Sunday Dinner

Here we are a few hours ago having Sunday dinner. We are typically squeezed around our ten foot table with little elbow room to spare as friends join us for the meal. The singing of the Doxology is energetic and the conversation lively. Tonight I cooked a turkey that I had stored in my friend’s freezer last Christmas and promptly forgot. She reminded me several times, and now that it is time to buy more turkeys, I figured I had better use it. We all enjoyed a foretaste of Thanksgiving dinner.

Honeybee, Dimples and Eby all wanted to eat the “bones”. Eby was especially funny with his big turkey leg.

I have completely fallen behind on my Christmas preparations; I need to get serious about getting my shopping done! Sweet Pea and Mimi have pre-op appointments tomorrow in preparation for their surgeries on Wednesday. It is going to be an interesting week.

I’ve started reading Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control, but it is too soon to report much about it. At the rate that I am reading these days, it might be a little while.

Have a great start to your week!


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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. Kathrin
    November 16, 2008

    Your family dinner lokks wonderful. I love a full table. Have a good week too. I very much enjoy reading your blog.

  2. KT
    November 17, 2008

    What a great photo of your dining room full of love!

  3. Brianna Heldt
    November 17, 2008

    What a great dinnertable! We sing the Doxology before dinner as well–our kids LOVE it!

  4. J-momma
    November 18, 2008

    i just found your blog via someone else’s. i love love love the idea of how’s your heart! i might use that in the future. i have the book “beyond consequences” and liked it overall, although it’s geared more for older kids and didn’t help me with the problems i have having with my 2 year old. but i keep it on my book shelf for later. good luck!

  5. Farmboy and Buttercup
    November 18, 2008

    LOVE the big family dinner. We are BLESSED when we can share life like that.

    Read the Beyond Consequences book. Good. Yes, it is provocative, as it argues about fear at the core, and it really makes some sense, but I do wonder if sin, as humans, is a much greater factor (or at lease A factor, since sin isn’t mentioned in the book). See what you think.


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