Sunday Gratitude 2.22.15

family dinner

giving thanks #1611 – 1620

new paint that I adore in the dining room

Hannah’s visit, which was longer than usual thanks to her research rotation

good news for Noah and Katie about his summer research in Seattle

Katie’s job promotion

traveling to Refresh later this week

taking some of the kids with us

celebrating the first of the spring family birthdays: Hannah, then Samuel, then Mimi, then Eby

snowdrops popping up in the garden

sweet (and determined) friends who decided to make-over the kids’ bathroom

wallpaper I’ve never liked coming down tomorrow

What are you thankful for today?

encourage one another,







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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. kristine barr
    February 22, 2015

    I am thankful I was able to play my recital piece (Chopin Waltz in A minor) without mistakes. It's been 50 years since my lat recital, and I have awful memories of it.

  2. Laurel
    February 22, 2015

    Thanks for sharing! I love the dining room color! Today I'm thankful for rain, a day of rest, and Chinese food for dinner!

  3. Laura
    February 23, 2015

    I am thankful for:
    Seeing you and your family later this week–I have gotten used to seeing you every other week!
    Eby and Little Man coming to stay while you are at Refresh
    Caleb coming today
    Madeleine being accepted to 3 Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs and choosing Regis. Watch out Denver here she comes!
    Celebrating Dad and Mom's 75th birthdays this Sunday all together
    Sunshine and yardwork with Fred


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