Happy Valentine's Day!

Shhh….my family is still sleeping, but in a few hours we’ll gather for a simple Valentine’s Day brunch.

For God so LOVED the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

I love holidays, even the small ones, and I really enjoy letting my family know how much I love them. I’m not a big shopper, so Christmas (and even birthdays) can be tough for me, but Valentine’s Day is a good one.

Yesterday I made a breakfast casserole that is patiently waiting in the refrigerator. Then last night I whipped up two simple cinnamon pull-aparts, currently resting in bundt pans. It will be the easiest thing to pull it all together this morning. Mimi set a pretty table before going to bed, to which I added little cups of candy. Sweet Pea is going to cut up fruit while Rusty makes the juice, all while I am gone running. At 10:00 we will gather for brunch, taking a minute to be together before everyone is off and running for the weekend.

I also wrote the references for eighteen Bible verses on strips of pink paper that I put in a jar. We’ll pass it around and take turns reading what God’s Word says about His love for us, our love for Him and for one another.

It should be a fun morning!

The AHOPE Store photo shoot went great! A very special thank you to Mark LaMoreaux, our wonderful photographer who donated his time to help AHOPE and support Rusty’s Eagle Project. We hope to get the new photos up on the site this weekend. Of course, I am generally unrealistic about how long projects like that take, but we’ll give it a try.

Here is a better picture of the new AHOPE t-shirt. We hope you will join us by wearing yours often, but especially on May 7th, World AIDS Orphans Day. Click on the image to see a larger version of it.

This shirt comes in both a men’s and women’s style. We are going to make some changes on the Store site to make the women’s shirt easier to find, but for now, click on Apparel and then on Women’s.

Have a great Saturday.


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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. Signe
    February 14, 2009

    Your table looks so beautiful! I feel like the lame Mom. Celebration is just so not my gift, but I need to cultivate it.

    Enjoy the run, I’m retiring for a season.

  2. Adrielle
    February 14, 2009

    Such a pretty table! We are going to have to celebrate Valentines late this year but I love fixing a pretty spread for my tiny family! I am so glad to be part of a family that enjoys celebrations and traditions!

    February 14, 2009

    Mark enjoyed the time with Rusty yesterday. We do wish you the best!

  4. Karen & Eileen
    February 14, 2009

    So glad to find you site through Farm Chicks. I will continue to check in to watch your progress on AHOPE.
    God’s blessings on you all!

  5. Andrea
    February 15, 2009

    Wow Lisa, you have got it going on with that table. Can I have some of those skills. Also thanks for posting those great new shirts. I will most definetly put in an order.

  6. Anonymous
    February 15, 2009

    Maaaan, nobody notice that *I* was the one who set the table. lol. Of course, the little cups of candy are what really make it special. 🙂


  7. Ann
    February 15, 2009

    Mimi, your table looks WONDERFUL! Your mama is so lucky to have you for a daughter. Looks like you are going to be a great mama too making special traditions for your future family.

    Lisa, isn’t it great having older kids?

  8. Thankfulmom
    February 15, 2009

    Ann, you are so right, having big kids is the best. Mimi is very artistic and has an eye for making things beautiful. She is also the best at crisis cleaning!


  9. jen
    February 16, 2009

    This looks GREAT! Thank you for sharing your plan too; I especially like that you wrote out the Bible verses for everyone to read! I didn’t grow up in a Christian family, so I forget about doing things like that.

    Your morning sounds perfect!!!

  10. Sally- That Girl!
    February 16, 2009

    Just found your blog through Ann’s. I can see it will easily become one of my favorites!!! Can’t wait to find the time to spend more time on it!! You have a beautiful family!

  11. Cassc
    February 17, 2009

    I just visited the AHOPE store, I hadn’t seen this latest version and it looks great, I’m really impressed!

  12. The Ellens Family
    February 24, 2009

    We ordered our shirts. Can’t wait to get them. Love your blog!


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