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.

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  1. @scotirish
    December 11, 2010

    I thought you might like to know. When Sara was 3 months old, she was brought inside the U. S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. Her Great-grandmother, Mom Carter, and her Grandparents, Lloyd and Nita Colbaugh were volunteers in the Chaplain's program. The occassion was a Christmas Eve Service. None of the prisoners knew a baby was there because she was wrapped up in a blanket. As the service wound down to the last O Holy Night the cry of a baby was heard, as I sat there and heard the baby I didn't believe my ears, then there again the cry of the baby. I immediately thought that here we have a live baby fitting for a nativity play. We got to hear the same message that the shephards heard 2000 years ago, peace on earth, good will to men

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  2. @scotirish
    December 11, 2010

    .____My name is John and for the past two years I have participated in Sara's O Holy Night Christmas Tour by Sara calling me during the concert and my sharing the above story as well as talk about volunteers in prison ministry as well as some of my testimony that includes a prison school teacher telling me God could change my life. He changed her life as well as she has been my wife for 30 years. I had the privilege this year of appearing live with Sara in Milwaukee and Springfield, MO. which is where the story all began.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 11, 2010

      John, thank you for sharing this amazing story! I am so touched that you took the time to bless us this way. I was introduced to Sara's music with her song, "I Saw What I Saw" and have listened to her ever since. Only God could write the stories of our lives with so many unexpected and powerful events. Have a blessed Christmas.

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