From Sweet Pea:

Daddy called this morning with wonderful news! The embassy completed Miss B’s visa! My parents and Miss B will come home from Ethiopia on their previously-planned flight. We are so thankful that the visa was granted in time; at one point, the embassy officials said it would not be completed by the end of the business day. Our family thanks God for taking care of the impossible! Thank you for your prayers.

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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. Sherry
    August 8, 2008

    Wonderful news!

  2. Crazy Mama
    August 8, 2008

    God is so good! I love how He shows Himself in the eleventh hour. A true test of faith.
    Can’t wait until the first post from home. Happy travels!

  3. Michelle Riggs
    August 8, 2008

    Praise God that they will be coming home. I know that your familiy can’t wait to be together.

  4. Andrea
    August 8, 2008

    Praise God and give him all the Glory, for he is so good. Prayers answered. Yahhh I am so happy for your family.

  5. PastorMac's Ann
    August 8, 2008

    That is good news. Praying for their safe travels.

  6. Kathrin
    August 8, 2008

    I am so happy for you! Can’t wait for arrival pictures!


  7. MLB
    August 9, 2008

    Wonderful!!! Can’t wait for you all to be together as a family.


  8. Angela
    August 10, 2008

    YAY!!! So excited for you and can’t wait to read the stories and see the pics!! 🙂

  9. Anonymous
    August 13, 2008

    How do you look so good coming home on a 24hr travel schedule? Dang, girl! (Of course Russ always looks 29, but hey, shout out to him, as well!) 😀

    So happy to have you home.


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