Technically Challenged

…or” The Blog Header that Isn’t“.

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I told Rusty I wanted a new blog header. It seemed easy enough, but as Russ will tell you, I am rarely realistic about how long it will take for somebody else to complete a job I have asked them to do.

Last night we started out with a nice little background that had a vintage pattern. I’m always drawn to vintage fabrics in quilts and this one seemed nice. We played with the background, adjusting colors, layers, gradients, and all kinds of things about which I know absolutely nothing. It was fun; I was bonding with Rusty, sitting side-by-side at the computer, being creative together. I felt great.

An hour or more later we added the new family photo, which seemed like a good idea. When people land on my blog, I like them to see who I am. While I may not be in the photo, at least they will be realistic when they see eleven children, and they won’t expect long, intellectual posts. The photo was a little large, so we cropped it into an oval to make room for text.

After the photo we added the blog name, but by now my brain was about to shut down and I couldn’t stay focused enough to choose a font or to update the tag line. I finally told Rusty just to upload it and we would look at in the morning.

Imagine my surprise when I talked to my friend, Kimberly, this morning and she said, “Wow, it looks so old-fashioned”. I clicked on my blog and saw all of the elements together for the first time and realized we had unintentionally created an “old-timey” look. There was the vintage background, an oval-shaped, sepia photo, and a slightly curvy font for my blog name. I had to laugh.

We’ll try again soon, but for now my old blog header is back up and my brain is recovering.


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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. Anonymous
    October 28, 2008

    Hahahahahahaha 🙂

    That makes me laugh.

    But, the blog seems formatted really differently–all the posts are extra wide, and the background is white….and stuff.


  2. S. and Company
    October 28, 2008

    Sounds a little bit like some of my attempts to put our blog together this summer. ;0) My name is Natalie… Lisa, I don’t know if you remember me or not – I talked to you on the phone about HIV and adoption shortly before you went to pick up Honeybee. I’ve been wanting to email you ever since we talked to say thank you for answering so many questions. I appreciate that so much. I have been following your blog for maybe 6 months or so and I enjoy it a lot! Thanks for sharing! (We’ve been slowly putting a blog together… if you’d like to hook a face to the name, you can check out As far as adoption goes, we are eager to start, just waiting on the Lord for the His timing (“my” timing for starting was several months ago, but he knows best!).
    Thanks again!

  3. darci
    October 29, 2008

    i’m just impressed you HAVE a picture up there. 🙂

  4. Laura
    October 29, 2008

    I agree with MiMi…the whole look is different with the white background and wider writing. In fact I thought I was on the wrong blog. But, you know what a creature of habit I am!

  5. Heidi Mehltretter
    October 29, 2008

    You are anything BUT old fashioned.
    I like it, though.


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