Nashville and Empowered to Connect

Have you ever stayed in a hotel room all by yourself?  It’s  a bit odd — and a bit lonely considering I usually have ten other people in the house breathing, making noise, eating, etc.  However, as my kids would say, “I’m not gonna lie…” I’m actually looking forward to a blissful, uninterrupted night of sleep!

Despite the fact that I don’t really like to fly, travel was easy today.  My friend, Liz, drove me to the airport which eliminated leaving extra early in order to park the car and take a shuttle to the terminal.  The extra benefit was uninterrupted time to talk.  She even listened to me practice my little talk for Saturday and I hate to tell you that I got choked up and tearful twice.  Twice!  Let’s hope I hold it together when I do it at the conference.

We are heading to the church before 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning to get everything set up and be ready to greet people as they arrive.  Please be sure to introduce yourself to me if you are there – it would bless me to see you in real life!  We are expecting over 900 people, so be  bold — come and find me.

This opportunity is only possible because Russ is holding down the fort – I am so thankful to have a husband who is willing to do this for me.  And just in case I haven’t bragged about him enough lately – Russ is even hosting  a father/daughter camping birthday party for Dimples on Friday and Saturday.  Yes, along with one other dad, he is taking 13 kids camping while I am in Nashville.  My hero.

I’m sorry for the dearth of conference-related photos – my little camera is broken, so I won’t have any new photos for the next few days.  I am reduced to stealing photos from my kids’ Facebook accounts, so who knows what might show up.

# 211- 220 giving thanks

last night’s birthday celebration for Ladybug

17 of us gathered around the table

a yummy cake made by the birthday girl

her one and only present, a birthstone ring, arriving just in time

driving the winding roads through the wheat fields on the way to the airport

window seats that allowed me to nap and read

the kind man who put my bag in the overhead bin – and got it down again

good conversation with a Somalian taxi driver

catching up with friends tonight

sleep

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.

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  1. Abbey
    September 22, 2011

    Lisa, I called today to wish you blessings on your weekend, but you were already on the flight! I'll be looking forward to hearing about how it all goes…I'm sure your story will bless many, and there are a couple things about our conversation the other day that I've really been reflecting on…well, too bad I didn't catch you this afternoon, but I hope you have great sleep, great fun, and great community at ETC.

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  2. Marissa
    September 22, 2011

    Have a wonderful time and enjoy to quiet! I want to hear all about it when you get back.

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  3. Lindsey
    September 24, 2011

    Heard you speak today at ETC. You spoke sweet words to my heart. I had never read your blog before, but now I certainly will. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I was truly blessed!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 24, 2011

      Thank you, Lindsey. It was a joy for me to be there and speak and I'm so glad my story was helpful to you. Thanks for finding my blog!

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  4. Captain Murdock
    September 25, 2011

    I heard you speak yesterday at ETC. You did amazing and your story was so beautiful. I thought about finding you and saying hi, but that felt a little too weird/stalkeresque, like trying to get someone's autograph 🙂

    Your story was amazing and did my heart good. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 25, 2011

      Shonda, it would have been great to meet you! I hope you enjoyed ETC – there is so much great information and there's nothing like seeing Dr. Purvis in person. Next time, be sure to say hi!

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  5. Michelle
    September 25, 2011

    I have been reading your blog for years but hadn't read this post so when they introduced you I was so excited to hear what you had to say! I kept saying to my husband "remember when I told you (insert thing here)…this is the woman who wrote about it". You talk was great (even with the choking up!) but more importantly you blog over the last couple of years has made some things "OK". It was ok for my 10 yo to go to public school, it was OK to feel ridiculously guilty about how wrong we did things when our girls first came home! Thanks!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 25, 2011

      Michelle, I'm glad you were at ETC and I'm very happy that my blog has helped and encouraged you. Even parents need "do-overs." I got quite a bit of feedback about our educational changes and decisions; I hope it frees families to do what is best for each of their children. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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  6. MRK
    September 25, 2011

    Your talk at the conference was one of the highlights for me. Thank you for taking the time to share your story so honestly and so passionately (and thanks to your support team at home for making it possible). The fact that you choked up, of course, was not a problem, but part of what made your talk so impactful. I have a renewed commitment to my children and a new hope for having the right path for my family to heal. One thing that I especially appreciated hearing about was the schooling choice you made and why. You also said that the impact of all of this on your birth children and how they coped with it was a talk for another day. I hope I will get to see that talk as that is one of the things I am currently struggling with the most. Maybe an idea for a blog post, at least ? Truly, sincerely, THANK YOU.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 25, 2011

      I so appreciate your comment. There were quite a few tears at the conference, which I suppose we should expect, but it's awfully hard to talk when I'm choked up. I would love to speak on helping siblings cope with the changes and challenges of adding children from "hard places" to the family. There is so much information to squeeze into a short time! Maybe I can do some writing on the subject. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  7. Kelly
    September 25, 2011

    It was WONDERFUL to hear you speak at ETC. Your testimony inspired me so much even though I have read and commented on your blog for years. I must confess something though. I immediately knew who you were when I saw your face on stage and whispered to my dh "I know her in blog world"!!! I had planned to go speak to you during the break but having a nursing infant there as well soaked much of my "fellowship time". You passed us on our way back into the conference and commented on our tshirts and instead of introducing myself to you and talking, I got "starstruck" and couldn't do it! HA HA Thank you for being such an inspirational "rockstar", Lisa!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 25, 2011

      Ahhh, Kelly, I wish you had introduced yourself – I would have loved meeting you. Thank you so much for leaving a comment and encouraging me. It was a great conference and I'm thankful that I had a small part in it.

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  8. Jeni
    September 25, 2011

    Thank you for speaking! I appreciate your raw honesty and encouragement. Praying for you. I didn't put it together that this is your blog as I have visited it before. So glad to have had the chance to hear you speak!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 25, 2011

      Jeni, you are very welcome – it was a joy. I appreciate you leaving me a comment! I'm glad you made it to ETC – great stuff.

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  9. Karen B
    September 26, 2011

    Great to meet you at the ETC conference table this weekend! (My friend Angela & I were the ones who talked to you about entering your giveaway for the DVD.) I really appreciated hearing you share more about your story and have enjoyed following your blog for the last year. Soaking in lots of tips for our two kiddos from Ethiopia (1 girl at home and older girl on the way)! Thanks for making the sacrifice to come and share with so many families on similar journeys.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 26, 2011

      Karen, it was great meeting you too! I'm so glad you were able to make it to the conference – it is such great information and I think it will be even more helpful as you bring your older daughter home.

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  10. sonya
    September 26, 2011

    So appreciated meeting you at the table & appreciated you sharing with me a bit of your wisdom about us beginning an adoptive family ministry at our church.
    Of course as soon as you started sharing, I remember that I had lurked 🙂 at your blog a bit & recognized your story with K coming home later…& etc.
    Anyway, blessings to your family for loaning you to us at the conference & now may God be with us all as we go forward in His power, loving & connecting with our kids 🙂

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 26, 2011

      Hi Sonya, after we talked, I realized I should have pointed you to some of the resources for starting an adoption ministry on the Tapesty website. You can find it at: http://tapestryministry.org/category/church-resou
      Thank you for taking a few minutes to talk with me about balancing life, motherhood, and ministry – I'm still finding my way. Blessings on your ministry.

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      1. sonya
        September 27, 2011

        thanks so much~

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