Monday Morning

It’s a good thing I love Seattle and my friends there because it was a long few days.  We headed out at 6:30 Thursday morning hoping to make it to Seattle Children’s by 12:30.  With only two quick stops, we made good time and arrived without difficulty.  The weather was great and Snoqualmie Pass beautiful – I love the mountains that surrounded me as I grew up.

We made it to our first appointment where I left four kids in the waiting room while Dimples saw the doctor.  As soon as that appointment was done, we headed up three floors and checked in for our next appointments. Once we were in the queue, I zipped down two floors, checked Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man into the Sibling Playroom and rejoined Honeybee and Dimples in the waiting room upstairs, where we waited.

Appointment number two went well, but once we hit three and four, things began to slow down.  Our regular doctor wasn’t there, which meant the girls had to warm up to the new one, but once they did, oh boy, they had lots to say and the appointment went on and on and on.  One hour into it, I ran back down to the Sibling Playroom, which was closing, and grabbed the three youngest kids who then joined us in the hot, crowded exam room on the 6th floor.

There we had long conversations, blood draws, flu shots, snacks, all while I tried to occupy the little boys who had spent the past six hours in the car and then two hours in the small playroom. We finally finished at 5:15 and headed to our friends’ house for the night.

I really am thankful for the excellent medical care my children receive at Seattle Children’s, it was just a very long day.

It is lunchtime Monday and I would love to write more, but I need to focus on moving the kids through their school day.  The washer and dryer are running, dinner is slow-cooking in the oven, and Ladybug is making grilled cheese sandwiches.  I would say the week is off to a decent start.

I hope your day is full of good gifts.

#321-330 giving thanks

there and back safely

fall colors on the mountain pass

smart doctors who care about my children

a quiet house for Russ and the older boys

projects checked off Russ’ “to-do” list

the bright red maple in my front yard

time with the big kids Sunday afternoon

stepping out on the back porch just to take a deep breath of cool air

forts created under the dining room table

Little Man’s delight over his birthday gifts


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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. Sweet Pea
    October 17, 2011

    Beautiful, beautiful picture of my handsome brothers! Completely made my night!


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