It Takes A Team

It’s Friday and I have a new article up on Empowered to Connect, “It Takes a Team.” If you have a moment to read it, I would love your feedback.  Who is on your family’s team as you parent children from “hard places?”  Did you every imagine you would need these people in your life?  I sure didn’t.

It is the end of a full week of schooling, catching up, birthdays, and life.  I have big home organizing plans for Saturday, we’ll see how successful I am.

This is what homeschool recess looks like at my house.

What these photos don’t show is the “swimming pool” the boys made in the driveway while I was busy working with Sunshine. I gave them the hose and told them they could water the plants; they were quiet and happy, so I promptly forgot to check on them…until they were happy for too long. I looked out the window and saw Eby sitting in the middle of a large mud puddle he and Little Man had created by blasting the hose on the gravel driveway until they eroded a pothole big enough for them to sit in.

You’ve got to credit them for their creativitiy — although Russ was not happy at all when he saw it! Keeping our driveway somewhat pothole free is one of his ongoing tasks.

Have a great weekend, friends.

#131 – 140 giving thanks

opportunities for Russ to share his faith with students

Dimples’ class play this morning

Honeybee’s birthday celebration tonight

my Dyson vacuum and a child to propel it

23 “dirt cups” for Honeybee’s class

an unexpected gift left on my windshield (story to follow soon)

Moccasin Trail – reading it aloud, one — more — time (love it)

holding hands in the night

library day

cheerful, helpful Sears repairman

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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. Lauren H
    September 9, 2011

    My big kids (5 and 4) did the same thing last week! I was in the house cleaning the sand out of my Ethiopian son's hair – no small task with his beautiful kinky curls – and looked out the window to see a hole filled with water and my 4 year old. And the Daddy in our house was not very pleased either. Glad to know my kid's aren't the only ones. 🙂

  2. Captain Murdock
    September 9, 2011

    Loved the article. Not used to needing a team, but know I will soon.

  3. Barb G
    September 9, 2011

    We are BLESSED to have three other families who adopted through foster care right in our church. We are all the closest of friends now, and our kids are blessed to have each other too. I remember when we first adopted and we felt so alone. Today I am amazed at how lavishly God answered my prayer for friends.

  4. Renae
    September 9, 2011

    Love IT! I've been feeling guilty for wanting to send our adopted 4 year old daughter to preschool..because I homeschool after all, shouldn't I be able to teach her?? But teaching her only builds frustration between us….thank you for this article!:)


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