Today as I stood in my room surveying the vast quantities of things we hope to carry to Ethiopia, I wondered how on earth I could possibly fit it all in? Fortunately, Russ is a master-packer and I am counting on his experience and engineering skills to make it happen. We are each allowed two bags and one carry on. We are hoping to pack everything for the two of us, the two boys, and a few things for K. into our two suitcases which will leave two large Rubbermaid totes filled with donations for our remaining two bags.

I am trying to reduce the number of things I think I will need for myself, but there is no way around our need for nine days worth of diapers and clothing for the little guys, bottles, toys, blankets, baby carriers, snacks, medicines, gifts for the staff at three orphanages and the guest house, treats to pass out to children on the streets, cameras, a laptop (we hope) and so much more. It is so much stuff!!

I am also working on the schedule for the children who will be home with a friend of ours. Thank you, Leann! It is very hard for me to leave them for such an extended period, but I know that the Lord will be watching over them and Leann will love on them. This is a sacrifice for our children, too, but they will be rewarded.

More later.

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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. Lori
    February 17, 2007

    Praying for God’s peace to flood over all of you in the days ahead.


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