My cool big kids

It is a beautiful, sunny day at my house and although we generally take Sunday as a day of rest, Russ is repairing a broken toilet. In a family of twelve, every toilet counts! This is not the first time we have had trouble with toilets. It seems that Little Man is especially fond of flushing things down them. Just last week I had to pull a favorite baby doll out of the watery depths, but I am glad to report that she not only survived nearly being flushed, she came out of the washer and dryer looking clean and cuddly.

The problem this time was a comb that had managed to get wedged in the toilet so tightly that Russ had to remove the toilet, break the comb into pieces and then get it out. This is not the most pleasant way to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon.

In happier news, the lilacs are blooming and my yard is full of beautiful blossoms. The children are finally able to play outside after one of the longest, snowiest winters we’ve had. Since Russ is the State Climatologist, I get all sorts of interesting facts about weather tossed my way. For instance we had seven inches of snow in November, 23 in December, and 40 in January. We don’t even live in a significantly snowy state!

Summer is stretching before us and I am filled with hope for all that I hope to accomplish and enjoy.


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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. Anonymous
    May 25, 2008

    I thought you were going to use my shadow picture. *sniffle*


  2. Sherry
    May 29, 2008

    Isn’t it lovely? Our lilacs are blooming as well, the poppies are opening up in full force, and everything is green. Finally! Of course today with the rain and dreary skies…well I guess we have to have rain to make everything green. 🙂

    I hear your pain with the toilet troubles. We once had a little toilet stuffer too. Socks and a watch, cars, the head from a barbie…the list goes on. We got real good at taking the toilet off and fetching things out. 😛


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