Nanny Diary

Nanny report from Mimi (six weeks in Colorado):

“At 4:00 a.m., one of the kids came in to tell me that he had just thrown up.”

(Editor’s note: long dramatic pause here)

“And then he said the worst thing I had ever heard in my life:…. I almost made it to the toilet.”

Sweet Pea and I had to turn off the speakerphone so Mimi wouldn’t hear us laughing until we nearly cried.


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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
    June 21, 2008

    It was terrible! Puke ALL OVER the floor, under the cabinet, around the toilet, ALL OVER THE bead boarding on the walls…wow. It was miserable.


  2. Signe
    June 21, 2008

    Sounds like a very realistic simulation of life in a large family. And you are getting paid for this training! Note to self: Never put bead board in a bathroom.

  3. Sherry
    June 21, 2008

    Ewwwww…poor Mimi! I can’t count the number of times I have had the same scenario. Life as a mom…or a nanny. haha


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