Sunday Visit: For the Sake of Compassion

I had the privilege of meeting Shonni from Nations Around Our Table at the Empowered to Connect Conference.  As we talked she said, “How can we get this information out to families?”  We both have a sense of urgency to give families information and tools that will help them as they adopt or foster children.

Shonni has done a great job blogging about the conference, which I am thankful for since I have not managed to do it myself.  Please take a moment to read her posts:

Empowered to Connect – So Much!

Use Every Opportunity to See Their Preciousness

Remembering for the Sake of Compassion

Today we are in Seattle worshiping with friends at Overlake Christian Church and having an Until Then board meeting.  Monday begins early with a fasting blood draw for Dimples at Seattle Children’s, followed by 2.5 hours of therapy appointments for the girls.  We’ll grab a quick lunch and head back to Children’s for appointments for both girls.  When we finish there, we’ll head home, picking Sunshine up along the way (who has been visiting cousins for the weekend).

Three hundred miles later, we’ll crawl into bed and start our week — one day late.  It’s a little disorienting to lose Mondays, but it works much better than going mid-week and losing two days of school and work.

Have a wonderful Sunday and I’ll be back next week.


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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. Nancy
    April 17, 2011

    Lisa- Through your blog, and your transparency and your wisdom, even (especially) the parts when you learn as you go, you are spreading this info. You've given me hope and support and a faith to surrender my fear., just by sharing your story.
    DH and I will be licensed to foster in the next month. We plan to become an active foster family starting in Aug. No pretense. It's gonna be tough. It's ok.
    Thank you for all. Keep up the good work for us all.
    Nancy-of the crazy 8 (someday become 9?)

  2. Mama D's Dozen
    April 17, 2011

    So glad you got to meet Shonni. We got to stay with her sweet family on our road trip in 2009. Sure wish I could have joined you all at the conference.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Shonni
    April 17, 2011

    Thank you Lisa!
    Praying for the busy day you have tomorrow that it will be filled with God moments to nurture and love!

  4. dorothy
    April 17, 2011

    Throw my mom a kiss as you pass Issaquah! Praying this will be a great (though packed) trip.

  5. Wendy
    April 18, 2011

    We lost today for medical appointments too, but it is always amazing how much "school" gets done on the road just through discussions and comments. 13 hours on the road was a bit much today, but the conversations were worth it. Welcome home, and we will pray for your school days this week. 🙂

  6. jennifer
    April 19, 2011

    Hang in there super mama! I pray that all the appts went well and you got the information you needed!

  7. Julie
    April 19, 2011

    Thanks for sharing these links. What a great blog.


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