Much to Do!

Miss B. with her special little friend!

The days are full at my house! We have been exchanging emails and phone calls with Susan Parr, our travel agent who is an adoption travel expert. She helped us plan our last two trips to Ethiopia and we love working with her. It looks like we’ll depart for Ethiopia on Friday, July 25th which is going to come quickly. Our return tickets from Ethiopia are still wait-listed, but we hope they will clear and be confirmed tomorrow.

Today I took Dimples and Ladybug to the Health Department where all three of us were vaccinated. The kids finished up some routine childhood vaccines, while I updated my tetanus and began my Hepatitis A and B series. Last time we traveled I chose not to be vaccinated, with the exception of a gamma globulin shot which gave me temporary protection against Hepatitis A. For years I have avoided vaccines because I have an autoimmune disorder (currently in remission) and we have been concerned that vaccines could trigger an unhealthy reaction in my body. However, I had to have a couple of vaccines last year and I tolerated them well, so we decided that I would go ahead and be vaccinated. The Hepatitis A and B vaccines are supposed to give lifetime immunity (which remains to be seen), and since I hope to travel to Ethiopia in the future, I will be glad to have that protection. We’ll probably go ahead and do the oral vaccine for typhus as well since we plan to travel to some rural areas and eat in people’s homes.

AHOPE work is very busy. Our t-shirts are done and look fantastic. We are working out a few final details before we begin offering them online. I have a picture of Sweet Pea, N., and S., modeling them which I almost put on my blog last night, but I decided to wait until we are ready to launch our sales. Shirts are also going to be sold at the Mile High Music Festival and an Ethiopian Adoption Picnic that is coming up. We hope to have them at many other gatherings in the future. We are also working on another very exciting project…but I can’t reveal it quite yet.

If you have a blog and would like a “badge” that will act as a hyperlink to a page where shirts can be purchased, send me an email at and I’ll give you directions as soon as Rusty has it set up. All of the proceeds go to support the children at AHOPE, and I can’t think of a better cause than that.

Mimi is having a grand time in Denver. N. is working hard washing windows and moving people’s belongings. S. is busy designing a play structure for his Boy Scout Eagle project. Rusty is creating a Facebook Causes page for AHOPE and helping us with all kinds of techy details for our various projects. Tomorrow Ladybug is going to begin learning Spencerian handwriting with Sweet Pea. Dimples and Boo are spending lots of time in the sandbox creating a “bakery”. Eby is eating, growing, and playing, and Little Man has discovered that he can go potty in the potty seat and get a gummy bear each time! We think he is a prodigy.

Russ and I are sleeping a little, working a lot, and trying to fit moments of fun into our days. Tonight we sat on the hammock and watched the kids play after dinner — it was great.


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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. Adrielle
    July 2, 2008

    I was just thinking that Miss B might be very good at braiding hair herself! Hers is very cute!

  2. darci
    July 2, 2008

    hello, i’d love a link! (especially if you can walk me thru it). also, do you have someone in canada selling the shirts? we do have a group in saskatchewan that gets together once in awhile..would you like me to look into that at all? how exciting it must be to travel in less than a month! 🙂

  3. Angel
    July 2, 2008

    Have you talked to Amber about getting these put in the RLC Mall we are developing? You can e-mail me if you want

  4. Andrea
    July 2, 2008

    looking forward to seeing the t-shirts! I will be sharing them with everyone I know!
    Looks like we may be traveling at the same time… I hope we get to meet.

  5. Sherry
    July 2, 2008

    July 25th is going to come so fast! So exciting. 🙂

    I would love to put a badge into both my blogs if you want to send me the html once it’s ready.

  6. Amy
    July 3, 2008

    She’s beautiful. Love that picture of her. Is that E’s little lovie with her? Just beautiful. Less than a month left!

  7. SupermomE11
    July 3, 2008

    What cute kids!! 🙂

    Love you guys!!


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