Easter and Updates

We had so much fun getting ready for Easter this year! Dimples could hardly contain herself on Saturday and kept running up to give me big, tight hugs. The kids absolutely loved coloring eggs.

(A few people have asked where we got these nifty collapsible cups. They came in the $1.88 egg dying kit from Walmart. I decided to save them for paint cups.)

We attended the 7:30 AM service at church and all twelve of us made it with proper clothing, reasonable hair, and a little bit of breakfast in our bellies.

I wish I had taken more pictures, but the hours between returning from church and when our guests arrived were a bit nutty. We got home, had a nice brunch, hid the kids’ Easter baskets and let them find them, cleaned up, put a ham in the oven, put a turkey breast in the roasting oven, and did lots of other prep. Once our guests arrived, it was all fun and great fellowship. All in all it was a wonderful Easter, the highlight of our Christian year.

In adoption news…..we signed our placement paperwork yesterday and have committed ourselves to beautiful B. I can’t explain it, but it brought tears to my eyes and my heart beat faster just signing the documents. Our entire purpose has been to adopt B., but yesterday I said “yes” to her forever. It is very sobering to me – yes to the good times and the hard times, yes to sickness and health, yes to struggles and joy, yes to the future and all that it holds. Adoption is so incredibly intentional, and a huge leap of faith. Once we pass court, she will be our child…. forever. We rejoice in this and put all of our trust in the Lord of heaven and earth. He is doing a marvelous thing.


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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. small world
    March 25, 2008

    I got tears in my eyes when I read your post on adoption news. I feel like I’m standing on the cliff and watching a friend jump and my turn is next. I am so thankful God showed your family to us. Just wait to see how many come to the kingdom because of these adoptions!!!! Theresa V

  2. Sherry
    March 25, 2008

    It looks like the kids had a great time with the eggs! We had the same coloring kit this year, and the collapsible cups seemed to be a huge hit. Not sure why!

    We also had a good service at church and it made a noticible impact on three of us because we all agreed it was the best message we had ever heard. I felt so very blessed.

    Good to hear your adoption news! One step closer. 🙂

  3. Melinda
    March 26, 2008

    Congratulations on your official referral! Hopefully your travel will come as quickly as your process has been so far. Love the easter egg dying kit. Were did you get it at? It sure beats using all the tupperware bowls!

  4. ACK
    March 26, 2008

    when u said u went to shurch at 7:30 Am i was amazed. Goes to show that your better at going to church at 7:30 then i am. There is no way i would be able to make it there at that time. I am glad that you had a great Easter!!!!

  5. Anne
    March 27, 2008

    I’m just wondering where you got those cups for the eggs? They look alot easier than what I used.


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