God Places the Lonely in Families

This week we celebrated the adoption of our friends’ new son. Nes joined Rick, Signe, and their seven children in March and turned four just after he arrived home. We got to visit him when we traveled to Ethiopia in August, which made their adoption journey even more special to us.

To welcome Nes to our community, I hosted a shower for him – with the help of many friends. We scheduled it for a weekday morning and invited everyone to bring their children. It is a good thing we had nice weather because I think we had nearly fifty children celebrating along with us! It was great.

It is not often that the recipient of the gifts at a “baby shower” gets to open them, but I think he liked it! Nes was given clothing, books, and a cash group gift for the purchase of a very cool wooden scooter made by Community Playthings. It is the same scooter we gave to Noah on his second birthday sixteen years ago, and one of our all-time favorite toys.

(If you look very closely, you can see Little Man sitting by my feet.)

This was my clean up crew at the end of the morning. I’m glad that Signe gave us something so wonderful to celebrate! You can read about Signe’s family on her blog, Letting Love Cover It.


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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. Andrea H.
    May 6, 2009

    Oh Lisa, that was so nice of you, I wished I could have been there. I just miss you so much. So sad we live so far apart.

  2. Laura
    May 6, 2009

    Signe is one step ahead of you…i read about the shower and saw pictues of the party and thought hmmm that looks an awful lot like my sisters kitchen!


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