And the Winner is…..

Little Man is clapping for the winner!

….Susan! Thank you to everyone who entered the T-shirt raffle. We used a nifty random number generator to select the winner.

It seems that Honeybee is turning a corner in her adjustment. Sunday marked seven weeks since we arrived home from Ethiopia and last week she seemed a little more settled. We saw fewer tears and frustrations, more smiles, and a happier, relaxed little girl. This in turn made for a happier more relaxed mother.

Honeybee has joined in with most of Ladybug’s classes and participates at whatever level she can. My friend, Beth, offered to have the girls join her daughter twice a week to study Sonlight 5: Eastern Hemisphere. This has been a huge help to me this fall, although I miss the great read-alouds! At the end of their first unit, the girls celebrated by inviting their two families to a luau. They even choreographed and performed their own hula.

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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. Duane and Melissa Carter
    October 2, 2008

    Hi Lisa, My name is Melissa Carter and I ran across your blog on Red Letters. I also have a large family through adoption. Our blog is
    I had talked to someone about doing a painting for Ahope but am not sure if it was you.
    We are currently waiting on 3 kids from uganda.
    i like how you did photos of your family as the cast of characters. did you just make that on a photo program then upload it?
    thanks so much. i am going to mark your blog. Blessings, Melissa Carter

  2. Bradshaws
    October 3, 2008

    Glad the adjustment is settling in. Everyone looks so joyful!!

  3. Anonymous
    October 4, 2008

    Hi Lisa,

    My older girls are doing Sonlight’s Eastern Hemisphere too — it’s lots of fun. We had an outdoor luau on a beautiful Saturday evening to cap off our Pacific Islands study. My favorite part was cutting a real coconut and scraping out the meat. The kids thought this was great entertainment — it’s the little things that make memories, right!? Glad your girls are having this opportunity!

    Sheri D.


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