Family Update

Russ on his tractor leveling a spot for our new play structure.

Russ in his academic regalia prior to graduation last spring. K is wearing his cap.

Two weeks ago Russ crushed his finger while moving some heavy rocks in the yard. We spent the afternoon in the ER while his open fracture was cleaned up, stitched, etc. The doctor even fabricated a new fingernail out of sterile foil in order to preserve the nail bed. Russ has been having weekly x-rays since then to monitor the healing of the bone, but it was not as stable as it needed to be, so this morning he had surgery to place a pin in the bone.

We were at the surgery center by 6:30 AM and home by a little after 9:00. The center sits on top of a high hill and has beautiful views, which makes it so much more pleasant than the hospital. He has a cast and bandage that should protect the finger much better than the splint he has had the past two weeks. I expect that he will sleep most of today. Yesterday he wasn’t even planning to cancel his classes, but fortunately he did!

In other news, N. and S. are busy with school, football, and Boy Scouts. I. is running cross-country for the first time and loving it. He is also busy with Scouts and school. A. is taking a Botany class which she loves. Last week they built special boxes with lights for growing plants. H and MK are incredibly busy with classes and all kinds of college activities. MK is on the competitive Ballroom Dance team. H. has her first medical school interview in a few weeks. K. is getting excited about her birthday next month. We are considering changing her age and making this her sixth birthday rather than her seventh, but that will be another blog post. It is a big decision. C. is disappointed that she can’t wear shorts every day now that it is cooler. E. wants to read his favorite pop-up book every day. W. is happiest when he is in the backpack peeking over my shoulder while I work.

Thanks for stopping by. It’s always exciting at our house.


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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. Anonymous
    September 25, 2007

    I love you, Mommy. 🙂


  2. NathanA
    September 26, 2007

    Ooof, wow, I didn’t realize that he had finally decided to have the pin inserted. I hope that the healing process begins to accelerate somewhat now…

  3. Lori
    September 27, 2007

    Tell my brother to take it easy and that I love him!!!!


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