Weekend Wandering 4.9.16

Wandering along Lake Coeur d’Alene

Enjoy some of our favorite recent internet wanderings.

It Starts with Shukran from Bekah Stoneking at Christianity Today

Though the adventurer in me wanted to learn, the American in me needed to learn. Recent Census data show that Arabic is the fastest growing language in America. If I am going to know and love my neighbors and serve my church and community well, I need to have this language in my toolkit.

Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II by Darlene Deibler Rose

I (Jennifer) am reading this now at the recommendation of both Lisa and my husband, Greg.  Amazing story of faith and obedience – and gives tremendous perspective in the midst of my own day-to-day attempts at faith and obedience.

10 Reasons to Write Your Story, Even if Nobody Reads It from Allison Fallon

This might be the cheapest preventative medicine money can buy. Go out and buy a Moleskine notebook and a package of good pens and set aside 30 minutes each morning to record your first thoughts.

Fixer Upper Season 3 Recap from Magnolia

I’m late to the game on this show, but I (Lisa) loved watching Season 1 of Fixer Upper on Netflix and I’ve just started Season 2. Joanna’s blog is lots of fun to follow too.


Have a wonderful weekend, friends. Jennifer is busy with a new foster baby who joined her family late Wednesday night. I’m holding down the fort while Russ is in Mexico helping his mom after the passing of his father on Easter Sunday. Who knew there could be so many baseball practices in two weeks?

Thanks for being with us our first week here at Thankful Moms.

Be sure to enter to win a Thankful or Thankful Mom necklace. I love wearing mine! 

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Sending you all love on this spring weekend.

With hope and gratitude,
Lisa and Jennifer

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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.

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