What a Weekend!

We just got home from the Kingdom Kids Adoption Training and it was amazing. We took our five oldest children with us, which turned out to be a great decision. I will write more about it later this week, but suffice it to say that we loved it and are so happy that we went.

In slightly discouraging news, we came home to find our dossier packet from our new agency. This would have been good news except that my middle initial was wrong on each form where my name was typed. I’ll call them in the morning. There are plenty of things we can begin to work on while we wait for new forms.

What I would most love to do tomorrow is settle in for a nice, undisturbed homeschool day. However, dossier prep awaits and until it is done our little girl will be living in an orphanage in Ethiopia. There are so many things that we cannot control in this process, including the time spent waiting for other people to do their part, but I am in control of how quickly I do my share. Thinking of her being there gives me the energy I need to do this one more time.

It’s going to be a full week!

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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. NathanA
    October 16, 2006

    What, *again*?! (Middle initial.)

  2. Raskell Party of 8
    October 16, 2006

    I will pray for strength to make it through the changes. I am so glad you are home safely. I loved meeting you and I hope to get down to visit someday soon! Love, Sandra
    P.S. Soon I will have a picture of the beautiful hat for Sophia. It is so cute on her!


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