I’m packing for a trip to Seattle and trying to be thankful. We are incredibly blessed to be working with one of the top therapists in the country and to have access to medical care at Seattle Children’s, but I long to be home.

This trip has one very fun element; it is my Mom’s birthday and we are having dinner with my parents, my two sisters, and their husbands on Monday night. We don’t have special times like this nearly as often as I would like, and I am looking forward to it.

Monday morning we meet with Deborah for two hours. Then in the afternoon Eby has a Sensory Integration Evaluation. I am learning, rather slowly, about sensory issues and will be interested to see if this assessment gives us insight into ways we can help Eby.

Remember the problem with Dimples’ tummy? It hasn’t improved, so Tuesday morning at 6:15AM we will be back at Children’s for an endoscopy. She is nervous, but compared to having a large cyst lanced, drained, and packed with no anesthetic in Ethiopia, this will be a breeze. Russ and Dimples still talk about that experience which occurred the day before they flew home. It was traumatic and Russ remembers thinking that Dimples would either hate him or love him when it was over. Fortunately, she clung to him and they got through it together. (Check out the photo of Dimples and one of the AHOPE nannies at the top of this post.)

I have a special Guest Author for you on Monday morning. Coffeemom is raising her large, Catholic family with grace, wisdom, and a good sense of humor. Not long ago they added a teenage Ethiopian daughter to their family and I especially appreciate reading about Marta’s adjustment to her new family and them to her. If you want a “sneak peak”, you can stop by Another Espresso Please.


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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. Donna
    January 3, 2010

    Excited to hear what happens with Eby's sensory eval. I know for us it has made a HUGE difference.

    Have wonderful visit with your family too. What a blessing to be able to combine both trips into one!

  2. Stefan
    January 4, 2010

    You may be interested to check out the Free Sound Therapy Home Programme available from Sensory Activation Solutions as that may help Eby. Their Auditory Activation Method builds on the pioneering work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis (Tomatis method) and Dr. Guy Bérard (Auditory Integration Training) and has been specifically developed with the aim to improve sensory processing, interhemispheric integration and cognitive functioning. It has helped many children and adults with a wide range of learning and developmental difficulties, ranging from dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder to sensory processing disorders and autism. It is not a cure or medical intervention, but a structured training programme that can help alleviate some of the debilitating effects that these conditions can have on speech and physical ability, daily behaviour, emotional well-being and educational or work performance.

    There is no catch, it's absolutely free and, most importantly, often very effective. Check it out at:

  3. Mamita J
    January 4, 2010

    Praying for a fruitful and good trip for everyone. And Happy Birthday to your mom!



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