The First "No Well"

K. and E. with Santa.

All of the kids, except MK who was taking a final exam. We missed her!

E. loved the elves, particularly this one who was very nice.

I haven’t posted in five days because we have been crazy busy! Finals are over for H and MK, but for faculty, like Russ, finals aren’t done until they have been graded and grades have been calculated and submitted. Then he will begin working on research and writing that is hard to fit in during the semester.

We took the kids to a Christmas party last Friday and they had a great time. It was the first time that K, C, E, and W had sat on Santa’s lap and they loved him. He was a particularly wonderful Santa and even had real whiskers which E. liked pulling.

Friday night the entire family watched Rusty and Ladybug (formerly known as “A”) perform in a community theater production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Rusty played Charlie Bradley and Ladybug played Beverly, one of the angels. They were both fabulous in their roles and we are so proud of them. The show got great reviews and was well attended by the community. It was an exhausting two weeks of performances following two months of rehearsals, so it is a bittersweet relief to have it behind us.

W. and Ladybug following the show.

Rusty and K.

I’ll end with a story from church yesterday. C. and K. were sitting on either side of me during the service. We were singing The First Noel and I was helping the girls sing by telling them the words line by line. C. said, “I know what a well is. It is a place where you can get water.” I answered, “That’s right, but this is Noel, not no-well that we are singing about.” Then K. said, “I know what well is, it’s when somebody sick and then get better.” I was pretty impressed with her understanding, and said, “That’s right you are very smart….but this is No-el not no-well,” and we sang on.


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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. Bingaling
    December 18, 2007

    I love seeing these photos! What a good looking bunch!

    I hope that you have a wonderful, fun-filled Christmas season!

  2. Heidi Mehltretter
    December 21, 2007

    Wonderful fun. Hope your shopping trip is GREAT!


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