Real Mom Podcast, Holidays, and more

So many things to tell you after this holiday week!

First, I’m so honored to be a guest on my friend, Jamie Finn’s, Real Mom Podcast. We had a very authentic conversation about some of my hard places of fostering and adopting. I’d love to hear what you think when you listen.

Thanksgiving felt different this year. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel we were in crisis or struggling through deep grief.

There were challenges and I could have managed things better. There were also sad moments as we talked about and missed Kalkidan. But overall, it was a good holiday.

Five of our big kids made it home for at least a couple days, and Annarose stayed with us rather than at her house near campus. Mimi and her love arrived Tuesday night. Samuel came home from Portland Wednesday and made Eby and Wogayu extra happy by giving them haircuts.

Noah and Katie made it in time for the Apple Cup Friday night and stayed until Sunday morning. We even managed to squeeze in a birthday dinner for Katie since we won’t see them in December. Noah’s doesn’t get much time off during residency, so we’re thankful for this visit.

In addition to a lot of cooking and eating, we played games in the evenings, especially our new game, Decrypto. I surprised everyone with the Saran Ball Game which was a huge hit. We laughed a lot. I’m not known for being a super fun mom, so I felt like a hero.

After everyone left yesterday, I dropped Eby and Wogayu off at the gym and then took the dog for a walk – definitely a win-win. I was feeling really down and knew getting outside in the cold air would help. Being active always helps the boys too.

Advent begins next Sunday putting us officially in the Christmas season. I love Advent; the season of reflecting and quieting in anticipation of the coming of Christ is so meaningful.

Just a quick reminder, if you celebrate Advent, now is the time to get your Advent candles. I order this set each year.

My mind is rushing ahead to Christmas. I did some online shopping this weekend and avoided going to the stores. We’re keeping gift-giving a little simpler this year, but I still have a lot of people to shop for. There’ve been years when I’ve left too much until the end and been in tears. I’m trying to avoid that this year.

Lastly, Did you see my post on the incredible deal on Circle for managing internet in your home and keeping your family safer online?

All my love, friend.


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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.

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