News about B.

I just got this wonderful email from a volunteer at B.’s orphanage. It is a great blessing to get more glimpses of our daughter.

“I am SO excited you are adopting B. She is one of my favorites and I think she is completely adorable. We have been joking about her for about a week now because last week, one of the other girls was braiding my hair, and B. decided to fix it. She moved all my bangs off my face and I asked her if I was konjo. She wrinkled up her little nose and shook her head. No. I am not pretty. It was pretty funny.

She is just precious, and is so affectionate. Every time I go over there, she snuggles right up to me. Her English also seems to be really good, and I have no problems talking to her at all. She is also very good at a game the volunteers call tatare, but is actually called something else we can’t remember. She taught me how to play, and was a very serious teacher. I am delighted that you are adopting her, for both your sakes.”

This completely made my day!


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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. Angel
    March 27, 2008

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! What a precious update. She sounds like a riot! That is a wonderful gift. :0) Angel

  2. Sherry
    March 27, 2008

    What a blessing to have someone that is able to send you little snippets of B. That made me smile. 🙂

  3. Charlotte
    March 28, 2008

    A friend sent me this link to your blog, what an amazing loving family you have !

    I am single mom to four, one bio, and three from China ! Am paperchasing for an Ethiopian daughter !

    Glad to find your blog !

    Your children are all so beautiful !

    Charlotte and crew

  4. jen
    March 31, 2008

    What an awesome update!

  5. darci
    April 4, 2008

    that is so great, she sounds so fun and funny and sweet!


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