A Very Brief Update – and a few photos

N. cooking dinner while reading Gregory of Monmouth for his Great Books class.

Little Man found his big brother’s iPod and knew just what to do with it.

Little Man modeling a party hat with Mimi.

Our I171-H has arrived, which means we have been approved by the United States to adopt an orphan from Ethiopia. This document is very important!

Miss B.’s welcome bag finally left for Ethiopia today. Maybe she’ll know that she has a family by next week. I can’t wait to get a picture of her after she hears the news.

I want to mention one thing about my previous post. Our decision to use our children’s Ethiopian names developed over time and we do not feel that this is the only right decision that can be made. It is what we believe is best for our family. The majority of our friends who have adopted children call their children by new names. Just like the thousands of other decisions we all make regarding raising our children, we make the best decisions we can for our own families. Russ and I do not consider ourselves to be experts or to know what is right for anybody else. So, to all of my friends who call their children by new names, I am happy for you that you have chosen that for your children and I do not hold myself to have made a better decision than you have.

Just had to get that off my mind!


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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. Angel
    April 24, 2008

    Congrats! I know that is a biggie. :0) Angel

  2. Lisa W.
    April 25, 2008

    Those pictures are precious. Knowing what to do with the Ipod is just classic. I just love reading your blog. You are amazing Lisa!!!!

  3. the ewings
    April 25, 2008

    So excited about your 171H!!!! Can’t wait to hear about B’s reaction to the family news. Love little man’s ipod picture and N. is so talented. -Chris

  4. erika's funny farm
    April 26, 2008

    Congrats on your 171!!!

    I appreciate your willingness to talk about the “name issue.” We are in the process of our first adoption, and we agonized over the name issue after we saw our little girl’s face and knew her name. We compromised and made her given birth name her legal middle name, and we will give her the option of which one she wants to be called. The name ordeal is more difficult than the initial decision to adopt! Thanks for the encouragement that your blog offers.

  5. darci
    April 27, 2008

    i appreciated your name post. 🙂 i’m sure others did too. how exciting to get that piece of paper! and to know your little one got pictures and presents, how fun and exciting for her. how long do you wait to bring her home? it is long in Canada, sigh. 🙂 all in God’s time. great pics. 🙂 darci


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