In Memory of Dr. Karyn Purvis

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This morning I learned the very sad news that Dr. Karyn Purvis passed away. I am very thankful that she is with Jesus, the source of her strength and joy.

I first “met” Dr. Purvis in May, 2009 when I stumbled upon some lectures online from a conference at Irving Bible Church. This is what I wrote back then,

I can only say that I was completely in awe of Dr. Purvis. She has an incredible gift and such love for the children from the “hard places”, as she puts it. She also has a tremendous love for God, which comes through in every lecture. That being said, even if you do not agree with her Christian faith, her lectures are so full of helpful, concrete tools that you should not miss them. I cried many times as I listened to her speak with great love and compassion for children like mine. My hope was also renewed as I realized how much I do have to offer and how much healing is possible right now.

Karyn had so much hope for children like ours, that Russ and I grabbed hold of her hope and held on for dear life.

Later, I was honored to speak at Empowered to Connect conferences, where she always encouraged me. In June 2011, she invited Russ and me to attend TBRI training at the TCU Institute for Child Development. I was also able to collaborate with her on some projects and still pinch myself that God blessed me that way.

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Karyn is a hero of mine and greatly influenced my parenting and my life. Russ and I have often said, “What would Karyn do?”

I will miss her voice on the phone saying, “Hello, dear heart.” How I wish there were more years to learn from her.

Dr. Purvis left all of us who care about children from “hard places” an incredible legacy of research and professional work. Even more, she influenced us to love our children well, to give them our very best, and to connect with the deepest places of their hearts.

I am forever grateful to Karyn, for her influence in my life and family. I know that many of you are too.

Please join me in praying for her family and the many people who are experiencing this loss very deeply.

I can hear her laughter in my mind and I smile to think of her free of pain and rejoicing with Jesus.

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.

7 Comments

  1. AmyE
    April 12, 2016

    So sad to hear that news. Just today I was wandering through the grocery store thinking about my hard morning with my child from a hard place and wondering how to connect with his heart and what the true source of the struggle is. That’s all Karyn Purvis. So thankful I was able to see her in person once. Her love for these kids was so present. 😓

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      April 12, 2016

      She was a gift to all of us.

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  2. Francis
    April 12, 2016

    You was a great inspiration in my life I learned so much watching you videos and working with kids at Azleway boys ranch

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  3. Kristin
    April 12, 2016

    My husband and I had a special privilege of meeting Dr. Purvis through several training sessions with our adoption agency back in 2008 while adopting our daughter from Guatemala. She answered all of our questions after each talk–I could have sat and listened to her for hours. I called her the “Adopted Child Whisperer” and told everyone I knew about her wisdom! It was a blessing then and I snow as two more precious children have come home through adoption miracles, one from a hard place. In fact, I found your blog (and have bookmarked many pages for reference) through Empowered to Connect. Her legacy of healing lives on! And she is dancing with Jesus now–fully healed.

    (This new website looks like it will be another bookmarked one! Can’t wait to read more!)

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  4. Nina Shields
    April 12, 2016

    She was an amazing person. The love she had for the children is truly a blessing.
    Prayers for her family and loved ones.

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  5. Jennifer
    April 16, 2016

    She has left many gifts within so many families – I still use her words ‘stick together, have fun, no hurts’ with my kids often. Her words always cut right to the essence of life and what is needed in the moment. I was lucky enough to hear her speak a few years ago and it made a big impact on me and how I (attempt) to parent. She was so very gifted and passionate about her work & taught us all so generously.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      April 16, 2016

      I love that phrase, Jennifer. Thanks for reminding me of it. She was a gift to all of us.

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