A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families. Psalm 68:5,6a

Thank you to all of you who prayed for our fundraiser. It was a beautiful evening of sharing about the AIDS orphan crisis in Ethiopia and about the adoption of our children. People gave so generously; we were completely humbled and amazed. God has shown himself to be so faithful to us.

One thing that we had been asked to do in preparation for the evening was to prepare a financial statement explaining the cost of adoption and where the money actually goes. Often when somebody hears the dollar figure they are shocked that it is so expensive and wonder who is making so much money in this process. It helps to see it itemized.

On Friday I finally typed up this information. We had a good handle on how things were going with our little boys’ adoption expenses, but we hadn’t taken a hard look at how things were going with K’s. When we saw it on paper and then added the two amounts together, we were very disheartened. It seemed an impossible figure to cover. But at the time of greatest discouragement, the Lord surrounded us with people who cared and gave sacrificially, they shared our burden and loved us. Our hearts are greatly encouraged!

To add to our joy, I received an email this morning from a mother who is picking up her daughter at K’s orphanage. She had promised me updates and photos of K., but I didn’t expect to hear from her while she was still in Addis. Below is an excerpt from her email.

“I just wanted to send you a quick note to tell you that we saw K. this morning and that she is darling!!! She’s so much cuter in person. The pictures don’t do her justice. Smiley emoticon

We were only there for a short time this morning so we didn’t get to spend much time with her or the other kids, but I recognized her right away. I called out her name and she turned around and flashed me a HUGE smile and then came over and shook my hand. So sweet! She is very smiley and really looks very healthy. She is tiny though…way smaller than I pictured! All of the kids are smaller than they looked in the pictures. I would say a 4T would be just about right right now…she is one of the tallest kids here now and she is very girlie looking. Her hair is really growing out, and it looks to be very fine and soft hair.

She is going to be so much fun for you guys! I promise I will spend more time with her over the next few days and will get some pictures. “

I’ll close with this:

Because your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name. Ps. 63: 3-4

Thank you for reading and for caring about our little ones.

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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. Lori
    October 24, 2006

    Would you be comfortable sharing how your readers could go about contributing toward your adoption expenses? For those of us not able to attend the fund raiser.You are in our prayers and close to our hearts.

  2. Jason and Charlene Ruff
    October 24, 2006

    It is a real encouragement to read about your process as we are trailing you with all we still have to do.
    Thank you for that little glimpse of hope and to hear about your new daughter is so exciting.
    We were at the KKAM seminar and sat at the table with you during lunch on day 2. We’re very excited for you guys. You have an amazing family already from what we saw here in Spokane, and it is so great that you are following God’s call to continue to grow it.

  3. Thankfulmom
    October 24, 2006


    Thank you so much for asking how people can support our adoption. Anybody who would like to make a tax deductible donation can do so through Adoption Advocates International, either online or by mail. For an online donation, the web link is:

    At the bottom of the page there is a “Donate Now” button. If you click there it will take you to a secure donation page. At the bottom of the page under Project Preference you need to enter “Russ and Lisa”.

    Donations can also be mailed to:

    Adoption Advocates International
    709 S.Peabody St.
    Port Angeles, WA 98362

    A note with our names should be included.

    Lastly, if anybody would like to make a donation directly to us for travel or medical expenses, please contact me at: Thankfulmom@verizon.net

    Many thanks for your kindness and support. We are so blessed. Please continue to pray for us.


  4. Thankfulmom
    October 24, 2006


    It was great having lunch with you that day – Michele made a great Ethiopian feast. Blessings on your journey!! I talked to Sue this morning and I think that our referral may be just around the corner.


  5. owlhaven
    October 24, 2006

    Sweet Erin! What a lovely note…


  6. PastorMac's Ann
    October 25, 2006

    I’m so glad to hear that your fund-raiser went well and that the news about K is good.

    Praying for the referral for your guys, for K and for the money you need to bring them home.

  7. Susy Q
    October 25, 2006

    I know I’m a little late, but congratulations on your adoption journey to adopt a little girl!! I’d love a sister, but it looks like we’ll be getting a boy…boys ARE a lot of fun though, even if they can be crazy (my two younger bio brothers have proved that to me!)

    Congratulations again! Looking forward to reading more.

  8. darci
    October 25, 2006

    that is so wonderful. God is so faithful. and how very very exciting to get news about your new daughter. she sounds like an absolute doll. It must be hard to sleep at nite. praying for you. darci 🙂

  9. Lucy Stern
    October 25, 2006

    Congradulations, I hope everything works out in your favor. God Bless.


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