How Can We Ever Thank You?


Words don’t seem adequate when it comes to thanking you, but wrapped up in these words are love and gratitude beyond measure.

Russ and I want to thank you from the very depths of our hearts. You have prayed for us, cried with us, fed us, sent us gifts of comfort and cheer, and given generously to help us.

The day after the accident a dear friend established a GoFundMe account to help us purchase a new van, cover funeral expenses, and help with any medical expenses. We never saw the GoFundMe page (it was closed before we had the opportunity), but we were astounded when we heard of the generosity of so many people. We felt your love and concern for our family. The outpouring of donations toward this account continues to lift many burdens off of us.

As a family, we established a fund with REACH Ministries in honor of Kalkidan. REACH has been part of our family since 2007 when our first three children came home from Ethiopia. REACH ministers to families impacted by HIV, and one of the highlights of our year is REACH camp. It was Kalkidan’s happy place. Many of you donated (and continue to donate) to that fund in our sweet girl’s memory, which blesses us more than you can know.

I can’t tell you how much I want to send a thank you note to each donor to the GoFundMe account (my friends know how much I’ve fretted about this), but the vast majority of the donations were anonymous. Likewise, I haven’t been able to thank everyone who has given to the REACH fund. While this may not be a note you can hold in your hand, it is as heartfelt as if I were putting a stamp on it and mailing it to you.

If you would like a note to land in your mailbox, please email me (; I would be so happy to send one to you. It doesn’t matter if you donated to one of these funds, sent us a card, or prayed for us, we are so grateful.

This is what the thank you notes look like that I’ve sent to everyone I can.

The photo at the top of this post is of the outside of the card, the next two photos show the inside.



We can hardly express the depth of our gratitude to you for the outpouring of love shown to our family in the wake of the accident and our  loss of Kalkidan. You came alongside us in the most difficult time of our lives and carried us through events we could never have imagined. We felt your love then, and we continue to feel it now.

May you be blessed abundantly.

Russ and 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.


  1. Chantelle
    May 21, 2015


  2. Kayla
    May 23, 2015

    Nothing sweeter than to be loved well and held tightly…blessings to your family.

  3. blessed
    May 24, 2015

    You are the sweetest woman, Lisa. The love you are receiving from people is a reflection of the love so many have watched you pour out on others, over and over. And now you want to show love to the people who wanted to show love to you because of how you already showed love to them. . . its a beautiful love cycle. I am so sorry for your loss, but so glad for all the love.

  4. Elizabeth
    June 12, 2015

    How kind to think of such a thing admits your grief. That is love.


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