Friday Afternoon

Playing puppies — and yes, those are swim goggles on Little Man’s head, and yes, the (broken) cell phone is a toy.

I have lots of small things coming to my mind that I want to get out to you, so here we go.

First, you may want to follow the blog of the Livesay family in Haiti. I read today that they took five of their children to the US Embassy where they were going to be taken to a cargo plane and flown to an unknown location in the US. It is difficult to imagine what they are experiencing in Haiti, but reading their blog helps me to feel personally connected to the crisis.

Second, I want to give an update on Dimples’ tummy for those of you have asked. I didn’t realize that there are still a few biopsy results pending, including one for lactose intolerance, which has always been a question for us. Thank you for the advice many of you have offered. If these come back negative, we’ll seriously look at medication side effects as well as a couple of other things. The doctor said to be completely thorough we should do a CT scan of Dimples’ head on the very remote chance that there could be a growth or something causing pressure. None of us think that is the case. I asked the nurse if the doctor was only doing the CT to make me feel that he had left no stone unturned and she replied that just yesterday they found a tumor in the brain of a child who was having chronic nausea and vomiting. We’ll decide about the CT next week.

Honeybee and our friends are in Jimma now. I am thinking of them constantly and praying for a rich and wonderful time there. The younger children at home are missing her, especially Little Man who is very attached to his older sister. Boo has been doing a good job keeping the little boys busy and yesterday they played an elaborate puppy game.

My Sensory books haven’t arrived yet, but I expect they will soon. I’m ready…I think.

All for now.


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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
    January 15, 2010

    Love the puppy game. 🙂

  2. Julie
    January 15, 2010

    This may have already been mentioned, but have they tested for Celiac disease? (Gluten intolerance) It affects about 1 in 130 people – but goes undiagnosed and can range greatly in severity. A simple blood test is the first step then if it's positive they do a biopsy of some sort.

  3. Kathrin
    January 15, 2010

    Looks like you need a dog. 😉

    I am following Livesays blog as well. They are doing an awesome job.

    Can't wait to hear more about Honeybees trip.

  4. havefunbegood
    January 16, 2010

    I just love these photos and knowing that I am not the only mom whose kids pretend to be puppies!

  5. jen
    January 19, 2010

    Love the puppy pics – there's something they'll laugh at with fond memory when they're all adults!

    For your sake, I hope the tummy troubles are something as simple as lactose intolerance. That is one thing that can be so easy to live/deal with!


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