Waking Up in Virginia

Hannah and Mimi

I woke up this morning in Richmond, Virginia. I won’t complain about the delayed flights (even the one that departed three hours late) because I’ve flown to Africa more than once, and those are looooooong flights and very tiring days.

My nephew is getting married tomorrow; he is my sister, Laura’s, oldest son. I assumed that I wouldn’t be able to come, but as I thought about my parents being here and both of my sisters, it seemed wise to take the opportunity to spend some special time together. Plus we get to celebrate Drew and his new wife.

As a super bonus, Mimi traveled with me and Hannah is flying in tonight. We’re even going to do a little sightseeing all together after the wedding. This is such a rare and sweet time.

I didn’t plan to post today, but everyone in my hotel is room is still asleep! I showered and snuck down to the lobby for coffee where I discovered a computer sitting all by itself just waiting for somebody to use it. So here I am, in Virginia, sipping coffee from a styrofoam cup and typing to all of you.

It was really hard for me to leave Russ and the kids. A couple of my sweet ones were a little “off” and I was worried, but I booked these tickets months ago, and they were nonrefundable. I was pretty sure it would be okay. Then, when I was in Boston (waiting forever for my flight), Russ called to say that Eby had a problem at school – sort of big one, and my heart fell. I wished I could run right home to help, but I was on the other side of the country.

Russ handled it all beautifully and I’m waiting to hear how things went this morning. The situation was exactly the type of reason I took him to the UW for the evaluation. His sensory issues are so significant and when he is crowded or pursued, he feels threatened and lashes out. It doesn’t help that he is a very big boy for third grade; I’m not exaggerating when I say that he is the tallest and biggest Ethiopian boy I’ve ever seen.

Eby has such a sweet and kind heart – my prayer is that everyone will see him the way I do.

So while my heart is heavy for home, I’m looking forward to a day with my parents and a very lovely rehearsal dinner tonight. It feels a bit unreal to be here.

Have a fantastic weekend, friends. I’ll try to post on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page – please be sure to “Like” it. And if you don’t want to miss my updates, hover over the “Like” button and click on “get notifications.” I promise, I don’t post very often and you will not be inundated.



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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. Jacqueline
    October 24, 2014

    So glad for you to spend this special time together! I know it's hard to leave the worries behind…

  2. Joelle
    October 24, 2014

    So glad you get to be at your nephew's wedding. I have missed far more weddings than I care to think about and that is such a sadness for me. Had to laugh at your description of Eby–our Ethiopan friend is the largest person we have ever known. He is 6' 7" and is the smallest of his male family members! Enjoy every moment this weekend. So glad two of your daughters are there as well.

  3. Emily
    October 24, 2014

    Hannah and Mary Katherine are so beautiful!!

    I'm so glad you get to be there.

    This made my heart sad too. I love Eby so much, and Ben already has a big soft spot for him too :-). He does have the sweetest and kindest heart. Praying with you that everyone sees it!!

  4. Erika
    October 24, 2014

    Have a fantastic time Lisa.

    God bless you

  5. DFNY
    October 24, 2014

    How lovely this sounds, to spend time together at such a joyous event. I'm glad you were able to take advantage of this opportunity. And as much as you wanted to be there for Eby (totally understandable, of course), how lucky is he that his daddy got to help him through a difficult time.

    Enjoy every moment of your time in VA.


  6. Laura
    October 24, 2014

    So happy you were here today spending the day with Dad and Mom and Elizabeth. Also that you were able to help me with the centerpieces and take pictures as we cried through our family toast. Can't wait to become a mother in law tomorrow to Drew's bride!

  7. Jeri
    December 29, 2014

    And this is what I get for reading late. We live in Richmond now!


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