Free Resource for Parents

Samuel and Rusty - Brotherly Love at the State Track Meet (this makes me laugh every time I see it)

Hello blog friends!  Take a look at this great resource:

Realistic Expectations: The First Year Home

I haven’t read it all yet, but what I’ve seen looks good.  It is a large document, so it takes quite awhile to download.

Tomorrow is Samuel’s graduation from high school and we are busy preparing.  I’ll try to post a photo soon; he looks so handsome!

Be sure to add your thoughts to this week’s Tuesday Topic: “What Does Grief Look Like?”

Life is going to slow down any day now; I’m sure of it!

Blessings 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. @mk_q
    June 8, 2010

    Great picture! It cracked me up!


    P.S. Are you going to post the music video?

  2. Ashley Catlett
    June 8, 2010

    I cannot open the realistic expectations and would LOVE to read it. Thanks!!!


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