Dimples' "Your Mouth is on Fire Cuisine" and a New Friend

I just had to share this picture of Dimples making her after-school snack. She put a whole turkey leg on a tortilla, and doused it with Tabasco sauce, berbere, and chili powder. She ate nearly the entire thing.

Yesterday we had the extra special joy of meeting our friends’ new son who just arrived from Ethiopia on Saturday. I took a few quick candids. Here is Ladybug tying N’s shoe while Dimples poses. The other picture is of some of the older sisters. Ladybug happened to be standing in front of the window and looks just a wee bit washed out.

I can’t tell you how happy we are to see our dear friends adopt a little guy from Ethiopia. We now share a love for Ethiopia, and can support one another through this complex experience. You can follow Signe’s blog as N. settles in to his new family.

I just finished reading one of the very best books I have ever read on parenting. I hope to blog about it in the next day or so.

I’ve gotten a few great responses about how some of you have come up with the funds for your adoptions. I would love to hear from more of you. Here is the question, in case you didn’t see it the first time:

My husband and I are contemplating another adoption. We didn’t get much help at all the last time and we really need to raise money if we do this again. We didn’t have any luck with grants with our first adoption, but I do know there are a lot of those out there. What other fund raising ideas have people tried that worked? Are there pitfalls to avoid? Tax issues?

Please email your answers to me at thankfulmom@gmail.com or leave them as a comment. I’ll post all of the responses later this week.

And one quick bit of Honeybee humor. She came home from school telling me that her class was going on a fieldtrip to a “big water”. Today was the big day and they went to see the ballet Swan Lake. She said there wasn’t a big water, but they danced and didn’t “talk even one word”!

Have a great evening – I’ll be back soon.


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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. Andrea
    March 9, 2009

    So happy for you that you all live so close together and got to see Nesradine.

    Dimples is something. We still talk about Dimples at the dinner table on how she eat up that bone. She is quiet the exotic and spicy eater.

  2. Laura
    March 9, 2009

    Miss M wants to know why she, a ballet dancer since age 4, never got to go on a field trip to “big water”! She should not complain since we are going to see the PNB perform it in April. Love the picture of Dimples…it is exactly how I pictured it as she made it while we talked on the phone.

  3. Laurel
    March 9, 2009

    Paying for our adoption …

    We didn’t really DO anything … except completely and totally TRUST God.

    I KNOW that God can and will provide for adoptions. Sometimes He calls us to DO things, and sometimes He provides without any work on our part (except the work of truly TRUSTING Him).

    When we started the adoption process we already had 10 bio. children, and my husband is a school teacher. We didn’t have a big bank account, but we had the knowledge and faith that this was what God was calling us to do.

    So, we jumped right in without any worry about how God was going to pay for it. We thought we were going to have to DO stuff. We thought we would be having fundraisers and applying for grants. But, God chose another route.

    A couple whom we had met just once, donated $15,000 to our church to be distributed throughout the adoption process. Were we shocked?! To say the least.

    We also worked, and saved, and put away another $10,000 towards all of the travel expenses. But, God really did the work, and TOTALLY blessed us because we completely put our trust in Him.

    Now … this is hard to share … because we don’t want everyone to think that God will just write a blank check for you. And, we don’t want others to think that we are something special for God to provide for us this way. What we have learned is that, sometimes He has much work for us to do; but sometimes He provides financial provision just to bless us.

    I encourage families to step out in faith, trusting God, and willing to work. Then, allow God to show you the individual plan that He has for your individual adoption journey.

    mama of 13

  4. Jennifer
    March 9, 2009

    That turkey leg looks about as big as Dimples herself!

  5. Cindy
    March 10, 2009

    For our second adoption, we held a HUGE yard sale. I mean HUGE. For about 6 months prior to the planned sale, we got word out to everyone we knew that we were accepting donations of items for the sale. Anything that folks wanted to get rid of , we would take it. We stored it all in our garage until the sale. We were blessed with SO much stuff. Truly, I cant even tell you in words how much stuff we actually received. We got word out everywhere about our sale, and had a huge turn-out. We also sold hotdogs, baked goods (donated by ladies from our church), & soda. When people came to the sale and learned what it was for, many were extra generous and gave us more money than what their total price of purchases came to. We saw God work in those 3 days of that sale to help bring our little boy home. We raised around $4,000 in one weekend!

  6. rebekah
    March 10, 2009


    I’m a new reader and I found you just in time – we are beginning the process to adopt our second from Ethiopia and I need even more info than last time. Thanks – you’re on my reader!

  7. Katie R.
    March 10, 2009

    about paying for adoptions… I just found this article on the same topic & thought you'd like to see it, too. 🙂


  8. Shonni
    March 10, 2009

    I can’t wait to hear about the book you read!!

  9. Lisadiana
    March 11, 2009

    My mouth was asking for milk just looking at that chicken leg and all the hot sauce!

    I’ll be praying for your adoption to happen quickly!


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