Have I Ever Mentioned….

…that cars are not our top priority? When it comes to where our money is allocated, cars just don’t make it to the top of the list. The photo above is evidence of that. Our mortgage, food, medical care, and educational expenses make up the bulk of our budget; it must have something to do with having eleven children.

Mimi took this picture of our minivan’s odometer as I was driving her to a doctor’s appointment in a neighboring town. Interestingly, Mimi and Sweet Pea are both having surgery the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break with the same ENT. Mimi is have a long overdue tonsillectomy and Sweet Pea is having endoscopic sinus surgery. This is very strange, but rather efficient (I hate to admit how often I consider efficiency, but with eleven children, it is always on my mind). Hopefully they will both be recovered enough to travel to Seattle the following Wed. for Thanksgiving.


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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. Laurel
    October 23, 2008

    Love it!

    When our old van had 185,000 on it (we bought it in 1992 w/ 14,000 miles), we took a road trip to NY City (yes, from Wa. State). We had so much fun, that we thought we’d better buy a newer van so that we could do more road trips. Great selling point …”It’s in such great shape, we just drove it to NY and back.”

    This past summer, the 1994 Escort we bought brand new bit the dust at 240,000. Our 1995 Escort has 190,000 and still going strong. And, our kids are driving Grandpa’s 1988 Honda Accord.

    Can’t imagine being like my brother …”When a car gets 100,000 on it we’re afraid to take it out of town any longer.” For us, 100,000 still seems like brand new.




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