A Little Progress

Thank you to anybody who is checking my blog to see if I have news. I can hardly bring myself to post anything!

We have not gotten a referral for our little boys yet and it is difficult at times. Our case manager has returned from Ethiopia and I think that once she recovers from the trip and deals with some pressing issues, we will hear something. I am trying to tell myself that it will be next week….

The good news is that we are making progress on K’s adoption. Today we sent in our signed Child Placement Agreement along with Post Adoption paperwork. Soon we will get to send her a “welcome bag” with a small photo album of our family (15 photos), two small toys (total value not more than $10.00), a letter, a t-shirt from the University where Russ teaches and H. and MK. attend, and a disposable camera. The camera is used to take photos of her receiving our gifts and then mailed back to us.

Receiving the “welcome bag” is a significant moment for K. because she will learn that she is going to be adopted. What will it feel like for K. to learn that she has been “chosen”, that we love her and want to make her our daughter? At the age of five, how long will it take her to realize that she will be leaving her home, even if it is an orphanage, and her friends and nannies who have become her family?

Adoption is filled with so much joy and sorrow intertwined; I find it difficult to resolve the two.

I hope to have something more to share soon.

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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. PastorMac's Ann
    November 7, 2006


    Thanks for the update. I’ve been praying for your referral and for K’s process too. Boy, I can’t wait until they’re all home with you.

  2. Raskell Party of 8
    November 7, 2006

    You are always in my prayers. I think about you constantly. Just hearing your progress on K changes my decision from no to yes (for now!). May God give you peace in the wait. It will be so worth it!

  3. darci
    November 8, 2006

    aw lisa, i am just sitting here with tears in my eyes as I read your latest post. thinking of that little 5 year old girl getting that welcome bag..I am praying for you. What a difficult time this must be..just waiting. Thinking of and praying for you. darci

  4. Elizabeth
    November 8, 2006

    I check your blog daily, to see if there is any news. I am praying for you to find courage and comfort as you wait!
    I am very excited for you all, and I can’t wait to see your new daughter(s), and sons amid your own wonderful family. May God always bless you as richly as he is blessing you now!

  5. shells
    November 8, 2006

    Man, I can just picture her face, opening up her bag. Wow, how fun! I cant wait to hear about your other little guys. It is so hard to be patient, seems like just yesterday.

  6. Susy Q
    November 9, 2006

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    I hope you get your referral soon- waiting is so hard. We’ve only been waiting a little over a week, yet every time the phone rings I have a little glimmer of hope that they’re calling to give us The News…


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