Our Family – Visualized

I’ve gotten a few emails recently asking if I would post something explaining who everyone in the family is. I used to have a very nice “Cast of Characters” with labeled photos for everyone in the family, but it became outdated when Honeybee joined the family. I need to create something new. In the meantime, Rusty made this funny image for me and I thought it was too humorous to delete. We don’t really look like this…I never wear a suit, but Rusty thought that was a better option than the pregnant mommy (Russ would have had a heart attack) or the image that he had already used for Sweet Pea and Mimi. There weren’t quite enough options for a family of 13 with kids ranging in age from 22 to two.

You can make your own stick family at Widdlytinks, or do what I do, and have one of your kids make it for you. What would I do without techy teens?

(Note: I just looked at the post and both Little Man and Rusty are falling off the page. Since Rusty is out of town, I have no idea how to fix this. I considered deleting it…but I’m willing to accept an imperfect post if you are. At least you can get an idea of who we are.)


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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. Shonni
    July 21, 2009

    This is so cute and yes, I love being able to hand over an electronic issue to my husband or daughter…I call that good management!

  2. Donna
    July 21, 2009

    FUN FUN!–Even with the boys falling off!

  3. Andrea H.
    July 21, 2009

    Awwhh Lisa, that is the cutest thing ever. I have to say I enjoyed all the pics to the right of your blog very much but this will do for now.

  4. Kathrin
    July 21, 2009

    That is too cute.

  5. Laurel
    July 21, 2009

    Adorable! I'll have to check it out.

    Laurel 🙂

  6. Renee
    July 22, 2009

    How CUTE!

  7. Sean's Ladies
    July 23, 2009

    Thanks!! So helpful!


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