I Would Never Come to the End

O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.  Psalm 40:5

 #961 – 1,000 giving thanks

healing that only comes from God

the comfort of His love and the knowledge that we are walking the path He has placed before us

Russ by my side for every flight, every day, every appointment

warm and relaxed hospitality from friends we met for the first time when we arrived at their home

cash given anonymously from somebody at church

a gift bag left in the waiting room of the center with a card, delicious chocolates, and a Subway gift card – from a blog friend we’ve never met

an email from a blog friend who offered to share our financial burden – and mailed us a check

emails and texts from friends in Nebraska – even if we never managed to meet one another

Each one of you who prayed for us this week, and continues to pray

time to enjoy Dimples and see her true self

not one, but two unexpected visits with Hannah as we traveled through the Minneapolis airport

Cathy and Deb – two gifted therapists who joined us in our effort to bring healing

Their wisdom and talent

new insights into behavior

emdr and it’s ability to create healthy neural pathways

new tools and plans

laughter – lots of it

tears – and the healing they bring

Louise (in Addis), who filled in many gaps of Dimples’ early life story

the Holy Spirit who gives insight and wisdom to all who need it

fun kids for Dimples to play with

their admiration of her, which showed her a new aspect of herself

Dimples’ favorite travel snacks – Chip Ahoy cookies and spicy Doritos

a balcony overlooking the lake

swimming in late September

walking along the lake with Paula

two engineer husbands with a passion for Africa

Ladybug’s very happy birthday even in our absence

friends who showed up in clown suits to bring her a gift

Mimi who took her to lunch and delivered our flowers

Noah and Samuel who got the kids where they needed to go

Grandma and Grandpa Q. who stayed for a couple of days

Aunt Laura who stayed for a few more

the prayers of our family and many friends

little boys who woke just enough to smile and hug us when we arrived home

presents from Dimples for her younger siblings

family gathering to celebrate Ladybug today

My 14 year-old who is not a cup half-full, but a cup brimming over

birthday cake baked


Thank you for following our journey, reading my blog, praying for us, and caring about our family.  I am deeply grateful.  I plan to share more in upcoming posts.








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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. connie
    September 23, 2012

    Thankyou again for the HOPE that you share.

  2. Laura
    September 23, 2012

    I love your comment about Ladybug—her cup truly overflows and she was a joy to spend her birthday with. She loved every minute of it and was so appreciative and excited for it all.

  3. Emily
    September 23, 2012

    That is a wonderful list and much to be grateful for!

  4. Sara Edwards
    September 23, 2012

    Thank you so much for being vulnerable and open. Thank you for sharing the healing and hopefulness that runs so deep in your family. Love the photo you posted here. Such a great picture of belonging.

  5. Katie Patel
    September 23, 2012

    You guys are amazing. And God is faithful. Thank you for sharing your heart with all of us!

  6. Amy
    September 23, 2012

    Thank you for letting us follow your journey! Many blessings to you.

  7. Michelle
    September 24, 2012

    Agree…you are amazing and so grateful for your Godly example of surrender! Praying she experiences the next level of freedom from trauma!


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