Today a couple whom we have never met is hosting a fundraiser to help us bring B. home. Their daughter and her family are dear friends of ours and they made it possible for this event to happen. It is humbling, faith-building, and just completely amazing. When we were in the midst of trying to figure out if we could possibly add B. to our family, our friends told us that if finances were keeping us from making a final decision, they would stand by our sides and do what they could to ease the burden from us.

There is so much I could say…but believe it or not, I am nearly speechless. I’ll let God’s Word speak our thanks for me:

If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
and strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose
waters do not fail. Is. 58:10-11

Thank you from the depths of our hearts, thank you for easing our burden, thank you for giving B. a life that she might not have had without your help. May God’s blessings abound in your life and may He return this kindness to you many times over.

~Lisa and Russ

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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. Linda
    April 11, 2008

    Your family story has been such a blessing to me! I am happy to hear of your wonderful adoption news..thank you for sharing. Also, the picure and Bible verse today are both priceless!
    Praise Him/

  2. Amy
    April 12, 2008

    Lisa, I follow her blog too, and saw the news about the fundraiser and put two and two together. I am sooooooo thrilled for you guys and pray that you will be able to bring little B home soon! What a blessing and inspiration your stories have been to so many people, including me 🙂

  3. jen
    April 12, 2008

    Oh, what a blessing to have friends to stand by you in such a tangible way! And to be that much closer – yay!

  4. Sherry
    April 13, 2008

    That is wonderful Lisa! People are good. God is so good!

  5. Jim & Laurel
    April 17, 2008

    What a blessing! Last summer, after we had committed to adopt 3 children from Ghana, our financial situation changed and we had no idea how we were going to pay for it.

    An anonymous donor, amazingly, gave $15,000 to our church to be distributed to us for the adoption. God continues to amaze us at how He provides for us, when we step out in faith.


    mama of 13


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