Special Mommy Moments

Today I drove A., K., and C. to their friends’ house to play. Before we left we talked about being polite, obeying Mrs. R., eating what we are served with thankfulness, and generally having good manners. K. was so excited to go that she was ready to get in the car at 9:00 this morning, but had to patiently wait until 11:15. She kept asking me, “K stay at S.’s house? Mommy go home?” When I would answer yes, that she was going to play at her friend’s house and I would take the little boys home with me, she beamed with delight.

We arrived and she hopped out of the car ready to play. I chatted with my friend for a few minutes, made sure that K. looked comfortable (no problem there!) and left for home. As I drove away I got tears in my eyes thinking of how far she has come in three short months. In the early days at home, I hesitated to take her out in public because I had no idea how she would behave. Many mornings I woke up wondering how we would make it through the day together. But her happy, lively personality has emerged from the confusion, fear, and frustration I believe she initially felt, and she is a delight. My heart is so full of love for her.

We had happy news about E. last week. He had failed two hearing tests so we took him to an ENT for an evaluation, and I am happy and grateful to report that his hearing issues have resolved. We believe the problem may have been due to congestion or something else that resolved on its own. He was also “tongue-tied” and the doctor was able to snip the membrane under his tongue to correct that. It hurt and he was upset, but it was over very quickly. He is the sweetest, chubbiest little boy ever. We like to say that he is “34 square”, 34 inches tall and 34 pounds.

W. began to crawl about a month ago and he has rapidly progressed to pulling himself up and even standing alone. He is so proud of himself! He is also clapping and playing “peek-a-boo”. He is thrilled to be getting around on his own and is getting into all kinds of mischief.

School will be starting soon. R, H, and MK begin on Monday. The rest of us will begin the following Monday this year. Normally we start at the same time, but I am having some oral surgery next week, so we’re postponing. We’ll do some organizing and get some details sorted out, but we won’t start in on math lessons or anything too heavy.

All is well!

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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. Lori
    August 18, 2007

    I’ll be praying for a swift recovery from the oral surgery and a smooth start to school for all. We are back to the books this week (not the college kids though, they won’t start until mid September).
    See you in about 4 weeks!!!! What a great way to celebrate 40…I can’t wait.

  2. PastorMac's Ann
    August 18, 2007

    So wonderful to hear that in your loving care K. has really been able to blossom. What a blessing! Thanks for catching us up on how your new ones are doing. Hope your surgery goes well.

  3. Anonymous
    August 19, 2007

    Hi Lisa!

    It was such a God thing to have met you at Walmart in Moscow! I have looked through all the pictures and must say you and your husband have a beautiful family! A quiver full! I hope to see you again soon!

    Love in Christ,
    Brandi Shrope


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