Dear Friends, Tea, Doro Wat, Power Snacks, Masks, and More

I hardly know where to begin; there is so much to blog about!

First, I have to share this picture (above) of our dear friends, Rick and Signe, with their daughter. I was at SeaTac waiting to fly home to my family and they were there getting ready to begin their journey to Ethiopia. It was such a blessing to see them as they embarked on an adventure unlike any other. They met their son on Tuesday and had their embassy appointment on Wednesday. We are praying for a quick turn-around on N.’s visa.

Next, I have to share this photo of me with my Mom and sisters. I live six hours from my family and although we often make the trip to Seattle for medical appointments, we rarely get to relax and enjoy a visit. This time Russ drove home with the kids and I stayed to visit. It was a rare and wonderful treat. My Dad took us out for dinner at a nice Italian restaurant on Friday night, then on Saturday my Mom took my sisters and me to a tea house for high tea. We sipped tea, ate treats, and talked for four hours.

Next up are two photos taken moments ago. The first is of Honeybee adding hard boiled eggs to my humble attempt at Doro Wat. She told me it is not red enough and I must add more berbere. But she also agreed that it smelled pretty good.

The second one is of Dimples making Power Snacks with Samuel. Although Dimples claims not to like peanut butter, my sister-in-law, Lori, suggested I try making these with her. Samuel perfected the recipe:

2 cups peanut butter
1 cup powdered milk (we are going to increase it next time, but I didn’t want her to be suspicious since she doesn’t like milk)
1/4 cup honey
chocolate chips, chopped (the recipe calls for raisins, but she doesn’t like them at all)
Rice Krispies

She had a grand time mixing it all together and then rolling it into small balls. I’ll let you know if she likes her Power Snacks and they help us avoid “hunger-panic”.

There is so much more to say, but I have thirty minutes to finish preparing dinner, motivate the kids to set the table, and generally pull things together before the older crew and Russ walk through the door.

Last, but definitely not least, I leave you with this special photo of Eby.

More soon.

(Post-script: Dinner is over and I acknowledge that I need to keep working on my Doro Wat; my girls were not overly impressed. After dinner Honeybee hugged me and said, “I feel sad and I don’t know why.” I asked if it was because the food reminded her of Ethiopia and she buried her face in my stomach and then said, “My Mom is gone,” and began to cry. After we rocked for a few minutes she told me that a friend at school asked her where her parents were. She answered that they died and then felt sad all day. Grief is a long process.)


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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. Laurel
    February 25, 2009

    What a fun post!

    High tea with your mom and sisters sounds fabulous. Makes me wish I had a mom or sisters to visit with.

    Adorable picture to finish off with.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. blessedmomto7
    February 25, 2009

    oooohhhhh! That time with your mom and sisters sounded FABULOUS! Thank God you got to do that-awesome! The kids look happy and beautiful!

  3. Anonymous
    February 25, 2009

    Did the Schu’s take B. with them to Ethiopia?


  4. KT
    February 26, 2009

    It sure is a long process. A few weeks ago, we had to call the fire department for a late night check of our CO detectors (Which was really imbarrasing!)But the lights of the fire truck late at night woke Meya from her sleep, and reminded her of the lights of the ambulance that came to get her mother after dying, and for two days should couldnt focus and had visual flash backs.
    The girls will be starting the local Childrens Grief Center in two weeks, and I think it will really be good for them. Meya loved going to the one in NM.

  5. Shonni
    February 26, 2009

    What a nice post…poor little Honeybee…it is so hard…may the LORD continue to heal her precious heart…

  6. Angela
    February 26, 2009

    Oh, my heart breaks for her! Sweet girl! I’m praying for her today, and for you, as her mamma…

  7. jen
    February 26, 2009

    Oh, what a great post! So fun to see some of what is going on there!

    Love that you tried Doro Wat. My husband did recently and Y ate it like there was no tomorrow; I don’t think she cared how authentic it was – it just tasted familiar.

    And oh, grief is such a long process. Y has been really moody lately, but she won’t talk about her mom or ET much at all. I suspect that it is just too much and that the words (literally the vocabulary) don’t come easily…but it is so hard to see her go through this. It was good to be reminded that we are not alone in this.


  8. Andrea
    February 26, 2009

    So glad you had some quality time with your mom and sisters even though it was short.

  9. Verg
    March 1, 2009

    I think it is so neat that God put you in the airport at the same time as rick & Sig. Reaffirming that God pays attention to every detail and is always there.


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