Time to Get Happy!

Enough of the heavy stuff!  There is plenty to be happy about today and it would do me good to make a list.

  • I just got an unexpected invitation to see Beth Moore in Spokane tonight and tomorrow.  The ticket and hotel room are already paid for.  Can you believe it?  The great thing is that I had been hoping to go with a friend, but in the end we weren’t able to pull it together, so we canceled, BUT, I had left tonight and tomorrow open on my calendar all of these weeks.  I only got the call an hour or so ago, so Russ and I are hammering out the details, but it looks like I’m going!
  • Today is Dimples’ 9th birthday!  Fortunately for me, we celebrated last night when her older siblings were able to be home.  It was a sweet evening.  I have pictures to share and stories to tell — later.
  • I was sick in bed with some sort of bug all day yesterday, but I woke this morning feeling just fine.  Since I couldn’t make Dimples’ birthday cake or special dinner, we decided to postpone celebrating until tonight, but she was so heartbroken that we went ahead and it turned out just fine.
  • We have an appointment with Deborah on Monday and Russ offered to go with the girls to give me a break.  I love that man.  He also has a meeting with the Until Then Board about his upcoming trip to Kenya to begin the first of many Until Then well-drilling projects.
  • Russ fixed the broken window on our tired minivan.  It actually opens and closes now.  Gotta love that.
  • I finally got the book Radical.  I’m going to dive in as soon as I finish Love and War and The Hole in Our Gospel.  I wish I could have read yesterday when I had all of those hours in bed, but I honestly didn’t feel well enough to hold a book and concentrate.

All for now — I think I need to get packing.

What do you have to be happy about today?


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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. Tisha
    October 29, 2010

    So happy that you're feeling better!

  2. gjisaac
    October 29, 2010

    I just finished Love and War! : ) I really liked how he really focused in on how marriage is a picture from God of something much bigger – how holy it is. And that there is an enemy who is against our marriages, and it's not our spouse. Good stuff.

    So glad Russ is taking the Monday appointment for you. Greg took Monday off to come with me to Jaso's dilaton – he's only been able to make it to about 5 of the 50 cause it's so hard for him to take time off. It will be so nice just to have the company. : )

  3. Leslie
    October 29, 2010

    I'm so happy you get to go see Beth Moore and for Dimples' birthday!! Give her a big hug from us!!

  4. kristen
    October 29, 2010

    Yay! Have fun!

  5. Anna
    October 29, 2010

    How wonderful!!! I'd have loved to hear Beth Moore, she's so fun to listen to! 🙂 Happy birthday to sweet Dimples, tell her I'd love to get to see her again… And I think you'll LOVE Radical… it's awesome! Enjoy the weekend!!

  6. Giann
    October 29, 2010

    Happy Birthday Dimples!!!!! I hope you have good one! 🙂

    I go to David Platt’s Church and LOVE the book!! (We joke that it should be called “Normal”.) Have you listened to any of his sermons or heard of him prior to getting Radical??

    Have a great weekend!!!

    Blessings and Prayers!

    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 30, 2010

      Giann, I haven't heard the sermons — should I listen to them first?

      1. Giann
        October 31, 2010

        Well…..I would listen to a couple just to know what he teaches like…. (go to brookhills.org and click down at the bottom of the page 'Weekly Teachings'. ) What is said in the book is what he has been weaving into his sermons for the past four years he has been @ BH.
        Right now, as a faith family, we are walking through 'The Radical Experiment'.(radicalexperiment.org) Part of that, once you get later into the book, is to read through the Word for a whole year. As result of us doing that, he preaches on what we read each week. Did you get that??

        I would encourage you to listen to his sermons with your whole family!!

  7. Lisa H
    October 29, 2010

    We have so many "near misses"….I was invited to the Beth Moore thing, with a free ticket, too, but thought there's too much happening around here….and we'll be in Seattle next week as well… but on Thursday…..

    I think we should try the Lewiston plan again….

    Hope you're all better and come back really refreshed!

    Lisa H.

  8. Blessed
    October 29, 2010

    I had the same thing happen to me two years ago–an unexpected last-minute free ticket to see Beth Moore (with Kay Arthur and Priscilla _____ ) and paid shared hotel room! It was such a blessing–and now to hear of you getting to experience the same blessing. . . how could we not believe that a) God loves moms and desires to rejuveniate us, b) Beth must be pleasing God for Him to quietly make ways for women to get to listen to her. : ) Glory to God! I pray that you are greatly encouraged and ministered to by the experience!

    P.S. Surely you have heard the Moms as Cathedral Builders story. The most beautiful, uplifting thing I have heard in a long time. I see I can link my blog to this comment, so I will just in case anyone wants to listen to the author of the piece read it. If you have not heard it, it will make your day. : )

    One of your regular readers, Blessed

  9. Julie
    October 30, 2010

    Happy birthday, Dimples!

    Lisa, I'm so glad you are getting some small breaks just for you. You deserve it. I am reading Radical, but I am only taking one chapter at a time, and re-reading it until it soaks in, so it's taken me quite a while to get through chapter 2.

    And, way to go, Russ!

  10. Kirstine
    October 30, 2010

    I'm reading Love and War with my husband – a chapter every now and then. Sooo many good things to talk about. The chapter on spiritual warfare was an eye opener to me. How we easily adopt the devils little lies in our thought life: "It's never gonna get better" or "this is too hard". Really good to know how to recognise it and break it. Replace it with truth.

  11. One Thankful Mom
    October 30, 2010

    Lisa, I wish you could have been there. It was amazing and I'm so thankful I was able to go. Yes, let's try to meet up one day before too much snow starts flying.


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