Sunshine's Christmas Dream

Sunshine crawled into my lap this morning with a sleepy smile on her face. She said, “Mommy, I had the best dream last night; do you want to hear about it?”

Of course I did.

This is the story she told me.

We went to the dump to throw something away – I can’t remember what it was. I was looking around and I saw an old broken car. Something was moving behind the car so I went to see what it was. I found a little boy who had old, dirty clothes on with holes in them. He had a small hat on too, so I couldn’t see his face. When I lifted his hat, it was a little boy who was five years old. I asked him how long he had been at the dump and he told me he had been there ever since his mom and dad died in a car crash. We brought him home to be in our family and we were all happy.

Sunshine’s heart beats with mine.  I’ll be sure to let you know when Russ has a dream like this.

Our morning is off to a busy start with a few last errands, cooking, haircuts for Eby and Little Man, and cleaning our house. We are going to a 5:00 Christmas Eve service and have friends joining us for dinner afterward. It is going to be a BIG day!

I wish you could drop by for coffee, Christmas cookies, and a few Christmas carols. Ladybug is playing “Joy to the World” as I write.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve, Friends!


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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. coffeemom
    December 24, 2010

    That's some dream! ANd a merry, blessed christmas to you and your beautiful family. I wish you peace and through this whole Christmas season!!!

  2. Paula
    December 24, 2010

    Very sweet. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  3. @mkgivler
    December 24, 2010

    Awww, what a precious dream! I love you and miss you.

    Merry Christmas!


  4. Giann
    December 24, 2010

    aww! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!! Have a joyful one!

  5. Lisa V in NC
    December 25, 2010

    Thank you for sharing from your heart. You bless and inspire me! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  6. Dawn
    December 25, 2010

    What a beautiful dream! God opens our eyes in ways that make me smile 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  7. Cass
    December 25, 2010

    Ohh, what a dear! How I understand those dreams!

  8. learningpatience
    December 26, 2010

    Oh, you just made me cry! What a dream!


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