Living with HIV

Please take a minute to watch a great video clip about a family living with HIV. The mom is an online friend of mine and I think she is a remarkable woman.

ABC News Video

Suzan also wrote an article about their family that you can read by clicking on the photo at the top of this post.

In adoption news, I am taking a break today. I’ve been functioning on adrenaline and very little sleep, so last night after we celebrated S’s birthday, I went to bed and got an incredible eight hours of sleep. Today I am focusing on kids, school,laundry, meals, more laundry, cleaning, etc. I needed a day like this!

I’ll post a few birthday pictures 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. Sherry
    March 12, 2008

    What a remarkable family. Smart to hide the condition at the time it was discovered, and brave to finally share the secret. Proof that HIV kids can grow to live normal, happy lives. 🙂

    Laundry…the never ending chore. It ranks right up there with dishes! Enjoy. 😉

  2. Michael and Michelle
    March 12, 2008

    Thank you for that article and video clip on AIDS. It was really good for me to see that. That family seems wonderul!!

  3. Anonymous
    March 13, 2008

    Hello…my husband and I are adopting from Ethiopia as well. It’s been very tough for us because we sent in our dossier last Sept. We were told that the last people who got their referal turned in their dossier last June. They have extended the wait from 5-7 to now 6-9 months. It’s a little hard to see that there are people who have lot’s of children who are adopting before us but everyone deserves a child even if it’s their 10th one or first one. This will be our first and we have been waiting a LONG time to be parents. Despite my thoughts on the process I am happy to see that you have a very loving family.

  4. the ewings
    March 17, 2008

    Thanks for sharing this video. It was very touching!!!! We need more education! Your friends are doing an awesome thing!



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