Still Here

I have been swamped with life this week and haven’t been on my computer much at all. I miss blogging! Here are a few pictures of our trip to the “Not so Big City”. I am very proud to share that Rusty won first place in the state for his essay on Why America’s Veterans Should be Honored. It was an exciting evening.

The big glitch in the weekend came about five minutes after we arrived at the hotel and learned that the pool was an OUTDOOR POOL and was closed for the winter. I had some very unhappy girls on my hands, but we found a Burger King with a playland and they managed to bounce back. We also hired two amazing babysitters to be with them while we attended the awards banquet and our girls loved them.

The kids had a great time breaking ice on the river at a rest stop.

The trip was perfect, beautiful scenery and dry roads.

It was might comfy traveling with only four kids.

I got quite a few great responses to the question on family size, including a couple that were emailed, and I hope to share them very soon. Our own journey to eleven children has been filled with the unexpected, and I hope to have a few quiet moments to write about it.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to post more very soon.


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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. GAO
    January 22, 2009

    Congrats Rusty!

    I’d love to hear sometime your advice to small families that hope some day to become large families. What routines or practices helped the transition most?




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