Sunday Gratitude

Normally, if I blog on Sunday, I post a Sunday Visit.  In light of the fact that I have not looked at a single blog in weeks (sorry, friends), I have nothing to share.  Rather, if you have written a post you particularly like, please feel free to link to it in the comments.  Or feel free to share a general link to your blog.

I love Sunday Visits because there are so many wonderful blog posts and it’s nice to share them. I also do Sunday Visits to keep myself from becoming competitive toward my fellow bloggers.  It’s easy to get caught up in Google Analytics and stats, but I choose to believe that when we support and promote one another as bloggers, we honor God and extend  kindness toward one another.   So today, please share your work (or a friend’s) and let us enjoy the fruit of your labor.

A very special happy birthday to Isaiah, who turns 18 today.  He is having an amazing adventure in Seattle, and we sure miss him.

# 1011 – 1020 giving thanks

Little Man’s arms around my neck, his cheek on mine

pink tulips

laughter coming from the girls’ room

Legos spread over the family room floor

snow falling past the dining room window

my favorite boots ever – a Christmas gift from Russ

big boys driving kids to the ice rink

kids spending the night and going to church with us

white Christmas lights all winter


Have a lovely Sunday, friends.








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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. Dana
    January 13, 2013

    Lisa – continuing to pray for you. Love how your are listing your gifts, even though you are in pain. This week I wrote a post about how adopting an older child is kind of like being a first time parent — even when you aren't – and how I realized that when it comes to my parenting, I'm both prideful and insecure.… Thanks for doing your Sunday Visit like this. I look forward to meeting some new bloggers.

      January 13, 2013

      Recently connected with Dana's blog too and appreciate the honesty and confession from both you and Lisa. You are great encouragements to me.

      Continuing to pray for your family Lisa and Dimple's healing journey.

  2. Kylee
    January 13, 2013

    Lisa- Your family has been on my heart frequently over these past two weeks. I wish I could sit down and sip coffee and talk and cry with you. If only. My 11 year-old brother (adopted right before his 3rd birthday) is struggling (to put it lightly – because really, need I say more in a circle of families who "get it"?). My parents have implemented almost every method of intervention and he's still in such a dark place. I completely identified with what you said about your girls asking to have friends over for the first time in years, because that was me in high school – never wanting a friend to enter into the unpredictability of our home. Even at 20 years old, that fear is still there.
    Just the other day, my mom mentioned the possibility of alternative schooling/living options for him, and although factually I know it might be needed (because we've tried public, private AND homeschooling and it's just not working), my heart is telling me no. Everything in me desires to scoop up my baby brother and keep him safe next to me. I want to shout so loudly from all the rooftops and tell the whole world that my little brother is so much more than what people see out in public – he can have the best sense of humor and he is the most talented artist I know.

    I write all of this to simply say thank you for being honest in this transition with your sweet girl. I cannot imagine where your heart is right now as you grieve this time that she is away from you. As an adoptive family of 4, as well, I know that there is already grief over the time, in those beginning years, that was missed with our kids/siblings. To have to relinquish more time away makes my heart hurt for you. Praying for you, that you will be given a peace from our Lord that passes all understanding.

    I'm headed back to college today after being home with my family for the holidays and am, once again, relinquishing them into the very capable arms of the One who has held our family since the beginning of time. He works and will continue to work in the life of my brother and other little siblings…even when I can't see it, He works! Today I am thankful for: fair trade coffee, fresh fruit, space heaters, and the opportunity for an education.

    Thanks for hearing my heart…I realize now I maybe should have emailed you!


  3. Laurel
    January 13, 2013
  4. Katie May
    January 13, 2013

    One of the best post that's ever been written on my blog was actually by a fellow blogger. Her guest post on oneness in marriage remains one of my most favorite blog posts ever. The oneness post can be found by clicking on the following link:… and her actual blog can be found by clicking on this next link:

  5. Katie May
    January 13, 2013

    One of the better posts I've written recently was on recognizing areas of sin in my own life and rooting them out:

  6. KarenP
    January 13, 2013

    Lisa, I thought of you often through church his morning. I'm continuing to pray for all of you. I have not done any recent blog posts, but I will share this one that was written about a year ago.…. I'm still learning…

  7. Becky
    January 13, 2013

    I'm very grateful for blogger/adoptive mothers like you, who share so openly and honestly the hard struggles and joys of parenting. You are one of my inspirations to write about our family. I'm looking forward to finding some new writers in the comments! Thank You. Praying for you and Dimples.
    Lately I'm writing lots about our 2 year old's sleep struggles…

  8. Emily
    January 13, 2013

    No posts. Just love. PS I love Isaiah and I'm excited that he's coming down here next week. Hopefully he'll be a good sport about my draggin him 😉

  9. Carmen
    January 13, 2013

    I'm sorry things aren't working out with Dimples in the way you had hoped and dreamed in the beginning- but God is always good, right? I really appreciate your advice and encouragement in the adoption journey- we are on our own and it's never easy! I blog about adoption and life in the country at Keep looking up!

  10. Mentor Mom
    January 15, 2013

    On January 1st, I wrote "How Can We Protect Our Families?"

    I was up late . . . thinking of (and praying for) your family and what you were walking through . . . thinking of (and praying for) other friends who were preparing to take their son to Residential Treatment . . . and thinking about the 6 months prior to our decision to take Little Miss to a Residential Care Facility.

    "It was my job to walk through the house every night, making sure no knives were left in the kitchen,
    picking up any scissors that might still be in the school room, and putting them all in the lockbox in my bedroom."

    While all of us want desperately to keep our children at home. While we want to love them, and hold them, and bring healing to their hearts. Sometimes we have to consider the trauma that their challenging behavior is bringing to the rest of the family, to our other children still at home. Sometimes, we are not the ones that can bring the healing, and we must release them so that the Lord can use someone else to give them what their little hearts need.

    mama of 12


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