Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day friends. This is a day to rejoice over the blessings of the children God has given us.  What a wild journey it has been for me.

If you have children from the “hard places”, take courage and do not lose heart. Cling to the promises of God — He will never leave you nor forsake you.  He loves your children and He loves you.

I need to drive to Seattle with Honeybee and Dimples today.  The good news is that I will see my mom tonight.  The bad news is that I won’t be able to enjoy the day with all of my children.

I hope your day is wonderful!  I would love to hear the ways your children show their love for you.


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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. coffeemom
    May 9, 2010

    Happy Mothers Day to an awesome Mom! A warrior and gentle teacher for you children and for us! WIshing you safe travels and a happy day.
    Ways the kids have wished me a good day: Skyping w/ my son in Italy – first words he said "Happy Mother's Day!" (he was the one who first made me a mother), I got teary. Homemade cardboard flowers stuck in my face before waking, movie theatre candy favorites wrapped up w/ messy tape, Music on the piano, going outside when I told them to, going ot the grocery store w/ a list and no gripes. And my dear husbandL a kindle, ah reading bliss!

  2. Tisha
    May 9, 2010

    Happy Mother's Day to you Lisa!

  3. Kathie
    May 10, 2010

    I just want to say I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. You are such an encouragement and inspiration to me and I know many others. (I've also got a child adopted from "hard places.") I don't often comment, but I'm always reading and encouraged by your honesty and wisdom.

    God Bless,

  4. Julie
    May 10, 2010

    Happy Mother's Day to you! You are one of the most amazing mothers I know.

    This mama had a pretty rough day yesterday, but in the last bedtime moments, my hurt baby shared some tender-hearted thoughts, and turned my world around again.

    Those moments make it so worth it. 🙂



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