Thank You

Every morning for the past four weeks I have woken up and thought, “I need to send thank you notes!” It has not been a good feeling. I wanted to make a beautiful adoption announcement to send with the thank you, and I wanted a lovely photo of Honeybee. I just couldn’t get to it and the longer I waited, the harder it seemed to be.

Then this photo showed up on my camera. It was a spontaneous candid shot, but it captured Honeybee’s beauty and her sweet spirit. With just a little editing, I decided it was just fine. I got the photo printed, wrote a short thank you note, had it printed four to a page on card stock and cut into quarter sheets, bought envelopes, and this afternoon I started addressing them. I feel great!

It will make me so happy to thank the friends and family who helped us bring Honeybee home. We received encouragement and prayers, financial gifts, meals for our children when we were in Ethiopia, rides to the airport, childcare, uplifting phone calls, and recently a gift certificate to a lovely restaurant for an evening out together.

We have been blessed by so many people including my blog friends who have left me encouraging comments and prayed for my family. Since I don’t know many of you in real life, here is my thank you note to you, as it appears on the card:

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Mt. 5:16

We thank you for your generosity and love which made it possible for us to adopt our daughter, Honeybee. We could not have done this without you standing with us, believing with us, and serving us in the many ways that you have. May the Lord bless you with abundant joy.


Russ and Lisa

(editor’s note: I have gotten so many funny comments and emails today about my thank you note and I have been completely in the dark! Apparently many of you cannot read my note and it is showing up as crazy symbols. I called Russ at work and asked him to look at my blog from his computer and he laughed so hard! Hopefully you can all read it now.)


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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. Betina
    October 6, 2008

    Hmmmm. You have very bright friends who are, apparently, allwell versed in deciphering codes. 🙂

    I love the picture of Honeybee. It looks professionally done and does capture a sweet, unique beauty.

  2. Caroline
    October 7, 2008

    I love the picture!

  3. Cat and Mark
    October 7, 2008

    Nothing says thank you like a note written in “wingdings” font! =)

    Lovely photo – lovely girl.

  4. Angela
    October 7, 2008

    How funny! I have no idea what it says, but Honeybee is just beautiful!! I’m feeling that same ‘I HAVE to write thank you notes’ dread… I’m hoping a shot like that shows up on my camera sometime soon! 🙂

  5. SupermomE11
    October 7, 2008

    Oh man… I missed the “wing dings” message. 🙂

    The picture and English message are beautiful though.

    We love you guys!

  6. Kathrin
    October 7, 2008

    The picture is gorgeous!!

  7. Jen
    October 9, 2008

    Beautiful picture of your daughter. I love that idea for announcements. God willing, I will have to make my own in a few months.


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