Monday Musings

Russ with the youngest six

Honeybee gave Dimples a quick lesson in posing.

We had a wonderful Easter! Honeybee loved searching for her first Easter basket and we all enjoyed the crowd of friends that joined us after church. The kids’ spontaneous Easter egg hunt was a hit and happily, my friends’ children are now in possession of some of the candy.
This week kicks off soccer season. I signed the four girls up and have to admit to having some anxiety over keeping up with their schedules while also keeping up with Samuel and Rusty’s track meets. I would not have subjected myself to the schedule, but Dimples really needs to play soccer, Honeybee really wants to play soccer, and Ladybug and Boo didn’t want to miss out on the fun. I requested that they be paired together, so hopefully we’ll only be dealing with two teams.

We had a great From HIV to Home staff meeting today. The growing number of families interested in adopting HIV+ children is astounding. From HIV to Home is growing along with the need and there are now five (hopefully six) of us on staff now. We are very excited about the upcoming walk-a-thons for World AIDS Orphans Day, grants being offered for waiting children, our new partnership with an orphanage in South Africa, and more. If you are interested in helping with our fundraising (or other) efforts, contact Marissa at:

Dinner must be cooked!


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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. Anonymous
    April 13, 2009

    I love Eby’s face in that picture of all the little kids!


  2. Heidi Mehltretter
    April 13, 2009

    Lovely pose. Beautiful girls. I really enjoyed your post about Honeybee loving you!

  3. Joy Portis
    April 13, 2009

    Everyone is growing up so fast! Sounds like a wonderful Easter! Hope you have some time to rest and relax…then post some more 🙂 You are such an inspiration!

  4. Nicole Anderson
    April 13, 2009

    I am so glad that your Easter went well!!
    We are getting ready for our “walk” and getting very excited about it!
    Could you tell me where the orphanage is that you are teaming with in South Africa! I would love to know more as my Owen was born there, and we have kept in contact with his many friends there.
    We are gearing up for Soccer and other spring things this week also. I am hoping that the anticipation is much worse than the actural schedule! Good luck!


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