Big Texas Adventure

Sweet Pea and Ladybug Last Summer

Russ and I leave for Texas tomorrow.  It is crazy hot there – yesterday when it was over 60 degrees here, I tried to imagine it more than 30 degrees hotter and I just couldn’t do it.  That being said, the heat is a small price to pay for spending time with wonderful people in Texas.

Our purpose in going is to study at TCU with Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and other wonderful folks as our teachers. I am ready, so ready to soak it all up.  I imagine I’ll be furiously scribbling notes as I think about my kids and all of you.  I know how very blessed I am to have the privilege of attending TBRI, so I’ll do my best to share when I’m back.  We’ll also see sweet Emmelie, Karyn’s assistant who told us about the training in the first place.

We’re looking forward to having dinner with Michael and Amy Monroe and meeting their children.  We have all been so busy with life that our Empowered to Connect work is piling up and we have lots to talk about.  We’re also going to be filming some short videos on Saturday.  I have to admit, it makes me really nervous.  I love to talk, but talking while a camera is on me is another thing entirely.  I hope to avoid saying anything completely ridiculous – and let’s hope we have a good film editor on the project.

An unexpected and especially sweet blessing will be seeing some friends who adopted their children from Ethiopia not long after we brought Honeybee home.  They arranged accommodations for us with their pastor the first few nights of our trip followed by a few nights at their home.  Not to mention, they even offered to loan us one of their cars.  I had not imagined all of this coming together and it not only helps us financially, but we feel  God’s blessing on this endeavor.  It is a huge stretch for us to leave our children for an entire week and attend a course at a university very, very far away from north Idaho.  In fact, I would not have even imagined us trying to make it happen.  But each small step of the way, the details have fallen into place and it seems that the Lord is making a smooth path for us.

In addition to all of this goodness, I’ve prayed and worried so much about where to leave to the children while we are gone, and those details have fallen in place as well.  Noah and Samuel will be holding down the fort at home while Rusty, Ladybug, Honeybee, and Dimples attend our church summer camp.  Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man are staying with family and “almost” family in western WA.  The details of getting them there, leaving our car, switching them mid-week to more family, would make your eyes cross, but I’m pretty sure it is all going to work out. I’ve gotten choked up about leaving my littlest ones – it’s a very long time to be gone.

I’ve got eight people to get packed and ready to go to their various destinations by late this afternoon.  Of course, Russ can actually pack for himself, and Ladybug and Honeybee do a decent job as well, but still, it’s a lot of details to cover.  No matter how much work it is, in 24 hours we’ll be embarking on our big Texas adventure.

If I have time for quick updates, I’ll be sure to hop on here, if not, I’ll be back in a bit over a week!


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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. Elizabeth
    June 18, 2011

    Enjoy your trip! Just a heads-up about Texas: it's really hot but they crank up the AC everywhere so take a light cardigan for when you're inside!

  2. shannon2818
    June 18, 2011

    Can't wait to hear about it!

  3. Heidi
    June 18, 2011

    Enjoy, Enjoy, ENJOY! 🙂

  4. Abbey
    June 18, 2011

    Hey Lisa-

    Can't wait to catch up once you're back! ENJOY the heat- I am slightly envious! (but not too envious because it looks like we're AZ bound soon…)

  5. Angela
    June 19, 2011

    Hope everything goes smoothly for you & just ENJOY!!

  6. Leslee Matthews
    June 20, 2011

    There's plenty of air conditioning here – even when it's 106 like it was this last week !:-)
    May the blessings continue!


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