Goodbye March Mud?

This is how Eby greeted me on Monday after he had played outside. Not only was he covered with mud, he somehow managed to put splatters and smears of mud all over the front porch. I gave him a bucket of warm water and some cleaning rags and put him to work. When he was finally done, he came inside wearing completely soaked clothes. He told me that to keep warm, he stood in the bucket of warm water while he worked. I couldn’t help laughing.

Sadly, that was the beginning of a very long, messy day during which I was forced to put lots of effort into having self-control. It did not come easy to me.

I seriously hope that the weather is going to improve soon and the mud will begin to dry up. However, since we had three inches of spring snow today, it’s not looking good.

By the way, I had an opportunity to be part of this Hostess Twinkie advertising campaign, and it was too good to pass up. Generally I keep all advertising to a minimum, but I thought I would give this particular one a try. The small amount of money I make with my blog is a true blessing to my family, and with eleven of us at home, every bit helps.

Have a great Thursday, 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. Karen P
    April 5, 2012

    I have had a long, messy morning today, so I know how you feel. I did not display much self-control and I'm hoping to turn it around this afternoon. Bt the way, I may have to try some of those Twinkies!

  2. Laura
    April 5, 2012

    You may have felt like it was a long messy day, but you handled it with grace—I was there the whole day taking care of Caleb. Thanks for letting us stay.

  3. mommafoster
    April 5, 2012

    We had a rough day as well. Thankful tomorrow is a new one!

  4. rebekah
    April 6, 2012

    Oh mud. In these parts we had a very muddy winter which is not usual. And now Spring = mud. Two of mine go to a nature preschool and the amount of mud is stunning. 3-4 times a week for the past few months we've hosed down their outdoor clothes, snow pants, winter coats, winter mittens, winter boots (!!!) before we wash them. M's rain boots are right now covered with mud inside and out, as if he painted them carefully.

    I am constantly catching myself from remarking about laundry… kids love mud. It's therapeutic. Can't keep them out.


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