Home Again

Russ, me, Sweet Pea, MB, and M leaving for a fabulous dinner at The Herbfarm .

We are home from a road trip to Seattle and it was full of adventures such as mountain passes being closed requiring us to spend the night at a truck stop motel, Sweet Pea’s medical school interview, a very special dinner with dear friends at The Herbfarm, collecting stool samples from our four youngest (will we ever conquer giardia?), and a nice time with my family. We left one day early in an attempt to beat an incoming storm and then had to delay our return by one day due to even more snow and avalanche danger requiring Snoqualmie Pass to remain closed all day.

I’ll write more soon, but here are a few photos:

Boo and Dimples with their cousin

Eby helped Drew grill burgers for dinner.

Miss M. and Little Man

Little Man with his Aunt Laura

Driving home with only five of our children, the others stayed home. Sweet Pea flew to an interview in CA and then to Seattle. We met up with her after her interview at the University of Washington.

Tomorrow will be spent pulling the house and family back together after being apart since last Wednesday. I think I have my work cut out for me.


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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.

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