Our Beautiful One Year Old

Last Sunday we celebrated W.’s first birthday. I marvel at the dramatic changes in him in the last seven months. Of course, every baby changes so much over the first year, but with W. it feels that it has been in fast forward. He was such a little guy when he came home and now he is a chubby, healthy boy. I cannot get over how beautiful he is.

I made Daddy and Grandpa’s favorite cake since I knew W. wouldn’t have a strong preference.

We thought these pajamas were quite timely given the moose who recently visited us! You can see photos of the moose a little further down the page.

Ice cream is cold!

W. with his stacking cups.

Grandpa and Grandma even came to celebrate!

Thanks for stopping by.

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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 18, 2007

    Oh Lisa you’re so right – he is so adorable and handsome. When I look at him I’m reminded of how God’s really brought the two of you together.

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing his special day.

  2. Cat & Mark
    October 19, 2007

    He is so stinking cute! Hard to believe how fast it goes – our youngest just turned one last month and it blows me away! Thanks for sharing his special day!


  3. NathanA
    October 26, 2007

    Happy birthday, W!


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