Heartrending Gratitude

This is when you fall on your knees and give thanks to God for preserving your child’s life and health.  This morning Rusty was driving to school, hit black ice, crossed the highway and went down an embankment, rolling the truck.  He crawled out the shattered driver’s side window.  Since he was only 150 yards from home and had adrenaline coursing through his veins, he ran back to tell me he had gone off  the road.  It was fifteen minutes before he told me that he rolled the truck.

Our farm truck is totaled, but Rusty is fine. The police offers told us at least two times that it was a good thing Rusty was wearing his seat belt — yes indeed.

Thanks be to God — deep and heart-rending thanks.

~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.

32 Comments

  1. coffeemom
    November 19, 2010

    Thanks be to God!!! And guardian angels! Hug that boy close today and tonight…I know you are. So happy for a good (really, despite the truck) outcome!! Whew!

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  2. Andrea
    November 19, 2010

    oh my goodness! Yes THANK YOU GOD! SO SO glad to hear that He's ok!

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  3. Renae
    November 19, 2010

    Oh Lisa! Praise God! Absolutely!

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  4. learningtogetherathome
    November 19, 2010

    Thank you Jesus!

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  5. Bobbi Jo
    November 19, 2010

    Oh wow! It was pretty slick this morning and I'm glad I'm getting snow tires put in over Thanksgiving week.
    God is so good… Praise Him for preserving life!

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  6. Lori
    November 19, 2010

    Giving thanks with you! This is the thing I dread most, I'm never fully at rest until my kids are all home for the night.

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  7. Gretchen Almquist
    November 19, 2010

    Praising God for keeping your son safe.

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  8. Anna
    November 19, 2010

    How scary. Praise the LORD he's okay.

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  9. Lisa H.
    November 19, 2010

    Oh my goodness! That certainly provides some perspective on life, doesn't it?!

    Thanking God for His protection for Isaiah wit you!

    Lisa H.

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  10. Kim
    November 19, 2010

    Tears in my eyes! My son leaves every morning in a pick up truck too. I know how a mother's ears are tuned to the sound of the engine and how prayers are made mid fixing breakfast and giving spelling words to little ones. Praise be to God for Isaiah's safety. Any time you question God's love and protection through the slick spots in your life Lisa, look at this photo!

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  11. Kate in NY
    November 19, 2010

    I guess you wont have to think too hard about what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving, Lisa (as if that would ever be difficult for you to come up with anyway!)

    Thank God he is OK, and I hope you are feeling better, too.

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  12. Giann
    November 19, 2010

    wow. The sovereignty of God is amazing!!

    (and how long have y'all had snow?? In the Southland, we don't see but maybe 12 hours in a year. 🙂 )

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  13. carla
    November 19, 2010

    Praise God Lisa! I am so glad he is okay!

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  14. Jenny
    November 19, 2010

    That photo just makes a mother's heart stop. Glad he is okay.

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  15. Donna Jordan
    November 19, 2010

    Praising God with you!

    We went through this once when we were across the state from our daughter.

    Your heart stops, then fills with the most joyous gratitude.

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  16. Max Casto
    November 19, 2010

    i am so glad that isiah is alright. your family is in my prayers. there was angels watching over him.

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  17. Laurel
    November 19, 2010

    Praising Jesus with you! So scary!

    Laurel

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  18. Leslie
    November 19, 2010

    Oh my goodness. Thank you, God.

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  19. Nordstroms
    November 19, 2010

    God is good. He is always near!

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  20. Julie
    November 19, 2010

    Oh Lisa!!! What a heart-stopper! So thankful he is okay! God was definitely protecting him!

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  21. Sheri
    November 19, 2010

    Praising the Lord with you, Lisa!

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  22. Jillian
    November 19, 2010

    Oh Lisa! I am so thankful he is OK!

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  23. Ann Marie
    November 20, 2010

    Oh my goodness. An extra "thankful" thanksgiving at your house. Hugs!

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  24. Paula
    November 20, 2010

    Scary! So glad your son is safe.

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  25. Polly
    November 20, 2010

    so thankful he's ok. How frightening for him and you!

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  26. God-Given Passions
    November 20, 2010

    Praise Jesus that he was alright. How scary, Lisa!

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  27. Kathrin
    November 21, 2010

    I am so glad Rusty is ok. All the best for all of you.

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  28. Mirko T.
    November 22, 2010

    Thank God and all your guardian angels, Lisa !!!! Best wishes from Bologna, Italy…

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  29. dawn
    November 22, 2010

    Oh my word!

    I know that feeling. The van my 14 year old was riding in, got T-boned by a pickup 3 weeks ago. It is the most frightening news ever to get.

    SO glad your kiddo is ok!!

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  30. Bev
    November 23, 2010

    Oh my goodness! Thankful for those protective angels!

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  31. Wendy
    November 26, 2010

    Rejoicing with you that he's okay!

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  32. Teresa
    December 1, 2010

    Praise God he is okay! Mercy that had to be soooo scary!

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