Friday for Friends


A few Fridays ago I did a little personal update, and kind of liked it, so here I am again.

Football and Swim team are messing with my sense of order.

Family dinner has always been a top priority around here, only slightly lower than Sunday morning church followed by family dinner, bedtime prayers, and morning Bible reading.

You get the picture.

But now I’ve got boys who need (I’ll repeat that) who need to play sports.

They can play sports and we can have some calm around the house, or they can not play sports and we will all need a lot more therapy.

But all those practices mean eating dinner at 7:30 and that is tough for a family who goes to bed early.

I haven’t figured it out, but I might by the time football and swim team end on October 29.

Speaking of October 29th, it will be the second time we mark Kalkidan’s birthday without her. I don’t need to say much about it now, but you know I’ll write more soon. Last year about did me in, and yet was sweeter than I expected too.

Mimi has been traveling a ton for work. She spent the last two weekends in CA at MineCon followed by TwitchCon. Next weekend she’ll be in New Orleans for a wedding. We see her for brief moments in between.

Samuel is traveling back and forth to Seattle visiting someone very special and beautiful while he also wraps up his masters thesis and prepares to move to Portland.

The kids had yesterday and today off of school. I’m not sure how I did it, but I managed to fill these two days with ten appointments and events. It was not the wisest planning.

Ebenezer just left for a birthday party and in a few minutes I’m heading out to drop Wogauyu at a friend’s while I also take Zoe to an appointment followed by a visit with her family.

In between, I’m going to squeeze in a cup of a coffee with a friend I haven’t seen in far too long.

I have some exciting new things coming soon to my Etsy store, just in time for the holidays. I can’t wait to show you.

Have a great weekend, friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading.




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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. Lori
    October 7, 2016

    I totally relate to the “need” for sports! My four bios were homeschooled and we eschewed sports in favor of family activities (think board/card games, reading aloud every evening). It was wonderful and ideal for that season. Fast forward two adoptions later and now we are the public school, football, swimming, whatever sport of the season, family. Sacrificing stressful family dinners for another kind of sanity! I’ve given up on my ideal and embraced reality for this new season. At 53, it’s been tough, but the challenge has resulted in some good growth, too. I love your personal posts the most!

  2. Angelina
    October 7, 2016

    Oh the ‘season of busy’ just never seems to end when raising our littles and bigs! So glad to see coffees with friends and blogging making your list of self care! Hugs!

  3. fairygodmother
    October 9, 2016

    WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR SAMUEL TO GET HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and we can’t wait to get to know that beautiful and special someone, too!!!!!!!!


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