Mimi is 19!

I’ve missed posting a few birthdays, but in a moment of efficiency, I am posting about Mimi on her actual birthday! She had a ballroom dance rehearsal tonight so we aren’t officially celebrating until tomorrow, but that didn’t stop us from having her birthday cereal for breakfast and a favorite dinner with brownies for dessert. Tomorrow we’ll have her real birthday dinner including grilled Cornell chicken and homemade German Chocolate Cake.

In honor of Mimi, I would like to share a poem that she wrote last year:

Burial Caves

Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1975

The wooden caskets,

built to rock like cradles,

lay scattered around the dim tunnel,

too small for anyone but a child.

Some of them were broken open—

tiny femur, humerus, skulls

lying on the rocks inside the cave

near empty copper boxes

the size of a baby’s rattle,

spilled by centuries

of the earth’s plates shifting.

My father, eleven years old,

turned a burnished bronze

by the tropical sun,

scrubbed at the goose bumps

on his arms and picked up

one of the boxes, twirling

it between his fingers

like an empty film canister,

its dull sheen reflecting

civilizations in his eyes.

He will grow up, move back

to the States when his father’s bones

become too stiff for the rigors

of overseas construction.

The faraway, tropical homes

of my father’s childhood

will fade as he packs

all of his memories

into an iron-bound sea chest,


Perhaps he will remember

the chest, scoop out his stories,

pressed down, shaken together

and running over,

pouring them into my hands.

MK 2007

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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. darci
    April 4, 2008

    wow!! I love poetry and that is a truly beautiful and ….striking poem. What talent! And of course happy birthday. time flies huh? so we are FINALLY joining the ranks. we have our first homestudy booked for next friday and i am already so impatient. this will be my longest ‘pregnancy’ kwim? darci

  2. Adrielle
    April 4, 2008

    Happy birthday cousin!!!!! Wouldn’t mind joining you for supper!! I could make brownies though… 🙂
    My birthday cereal is fruit loops, what’s yours?
    You are so beautiful!!!!!! Love you and miss you! Adrielle


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