resources for Adoptive and Foster Families

We had an incredible weekend celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.  Travel was decent, the party was fantastic, time with extended family was amazing; it was all I hoped it would be.

The week is off to a busy start, but I want to share a few resources.  If you need a boost, want a bit of support, or simply want to learn more, here are some  upcoming events hosted by my friends:

The 2011 Tapestry Conference at Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas is on Saturday, October 29th.  As they say in Texas, y’all, this conference is FREE, and it is hosted by my friends, Michael and Amy Monroe of Empowered to Connect.  The general session speaker is Jayne Schooler, who is the author of some great books for adoptive and foster families including, Wounded Children, Healing Homes.  I would love to hear her speak and wish I could make it.

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If you live near Denver, I will be speaking at Cherry Hills Community Church on Friday, November 11th, 6:30 – 8:30 at the Homecomings Adoption Ministry meeting.  My topic is, Bearing Fruit in Our Love for the Fatherless.  To RSVP or reserve childcare, please email Becky Podhajsky at

January 27 – 28 brings a conference for adoptive and foster families to the Pacific Northwest, Refresh.  My friends at Overlake Christian Church are hosting this great event, which will feature wonderful speakers, including Deborah Gray and Dr. Julia Bledsoe, both of whom were instrumental in helping our family. I plan to be there and will be speaking or making myself useful in some way.

There are also two more Empowered to Connect conferences coming up, Dallas in February and Denver in April.  If you can possibly make it to either one, it will be a great investment in your family.  I honestly cannot encourage you enough to attend.

#291-300 giving thanks

my parents’ unwavering belief in the covenant of marriage

the many people who shared our celebration

safe travel for all 14 of us

two tired minivans, heavily laden, that made it there and back

my sisters

laughter with cousins

meeting new little ones

revisiting my childhood – even my high school principal was there!

big kids who washed dishes late in the evening

Andrew and Mimi with us – we love time with them


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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. Kylee
    October 10, 2011

    I went to the Tapestry conference at Irving Bible last October and let me just say, it was GOOD STUFF. I had just turned 18 last year, but for where I am with understanding my little siblings and their journey from hard places, it helped me so much. I learned a lot of valuable information and came away encouraged! I wish I could go this year, but unfortunately can't make it. I do look forward to the day when I can be a foster and adoptive momma and start going to all of these conferences more often!

    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 10, 2011

      Kylee, it's great that you found the conference helpful as an older sibling. I wish my big kids could go.

  2. ashleychristian
    October 11, 2011

    Man, wish I lived in TX or CO!! (really, I do lol.) Our girl's foster parents are going to the Tapestry conference in a few weeks, we are also hoping to have the girls placed with us before then, it's an interesting few weeks around here! Thanks for you posts, I read every single one.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 11, 2011

      That does sound like an interesting time. Thanks for reading my posts – I appreciate hearing from you.

  3. Shonni
    October 11, 2011

    I would love to come to the conf. in Denver, HOWEVER, we are praying that we are in China to bring home our children!!!!!! If not, then may be I will see you. We use to go to that church when we lived in Denver, by the way.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 11, 2011

      I'll hope to see you unless you are in China!


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