Home for Seven Weeks!

Many friends have been asking when our little girl will be coming home from Ethiopia. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing when her paperwork will be approved. It is a difficult time as we think of her living in the orphanage. The contrast between her life there, and our life here is painful. Please pray that we will hear good news soon.

In the meantime, the boys are doing great! E. has settled in remarkably well – I find myself marveling at him every day. He is acquiring more language almost daily. Yesterday morning he was sitting on my lap before church. He took my face in his chubby hands and gave me a big kiss. I said, “I love you”, and he said, “I luh loo”. It was so sweet. He repeated it again today when I was tucking him in for his nap. What could be better than that!

W. has two razor-sharp tiny teeth that have poked through his lower gum. He is starting to roll over and sit up and is generally adorable every single day. He gives us lots of smiles and squeals and gets very excited when his brothers and sisters walk in the room.

We have been home seven weeks today and I can say that although our adjustment has been easy, it took me a little while to sort out what life was going to look like with two new children who are 17 months apart. That new life is beginning to sort itself out and I feel better every day. We are finishing out our school year, dinner is making it to the table, laundry is getting done, groceries are in the cupboards, all in all, things are good.

More later.

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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. PastorMac's Ann
    April 23, 2007

    Thanks for the update Lisa. Such a joy to see the kids. Glad that life is settling down and that the boys are doing well. They’re so adorable. Praying that K’s paperwork would be approved soon.

  2. Michael Plaza
    April 24, 2007

    Studz… 🙂 K will need at least both of them to protect her from the future suitors that will be flooding in.

  3. Raskell Party of 8
    April 25, 2007

    I am so glad things are easing. It is so hard the first few months! I know God kept me going and life is much better now!

  4. the ewings
    April 25, 2007

    Lisa, thanks for the update. I agree it takes a while to see how life will look. I often tell people when they ask how are you? Thank I’m tired and GOOD! or GOOD and TIRED! But good none the less. Praying for news about bringing K home soon!

  5. Lori
    April 26, 2007

    So glad to hear things are settling into a routine again. Soon,soon, soon, K will be here and you’ll all be together. Oh happy day that will be! We’re praying for you.


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