Sunday Gratitude 10.4.15


How did it happen that more than a month passed without a simple Sunday Gratitude post? Our weekends have been packed, and the hours have flown by so quickly. Despite the lack of posts, I am deeply grateful to God for many good gifts in my life.

We’re ridiculously blessed – sitting here in my dining room, looking out the windows, it’s clear that we are surrounded by beauty and abundance. Focusing on gratitude, even in the midst of suffering, perhaps especially in the midst of suffering, is essential for me. Thanks for being my witnesses.

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Russ and I both home all weekend – the first time in ages

time to read in the early morning hours

the energy and time to make a coffee cake for Russ’ weekly department gathering – something I haven’t done in many years

a pumpkin apple candle burning on the kitchen counter

big kids taking the little kids to Africa Night at the university

clean bathrooms

taking a meal to a friend, when so many have been delivered to me

praying with friends

lessons we’re learning through grief – although I wish we didn’t have to learn them at all

bright leaves on the maple tree outside the family room; beauty in this world

What are you thankful for today, friends? Take a moment to leave a comment, I would love to hear from 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. Sally Gradin
    October 4, 2015

    After a hugely busy month of training, visitors, and a move, looking forward to a date with my husband this evening.

  2. Geni
    October 4, 2015

    Shelter from the rain.
    Food in the pantry and fridge.
    Power and water
    Family safe and sound.
    My dad with severe dementia is safe and dry at his assisted living facility.
    The high ground
    Rescue workers and emergency personnel
    We are probably out of a drought now:)
    Nothing like a "lazy" day of no-where to go.
    Reminder to write down what I am thankful for.
    Thankful my parents are no longer living in a house that is surely flooded.
    A pastor who sent me a FB message this a.m. because the church didn't have our email or phone number
    3 awesome kids who are playing really well even though they haven't had much "run around" time.
    Tomato plants that didn't produce at all during the summer are producing now.
    Magnatiles and blocks

  3. Emily B
    October 4, 2015

    A new medication that is working wonders for a mentally ill child
    The same child having major success at gymnastics (such a confidence boost)
    Pumpkin pie candles
    A fabulous new crock pot pork roast recipe that all 8 of us loved
    Home church with good friends
    The promise of a weekend getaway to my BFF's home
    A teen daughter willing to clean the kitchen
    Our surprise caboose baby who brings such light and joy into our home
    Getting to take a graduate course at a local seminary. My mind is coming back to life!

  4. Pam
    October 4, 2015

    Thankful for the quiet time where God can speak, and I can listen. For absolutely wonderful kids both still living at home and living away. Knowing that their hearts are filled with love.

    For filling cupboards today so I can fill stomachs this month. For having enough.

    Yesterday's learning experience is today's knowledge and with that comes a new hope.

    For a blog like this to remind me to be thankful.

  5. Heather
    October 4, 2015

    I told you a while back that I adopted "Sunday Gratitude". Here is mine this week. Always, ALWAYS in prayer for you and your precious family Lisa!


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