Looming Deadlines

The days are flying by and propelling us toward the end of the school year, both at home with my homeschoolers and at school for Honeybee and Dimples.  They will all be done two weeks from today. My days are full of lists with the most urgent listed at the top, complete with little stars next to those tasks, and drifting down the page to the slightly less urgent.  I don’t like being ruled by the tyranny of the urgent, but that is my life right now.

I have a deadline today to complete a talk I’m giving at my church women’s retreat on May 19th.  I have so many thoughts swirling in my mind that all need to come together in a format that not only makes sense, but teaches and leads the women more deeply into their relationships with Jesus.  So far today, I’ve done many tasks, but have not yet written a word.  Eby and Little Man are outside playing and Sunshine is doing her math, so I am going to jump in.

Thank you for sticking with me even when my blogging is sparse; I compose at least one post every day that never makes it from my mind to the keyboard.  I have lots of photos to share as well; here is one picture of me with Honeybee from our big trip to New York – it was completely amazing.

I miss you, friends!




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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. Emily
    May 9, 2012

    loooveee the pic! excited to hear about the trip!

  2. Heidi
    May 9, 2012

    What a great picture!

  3. Julie
    May 9, 2012

    Take a deep breath. Breathe in deeply of Jesus. Carry on. 🙂

    I love the picture and I will gladly wait for you to find time to write again. I, too, compose posts in my mind…never to make it to the keyboard.

    Much love,

  4. Hannah Tucker
    May 9, 2012

    I've missed you, too! And although I've stayed silent on your posts, I've continued to pray for you and your family. Even though your situation is so different from mine, your challenges and joys are an encouragement to me.

  5. Sharon
    May 9, 2012

    That is a beautiful picture…and don't worry about the posts, we'll all still be around here when things settle down.

  6. chenders8
    May 9, 2012

    One of the things I admire about you the most is your ability to put people before things–your family over blog posts. Keep on keeping on girlfriend! We'll all be here when you come back!

  7. Laurel
    May 10, 2012

    Sit down . . . relax (I know this is hard) . . . and let the Holy Spirit fill your mind with His thoughts and His words for the Women's Retreat.

    While I have always liked to be very prepared for my talks (as you do), sometimes God has just "written my talk for me" when deadlines loom.

    Will lift you up in prayer, as I totally understand "Busy".

    Laurel 🙂

  8. Emily
    May 14, 2012

    One of the things that makes you such a wonderful blogger is that your posts extend from your life. Sometimes living it takes center stage. I'm praying over my overwhelming list for today, that the Lord would direct me in His path and show me where to be faithful today, and have grace to extend grace when I feel frenzied. I'm praying that for you, too, and trusting that He is faithful.


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