Part of My Story

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Last week I read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller.  Rusty had borrowed it from a friend and told me it was one of his favorite books; so I ordered it from Amazon for a Christmas gift.  When it arrived, it grabbed my interest and I thought I could read it really carefully – without bending the binding and he would never know.  It didn’t work out that way, and now I have to buy him a new copy, but that’s okay.  I didn’t love the book right from the start, but as I got further in, I was captured by the way the author chose to “live a better story.”  I’ve thought a lot about the story God is writing of my life and how so often it takes turns I never could have anticipated, and to be perfectly honest, would not have willingly chosen.  But this is my story.

I loved reading of the people who became part of Donald Miller’s story.  Do you ever think of the people who are key parts of your story, even if they were only in your life briefly – or perhaps you never even met them in person?

I do.  There are people who have had a huge impact on my life and will never even know it. Last week I was reading through my notes as I prepared for Orphan Sunday, and in that talk I mention having found some lectures by Karyn Purvis online.  How did that happen?  As I thought back I recalled that a fellow adoptive mom had posted a link to them on our agency Yahoo group.  I wondered who that might have been.

I searched the archives of the group and found the original post from May 6, 2009.  I thought about what a profound impact it had on my life.  It was slightly weird, but I decided to email the woman who posted it and thank her.  I wanted her to know that the few moments she had taken to share those links had changed my life.

I introduced myself, told her how much the lectures had impacted us and said,

I want to thank you for taking the time to share those links.  So often we have good intentions but don’t take the time to follow through.  You listened to the Lord’s nudging and took the time; it has impacted the course of our family’s life.

I got an email back from her the same day, which was very neat.  I honestly had no idea she would ever get my message since I had to send it through the Yahoo group.  She is part of my story and I’m glad I let her know.

We’re pretty good at thanking the people who play a big role in our lives; is there anyone who has played a small, yet significant role in your life that you want to thank?  If you do it, let us know!

#371 – 380 giving thanks

saying thank you

listening to a great sermon on fruitfulness

Eby cheerfully emptying the dishwasher

the hum of the washer and dryer – love my appliances

good lessons in making restitution

cutting back to weekly therapy for Dimples – Saturday mornings reclaimed!

a quiet morning to prepare for Denver

encouraging texts from a friend

fellowship tonight with my bookgroup friends

baskets of clean laundry

Have a great day, friends.


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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. kristen
    November 9, 2011

    beautiful post. for the past several years i've debated whether to make a new years resolution like, send a thank you note everyday. i bet not too far into january, i would be sending thank you notes for seemingly "small" things to people who would not expect to ever be thanked, but that's not a bad thing , is it?

    maybe this year…

  2. charity
    November 9, 2011

    actually, i do have a similar thought often, how good God is at placing people at the junction in the road, who say just the right thing to help us listen to His promptings, or who are setting examples that at just the right moment give us encouragement to follow a new path. I have kept a journal of the miracles of our adoption road, and while it has many parts I never anticipated, and we actually are no nearer adopting than we were at the beginning of the path, we still feel it has been led by Him…and wanted to keep an accounting of His hand in our lives, hopefully for children who join us in the future to see how many ways He has blessed the path and opened doors on their behalf.

  3. charity
    November 9, 2011

    anyway…one of our first entries is about this website, and like you, i am not quite sure who mentioned it in a link on a blog, but I had been trying to reassure myself that i wasn't crazy to be thinking of adopting older children when i have a houseful of 7 other children whom I homeschool most years, with older ones heading off to college, and new babies still being born into the family circle….and i just couldn't imagine adding more to the family load….when i found you. and immediately i realized He couldn't have led me to a better site to remind me that He is over all, and He can empower us to do far more than we believe ourselves capable of. as an added blessing, i have loved getting to know you, and hope someday to get to know your family as well, but even as distant shadows, you serve as reminders to me that I am being watched out for and blessed…our entry has a quote that says "be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares…Hebrews 13:2….so many of our angels in life are among the living!

  4. Mary
    November 10, 2011

    OK. I just emailed one of my college professors. I had him for Major Prophets 12 years ago and taking his class changed my life in many ways. I often think of that class, of his words and his love for the Scriptures. We named our oldest son, Isaiah and it was in his class that I first learned to love that big book! Thanks for this post Lisa. I know I have many more people to thank, but you got me to thank one this morning!


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