Sunday Visit: Invisible Disability…

So, as the awkward tension built in the room, and while on looking parents tried politely to avert eye-contact, I was left with one less than fabulous choice.

I hauled that kid up, gave her a giant bear hug, and made a bee line for the car to the soundtrack of: ” I don’t want to be with you, I love Miss Jenn (who she’s known for a week). I want to stay at school forever.”

I’m a big fan of honest reality… and appreciate Curly Jo’s perspective in her post, Invisible Disability, Trauma, Attachment, and My Pride .  Some variation of her story is common for many moms of children from “hard places.”

Do you have a story like this?

We are heading to the Spokane Airport and will arrive in Nebraska late tonight.  Our first appointment is at noon Monday.  Thank you for your prayers.

Have a wonderful Sunday.



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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. Mary (Owlhaven)
    September 16, 2012

    Praying much blessing will come from this trip!

  2. karenpullin
    September 16, 2012

    Praying for you, Russ, and Dimples.

  3. Laurel
    September 17, 2012

    Praying for you all this week.


  4. Erin J.
    September 17, 2012

    Thank you for sharing, both your story and the link. I went and read Curly Jo's post, and nodded. Because today was a rough day. THAT sort of rough. And tomorrow we have preschool. I am SO blessed by community and support and prayer and honest blog posts.


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