Writing Day

Thursday is “writing day” when I focus on the book.   It’s a little slow going since I only have a few hours without my younger children each week, but I make the most of it, and of course, I do most of my writing in the midst of normal life.  With the help of an editor, my co-author and I are writing an extensive book proposal, which has been a great process thus far. I developed preliminary chapter titles this morning and then sorted through dozens of blog posts, pulling the ones that might be useful.

Last June I asked you to tell me which posts have been especially useful or encouraging.  I used your comments to begin the sorting process and they were very helpful. If you would like to add a favorite or useful post to the list, please leave a comment; I thank you in advance.

Tonight as I read posts I wrote two or three years ago, I got choked up reading my own words.  I thought, “I wrote these for myself – a couple of years down the road.”  It was great to be reminded of tips I learned and then forgot. Even more significant, when I wrote exhorting you to persevere, never give up hope, and wait on the Lord, I didn’t know that I was talking to my future self.

I reflected on the good and difficult moments of the past , and my heart felt just a little more tender. I held Dimples closer tonight; we are on a long journey and I need to stay the course.

It’s Friday and I’m planning on a good homeschool day to finish the week strong.  As you can see from the picture above, Sunshine has endless creative projects in mind. There are several special things to look forward to this weekend.  Most important is time with Russ; we’re being more intentional about creating space in our schedules for one another.  Then on Sunday we are taking our youngest kids to Coeur d’Alene for an Orphan Sunday event.  I am speaking on two panels, and we all get to connect with other families touched by adoption and foster care.

Mimi is in the air right now flying to Minneapolis to visit Hannah.  It does my heart good to think of them together.  My plans to visit Hannah this fall have not come together, but she will be home for the first week of December.

#1001 – 1010 giving thanks

sisters growing up and loving one another

a coffee maker given by a friend

our church small group – letting us be transparent with them


book group – 155 of us learning together

a kind editor helping me along

sweet moments with Dimples last night

Russ clearing his schedule for me

my washing machine spinning as the sun rises

leaves raining down as we waited in the car for Eby yesterday

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. Thank you for sharing my life, encouraging me, and reading.




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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. Paula Miles Spears
    November 2, 2012

    It's going to be a great book.

  2. Emily
    November 2, 2012

    Tell Sunshine I love her and that picture brightened my morning.

    Love you friend. Praying. Can't wait to come- I'll send you two on a date and take the kids 🙂


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