We had the most wonderful thirtieth anniversary. Our children threw a small party for us last night. Hannah baked cheesecakes, Mimi selected the wine, and our friends Rick and Beth hosted. Russ and I went out for dinner and then arrived at the party in time to relax and enjoy it. The highlight of the evening was eight of our kids singing a song for us. We loved it – and I may have cried just a little. [I’ll try to post a short clip of it on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page later today.]

With Noah and Katie’s wedding this Saturday, our children gathering, and our families traveling to celebrate, our life is overflowing with blessing.

Just to keep life even more exciting, Russ got up at 5:00 this morning to join some other scientists in taking a look at snow melt in the mountains around Dworshak Reservoir. Best of all, it’s done by helicopter, which is a pretty great way for him to start his day. Anybody who thinks science is boring should hang out with my husband; somehow he manages to add a degree of risk and adventure to his research.

Today is all about haircuts, shoe shopping, long grocery lists, and more organizing. I only slept five hours last night (something about staying up late after the party and Russ trying to quietly get clothes out of his dresser in the wee hours), so maybe I’ll squeeze in a twenty minute nap. I’m so thankful to have help from my big kids.

Speaking of the big kids, Annarose got her driver’s license yesterday. The first day she was eligible to take the test was last Friday. She took her test at 4:15, passed with flying colors, and then we learned that the DMV closed at 4:30. When she called to tell me that she couldn’t actually get her license until Monday, I thought she was joking. I had been looking forward to June 6th for months! You can bet I’m sending her to run errands today.

All for now. Thanks for reading and enjoying the week with us.


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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. MommaFoster
    June 10, 2014

    That's so great. Hope it stays a wonderful week!

  2. LauraR
    June 10, 2014


  3. blessed
    June 11, 2014

    A big virtual hug from me to you! Thank you for sharing your blessings with us!

  4. Nancy
    June 12, 2014

    Happy Anniversary! Another person to drive is always a blessing at our house. 🙂


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