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Thanks be to God for His wonderful gifts! Miss B. is now our daughter!

I am so happy and tearful today. It is an amazing thing to fall in love with a child we have only seen once and now she is our daughter forever. I keep imagining what our next meeting will be like; for the first time in her memory she will have a Mommy and Daddy.

Our embassy appointment is July 30th, which means our packing, planning, and travel preparations are beginning in earnest. I’ll write more about that later.

We have six daughters and five sons – who would have ever imagined?!

~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.

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  1. PastorMac's Ann
    June 26, 2008

    Congrats! Lisa! She's a lovely young lady. Praying her home to you!

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  2. Michael
    June 26, 2008

    Congratulations! She looks adorable :-D.

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  3. Signe
    June 26, 2008

    Yeah!!! What a surprise, and great news. She is beautiful. If I can help in any way call.

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  4. Lisa
    June 26, 2008

    What a beautiful daughter you have! How exciting for you. Congratulations!!

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  5. Anonymous
    June 26, 2008

    Hooray! It’s so nice to see my little friend B, and to know she’s yours forever. I am so, so happy. And jealous that you’re going to Addis!
    Allie

    PS. Love the pictures! 😉

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  6. Bingaling
    June 26, 2008

    Congrats! She is beautiful!
    Chanda

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  7. Anonymous
    June 26, 2008

    We have a LOT of kids. 😀

    I can’t wait to meet her–and I’m glad that she’ll be coming home before school starts!

    -Mimi

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  8. Jenn
    June 26, 2008

    Awww Lisa, what a blessing.

    She is incredibly beautiful.

    Congratulations!!

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  9. Amy
    June 26, 2008

    WONDERFUL NEWS Lisa!!! She is absolutely gorgeous and I cannot image how excited you must be to know she is YOUR daughter!!! Congratulations! You are all so very blessed. Amy

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  10. Munchkins
    June 26, 2008

    LISA! Congratulations! I am so happy for you guys! And what an adorable girl!!! YAY!!!!

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  11. Melinda
    June 26, 2008

    Congratulations Lisa!!!! She is so beautiful!!! I knew other’s had heard about court earlier today so I kept checking in here to see your news. How Wonderful. Looks like you will be traveling soon to pick her up, how Awesome.
    Melinda

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  12. Heidi W
    June 26, 2008

    Congratulations! I’m so, so happy for you! 🙂

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  13. nosmallfeat
    June 26, 2008

    WOO HOO! This has really been a great week. I am so excited for you guys!! If you can (and if you know) please let me know about the lady in Group H.

    xoxo

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  14. MLB
    June 26, 2008

    She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations. I’m so happy you guys made it through out the first try.

    A great addition to a wonderful family!!

    -Marissa

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  15. Sherry
    June 26, 2008

    Praise the Lord! I am so thrilled for you and anxious for your trip to be over and for Miss B to be home!

    She is beautiful. 🙂

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  16. Angela
    June 26, 2008

    I already emailed you, but had to share a comment here, too!!
    Congratulations! I am so overcome with joy for you and for your sweet little girl!! She is just precious!!!
    Congratulations, my friend!!!

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  17. Anonymous
    June 26, 2008

    Congratulations on your beautiful new daughter! I’m glad things went smoothly on your case and am hoping and praying we’ll be with you in Addis….

    Lisa H.
    WW

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  18. Angel
    June 26, 2008

    Yippppeeee!!! That is awesome. :0) Angel

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  19. Cat & Mark
    June 27, 2008

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    Whoohoo! She’s beautiful. Love the glasses. =)

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  20. Kris Long
    June 27, 2008

    Oh my goodness Lisa, she is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear more…

    Kris

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  21. darci
    June 27, 2008

    oh wow! congratulations! whoo hoo!

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  22. Adrielle
    June 27, 2008

    Hip hip hooray!!!!!! I’m a cousin again!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    I checked your blog one last time just before going to bed last night and was so glad I did! I love to think of Alyce growing up among all these wonderful girls to look up to!

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  23. Toiling Ant
    June 27, 2008

    She is lovely.

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  24. bigclan12
    June 27, 2008

    Congratulation! I am new to your blog as of about a week ago. We just entered the world of Ethiopian adoption a week ago when we found a beautiful waiting sibling group of 2 that we are moving forward in adopting. I have really enjoyed your blog this week and I am so excited for your news. We have 6 sons, 4 daughters and our new Ethiopian children are a brother and sister. We have adopted twice before. My best to you in your final plans and travel. She is a darling girl. Congratulations again!

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  25. Maria and Family
    June 27, 2008

    Oh my !! She is just beautiful !! SO happy for you guys..your are truly blessed.
    Maria

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  26. Raskell Party of 8
    June 27, 2008

    SHE LOOKS LIKE YOU!!!!!!!! That is crazy. I am so happy. Love you all!

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  27. Amber
    June 27, 2008

    Wow, that is amazing. She is a beautiful young lady. You are amazing people to have so many children. God bless you!

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  28. Sarah
    June 27, 2008

    Oh Lisa I’m so happy for you! Honeybee is absolutely radiant and full of life in her photos. I can see why your family has fallen in love with her.
    Blessings.
    Sarah

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  29. thecurryseven
    June 27, 2008

    Oh, what wonderful news. Congratulations!!! You have a beautiful daughter and I can’t wait to see pictures of your whole family together.

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  30. G & K
    June 27, 2008

    Congratulations. It’s great to finally get to see Miss B. I’m sure the end of July can’t come soon enough.

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  31. Nancy Wilson
    June 27, 2008

    We are rejoicing with you! What a blessing you are to us as we watch what the Lord is doing in your expanding family.

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  32. Andrea
    June 28, 2008

    PRAISES!!!
    SO happy to hear this good news.
    We may still be in Addis when you get there, hope we get to meet!
    She is absolutely gorgeous

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  33. Nathan A.
    June 28, 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS! Both to you Q and to Honeybee! 🙂

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  34. Anonymous
    June 28, 2008

    Congrats Lisa! What a beautiful young lady!!! She’s so precious…. praise God for the quiver full. 🙂

    Love in Christ,
    Brandi

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  35. jen
    June 29, 2008

    Oh, she is gorgeous!!! So excited for you. Was on vacation, so this was great news to get upon return!

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  36. Michelle Riggs
    June 30, 2008

    Conratuations! Your dauhter is beautiful.

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  37. Joy
    July 1, 2008

    Praise God! I am rejoicing with you. You are so blessed!

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