Fifty Years

Today my parents celebrate fifty years of marriage.  I’m so very thankful for their example of faithful devotion and love.

How I wish I could write something significant today about marriage, but I am in the flurry of packing my family to head out for a grand celebration tomorrow. I am so happy to be celebrating with our extended family and my parents’ lifelong friends.  Life is rich.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends.


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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. Paula
    October 10, 2011

    You look a lot like your mom. 🙂

    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 10, 2011

      Yes, I've heard that a time or two!


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