Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

…and that is the way my husband likes it. As a Climatologist, Russ loves weather of all kinds, the more extreme – the better.

He and Eby had a great time measuring the snow accumulation this morning. I love to see my smart men at work!

If you are interested in weather and want to be part of a network of Volunteer Precipitation Observers, go to the CoCoRaHS website and register. The only cost is $23.00 for your rain gauge. Then you can gather data that will be used by scientists, farmers, the National Weather Service, and lots of other people, all around the country. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to do “real” science.

You can even be weather buddies with Russ and our family! What could be more fun than that?

When I told Russ that I was going to blog about the morning activities, he wrote this blurb for me:

Join the “Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network” by becoming a volunteer Precipitation Observer. Your daily entries are mapped immediately and are available for you, your neighbor, and the world to see.

There you have it – stop watching the weather and start measuring it. You and your kids will love it.

As for Large Family Question #4, I’ve gotten some great responses. Please email me your thoughts (thankfulmom@gmail.com) or post a comment, and I will share them all in the next day or so. I am happy to keep your comments anonymous if you prefer.

Thank you for stopping by my blog – you just never know what you might find here.


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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. darci
    December 16, 2008

    hmm..if those two would liketo experience some extreme weather..we had -38 celcius here on sunday..brrrr!
    looks like father and son having alot of fun together> 🙂


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