giving thanks

#1011 – 1030 giving thanks

Honeybee who has serious style

Russ having breakfast with men from church this morning

children excited to see snow

Linda, who is picking Dimples up in one hour and spending the day with her

Beth, who unexpectedly brought dinner on a rough day

a gift from my parents

a therapist only 1 1/2 hours away

new flannel sheets

a day to organize and declutter (I hope)

butternut squash soup

Eby’s sister and her family in Italy

reading while snuggled on the sofa with my little guys

children who look beautiful in lime green and orange

Little Man crawling in bed and sleeping by my side

my dishwasher, washer and dryer, and coffee maker

the Word

other bloggers, passionate about serving families

Samuel’s friends gathering at our house for dinner tonight

Mimi and Andrew here tomorrow

hot water

Question:  What are you thankful for today?

Have a wonderful weekend, friends.  Thank you for reading, sharing my life, and letting me be part of yours.







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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. Abby
    November 10, 2012

    The golden leaves of my neighbor's ginko tree
    A loving partner
    Food in the fridge
    Today's sun
    Health insurance

    November 10, 2012

    I am thankful for blogs like yours who let me know that even though the world may think our family is crazy, God doesn't. Your blog helps build me up when I feel torn down and lets me know we are not alone in this crazy/hard/awesome adoption journey. Thank you.

  3. Elizabeth
    November 10, 2012

    1. Sunny weather in Western Washington
    2. A kind farmer giving me a truckload of manure for next spring's garden
    3. Heating ducts that don't need to be replaced
    4. Good neighbors
    5. Breakfast with a friend

    And that's just for today!

  4. Emily
    November 10, 2012

    Tell Honeybee I hope I'm as cool as her when I grow up.

  5. Laura
    November 11, 2012

    Oh my that hair—she should be a teen in the 70's! Tell her Aunt Laura loves her style.


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