25 Years of a Completely Amazing Life


Russ and I have been married for 25 years today. It feels good, in fact it feels awesome in the truest sense of the word. I had no idea that hitting this milestone would have such an impact on me, but I am profoundly happy and satisfied to be here. We have been abundantly blessed over the years, and we know it.

When we spoke our marriage vows, we innocently said that we would love one another and remain married to one another for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness or in health, forsaking all others for the rest of our lives. Over twenty-five years we have experienced the full breadth of those vows, better and worse, richer and poorer, more sickness than we would have liked, but we have made it this far and we are rejoicing. God has been with us through every trial, every sorrow, every joy and blessing, and He has sustained us, making us who we are.

Thank you Lord Jesus, thank you Russ, thank you to my children. I am honored to call you my family and so proud to be married to the man I met at 16 and married at 20. Russ, it has been a crazy ride at times, and through it all, I have grown to love, respect, and admire you even more.

~Lisa

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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.

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  1. Donna
    June 9, 2009

    Congratulations to both of you!!!I must agree that it gets better and better every year, probably because we have gone through the ups and the downs Together!!Delight in Him

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  2. Laurel
    June 9, 2009

    Many blessings to you on this special day!

    I, too, got married at 20 … and this summer will bring our 27th anniversary.

    Laurel

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  3. NathanA
    June 9, 2009

    Many congratulations; that is truly a number to be celebrated.

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  4. SUNSHINE
    June 9, 2009

    You are truely one of my heros. Love to you and Russ.

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  5. Andrea H.
    June 9, 2009

    Happy Anniversary!!! How beautiful and still so happy after 25 years. And it truly shows too. I love that picture of you and Russ. Can't wait to see you this weekend.

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  6. KT
    June 9, 2009

    CONGRATS!!!

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  7. Kathrin
    June 9, 2009

    Conratulations!! That is wonderful!

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  8. Bethany and crew
    June 10, 2009

    Congratulations!!

    I hope your next 25 years are just as amazing!!

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  9. Mark and Sarah
    June 10, 2009

    Congratulations! Happy Anniversary.

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  10. Tisha
    June 10, 2009

    Congratulations!! Beautiful.

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  11. Audrey
    June 10, 2009

    How beautiful! Congratulations on a wonderful milestone. Many blessings to you, Russ and your family.

    Audrey

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  12. Lauren
    June 11, 2009

    How wonderful to see God work through our marriages… what a blessing! Congrats!

    http://confident-of-this.blogspot.com

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  13. Adrielle
    June 11, 2009

    What an exciting day! You have always been an inspiration to me of what a love filled, happy marriage can be!

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  14. Sarah
    June 11, 2009

    That is a beautiful post Lisa! Your entire family is blessed by your love for each other.

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  15. Marissa
    June 11, 2009

    How did I miss this? You guys are truly an inspiration. Congratulations!

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  16. The Barr Family
    June 13, 2009

    I love that met at 16 and married at 20 line. It's beautiful really. Mark and I met when I was 15 and married at 23 but only really dated for less than 2 years of that time! XO and well deserved congratulations!

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  17. The Hull's at #4
    June 19, 2009

    Just found your wonderful blog, I too celebrated my 25 anniversary on June 9, a wonderful thing to share!

    Kim Hull

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