Now We are Twelve

Here we are waiting for Russ and K. to arrive.

There they are!

E. wriggled his way through the crowd to reach his sister. They were so happy to see each other again.

All of our girls.

Here we are with our new daughter!

Sisters! C. and K. meeting for the first time.

Our first family photo.

K. holding her littlest brother.

Our nearly full van – so much blessing.

More Soon.

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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. the ewings
    May 20, 2007

    Welcome Home Russ and K!!!! Love to see your whole family and can't wait to hear what God does with all of you and how your family shares Christ through your lives and adoption!!!! Blessings!

  2. PastorMac's Ann
    May 20, 2007

    How wonderful! (Your picture made me cry.)

    “So much blessing.” is right.

    How totally wonderful. Now life can begin.

    Thanks for the pictures Lisa.

  3. Jess
    May 22, 2007

    So glad you are all home together. I love the photos!!! What a beautiful family.

  4. Leslie
    November 2, 2009

    OMg your family is gorgeous!!! 11 kids your my hero! lol


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