Happy Valentine's Day

I thought I would start this post with a cheerful photo of the younger kids all dressed in red with lovely smiles on their faces. This is what I got instead.

We started the morning with heart-shaped pancakes, and little candy gifts. I woke Mimi up to deliver hers and she said she had just been thinking about how I always give them small gifts on Valentine’s Day, but she thought that this year it might not happen because our life has been so intense and busy. She said that it made her day that I managed to do it this year. As you can imagine, that made my day.

In addition to it being Valentine’s Day it is also our dog, Whidbey’s, 12th birthday and we are pretty sure it will be his last. He has lived a long life for a big dog and we are sad to think of him not being with us much longer, but he has been a great dog.

Best of all, my wonderful husband brought me a lovely bouquet of red tulips, one of my favorite flowers. I have hope that one day the snow will go away and I will have flowers in my gardens again!


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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. Kristin
    February 15, 2008

    I always enjoy your blog. I am so sorry to read about your dog. We lost one who was 17 this past Sept and her buddy, also 17, is failing fast. It is so hard to lose a dog.
    On a happier note, yeah tulips are my favorite too, they make everything so cheery! Try to enjoy the snow for us, we are wishing for some. It has been too warm for snow this winter in southern Maryland
    God bless,
    Kristin Cushen

  2. Lisa
    February 15, 2008

    Oh my goodness, I love the pictures, especially the first one. It captures the mom moment. 🙂

  3. Sherry
    February 16, 2008

    The kids look darling in their red outfits. 🙂 I am glad you had a wonderful day together.

    I was sad to read about Whidbey. We know just what you are feeling as our sweet Sierra turns 13 next month and is starting to feel her age. I am also afraid she won’t be with us much longer and that is going to be a very hard day indeed. 🙁

  4. darci
    February 17, 2008

    happy valentine’s day. i love the pics..those are real! 🙂 and yes, our dear kezzi turned 12 in december..we really see her age and it will just about kill us all to lose her. it’s funny how the dog hair EVERYWHERE, the incredibly stinky breath, etc, cease to matter when you think about saying bye. darci


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