Making You Smile on Sunday

Hi, this is Rusty,

I have a friend, Daniel Gardner, an incredibly creative and hilarious guy. He has a bit of a following on youtube (now two features and 2,951 subscribers). A year ago he started a project on youtube where people simply replied to his video with their smile. It now has over three hundred replies and is one of the “most replied-to” videos of all time in People and Blogs on youtube. This week he created a video with one hundred of the replies and it was featured on youtube! I showed it to my Mom and she was really impressed and she told me to post it on her blog. So here I am. I hope that you really enjoy this and it makes you smile! Be sure to check out the rest of Daniel’s stuff.

This is Rusty’s Mom now. I really do like this video – it makes me smile and I think it is beautiful. I also found this picture on Mimi’s Facebook and it not only made me smile, but made my heart so glad that my children are good friends.

Noah and Mimi at the Homecoming game – looking dramatic

I remember when my three oldest were young and Noah drove Sweet Pea and Mimi crazy. They used to complain about how annoying he was and I would tell them that one day he would be one of their best friends, so they needed to be kind to him. It has come true and I am very thankful.


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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. Audrey
    October 26, 2008

    Awww. That made me smile!! Thanks, Rusty!

  2. Kathrin
    October 26, 2008

    Thanks Rusty! The video is wonderful!

  3. Andrea
    October 27, 2008

    It made me smile. Thanks Rusty.
    When I met your kids I could see how deeply they care for each other. Too often you see families striving with some children doing really well but not all. I know you did an amazing job with all of them. So respectful and a simple delight to be around. They are very content with who they are. Amazing.

  4. Andrea
    October 27, 2008

    LOVE it! Thank you for the smiles!

  5. DanielGardner
    October 28, 2008

    Thanks Rusty buddy, for sharing the video! 🙂


  6. Rusty
    October 28, 2008

    You’re welcome!

    Anytime Daniel, anytime. Thanks for making the video. 🙂


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