Off and Running



What a week! In an hour we’ll head to the venue and begin cooking for Share Thanksgiving. As always, I have so much I want to write about and so little time. Here we go with a quick post.

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*Advent begins this Sunday! If you don’t have a book, or candles, or anything at all, you’re not too late. My post, Advent: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room, has some suggestions that will help you. I encourage you to keep it simple and enjoy the season.

* Thank you so much for the responses that are coming in for my Giving Voice to Siblings book. I am very excited about this project. I invite your kids to participate! If the deadline is too soon for you, I’m flexible.

*Isaiah arrived safely from St. Louis and will be here through next semester. We’re so happy to have him back in town.

*Samuel made it back from a trip to Portland where he toured two engineering companies and visited friends. I was anxious about him driving through snow; only Jesus is going to help me get past my fear. I went to bed praying for his safety.

*We spent all of Monday (hours and hours!) decorating Christmas wreaths for Claire’s 4-H project. When I went to bed, Claire and Beza were still going strong. They turned out beautiful!

*Yesterday Annarose, Beza, and I shopped for Share Thanksgiving. It took eight hours and five stores.

*This morning we’ll haul everything to the 1912 Center and begin cooking. It’s usually a fun and rather crazy day. At 4:00 the first seating will begin with three more following. We hope to be cleaned up and done by 10:00. Volunteers and generous donations make this event possible. Thank you!

*I was so surprised when I opened an Amazon package yesterday. I planned to order Tabitha’s Travels: A Family Story for Advent and completely forgot that I changed my mind and ordered Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent instead. I’m looking forward to reading the first chapter on Sunday. We have one chapter to finish in The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5), which we’ll wrap up this weekend.

*I plan to read Ishtar in the morning before school, and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas in the evenings after dinner. We have ornaments we’ll hang on our Jesse tree each evening too. I’m sure we’ll get dreadfully behind and then catch up in bursts, but that’s okay. As always, we’ll have a joyfully imperfect Advent.

*Thursday we’re having Thanksgiving dinner with friends, old and new. Thankfully I’m not hosting, and I’m only bringing a side dish, rolls, and the desserts. Claire made two apple pies yesterday and I decided to be realistic and buy two pumpkin pies at Costco. I wanted to make a pumpkin cheesecake, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen, unless I can convince one of my kids to make it.

*Friends, have a wonderful, joyful, hearts-full of thanks, Thanksgiving. I am thankful for each one of you who takes the time to read my blog – you keep me writing.


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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. Emily
    November 25, 2015

    We LOVED having Samuel here!
    Love you!

  2. Pam
    November 26, 2015

    So thankful this day for innumerable things, but family tops the list second only to God's saving grace and love for us.


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