Part 5 of Tell it Well is coming tomorrow morning.  In the meantime, I want to share this sweet photo of Little Man with Russ’ dad.

Russ, Isaiah, and the four younger girls drove to Seattle for our niece’s wedding Saturday. Because of the snow we’ve been having in the northwest, we weren’t able to take our big van, so I stayed behind with Noah, Samuel, Eby, and Little Man.

It was especially important for Russ to be there because his parents came up from Mexico to be at the wedding. We are always thankful for time with them.  He also saw two of his sisters; it was a nice time for them to catch up.  My parents live in the same town, so Russ and the kids stayed with them, despite the fact that they hadn’t had power in days.

We are thankful for grandparents; we only wish they lived closer!

Happy Monday – even if it is nearly over.


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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. Mama Ds Dozen
    January 23, 2012

    So sorry you all couldn't go to the wedding. That must have been really tough to decide who goes and who stays home with Mom.

    We never drove our BIG van in the snow, either. We have so enjoyed having a 4×4 Excursion this year. Wow. What a difference it makes when the snow comes.

    Hope your week is BLESSED!


  2. Katie
    January 23, 2012

    Nothing beats awesome grandparents!!!

  3. Joelle
    January 24, 2012

    Wonderful picture. Very sweet.

  4. Anita
    January 26, 2012

    This is so sweet! And their smiles look a little similar. 🙂 Our kids grandparents live far away too…I know just what it's like to have to count down the months before seeing them again!


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