Now She is Five

Yesterday we celebrated C.’s fifth birthday. We shared it with cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and even a new puppy. She loved every minute of it, especially when her uncle played Happy Birthday to her on his trombone.


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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. Raskell Party of 8
    January 1, 2008

    I miss our talks. I hope you guys are having a good trip. Love you!

  2. Leslie
    January 2, 2008

    What a sweet girl–happy birthday C!

  3. NathanA
    January 6, 2008

    Happy Birthday, C!


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