Dimples is Home

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Leaving Montana with Dimples – Mimi shared the driving.

So many of you are praying for Dimples and our family as she settles in at home. The days are flying by, but I need to pause to tell you that she is doing amazing. I have tears in my eyes just typing that. Let me share a few quick thoughts.

*She is so happy to be home. It was hard to say goodbye in Montana, and she misses her friends and the staff, but she was ready to make the transition.

*She likes her new room! My sweet friend, Amy, gave her a cute lamp, two bright pillows, and a bulletin board. She also collected gift cards from her friends to buy new bedding, and other nice things for Dimples’ room. New curtains are coming too. It’s so fun putting it all together – we couldn’t have made it this special on our own.

*So far, Dimples and Sunshine are inseparable, and they are getting along incredibly well.  Their relationship as sisters is growing in a sweet way; Dimples no longer seems to see Sunshine as a competitor for attention, time, resources.

*We kept a set of bunk beds in Dimples’ room, and the girls have already had two sleepovers in the new bedroom.

*Food issues have been nearly nonexistent – a true miracle.

*She is able to accept “no” to a request – another huge and wonderful change (note: that may be the understatement of the year).

*She is appropriately nervous/excited about school.

*She is filling her time in positive ways.

*She is figuring out the boundaries, asking to do things that she wasn’t allowed to do in the past, but accepting the limitations we place. She is almost 13 (!!!!) and knows that there are more freedoms now, especially as she demonstrates that she is trustworthy. I’m having  a hard time keeping up with so much change at once. Yesterday I let Dimples and Sunshine ride their bikes to the community gym and pool, but I drew the line at biking to get a Redbox movie on their own.

And in case you’re wondering, the start of school was delayed until September 8th – two weeks late. I have some plans for filling our days at home, and this weekend we head to our favorite family camp ever.

I could go on an on, but I hear the boys cooking eggs in the kitchen and I think a little supervision would be wise. Thank you a million times over for your prayers. And to Amy’s friends who blessed us with gifts for Dimples’ bedroom, she is so excited and thrilled – thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ll share pictures when it’s done.

Friends, thank you for reading, praying, caring, and being part of our journey.

Lisa

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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.

31 Comments

  1. Dawn Flatness Wright
    August 26, 2014

    PRAISE GOD!!!! Continued prayers…… 🙂

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  2. adventisthomemaker
    August 26, 2014

    Lisa, I am positively THRILLED to see this update!! I'm so glad that things are going well with Dimples!!!

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  3. Laura
    August 26, 2014

    So happy that it is going well. I could hear it in your voice when we talked yesterday on the phone. You didn't even sound concerned while you were waiting for the girls to call and tell you they had arrived at the pool. I pray that this time of bonding and calm just continues as the transition builds to "real life" in the family for Dimples and everyone else.

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  4. Sherry
    August 26, 2014

    Tears as I read! Our God is a great Redeemer!! Continuing to pray!

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  5. Sandra Zimmerman
    August 26, 2014

    I am so happy to hear things are going well! Those are the very things we wish our little guy could latch onto but at this time he is either refusing to do so as he wants/needs the control or is unable to due to mental difficulties. Blessings and keep us updated!

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  6. Cindy Mc
    August 26, 2014

    Praise the Lord! So many prayers answered.

    Love, Cindy

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  7. Anna
    August 26, 2014

    Lisa!! This is truly a miracle!! So, so, SO excited for your sweet family! We will continue to pray! 🙂

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  8. Alyssa
    August 26, 2014

    Praise the Lord!

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  9. Sade
    August 26, 2014

    This is so beautiful to hear. I am truly happy for your family!!!!!!

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  10. Anita
    August 26, 2014

    Sighs of happy relief and joy over here as I read this. I've been praying for you and Dimples. God is so very good!!

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  11. Heather Marie Jurrens
    August 26, 2014

    Wonderful news! We're continuing to pray.

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  12. Sarah
    August 26, 2014

    Oh, I can only express myself in Hebrew right now: MAZAL TOV, MAZAL TOV, MAZAL TOV! (congratulations!) I am so thrilled for all of you–and will continue to pray until Dimples is settled in.

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  13. Emily
    August 26, 2014

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Kayla
    August 26, 2014

    What a great report.

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  15. Luann Yarrow Doman
    August 26, 2014

    God is so good and faithful. Praying Dimples will be an oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor xo

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  16. Acceptance with Joy
    August 26, 2014

    Amazing. ptl

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  17. Mary Ostyn
    August 26, 2014

    SO joyous for you. Continuing to pray.

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  18. Elizabeth
    August 26, 2014

    Hallelujah!!! This made my day… and gives me hope.

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  19. Erika
    August 26, 2014

    Yay Praise Jesus. How exciting and fun the new room for Dimples. Continuing to pray.

    God bless

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  20. Isabelle
    August 26, 2014

    What wonderful news–thrilled for all of you!

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  21. Jessica Pair
    August 26, 2014

    Wonderful news!! I notice you said that SHE is filling her time in positive ways. That is fantastic. I pray all continues to go well and relationships continue to grow strong.

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  22. Laura
    August 26, 2014

    Praise Jesus! Thankful to hear this news. May He continue to work all things out for good! Praying for all of you

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  23. DFNY
    August 26, 2014

    So very happy for all of you! May the transition continue to be smooth and may "real life" (as a family once again) be everything you've always wanted it to be. Blessings to you!

    Damaris

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  24. Sonya Hillrich
    August 27, 2014

    So beautiful. You are right — lots of folks praying for your family 🙂

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  25. Laine
    August 27, 2014

    Congratulations! Huge steps. Praying for your family. 🙂

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  26. lisa h
    August 27, 2014

    so thrilled for the gift of PROGRESS!!! Enjoy!!

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  27. Mary
    August 27, 2014

    Tears of joy!

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  28. Sarah
    August 27, 2014

    I've been reading your blog for years, and reading this post is truly unbelievable. Hard to believe this was even possible 2 years ago. WOWOWOW!! Praying the transition continues to be smooth.

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  29. Heidi
    August 27, 2014

    Oh Lisa! So, so wonderful. Praising the Lord with you!

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  30. Maple Walnut Mama
    August 27, 2014

    Such wonderful news. Thanks for sharing your journey. May the goodness keep on growing!

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  31. Molly Kitsmiller
    August 27, 2014

    Wow – We serve an amazing God! So thankful for you that her time away has been so fruitful – praying the transition continues to go well!

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