Resurrection Day with Jesus

Russ' parents - circa 1940's
Russ’ parents – circa 1940’s

Early Sunday morning, as we were preparing to celebrate the resurrection of our savior, Russ’ dad went to be with Jesus. He lived a remarkable life full of adventure. In every moment of his life, he was looking for ways to serve the Lord he loved so well.

Russ’ parents live in Mexico most of the year, so Russ is on his way to Guadalajara now to be with his mom and help in the coming days.

Earlier this week, Russ and I were talking about evaluating our life again – refocusing and making sure we are putting our hearts into the important – like the people we love. The urgent is always calling, and we don’t want it to control our lives.

Friends, life is short. I’ve lost three people I love very much in the past 15 months. I’m flooded with emotion and feel compelled to live my life in a way that honors God.

This evening I was talking with Mimi, and she said, “I can just picture Kalkidan running up to Grandpa with a huge smile, grabbing him by the hand and saying, ‘Come on! I can’t wait to show you everything!'”

Thank you for the many prayers you’ve offered for our family. Please hold Russ, his mom, his siblings and all the rest of us in your prayers in the coming days.

Hug your family close.

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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