On Second Thought

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Friends, today I was going to post Part 2 of Completion and Restoration for Our Marriage and Family in 2017 (very long title, I know), but I realize the morning after a presidential election is not a wise time to pour my heart out about marriage and family.

In fact, I shouldn’t have posted Completion and Restoration of Our Marriage and Family Part 1  Monday as we geared up for this election, which was on our minds and filling our Facebook feeds. Not a smart move on my part.

If you read this post, and you missed Monday’s post, it will still be here when you’re ready, and I hope my words will be meaningful to you.

I’ll post Part 2 next Monday, when we have space in our minds and hearts for something other than political news.

In the meantime, I’m planning to finish a newly updated Top Ten Toys and Games post by the end of the week. It’s been fun working on that!

Cate and I are also getting ready to add beautiful necklaces to the Etsy store, as soon as she finishes putting them together and takes some quick photos. We’ve had some delays with our professional photos, but we hope to add them soon.

Our introductory special, Buy 2 Cuffs and get a third 50% off, ends this Sunday, 11/13/16. Thank you to all who have already ordered! We’re having fun keeping track of which phrases you are choosing.

I’m off to Bible study this morning where we’re studying the book of Acts and Jesus’s witnesses who were empowered by the Holy Spirit. Such incredible examples for me.

Whatever your feelings are about the results of last night’s election, we serve a good and sovereign God, who loves us with an unfailing love and will never leave us or forsake us.

Have a wonderful day,friends.



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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. Lizzie
    November 9, 2016

    I’m not in the US, and I can’t imagine how difficult this election season has been to live through. As an outsider, I think that this election was fundamentally different from previous ones because so many marginalised people experienced it as a referendum on their lives – if as a woman, as a gay person, as a person of colour, as a muslim American, their lives were respected and valued.
    And although I’m sure some bigoted or racist people did vote for Trump, I think most people who voted for him didn’t perceive the election that way. They voted on other issues that were important to them, and felt that the comments he made or the policies he suggested towards minority groups were less important.
    I understand that many people who voted for Trump will feel triumphant. It was an extraordinary achievement, and they worked hard. But I would suggest that if you voted for Trump, to remember that a significant proportion of your country experienced this election loss as confirmation that they are hated, that their lives matter less than the lives of other people, that they are not seen as real Americans, that their children are not safe. As you celebrate, I would urge you to consider how you can support their civil rights, how you can show love and compassion to them, whether there are criticisms you have about your party or leader or campaign, and how the American people can move beyond partisanship towards empathy with each other.


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