Renew your hopeful, courageous heart.
Become the mom you are meant to be.
Mentorship & Coaching*
Friends Who Understand
*In addition to decades of parenting experience, I’m a TBRI® practitioner. TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children.
Are you an adoptive or foster mom parenting children with early trauma or challenges?
- Is parenting harder than you ever imagined?
- Do you often feel alone or misunderstood?
- Are you worried about your other children?
- Has your marriage been impacted by the stress?
- While you love your child, do you struggle to like her?
- Do you want to fall in love again with being a mom?
You’ve found the best place for adoptive and foster moms to be met with compassion and understanding.
I’ve been right where you are.
When we adopted four children, I quickly realized I was in over my head. As my life unraveled on the outside…
…I was falling apart on the inside, too.
There were days when I hardly recognized the mom I’d become. I missed who I used to be—the mom who adored her kids, worked hard, followed Jesus, and loved her life.
And the shame—I felt so much shame over my inability to parent my kids well.
I grew weary, anxious, and deeply discouraged. At times I even wondered where God was in the middle of our mess.
My health began to suffer, and my marriage which had always been strong, was strained by the weight we carried.
With help from people who loved me and gifted professionals, I began the journey from overwhelmed and discouraged to a place of calm hope rooted in Jesus.
It took courage to surrender my expectations to God. It took strength to set a new course for myself as a mom and for my marriage.
I began to feel more hopeful. Finally, I could sense God’s purpose in our family. The knot left my stomach and I had peace. I reclaimed my identity as a good mom.
…And then I became a foster mom to a teen girl. But that’s a story for another day!
What Moms Are Saying
“Lisa gets it- she gets the stress and sadness around acknowledging our adopted kiddos’ stories, she gets how to help biological children cope with new sibling relationships, she gets how to pursue a path forward with community resources and support people, and most of all she gets how to help parents frame all of this into the bigger picture of God’s plan.” – RoseAnne
“Lisa helps those around her ‘feel safe’… I believe some of why we feel safe with her is because of the beauty that our Healer has made in the trauma and grief she has endured.” – Joy
“Lisa is a treasure-trove of tools, wisdom, and grace for adoptive families. These treasures she so freely shares have not been obtained without heavy cost and much personal suffering, but herein lies her greatest strength: in these depths she has gained a rare and special ability to enter into the suffering of others and provide both practical tools and compassionate support for almost any adoption-related scenario.” – Abbey
“This is one place I have found where I don’t feel judgment and actually feel quite affirmed.” – Jennifer
You can renew your hopeful, courageous heart too!
You’ll be mentored, supported, and encouraged so that:
- You can embrace your life once again
- Renew your love for being a mom
- Release your expectations for your kids and accept them more fully
- Feel strong and courageous
- Know you’re not alone and there is no shame in suffering
- Draw close to God and rest in Him
- Recognize the beauty rising from the ashes of struggle
And you won’t be alone – we’ll be together in the journey.
Recognize the Hard
Grieve the unexpected losses and find God’s redemptive purpose for you.
Regain Hope & Courage
Renew the heart you had when you stepped into your kids’ lives and chose to love them.
Celebrate the Beauty
See beyond the challenges you face to the bigger story of a loving Father who has not forgotten you.
Here’s how The Hope Circle works:
- A private Facebook group with other moms who understand
- A weekly live video with real-life strategies and encouragement
- Discussion starters to keep us connected in conversation
- Group coaching—without leaving your home
- Book group discussions
- A safe space to share your prayer requests and concerns
Everything will take place in our private Facebook group, as such a Facebook account is necessary to participate.
While I will share knowledge I’ve gained about parenting with connection, we will not focus on our kids’ specific behavior problems. Although I know we’ll discuss challenges, this group is about our experience as moms, not about fixing our kids.
Give it a try and see for yourself. If you decide The Hope Circle isn’t for you, you can cancel your subscription anytime. But I hope you’ll give me a chance to meet your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
The OTM Hope Circle is designed specifically for you and includes group coaching, mentorship, education, and community.
Do you ever wish you could travel to adoption conferences or attend retreats, but can’t get away or justify the expense? I’ll bring my speaking and workshop experience to you through weekly live videos. You can join me live or watch them later at your convenience.
I look forward to discussing books as we read them together. I don’t know about you, but there are times when I need accountability to read, even when the book is really helpful! I’ll lead regular discussions to keep us all motivated.
Best of all, this group is made up of amazing women just like you who are navigating the complex journey of adoptive parenting.
No! I definitely don’t want to be busier and I doubt you do either. I want to be more focused on what is important to me, so I’ve been unsubscribing from email lists that don’t serve me and leaving FB groups that aren’t supportive or useful.
You only have room in your life for things that are laser-focused on meeting your needs and the needs of your family. I created the OTM Hope Circle with that in mind.
I won’t overwhelm you with too much information. Each week I do a live video to get the conversation going. When we’re reading a book together, I’ll facilitate regular discussions. I’ll also share encouraging thoughts and tips throughout the week. Members are encouraged to ask questions and start conversations as we grow and learn together.
While I would love to see you jump in and contribute to the conversations, it’s not required. You can sit back and take it all in if this is an overwhelming season or you need quiet in your days.
I will do my best to make sure of that. We all need to use our resources well. Trust me, I don’t spend money lightly, so I understand if this is a big decision.
Because of the extensive time spent in one-on-one sessions during private mentoring (which I also offer), I’m limited in the number of women I can help. It’s also a financial investment that isn’t an option for all families. I want this to be accessible to everyone.
If I haven’t addressed your questions, please email me and we’ll talk: lis[email protected]