Sunday Gratitude 9.7.14

I'm thankful for these amazing kids!
I’m thankful for these amazing kids!

It’s been ages and ages since I’ve written a Sunday Gratitude post – not for lack of many things to be thankful for, but taking time off from blogging, first intentionally and then not-so-intentionally. I just looked back and the last time I posted a Sunday Gratitude list was July 13th – that’s just crazy.

I’m ready to get back in the groove with this simple, life-giving exercise.

giving thanks #1461 – 1480

Beza’s birthday celebration today – 15!

the start of her freshman year of high school tomorrow

completing the Bible study I began at the beginning of the summer, just this morning. [Children of the Day by Beth Moore]

a good report on my echocardiogram

Dimples and Sunshine – sisters and friends. Only Jesus.

an abundance of ripe tomatoes in our garden

a new kitchen faucet that works!

books that open our hearts and minds, causing us to slow down, gather on the sofa, read to kids as they go to sleep, and have great discussions while doing dishes

friends and family who support me, even when I make decisions that are unexpected

new glass storage containers with lids (it’s the little things)

boys on the slip n’ slide in the front yard

friends who pass old phones to us (thank you)

Annarose on the worship team this morning (keys and vocals)

Isaiah home (there’s a story there – more this week)

an end in sight as we empty our garage in preparation for the remodel

working side-by-side with Russ on the project

unearthing treasures from many years ago – so many memories

Awana – hiding the Word in my children’s hearts

nearly all of our kids gathering for Sunday dinner

new routines starting tomorrow morning – not quite ready, yet trusting God

Friends, I know we have so much to be thankful for every day; just waking up and breathing is amazing. Can you add to my list?

Have a wonderful Sunday. I hope to be back, writing more in the upcoming week. There is so much to share!










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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. Laura
    September 7, 2014

    I am thankful for Drew preparing to marry the love of his life in VA and that you are coming too! Caleb back in ID and connecting with cousins, friends, and professors. Madeleine back in her big city of Seattle and so very happy to be starting her senior year. A husband who constantly tells me he loves me. And lastly, a landscape project starting tomorrow—green lawn here we come!

  2. Luann Yarrow Doman
    September 7, 2014

    You're an Awana mom?!? [sigh] One more reason I love you.

  3. MommaFoster
    September 7, 2014

    Sister and Friends. Yes, only Jesus! I'm so thankful with you!

  4. Dinnette
    September 7, 2014

    I'm sure this was one of your first Sunday blessings listed, but this amazing world that God created for us always tops my list of blessings and today is no exception. There's always so much going on in your family which I guess gives you that much more to be thankful for. Happy Birthday Beza!

  5. Rebecca
    September 7, 2014

    A husband who loves children and loves me.
    Great teachers and school administrators.
    A friend growing into almost a sister.
    Beautiful people who "get it."
    The courage to make hard decisions.
    Laundry detergent. No, seriously.

  6. Mary Andrews (Mom)
    September 17, 2014

    An extended family that loves and supports each other through good times and hard. Parents who were great role models for all of us. The gift of faith and the love of prayer.


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