I'm Running as Fast as I Can

We’ve enjoyed a break from trips to Seattle but I had completely unrealistic expectations of how these two weeks would go. I thought there would be more downtime, but instead I have been swamped! I’ve been trying to get up early to have a bit of quiet before the kids swarm down the stairs. As of 6:00 this morning, my desk is nearly tidy and I feel a bit more prepared for the day.

Yesterday we had ten dental appointments. My little kids love going to the dentist who gives good prizes and great toothbrushes. You can see Eby holding Mr. Slurpy in his mouth after his fluoride treatment. We’ve also had haircuts (with more needed), a couple of doctor visits, and lots more errands in preparation for the school year.

I am still working on getting my homeschool materials ready as well as putting together a master schedule with everyone’s classes and activities on it. Sometimes life with lots of kids is like living in a puzzle that I am trying to put together.

We are also trying to get to the pool most afternoons since it closes next week. My friend, Signe, and I were in the water surrounded by our crazy kids yesterday. I commented that I hoped the pool would clear out and the chaos would settle down. She looked around and replied that we would be the ones who needed to leave in order for that to happen.

I have lots to write about and hope to make it back to my computer one day soon.


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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. jen
    August 20, 2009

    That pool scene – awesome!!!

  2. Anonymous
    August 20, 2009

    I don't know HOW you could do TEN dental appts….I was proud of myself for doing THREE at one time! And the pool scene cracked me up too…I SO relate to that…I feel like we're the traveling circus that people stand back to watch…

    The funny stuff of life in big families!

    Lisa H>

  3. Stephanie and Gary
    August 21, 2009

    Hello from Brooklyn, NY! By doing a search for a sara groves song, I happened to find your beautiful family montage on the sidebar of YouTube. What a beautiful tribute of a growing family. We are in the process of adopting from Kazakhstan — we have two biological daughters (age 4 and 7) and are expecting a boy by the end of the year. I was so touched by your story and look forward to continuing to follow along. Your family is lovely!!

  4. pickel
    August 25, 2009

    I can't imagine 10 dentist appointments! Oh boy!


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