It's a Girl!

We have exciting news to share. We are officially in the process of adopting a little five year old girl in addition to our two little boys! Her adoption is going to be a separate process from the boys and will require a second trip to Ethiopia, but we are completely smitten with her and believe that God has called her to be our daughter.

First of all I have to tell you how absolutely beautiful she is. She has soft curls, big brown eyes, and the sweetest dimples you’ve ever seen. Today we received a report on her with her height and weight, which we compared to Little Boo – who is almost four. Little Boo is one inch taller and two pounds heavier! It looks like they both will wear 4T clothing. I already have visions of them in matching dresses 🙂 It may not last long, because once children have better nutrition many of them begin to grow quickly, so we’ll have to enjoy it while we can.

The report also gives us the impression of a spunky little girl, who likes to draw and sing. She loves playing with her dolly and running in races.

Once again the paper chase begins. We are preparing a new dossier for a new agency, an updated homestudy, new immigration applications, and signing lots of checks. Although it doesn’t make sense to our logical minds, this makes perfect sense to the Lord who made this little girl and created our family. His ways are higher than ours and wiser than ours. We put all of our trust in Him.

Please pray for us that we will have perfect peace and that the paperwork will come together quickly and easily. Please also pray that the Lord, who has everything we need, will provide the finances for her adoption.

We can’t share photos until she is legally our child (after her court date – which is not even scheduled yet), but we will as soon as we can.

Thank you for reading.

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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
    October 10, 2006

    Wow Lisa! This is fantastic! God is indeed amazing. Can’t wait to see her precious curls. I’m so thrilled for you. Three Ehtiopian sweethearts will soon be yours!

  2. Michael Plaza
    October 11, 2006

    This is great news! I am very glad to hear it! Continuing to pray…

  3. shells
    October 11, 2006


  4. Bob & Tanisha
    October 11, 2006

    Our God is an Awesome God!!! Congratulations 🙂

  5. Erin
    October 11, 2006

    Yay Lisa!!!!!! We love you guys. 🙂

    Lots of new pics of K will be coming your way soon!

    Big hugs,

  6. Raskell Party of 8
    October 11, 2006

    I am so excited God has led you this way. Without you and Erin, how could we have known God’s plan too. You are right, it doesn’t make sense, but it does to God! See you soon! Sandra

  7. Jasmine
    October 11, 2006

    Praise God! Your little Boo and her will be so cute together! (Macthing outfits are the best thing in the world!)
    I’m so excited for your family! It gives me hope as we continue the long process for our Liberian children.


  8. richlisad
    October 12, 2006

    Congrats!!! That is such good news, and I am sure that you are all very excited. My first inclination is to try to guess who she is, but will be patient.

    God bless you guys as you respond to His call.

  9. The Barr Family
    October 15, 2006

    Yeah Q!
    Love you!

  10. Heidi W
    October 19, 2006

    What exciting news! Wow!!!



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