Happy Monday

I’m home from my grand adventure to Denver.  It was a great time in absolutely every way; I felt the prayers that were said for me on this trip.  Every bit of travel went well, from driving to the airport (no snow!), flying without getting airsick, being picked up from the Denver airport at the perfect moment, and time to rest and look over my notes that afternoon. By the time I headed to the Homecomings Adoption Ministry event that night, I actually felt calm.  The night before I was so nervous that I wondered why I had agreed to speak, so this was a huge blessing.

We were there early enough that I was able to set up my powerpoint of photos, test the microphone, arrange my little space up front – notes, glasses, water – and I felt calm.  The set up for the event was great. Families arrived at 6:30, settled their kids in childcare, and got some dessert before the meeting really got going.  Everyone seemed happy and relaxed, which made me feel happy and relaxed.  I spoke on the topic of Bearing Fruit in Our Love for Fatherless and then took questions for fifteen minutes.

Saturday morning I had breakfast with three wonderful ladies from Homecomings, then I had lunch with three dear friends who live in Denver.  I spent the rest of the day with my friend, Emily and her family.  Our families have been friends since we all lived in Ithaca, NY, many years ago.  We like to joke that their oldest daughter is betrothed to our Samuel – I even put their senior pictures side-by-side on our refrigerator for months.  They don’t even really know each other, but we’ve had fun teasing them about it.

I flew to Spokane early Sunday morning and met Sweet Pea for breakfast where we talked about her upcoming interviews for residency.  The first one is this week and then she’ll have a continual flow of travel and interviews through the end of January.  It’s been fascinating to learn about the process of becoming a doctor; I finally know what an intern, fellow, and attending are.  The entire match process for residency is very interesting and exciting.  After I headed home, Sweet Pea spent the afternoon figuring out all of her interview clothes, and emailing me photos – it was fun.  She is going to look fabulous.

It’s Monday morning and Russ took our three youngest homeschoolers on a short field trip to the farm store to get something for our cows.  When they return we’re going to hit the books.  I’ve already been on the phone with Sears scheduling a repair appointment for my washer which works sometimes, but not always.  I’m hoping it won’t completely die before the repairman gets here in a week and a half.

#381 – 390 giving thanks

sunshine on the drive to the airport and home again two days later

being moved from the last row of the plane to row six

calm and quiet Friday afternoon

meeting many wonderful people in Denver

no tech glitches

laughter and tears with new friends

laughter and tears with old friends

being seated for lunch when the brunch menus were still on the tables and leaving when the Happy Hour crowd arrived

talking for hours

coming home to hugs and kisses from my family that missed me “so, so much.”

Have a great day, 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. charity
    November 14, 2011

    I am so glad you had an uneventful and wonderful trip…i never know when i travel if it will be a respite or a learning experience…i am happy to hear you got to work in a long lunch with girlfriends, i knew there were many in this area…lucky! i have been contemplating buying a second washer and dryer, just because it is so impossible to keep a large family going when the laundry isn't functioning…good luck with a speedy solution…i believe in miracles, maybe there will be a cancellation on the repair calendar:)

  2. Sweet Pea
    November 14, 2011

    I love the picture of the kids on the hay bales! And thanks for having breakfast with me on Sunday!

  3. shelley
    November 15, 2011

    i love the precious smiles on your kiddos faces! priceless!

  4. jen anderson
    November 16, 2011

    I miss you already! come back 🙂


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