What a Week!

It has been nearly a week since I have posted anything on my blog, which is quite unusual. The funny thing is that I wasn’t out of town or doing anything amazing, I was just busy! I am still getting organized for the week, especially with Easter coming, so I don’t have time for much of a post today, but here are a few random notes :

*The other day Honeybee was hugging me and telling me how much she loved me when all at once she knelt down on the floor and said, “Thank you God for give me sweet Mommy.” If you have ever wondered if older child adoption might be for you, I can only encourage you that even when there are challenging times, it can be incredibly rewarding.

*Mimi had her twentieth birthday on Friday! She sang in a concert on Friday night, and we hosted a party with a group of friends on Saturday, so Sunday we finally celebrated as a family. It was one of our more haphazard and disorganized celebrations, squeezed in between other events, but it was fun.

*My friend, Margaret, stayed with us while here for Mom’s Weekend at her son’s university. Fortunately she did not have to sleep on our sofa because Sweet Pea was out of town. Margaret and I have been friends since we were ten years old, a fact that my children find hard to imagine; could we have ever been ten years old??

*Speaking of Sweet Pea, she went to her first prom this weekend. Her medical school hosted a prom at the Space Needle, so she and some of her classmates made the trek to Seattle. She had a wonderful time! She also looked for apartments while she was there; no luck yet, but I’m sure the right place will come along.

*For the first time in our 22 years of parenting, Russ and I attended “Parent Teacher Conferences”. Dimples is doing well in all subjects, with spelling being her greatest challenge. She still hears some words through her Ethiopian language filter – if there is such a thing. For instance, when she wrote the word “trampoline” she wrote it “jumpley” (which we think is very cute). As she is writing more words, we can see that she is hearing them in forms that are quite different from what we are saying.

Honeybee is still far behind her class of third graders, but making great strides. We think she will probably repeat third grade next year in order to catch up with her classmates and we hope to have some tutors work with her over the summer. She is perfectly bright, but learning not only to speak, but read English, is a challenge. Some children come home with strong math skills, but that has not been true for her, so we are working on those as well.

*We took a vote at dinner yesterday and the family has committed to helping prepare for a big Easter gathering. I told the gang that I love having a crowd here for Easter, but I need their help to pull it off. Two of the kids were content to celebrate on our own, but the rest of the crew wanted a party, so a party it is. Our church service is at 8:00, so we’ll have a potluck brunch/lunch following it. I’m going to keep it simple with the help of a trip to Costco at the end of the week. My hospitality skills are not back up to their preadoption (adding four kids to the family) level, but at least we are having more gatherings again!

All for now.


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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. Acceptance with Joy
    April 6, 2009

    Honeybee’s thank you prayer is so beautiful!!! My dh and are just in the midst of the paperwork for adoption. We are looking at older child adoption…. such a blessing to hear the good stories!


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