Despite the presence of the boys in this picture, I’m thinking about my six daughters this morning.

Hannah is arriving from Minneapolis tonight for a week of family time before launching into her second year of residency. She has had a great year, both professionally and personally, and we love seeing her so happy. I’m hoping for long chats over coffee, Mimi stopping by to visit, and just having Hannah home.

Mimi is taking Ladybug and Bee shopping this afternoon. She is the fashion director for the family and definitely the one to call when hair and make up advice are needed. Thank goodness she doesn’t mind helping her sisters, and even her mom.  I always value her opinion when I’m deciding what to wear for something important.

Ladybug wrapped up her homeschool/high school year with this Facebook status,

And just like that, sophomore year is over. It was the best year of my life so far and was filled with countless new experiences and opportunities. Going to school for the first time (and not knowing how to open my locker the first day), playing on two sports teams, and making tons of new amazing friends. The year was filled with singing, learning, dancing, hugs, and many happy spins at the blessings God pours down. The world is a wonderful place and I can’t wait until next year! Yay for summer!

Three classes at the local high school together with homeschooling was the perfect blend; we plan to do it again next year.

Bee loves to shop, so an afternoon at the mall with Mimi is a great way to spend the day. She has grown and changed so much this year and her wardrobe is in need of some updating. She took her braids out last night, so I’m guessing she’ll have an awesome afro today.

Dimples is doing hard work in therapy and life. We had a Skype therapy session with her on Thursday and it was not very productive. I’m going to Montana for a quick visit next week while Hannah is home; Dimples got a big smile on her face when I told her.

Sunshine is plowing through the last of her Sonlight literature books and having a great time. She and Ladybug had a great piano recital and now she is playing music “just for fun.”  Her friend, Happy, is here for a sleepover and they have plans to make homemade doughnuts (with help from Samuel) this morning.

My “to-d0” list is filled with things I should have done last week in preparation for Hannah’s visit; I’d better jump in. But first, a big cup of coffee.

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Have a wonderful Saturday, 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. Rachel Rausch
    May 25, 2013

    Love to a wonderful mother of daughters I so admire!

  2. Joelle
    May 25, 2013

    Daughters a re a gift! I could say the same about sons but since this is a post about daughters I'l express my love for my daughters here today.

  3. Emily
    May 25, 2013

    I love all of your daughters and I wish I was curled up in your living room right now with a big mug of coffee. I love you.


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