Restful and Productive


Just dropping in for a quick moment to say hello. While I didn’t plan it, I’m enjoying a little vacation from near-daily blogging. It feels good to keep life simple.

Our Christmas was wonderful – very peaceful and calm. Christmas Eve was spent hosting good friends for dinner followed by Christmas day when we relaxed and hung out in pajamas most of the day. Our tradition is to open stockings, which the kids fill for one another, eat a special breakfast, then open the other gifts. With three gifts per child, it takes quite awhile to unwrap everything, since we do it one gift at a time.

Russ headed back to work on the 26th and I’ve jumped into projects that I can’t get done during a normal school week. So far I’ve addressed and mailed Christmas cards (after all, today is only the 4th day of Christmas), and yesterday I spent nine hours sorting, organizing, and parting with hand-me-downs. It was tiring!

I have to get serious about clearing out our garage in preparation for the upcoming remodel. With the help of my friend, we sorted, and packed away clothes in the sizes my kids need, and then organized the remainder into bags for her children and the kids of other friends. It felt great when the job was done. I am so thankful for the blessing of clothes that are passed to us; it is very rare that I have to purchase anything for Eby and Little Man.

I hope you are enjoying these days after Christmas. I’m loving having no appointments (!!!!), no homeschooling (except reading books aloud), and time with my family.

What do you have planned this weekend?


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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 Comment

  1. Julie Blair Pitts
    December 28, 2013

    painting a long overdue bathroom and praying my boys and I make it through next week. Christmas break is difficult for my "hard places" boy. reminds me to start planning for next summer and all the activities he needs to be involved in. ugh.


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