One Thankful Mom

I'm the mother of twelve by birth and adoption. Thirty years ago I married the love of my life. Once lost and now found, I've been brought to my knees by grace. I am passionately devoted to healing my children who came to me with broken hearts.

Off and Running

What a week! In an hour we’ll head to the venue and begin cooking for Share Thanksgiving. As always, I have so much I want to write about and so little time ....more

Book #2: Giving Voice to Siblings (and how you can help)

September 2007 You may be wondering why the title of this post is Book #2: Giving Voice to Siblings, when I haven’t announced the publication of Book #1. I’m happy to say that Book #1 is moving forward. My co-author and I have both had huge life challenges since we began writing ....more

Sunday Gratitude 11.22.15

giving thanks #1701- 1710 a bright, sunny Saturday boys riding bikes up and down the driveway Share Thanksgiving only three days away 200 volunteers 25 turkeys (and two hams) picked up to be cooked...more

ADVENT: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know I love Advent. I have so many things to write about today, but Advent begins in a little over a week (Sunday, November 29th), and it’s time to do a little planning. Advent is a time to settle down, calm our hearts, and...more

So, it’s Thursday Afternoon…

I’ve been wanting to sit down and write all week, but it’s been full of the unexpected and slightly challenging. Now it’s Thursday afternoon, and I can’t go an entire week without posting! Here we go – in bullet points ....more

Sunday Gratitude 11.8.15

This morning I woke up at 5:20 and knew I needed to get out of bed and give thanks. The Lord is so good to us and it is always helpful to record the blessings in my life. giving thanks #1691 – 1700 two days in Coeur d’ Alene while Russ was at a climate meeting,...more

Fight Like a Girl

One of Russ’ students gave him an orange bracelet for Kalkidan’s birthday that says, “FIGHT like a GIRL.” Kalkidan was a fighter. First she fought out of fear. Later she fought for healing ....more

My New Favorite Color

Thank you from the depths of our hearts, friends. You helped us remember Kalkidan with joy and laughter. There were tears, but not nearly as many as I feared ....more

Our Memorial for Kalkidan

Throughout my life I’ve seen memorials. I’ve stood in front of ...more

Will You Celebrate Kalkidan With Us?

My Four Teens October 2104 Kalkidan loved being a teenager. The day she turned twelve she began talking about turning thirteen. With an impish grin she would remind me that soon I would have one more teenager in the family; she couldn’t wait for October 29th to arrive ....more