"Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen"

I am on the long, slow road to recovering from the flu.  Yesterday I felt so much better, today, not so much.

Isaiah used this quote in his talk at Refresh and several people have asked for it.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. – Elisabeth Kubler Ross

I had a post nearly completed for today, but don’t have the energy to finish it, hopefully tomorrow. In the meantime, I need to be thankful.

giving thanks #1051 – 1060

feeling good yesterday

Noah going grocery shopping

the little boys’ class this morning

a good call with Dimples’ therapist yesterday

cough drops


the sound of Sunshine practicing piano

children who tried to be quiet for me this morning

friends and sisters

Russ – I’m so very thankful for him

What you are thankful for today?  Any thoughts on the quote?

Have a great day, friends.



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.


  1. AmyE
    February 21, 2013

    Love "children who TRIED to be quiet" … made me smile. Thankful for first session of EMDR with our son. Thankful for the song playing on radio as we drove there. "Even if the healing doesn't come. You are good You are God Forever faithful"

    Love the quote … encouraging thought … I rarely, actually, never have pictured our child from a hard place as being whole … full of compassion, gentleness and loving concern.

  2. mommymom
    February 21, 2013

    God's mercies that are new every morning, especially for someone as messy and screwed up as myself.

  3. SleepyKnitter
    February 21, 2013

    Beautiful quotation! Praying for your continued recovery.

  4. Tricia
    February 21, 2013

    That is a beautiful quote. Thanks so much for sharing. I may use it sometime soon. It is full of grace and truth. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  5. Sharon
    February 21, 2013

    Thanks for sharing that quote-I have found it to be true many times, such beauty in people who have experienced much. On the other hand, not everyone that has been through much pain and suffering comes out with that sensitivity and understanding. Why/how do some walk through such pain and come out healthy and whole and others continually strive for peace and well-being? Why are some so resilient and others not?
    This is another quote along the same lines that I posted yesterday: "Any dance of celebration must weave both the sorrows and the blessings into a joyful step…to heal is to let the Holy Spirit call me to dance, to believe again, even amid my pain, that God will orchestrate and guide my life." -Henry Nouwen

  6. Andrew
    February 22, 2013

    Just what I needed to read (and be reminded of, again – thanks Isaiah) today. Thx Lisa. See you in Spokane! – AS


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

I accept the Privacy Policy