Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

My post, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, is up on the Empowered to Connect site today!  In celebration, I have a giveaway you are going to love.

Through the generosity of Empowered to Connect, I am giving away three, yes THREE, copies of  The Connected Child along with Created to Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child.  Pretty exciting!

[This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.]

Created to Connect is also available as a free download on the Empowered to Connect site, or for $5.00 (which includes shipping).  The site is also loaded with lots of great written material and numerous videos of Dr. Purvis teaching for the benefit of adoptive and foster families.  I’ve said it before, some of her lectures were a lifeline for us when we were in crisis.

Here is how you can win!

Each one of the following will give you one chance to win a set of The Connected Child and Created to Connect.

  • Leave me a comment!  Anything will do, but I would love to know how you found my blog. If you do any of the following, make sure to leave a comment too and let me know each one.
  • Subscribe to my RSS feed
  • Share my giveaway on your blog (or Facebook, Twitter, nearly anything will do) with this link: http://bit.ly/933hrE
  • Subscribe to the Empowered to Connect RSS feed

The giveaway will end on Wednesday, October 13th at 6:00 AM PST.  I’ll announce the winners by that evening.

[The Giveaway is now over.  Congratulations to our winners! ]

Thank you for reading my blog and sharing my life. I look forward to more collaboration with Empowered to Connect along with more giveaways!

~Lisa

This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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.

79 Comments

  1. amy
    October 7, 2010

    I found your blog stumbling through cyberspace one day. It was an immediate "put on my google reader" page. Thanks for all you share (OOO and giveaways too!). I have this book selected in amazon for the next order where I need just a little more to get free shipping so however I get this book, I am getting it =D. And I'm sure you would be happy to know I just sent in my I-800A (immigration paperwork) for adoption #2!

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  2. Gwen
    October 7, 2010

    Hi Lisa,
    A friend on our Canadian Ethiopian adoption Yahoo group linked to your posts about MEAT, and I've been following your blog ever since. Thanks for all the info you share in your blog; you've become a valuable resource for us!
    Gwen in BC, Canada

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  3. Gwen
    October 7, 2010

    I've just subscribed to your RSS feed… 🙂

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  4. Gwen
    October 7, 2010

    …and I've just now subscribed to the ETConnect RSS feed…

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  5. Gwen
    October 7, 2010

    …and finally, just linked to you in a blog post. Thanks! 🙂
    Gwen

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  6. Anne Martin
    October 7, 2010

    Lisa,
    I have been reading your blog for a few months now and continued to be inspired by your writings. You have a very comforting way of writing. You discuss the hard things with the love and compassion. Parenting children in hard places in very demanding, exhausting and a difficult task to say the least, but you always find a way to show the bright side of every triumph whether big or small. Thanks for helping me stay focused on the job God has given me in helping my children heal.
    God Bless,
    Anne

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  7. Tricia
    October 7, 2010

    I can't remember for sure, but I believe I found your blog through a link on Dorothy's blog. I have enjoyed reading it immensely and am thankful for the wisdom – we are in process of adopting two boys from Uganda.

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  8. Tricia
    October 7, 2010

    I am subscribed to your feed.

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  9. Tricia
    October 7, 2010

    I also am subscribed to the Empowered to Connect feed.

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  10. @sleighs79
    October 7, 2010

    I think I found your blog through Kristen Howerton's blog. I continue to be inspired by your writing – your honesty and commitment. But I am also parenting a child from a hard place right now, so I NEED the inspiration. 🙂 Thank you! Oh, and I tweeted this giveaway as well.

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  11. Satya Krishnamurthi
    October 7, 2010

    Thank you for your post. We have one adopted son and in need of help, really bad. I wanted to ask you if you can help us finding a therapist or if I can talk to you for a few minutes on the phone. I have left my email address and if you can help in any way, we would really appreciate it

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  12. StacyK
    October 7, 2010

    I have no idea how I found your blog!!! It's a small world and I'm sure it was another adoption mama that pointed me your way. I just want to thank you for being transparent and real and filled with hope. We are still waiting for God's timing with our adoption, so I read and research and prepare in the meantime. Thank you.

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  13. StacyK
    October 7, 2010

    I subscribe to your feed on Bloglines.com :))

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  14. StacyK
    October 7, 2010

    I subscribe to Empowered To Connect on Bloglines.com (as well as their newsletter)… AND went to their conference in Nashville last month:)) Amazing!

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  15. Judy
    October 7, 2010

    Just found your blog through Empowered to Connect. Looking forward to getting to know you and your family, and to learn …

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  16. Kelley
    October 7, 2010

    I get your RSS feed and love it. Love your families heart for adoption

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  17. Paula
    October 7, 2010

    I don't remember how I found your blog, but I've been reading since we were in process for our Ethiopian twins, who have been home 16 months now. I have three bio big kids, too, and your family just resonated with me. We are in process for a son from ET now. I have gotten so much great practical advice from you, I recommend your blog all the time and also the wonderful book The Conneced Child. If I win, I'm giving it to our attachment therapist. I keep telling her she should read it, and she keeps not getting around to it. But I know she would love it.

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  18. Starla
    October 7, 2010

    Met Dr. Purvis in Minneapolis at the Summit earlier this year. What an amazing lady! Found your blog through Empowered to Connect. Going to bookmark this one! I have 3 kiddos from China….

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  19. Julie B.
    October 7, 2010

    Greetings from Canada! I continue to be blessed and encouraged by your blog, Lisa. Thanks for taking the time to share your journey and what you are learning!

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  20. Hope
    October 7, 2010

    I found your blog through another AHOPE parent's blog, although I can't remember which one. Love your blog!

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  21. Tam
    October 7, 2010

    I found you through the Empowered to Connect link. I am looking forward to reading more about your family.

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  22. Celina
    October 7, 2010

    Hi – I found you . . . . hmmmm – probably through a link from another blog. Thanks for the thoughtful posts!

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  23. Celina
    October 7, 2010

    . . . and I subscribe through Google Reader

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  24. Sarah
    October 7, 2010

    Hmmm…I can't remember how I found your blog, I just know I've read everything you've ever written and have thoroughly enjoyed it. 🙂 I'm starting a book study of The Connect Child on my website/blog, which begins October 18th.

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  25. Chris Butler
    October 7, 2010

    I've been following your blog for some time now…..always ecouraging…..thanks for sharing!

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  26. Chris Butler
    October 7, 2010

    oh! I also just put your link on my FB!

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  27. Mama D's Dozen
    October 7, 2010

    I've read your blog for a few years, and so appreciate your Bloggy Friendship. 🙂

    I would love to get a copy of The Connected Child.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  28. Sara
    October 7, 2010

    Just subscribed to your RSS feed. I cant remember how I found your blog but think it was linked from another blog. I was happy to find an adoption/ family blog that was real & honest about the challenges of adoption.
    Sara

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  29. Michele
    October 7, 2010

    I have been reading your blog for the last year – found it before we brought our boys home from Ethiopia – maybe through AAI's site? It has been so helpful and hopeful to read over the last year as our family struggles with better ways to parent our daughter (from China, home three years). Thank You!

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  30. shannoncl
    October 7, 2010

    Definitely enter me into this contest! I don't know if it's an RSS feed? It is on my blogger dashboard. Not sure exactly what that is called- as I have you as a 'following'. I'll also add this link to my blog.

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  31. Dawn
    October 7, 2010

    Oh me oh me. I sooo want to read this book. THANKS! 🙂 Love your blog and all the people that gather and support each other 🙂

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  32. Amber
    October 7, 2010

    Thanks so much for your post. Just this week we feel we have exhausted all of our mental strength with our daughter…we have done all of the reading, trying, etc. We are contacting counselors right now to get some outside support and are feeling so hopeful with the knowledge of help. Your article gave me a lot of hope about outside help and healing, with God as our ultimate healer. Thank you for your article!

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  33. Ann
    October 7, 2010

    I'm already receiving the necessity of your feed–and Empowered to Connects feed 🙂 I honestly cannot remember how I came upon your blog. It was probably through another blog but it has been several years so those brain cells are now gone. I love your writing and so appreciate your willingness to share and teach what you have learned in your humble and honest way (while still protecting your children's privacy.) I also love that when life gets busy you DON'T blog–I know your children truly come first!

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  34. learningpatience
    October 7, 2010

    🙂 I can't remember how I found your blog . . . I guess first it was through our common adoption agency or the webboard.

    Great, encouraging post at Empowered to Connect – yay for you!

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  35. Kathrin
    October 8, 2010

    Hi Lisa! Again an important post. Thank you.
    I subscribed a while ago and find it very interesting.

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  36. Barbara
    October 8, 2010

    Just found your blog this week through ETC while reading your article "Walking Humbly". We have two adopted children from Russia who came to us as 7 yo's. It has been a struggle all the way, mostly with our son, and I'm always looking for new ways to help him. This is another answered prayer, as I was unfamiliar with ETC until I saw a post on facebook from Lifesong for Orphans. God is good, all the time!

    I also posted your blog on my FB page. I just suscribed to your feed, and I already signed up for ETC's feed.

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  37. leslee matthews
    October 8, 2010

    Wow Lisa, you've a LOT of followers!
    I don't remember how I found you, I think it might have been while searching for Gotcha Day videos at the beginning of our adoption…..almost 2 1/2 years ago! Your's was the most amazing one we ever saw and I think a huge part of the inspiration to bring home three children. I will post about your giveaway on my blog and I'm already subscribed to the RSS feed of Empowered to Connect. I've been really wanting to read that book and keep checking it out at the library only to have to return it before I'm ready.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 8, 2010

      Leslee, I keep meaning to put a link to the video on my blog. I'm glad you reminded me! If anybody would like to see it, here it is:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Mrb70TzZE

      It still brings tears to my eyes.

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  38. Kate in NY
    October 8, 2010

    Lisa, I found your blog when my friend Susan at AAI recommended it to me – she knew it was the kind of "adoption talk" that was right up my alley! That Susan P-D – – – so smart! I just loved your post at Empowered to Connect; it felt very familiar. I am now rethinking my decision to forgo taking my son to a wonderful adoption therapist in New York City (one hour by train) – just because it is "too far!" Ha! Ha!

    I haven't read The Connected Child yet, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! 🙂

    Kate

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 8, 2010

      Kate, I think would love The Connected Child. That therapist is probably worth a train ride! There are so many people who don't have access to good therapy for their kids and we know how helpful a person who is really knowledgeable about attachment, trauma, etc. can be. Have you already tried this therapist, or would you be getting started?

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      1. Kate in NY
        October 11, 2010

        Actually, this therapist worked with my eldest son 10 years ago, when he was in preschool! She was brilliant – really changed the course of his entire life, I believe. She subsequently adopted a toddler from China and has since become more and more involved with adoption issues. Then we moved out of NYC, and I figured it was too far . . . until I thought of you driving, um, 5 hours, is that it? And I am reconsidering – – – even though our public school would not be too keen on us pulling Abi out one day every other week, I am thinking of the train ride, subway ride, lunch out, etc. as bonus bonding time. But here's a question for you (and your wise readers): How on earth would you get a reluctant 12 year old to go into THERAPY? Oh my.

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        1. One Thankful Mom
          October 11, 2010

          Kate, it sounds completely worth it! Maybe just getting out of school, having lunch out with you, being in the the city would be some incentive? Also, if you tell him that you will be working on how to be the best mom you can be to him while he is working on being a healthy boy, maybe he won't feel the pressure that he needs to be "fixed". What do you think?

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  39. coffeemom
    October 8, 2010

    Great post LIsa!! All true, and yeah, great therapists (esp attachment ones) are hard to find. Don't have a hookup for us there yet either (complicated due to the lack of language and the delays tho) but I've tried to figure out a time or two how to FLY to Seattle to work w/ Ms. Gray! Ha! Not doable, but a gal can dream.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 8, 2010

      I wish you could come to Seattle too. We could finally have coffee together!

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  40. Melissa
    October 8, 2010

    I LOVE your blog, I have been reading it for a while now. Truly a blessing. I would LOVE to win. I THINK I subscribed to the RSS feed and empower to connect, but I am not sure. I will be posting on FB as well!

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  41. Jill Dupras
    October 8, 2010

    i love reading your blog. we are waiting to adopt two older children from ethiopia and i have already found so much encouragement from your posts. thank you for sharing with us.

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  42. Julie
    October 8, 2010

    Lisa,

    Your article at ETC was wonderful. It is true that good help is worth whatever the cost is. I agree whole-heartedly with finding help early, rather than when you've reached a crisis. As a matter of fact, at our international adoption clinic, less than 2 weeks after Cupcake came home, the psychologist looked me in the eye and told me, "Don't try to go this alone." That was some of the best advice I ever received.

    I'm very thankful that you are part of my support system.

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  43. Jodi
    October 8, 2010

    I've been following for quite a while now. We are in the process of adopting from Sierra Leone, which is still in the process of passing new adoption laws. Hoping to be some of the first to blaze the path there and open the doors for others. I'm also starting to read and research childhood trauma issues and how to deal with them in order to help implement some strategies at the orphanage we are working with. I'm in the middle of 'The Boy Raised As A Dog' by Dr. Bruce Perry. I've been wanting to read Dr. Purvis' book, also…I would be so happy to win it!

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  44. Jodi Widhalm
    October 8, 2010

    Ok, I think I've done it all. I subscribed via email to both blogs, commented here, posted on my FB with the link, and will post to my blog tomorrow. I'd do it now, but I just blogged about an adoption fundraiser for a friend of mine. Really would LOVE to win a book…it's on my reading list and will be a huge help, I'm sure in coming up with strategies for The Covering, an orphanage in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

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  45. PastormacsAnn
    October 8, 2010

    I found your blog years and years ago when you were just bringing your boys home from Ethiopia and we were in the process with our two. We were using the same agency. Your wisdom, honest and friendship is a priceless treasure to me.

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  46. PastormacsAnn
    October 8, 2010

    I subscribed to your RSS feed.

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  47. PastormacsAnn
    October 8, 2010

    I subscribed to the Empower to Connect RSS feed.

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  48. PastormacsAnn
    October 8, 2010

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

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  49. Kirstine
    October 9, 2010

    I love your blog! I find it really encouraging and I learn a lot.
    How I found it? I think I was just googling blogs from "big families" and "adoption". We were starting the adoption journey ourselves and I had noone in my network who had adopted. It has been very helpful for me to read adoption blogs. I really enjoy your posts – that you share your struggels and progress so honestly.

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  50. christie
    October 9, 2010

    I have been following your blog for a few months and love it. I found your blog through a friends blog. http://tisha-myrestingplace.blogspot.com/

    I subcribed to your rss feed
    I subcribed to empowered to connect rss feed
    I posted about the contest on my blog

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  51. mandi
    October 9, 2010

    hi there! i found you through empowered to connect. we have just begun our adoption journey- would love to read this.

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  52. Robin
    October 9, 2010

    Hi Lisa,
    I just subscribed! I read your blog faithfully and met you briefly at CAFO–in the elevator at the hotel. You are such an encouragement to me–I appreciate all that you share! Blessings!

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  53. Marlene
    October 10, 2010

    I just subscribed to the RRS feed. I got to your blog through a friend at church letting us know about her friend Lisa. I got to your blog from hers.

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  54. MaryJo
    October 10, 2010

    I found your blog from the article on the Connected Child website.

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  55. Lauren
    October 10, 2010

    I also subscribed to your blog

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  56. Lauren
    October 10, 2010

    and I subscribed to Empowered to Connect. 🙂

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  57. Alicia
    October 11, 2010

    I found your blog through a friend's blog when she posted news of your giveaway. It's a great encouragement to me to read other families' adoption stories as we await the word on our own adoption! I'm very excited to read more about The Connected Child.
    Alicia

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  58. Cass C.
    October 12, 2010

    Hi Lisa!
    I have been reading your blog for my best guess would be almost two year's now, long enough that I cannot remember how I found it, but your inspiring witness as a Christian, a mother of many and an advocate is one of the reasons I started regularly reading blogs! I love it when your posts show up in my google reader (so yes I subscribe) and I just added your Empowered to connect feed as well so that I won't miss a thing!

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  59. Ruth
    October 12, 2010

    Wow, I don't even remember how I found your blog – but I have been reading for well over a year and it has been such a blessing for our family. Thank you so much. I just read today's post on finding joyful love and boy did it resonate with me. Thanks so much for sharing your heart. We have an 8 year old daughter from Ethiopia (1 1/2 years) and our dossier is there again for siblings between the ages of 3 and 10.
    Ruth

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 12, 2010

      Ruth, I hope you find some joy in your children today. I think I may take mine for a walk to gather fall leaves.

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  60. Jane Jensen
    October 12, 2010

    I honestly can' t remember how I first found your blog (most likely from someone else's blog), but I know it was during our adoption process when I spent LOTS of time online searching for encouragement. I stayed and have become a faithful reader because I found exactly that here! I so much appreciate your honesty and perspective.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 12, 2010

      Thank you Jane!

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  61. Jane Jensen
    October 12, 2010

    And I subscribe through google reader–but possibly anonymously. I shall have to remedy that.

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  62. Sarah
    October 12, 2010

    I found your blog a few years ago, I think through the CHSFS forum when you posted occasionally. I have gleaned a lot of insight from you. Thank you! I also have you on my RSS feed!

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  63. nancileamarie
    October 12, 2010

    I enjoy reading your blog, too. I heard about you through another friend's blog post, and I enjoy hearing about what you are learning. Would love a copy of the connected child! 🙂

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  64. Sara
    October 12, 2010

    Hi! I found your blog because it was linked on another blog, which was linked on a friend's blog. I can't wait to read more about your family and your work towards healing as we are preparing to bring home our son who has been in an orphanage for three years.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 12, 2010

      Sara, I hope you find my blog helpful. Thank you for entering the giveaway!

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  65. Sara
    October 12, 2010

    So, now I have subscribed to your feed.

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  66. Sara
    October 12, 2010

    And I subscribed to Empowered to Connect. Love the honesty there.

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  67. Sara
    October 12, 2010

    And now, I've linked your giveaway on my blog. Thanks!

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  68. nikkipevito
    October 12, 2010

    I am the mom to 10 kiddos. 7 are adopted as I was also as a young child. We are truly struggling with our last adoption of a sib group of 3. Some days all I can think of is that I want to throw in the towel. Good, knowledgable help for them is so hard to find. I would love to receive a copy of the book.

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  69. Emily
    October 12, 2010

    I found you through Urban Servant–quite a long time ago, and then got my sister, Mary, hooked, too b/c they're starting their foster care journey. Your blog has been SUCH an encouragement to her (and to me, too.) Thanks!

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  70. Kelli
    October 12, 2010

    I found your blog about 1 1/2 years ago when we were in the process of adopting our twins from Ethiopia. I would love to win and thank you for the chance!

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  71. Emily
    October 12, 2010

    I would like to win- but its on my amazon list for a selfish purchase soon either way. I adore you and your kids so much.

    Reply

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