Disappointed but Trusting the Lord

Thank you to everyone who has asked about K’s court date. We received the very disappointing news that her court date was not successful due to an administrative error. This was quite a blow to us since we were so thrilled to have her legally adopted in 2006. I have contemplated this since we got the word last night and the Lord brought to my mind Psalm 121.

“He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
Ps. 121: 3-4

Nothing is outside of our Lord’s control, not even an error made by a person in Ethiopia. He loves K. far more than we do and is watching over her even as I type these words.

We hope to hear of a successful court date in a couple of weeks. I’ll keep you all posted.


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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. Anonymous
    January 2, 2007

    I am soooo sorry! The only thing I can think of to help you is to know that God hears your cries. We, too had a minor delay with Sophia’s court date because of paperwork. Thankfully, it was only admin error, just like yours. I can’t wait to hear of a successful court date!

  2. Joy Portis
    January 7, 2007

    oh Lisa, I am so sorry! I was expecting to see her sweet face when I pulled up your web site. His timing is perfect! I pray you will have peace as you wait for the wonderful news that she is your daughter! You are in my prayers!


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