Bringing a Little Friend Home

The first two guys back from the four mile route

Gathering before the walk

What a great morning we had at our friends’ walk-a-thon to benefit the adoption of their new son! It has been hot and sunny for weeks, but this morning we woke to rain, wind, and cool temperatures. We were not dismayed! We got dressed in warm clothes and off we went to walk four miles.

Russ and I had planned to provide our large coffee pot, but in the rush to replace a broken part, we dropped and broke one glass tube, and then due to a faulty part, we broke the other. So off we went to pick up large carafes of coffee from a friend’s coffee shop. Two trips were required and then one trip to the grocery store for cream, so I never actually joined the walk but Russ pushed the little guys the entire way and the rest of the kids walked.

There were lots of kids pushing strollers or riding in them.

Eby’s hands were so cold that he borrowed Rusty’s socks for his hands – crazy!

Best of all, over $7,000.00 was raised and more donations are expected! We are excited to have played a part in blessing Rick and Signe. Russ and I strongly believe that no family should fully bear the financial burden of adopting orphaned children. We received a huge amount of help from friends, our church, grants, and a charitable foundation. I am very happy to report that in the process of adopting four children in three separate adoptions over sixteen months, we took on no debt. Only God can do something that great. Our faith was increased and we were humbled through the process.

We can help one another, giving of our time and finances to raise funds for each other. Every dollar raised today is a dollar that Rick and Signe won’t have to find in their own budget. I love it – I really do. I hope that the success of this simple fundraiser will encourage other families to take a leap of faith and trust God to provide what is needed.

For more information on how to host a walk-a-thon to benefit your adoption or for someone else, email: info@fromhivtohome This is what their site says about Bringing Them Home fundraisers:

Adoptive Family Fundraiser – Bringing them Home Walkathon

We also have launched our Bringing them Home Walkathon kit. Again, this is available to all adopting families (not only families adopting HIV+ children).

The kit is free and provides everything you need to run a walkathon –it allows donors to make tax-deductible gifts to your adoption and makes a way for you to give back to HIV+ orphan care at the same time! If you are interested in learning more, please email

Be encouraged!


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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. MLB
    October 5, 2008

    How wonderful!! I’m so glad it was a success. I was thinking about you guys yesterday as the rain poured. 🙂

  2. Michelle Riggs
    October 5, 2008

    Great idea! Thanks for helping more childrencome home.

  3. Heather
    October 5, 2008

    What a terrific event! Thanks so much for posting this! – We’ve been looking for another fundraiser for our adoption. Thanks again!

  4. Signe
    October 5, 2008

    Great post Lisa, you summed it all up really well. And for everyone, it was really simple to plan. Thanks for helping.

  5. Kathrin
    October 6, 2008

    What a great idea. I hope your friends will have their son home soon.

    The two boys in the first foto are adroable – sorry boys handsome!!

    I love the friday lunch “tradition”.

    All the best


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