We recently learned that the fee for applying for citizenship will be increasing from $215 per child to $460 per child on June 2nd. So, although we are busily packing to leave for a family wedding and then Whidbey Island, we decided to try to pull together paperwork for the kids’ citizenship applications.

One item we needed was a photo of each of the children, so I quickly did K.’s hair and we went outside to snap a few. Here are a couple of cute ones that I had to share. She is such a beauty!

Also, a few people have asked about the bandage on K’s face in the early photos. She had an abscess above her eye that got worse while Russ was in Addis. He had to take her to the doctor to have it drained, which was quite traumatic for both of them since they did not use any anesthetic. It has healed beautifully and we can hardly see it now.

If any adoptive parents happen to read this and need help with the N-600 citizenship application, check out Legal-Eaze .


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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. 7,812 Miles
    May 25, 2007

    She is so beautiful! I am so glad that she is finally home!

    Have a wonderful trip!

  2. PastorMac's Ann
    May 25, 2007

    Lisa, she is truly lovely. What a radiant beautiful young lady.


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