Sunday Gratitude 10.12.14


giving thanks #1491 – 1510

major progress on prepping for our garage remodel

folks from our care group who spent hours working with us yesterday

a nearly empty (for the first time in 15 years) garage

storage bins on clearance

gathering as a family last night to celebrate Little Man’s 8th birthday (which is tomorrow)

16 of us squeezed around the dining room table

so thankful that he chose pizza

Beza who made a colorful salad

Annarose who baked the cake

Little Man saying we gave him the best birthday presents ever

standing in our empty garage watching him fly his “alien sphere”

heading to Seattle this afternoon with Eby and Little Man

sunshine for our drive

Eby finally at the top of the wait list at UW for an evaluation

hopeful we’ll get some help with sensory challenges and related issues

appointments with (at least) six specialists

staying with my sweet friend, Kathleen

squeezing time in for talking

bright red leaves on our maple trees

more ripe tomatoes – we should make salsa

This exercise in gratitude continues to be so good for me. Join me – what are you thankful for today?


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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. Rebecca
    October 12, 2014

    My big kids' love of his (consignment) blue tennis shoes.
    Good health for all of us this week.
    An uneventful (so far) medication adjustment.
    Southern tea.

  2. Amy
    October 12, 2014

    I'm thankful for:
    -your home group wrapping around you helping you guys out in a BIG way! Getting down there to help has been weighing heavy on my heart!
    -saying 'NO' to more stuff and not feeling guilty
    -my tender and kind husband
    -stepping out of my comfort zones and seeing God work
    -a sunny afternoon to help my mom out in her yard
    -prayers of friends
    -support of others during an adoption fundraiser run today for two families
    -clarity through the Scriptures
    -more tomatoes (and squash and pumpkins and plums and beets) than I know what to do with from our bountiful garden
    -time snuggling my kids
    -time to sit and read
    -fall colors on the trees!

  3. Molly Kitsmiller
    October 13, 2014

    loving, supportive friends
    a relatively calm morning
    essential oils that help with so many things
    Indian summer – in October!
    a basement finishing project on the way to being completed
    a week off from "regular school" to play catch up and breathe
    that Jesus loves me and stands by my side

  4. Heidi
    October 14, 2014

    A memorial service full of hope; her example of walking straight into death with peace because of Jesus

    My children watching men limb trees and take one down

    Warm sunshine in October

    Pear ginger snap crumble

    Time with my husband after he was out of town

    Toddler snuggles and giggles and kisses

    Sleeping through the night more often

    Psalm 46

  5. Linda
    October 16, 2014

    Beautiful post. I am thankful for October, to be living in a country (Canada) that has four seasons and to have such wonderful friends. You have a lovely blog. God bless you.


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