Technical Difficulties

I apologize that my blog has been down for a few days; I missed being able chronicle our days.  Today we are packing up, loading the van, and cleaning in the hope of leaving things tidy in our wake.

I’m definitely not ready to say goodbye to this beautiful place and immerse myself once again in real life.

Sweet Pea went with me to pick Dimples up from camp Saturday. She came home happy and hungry.  We stopped for spicy Thai food, which was very reassuring and joyful for her, and then let her choose a package of cookies at the store for the drive down the island.  When we arrived at the house, she greeted Sunshine with a hug, which was a wonderful thing to see, and proceeded to have a good day with the family.

Camp was a good decision.

As we make the transition home, I’ll post as I can.  Tutorials for my homeschoolers start Wednesday, followed by eleven dental appointments Thursday.  Russ and Ladybug leave on a short, long promised, backpacking trip Friday.  School starts for Honeybee and Dimples the following Monday.  I’m sure there is more on the schedule, but I refuse to look at my planner until I’m home.  Maybe I’m in denial, but I just can’t bear to think of all that is coming my way.

I want to walk on the beach with my family and breathe it all in just one more time.  I’ll see you all from the wheat fields of the Palouse soon.


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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. lmfny
    August 15, 2011

    I've been reading your blog for a while–it's totally fascinating, "completely different from my own life" kinda stuff. And I've just got to say, kudos to you for doing the right thing for Dimples! As soon as you mentioned camp on your blog I thought, "aha. Perfect." It doesn't sound like it was a particularly easy choice for you, but it really sounds like you found a way to do things that helped everyone in your family. 🙂

  2. Laurel
    August 15, 2011

    So glad that you were all BLESSED with a wonderful time away.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Dawn Wright
    August 16, 2011

    Sounds AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Angela
    August 17, 2011

    Lisa, I've been folowing your blog for some time now and have hesitated to comment because our adoption journey didn't go as we thought. We beganour journey in Ethiopia in the guest house with your husband and precious Dimples while in Ethiopia. I've wanted to reach out to you many times, but have felt much shame because our story didn't turn out like yours. You see we needed to find a better family and fit for our adopted daughter and she is not with our family. She is doing much better than we could have ever dreamed and I know God is faithful, still I wish she could have healed while with us. I noticed today that you and Russ are going to be in Nashville and Mark and I will be there as we seek guidance in raising our adopted son. We would love to reconnect and meet you there if you have time.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 17, 2011

      Angela, I am so glad you left a comment. I know the shame you speak of and I hope you can let that go as your heart heals. I'm so happy to hear that your daughter is doing well with her new family. As it turns out, Russ won't be able to join me in Nashville, but I look forward to connecting with you there.


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