Heart for Africa

A wonderful surprise arrived yesterday in the mail. A special friend of mine sent me a “Heart for Africa” necklace which I love! Thank you!!!

The creator of this necklace donates 100% of the proceeds to the adoption of her soon-to-be grandchild from Ethiopia. You can read about the adoption on her website, Junkposse

She also has jewelry for those adopting from China and Guatemala as well as more Africa related pieces. I hope you will take a minute to go to her website.

In other family news, the snow is still here and it seems that it will never go away. Yesterday I walked out the garage door, lost my footing, and fell hard. Driving around town is an adventure with piles of snow so high that it isn’t possible to change lanes. Large sections of the grocery store parking lot are taken up with mountains of snow. As I write, it is coming down once again.

Russ was out of town last night which
meant that there was room in my bed for Ladybug. At 2:00 Boo climbed in and joined us. At 3:30 Eby began to cry, so I got up to cover him. At 4:00 Dimples climbed in, wrapped her arms firmly around my neck, put her head on my chest, whispered, “I love you Mommy” and went back to sleep. At 5:00 I was still wide awake wedged between two girls.

So I did what I find is most productive in the wee hours of the morning, I prayed. I prayed for my husband and my children, for traveling mercies, for deep and abiding faith in all of us, for health, joy, wisdom, and my children’s future spouses. I prayed for the children in Ethiopia who still do not have families, who have no mother to wrap their arms
around in the night. Finally I fell asleep for what felt like a short time. Moments later I heard a sweet little voice down the hall call out, “Mamma”.

Then the day began with a vengeance and was intense right up until nap time. Some days it is a wild ride around here.

If you haven’t already seen it, please take a minute to look at my previous post about an opportunity to help the children of AHOPE.

Thank you for stopping by.


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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. Anonymous
    February 5, 2008

    Ouch! Makes ya wish you were a lil kid…not so FAR to fall.

    Love the necklace, though! Almost as much as the precious pictures in the post.

    I would love to buy one of the 2-for-1 tickets to ET this March – JUST BECAUSE! Hey…it would be a good excuse to trek over there with armloads of donations, right?! (wink) If only…


  2. Heidi
    February 6, 2008

    I mean your picture, not the fall. I love the necklace too.

  3. Heidi
    February 6, 2008

    I lost a comment in there somewhere, so ignore my apparent ramblings. I am trying to say that your picture is beautiful!!!! 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    February 6, 2008

    I LOVE the pictures of you and Dimples!



  5. PastorMac's Ann
    February 9, 2008

    Wow, gotta love that dazzling smile on K’s face!

    Pastormac is on his way to Ethiopia with a Proclaimer and a box of clothes(mostly for boys) and plastic pants for AHOPE. He’ll ask for Mama Genet when he goes takes the donations. Thanks for the help, Lisa!

  6. learningpatience
    February 9, 2008

    Beautiful – both that necklace and the girl with you!

    I love, love, love that necklace. Saw it somewhere else, and coveted it then…sad to say I am coveting again! I just think it is beautiful, and I think it would be really cool if I got one; I could later share it with Y.


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