Home from Montana

Russ and I had the wonderful opportunity to spend several days at our friends’ incredible mountain home in Montana. This June we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and what we most wanted was time to relax together. Our trip could not have been more perfect. We swam in the very warm pool every day, even in the midst of a snow storm – it was like being in a snow globe. We sipped coffee and enjoyed the views. We cooked for two rather than our typical 14-16. It was extremely restful and restorative.

I loved having long conversations and brainstorming about kids, life, education, budgets, and all of the things that take more than 45 seconds to discuss before being interrupted. We took the time to watch the three lectures by Dr. Purvis on parenting children from the “hard places”, and Russ agreed that they are fantastic. I was glad to watch them a second time and really get the material more solidified in my mind.

We came home to happy and needy children, which explains why I have not unpacked. I have jumped on the trampoline, cuddled little ones on the sofa, rocked, read stories, looked through school papers, held Honeybee while she cried, and given loads of hugs and kisses. Healing my children is more important than a tidy house – I have to repeat that over and over to myself.

We saw lots of wildlife on our trip, moose, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, and the last morning a young bear came to visit. He stripped the bushes of berries, grazed on the little bits of lawn peeking through the snow, and tried to get into the outdoor grill.

I’ll be back to my normal blogging self early next week – just as soon as I unpack my suitcase.


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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. Marissa
    May 17, 2009

    I love those pictures. Amazing! I’m glad you had a wonderful trip.

  2. Adrielle
    May 17, 2009

    What a wonderful trip! The pictures are amazing! Especially Uncle Russ and the bear! I have hot tubbed surrounded by snow covered mountains before in Leavenworth while on a choir tour and it was amazing! Feels like you are in a story book or something!
    Love you! happy unpacking!:)

  3. Andrea H.
    May 17, 2009

    I am so glad you and Russ had this time together. I bet is was just incredible!!! Welcome back home.

  4. Nicole Anderson
    May 17, 2009

    Sounds like a wonderful time! Conversation with our husbands is something to cherish, isn't it! Congrats on 25 years!

  5. Donna
    May 17, 2009

    Thanks for giving the link to the videos. I have watched one and am trying to impliment ideas slowly. Look forward to watching the rest. Would love the time to watch and discuss with my husband!!
    Delight in Him

  6. Laurel
    May 17, 2009

    What fun! So glad that you got away.

    Let me know when you want me to help plan a mom’s retreat to that cabin. 🙂

    LOVE the pic of Russ and the bear. Way cool! (as the kids would say)


    mama of 13 – writing from Ghana today

  7. Kathrin
    May 17, 2009

    Sounds wonderful! Russ looks like he is enjoying coffe time with the bear. 🙂

  8. Heidi Mehltretter
    May 18, 2009

    Amazing photos!!!!! very cool.

  9. Adoption Ministry of YWAM Ethiopia
    May 19, 2009

    Thanks for sharing the pics from your trip – so glad you guys got away! We’ll celebrate 25 this year too. Thanks, too, for all of your assistance with HIV+ adoptions – you’ve been a tremendous help!


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