Exciting Changes – From HIV to Home

Life is always exciting around my house. Generally the excitement is generated by my children, who are either making movies, winning essay contests, running in track meets, learning to read, or flushing toys down the toilet. This time I get to share some exciting news. I am very happy to announce that I have accepted a position with From HIV to Home as the Family Care Coordinator. From HIV to Home is a non-profit that seeks to pave a road home for the world’s HIV+ orphans by partnering with in-country, community-based programs that care for HIV+ orphans, and by connecting children with adoptive families. I have the wonderful job of communicating with families in all phases of the adoption process, from those in the early research stages to those whose adoptions are complete. I will provide families with information and resources as well as support them along the way.

I am determined to love the work while keeping it manageable. I have eleven children and the demands on my time and life are huge. At the same time, it is incredibly rewarding to work hard for the HIV+ orphans of the world. Our entire family is committed to this cause and we are excited to see how God wants to use us through From HIV to Home.

As always, God’s timing is perfect and this offer came to me just as my work with AHOPE was coming to a close. As I have written many times on my blog, AHOPE is a remarkable organization that is saving the lives of HIV+ children in Ethiopia. Initially I worked with AHOPE as the Supplies Coordinator. After a few months, I was asked to take on the role of Director of Development which was a very challenging and exciting job. I loved it, but it grew and grew until it was much more than I could manage as a volunteer, especially since we had just brought home our eleventh child.

One of the fun projects I did as AHOPE’s Director of Development was build the online store. Together with my son, Rusty, our friend, Nathan, and Marissa, the AHOPE Store Manager, we built the store through many, many hours of work. When I stepped down from the Development position, I stayed on with AHOPE and continued to develop the store for several months. Now AHOPE is undergoing changes, which include changes to the store and it seems the right time to move on. I will always be indebted to AHOPE for the lifesaving work they do.

In family news, our trip to Seattle was very quick. We considered driving over and back the same day, but we were too tired so we spent the night at my sister, Laura’s, and then headed right home the next morning. Spring Break is over and we are back in our school routine. The snow has finally melted (!!!!!) and I wish I could spend the week spring cleaning. My goal is to do some extra work every day and make progress little by little.

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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. Brianna Heldt
    March 23, 2009

    WOOHOO! SO excited and honored to be working with you (again)!

  2. Sandee
    March 23, 2009

    What an awesome job….dripping with envy. Blessings to you and all you touch!

  3. Cat and Mark
    March 24, 2009

    Yay! So exciting.

  4. Andrea
    March 24, 2009

    Congrats to you! What an awesome position!
    Blessings to you!

  5. Jennifer
    March 24, 2009

    Congratulations! What a great job!I may be emailing you. Thanks!

  6. emaye
    March 25, 2009

    Wow! Big news! Congrats!

  7. Cassc
    March 25, 2009

    Congratulations on your new position may it be a blessing to you as you are a blessing to others! The AHope store is simply amazing you should be very proud of your son, I’ve shown it to many people I have been so impressed!

  8. Jess
    March 26, 2009

    Congratulations! Very Exciting changes!

  9. Angela
    March 27, 2009

    WooHooo!!! FHTH is SO SO SO blessed to have you! Yeah! You are the perfect person for the job!

    (love from an HIV to Home board member)


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