Our Lovely Daughter

Joy visited K. on her last day in Addis. We are so thrilled to have new pictures.

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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
    February 5, 2007

    The Lord has surely given you some BEAUTIFUL babies!!! I could just hug their adorable faces through the computer!!!!
    You are almost there!!

  2. Raskell Party of 8
    February 5, 2007

    I am so excited to share in your joy with you. I can’t wait to see you when you get home at the airport. Yeah! She and the boys are so beautiful. Love, Sandra

  3. Anonymous
    February 8, 2007

    Hmmm, sort of like a cross between Halle Berry and Selma Hayek. Uh, that would be gorgeous + gorgeous = GORGEOUS! 😉

    Almost there, almost there….


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