Sunday Gratitude 3.15.15

I love this picture of Noah and Kalkidan
I love this picture of Noah and Kalkidan

I woke early this morning to the sound of rain, and crept downstairs, oh so quietly, hoping not to wake my sleeping house (or more particularly, Eby and Little Man). Through the front window I could see the barn light shining on a large puddle, raindrops splashing down and filling it to the brim.

I could only think of tears; there have been many this week.

Russ and I went to a wedding yesterday and I was reminded that Kalkidan will never have the wedding she dreamed of – with lots of bright colors, dancing, and delicious food, of course. Our girl loved food – the spicier the better.

So many dreams that won’t come true. I know heaven is far better, but how we longed for those special moments that will never come.

giving thanks #1621 – 1630

coffee in a bright orange mug

kids doing chores on Saturday morning

reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe aloud to the younger crew

family and friends who continue to reach out, even when I’m terrible at returning calls, texts, emails….

a joyful wedding yesterday

Isaiah safely off to Missouri for an alternative spring break project

Mimi home from Boston

Hannah enjoying Washington D.C. (and a medical conference)

and Noah and Katie in Seattle

safe travel for all – we don’t take it for granted

What are you thankful for today?


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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. Shari H.
    March 15, 2015

    Visiting my son and fiance in Colorado six weeks before the wedding. Getting in a good visit before the wonderful chaos begins. Also a brief visit with an old California friend who has moved to Colorado. Sunshine and 70 degrees. Fun at bowling and winning Dominion.

  2. Rachel R
    March 15, 2015

    God's mercies are new every morning.
    Praying friends.

  3. Bobbi Martens
    March 15, 2015

    I'm thankful for you being faithful through the darkness, and continuing to praise our God in this hard time.
    I'm thankful I got to meet you with my family, and spend a lovely afternoon in your home, eating and visiting and laughing, that Sunday so long ago during our Christ Church days.
    I'm thankful to get to watch your lives through this blog and see the way you take all God sends you.

    I don't even know if you'll remember me, but I'm the 3rd of Bob and Kristi's Dahlin's kids. Different last name now, and time has changed many things. Just wanted to let you know I have been following your words and pictures and journey for years.

  4. amy
    March 15, 2015

    Lisa, I read all your posts and think of you and your family often. I am praying for you too. We have an adopted daughter in a therapeutic home right now, so I have always enjoyed coming to this blog for encouragement. I am sorry for your loss. I think when life is hard or seems to be hard all the time with adoption, special needs, grief, etc. it is so good to look for those moments we can see beauty and grace. I pray often for "eyes to see and ears to hear" the good things our Lord has given us. That can be very difficult when we seem to live our lives with these children from hard places. I have had to especially hold on to looking for beauty and grace because it seems at times that something hard is always happening here. So today I am thankful for: Sun shining on Lake Michigan, a morning of quiet, big adult brothers and sisters laughing with the little ones, and friendship.

  5. Jeri
    March 15, 2015

    That after a 1 year 3+ months we've found a church that we hope we can call home. Not the religion I was raised in. Not the religion my husband was raised in, but we looked deeper at the hearts of people and are putting religion aside. It feels good.

  6. Larry
    March 15, 2015

    A great visit from Molly to Susan Patterson.


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