Sunday Gratitude 1.25.15



Lord, We fall to our knees before the Wounded Healer
who cups His hands to catch every falling tear & sparrow & heart
in His palms that have our names engraved right into Him
far deeper than any of earth’s sorrow.
We pray tonight in the name of Him of who catches everything falling
so we don’t fall apart…so we are held. Amen. [Ann Voskamp]

giving thanks #1571 – 1580

my sister, Laura, who spent a week caring for us

my physical therapist who is helping my body heal

friends who cook for us

and clean our bathrooms

Isaiah here tonight – when the house feels too empty and quiet

Russ holding me close while I cry

Sunshine’s therapy guinea pig, affectionately known as the “pig in a blanket”

the puffy down vest that I want to wear every day

soft pants – only soft pants

the rice sack that is reheated multiple times each day then slung around my neck and shoulder

Oh friends, Saturday was a hard day. I’m praying that today will be better.

Love to all of you,









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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. kristine barr
    January 25, 2015

    Hope today is better.

  2. Nancy
    January 25, 2015

    I don't know how you're doing it. Except that time passes and there is no stopping that. My heart breaks for you. Prayers that you feel His arms and love wrapped around you. ~nancy

  3. Luann Yarrow Doman
    January 25, 2015

    Love to you, dear friend.

  4. kathycassel
    January 25, 2015

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

  5. Ann
    January 25, 2015

    I am so sorry for the pain you are suffering. I pray for your heart to heal. All your other children need you. One day, one step at a time you will make it through this time. Take care.

  6. MommaFoster
    January 25, 2015

    I've been praying for your family Is. 41:10:

    Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

    May He surround you continually.

  7. Mary Ostyn
    January 25, 2015

    Hugs….love you!

  8. Gwen Dolen
    January 25, 2015

    I love that you have gratitude in pain…..I cannot imagine. I will continue to pray.

  9. Jeri
    January 25, 2015

    Praying for you all that joy WILL come in the morning. Her life was not for naught.

  10. Lori Glasscock
    January 25, 2015

    Love you all so very, very much. Praying continually throughout each day that God's peace and comfort will flood over each one of you. <3

  11. Molly Kitsmiller
    January 25, 2015

    Oh Lisa – Praying every day for you all. Wish I could give you a big hug. I'll send one through Michele :)Praying your pain eases a little every day.

  12. DFNY
    January 26, 2015

    So very hard. Crying and praying for you. Glad you have so many nearby to hold you up through this sad and difficult time. Hugs and blessings…


  13. Mavis
    January 28, 2015

    Praying for you. I just have no other words but you are in my prayers.

  14. Kayla
    January 29, 2015

    I have always felt like you fiercely loved Dimples which is why you wouldn't quit on her even when things were really hard. May that same fierceness help you grieve because in so many ways grief is about being fierce. He is still near.


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