We've Moved (our blog)

Thanks for finding us at our new location. Now that this is a private blog, I have a little more freedom to share about our children.

I have quite a bit of new adoption news!


We just received word that Dimples’s documents have been submitted to court in Ethiopia. We are praying that she will be assigned a court date in December, but if not it will be early January. Once we have a successful court date, Dimples will legally be our daughter! Then an appointment will be scheduled with the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia. Due to paperwork issues, we will travel to get her approximately two months after her embassy appointment.

We just mailed her “welcome bag” to AAI yesterday. One of their volunteers will carry it over to Ethiopia and a staff member will give it to her. It is a very big deal for the children. One of the items we were asked to include is a disposable camera which will be used to take photos of her receiving her bag. I included a small scrapbook with family photos; on the cover a friend wrote in beautiful calligraphy, “Dimples Q” and painted a small flower. It looks lovely. Then we had a t-shirt printed with our family photo and the words “We Love Dimples” underneath. Almost as exciting was a Strawberry Shortcake doll with long pink hair and a small pony.

We hope to hear about Dimples’s court date by next week.

Eby and Little Man

The boys have been together in an orphanage in Soddo, which is south of Addis Ababa. As children get moved through the system and toward their adoptions, they are moved to the orphanage in Addis. There they have more thorough medical exams prior to court dates and embassy dates. Parents wait to hear the news that their children have been moved to Addis because it means they are moving toward a court date.

We were told that our boys would not be moved for awhile because there were too many children in the home in Addis. As parents travel to get their children, space is created so other children can move up. We were prepared to wait. Apparently, due to miscommunication between the U.S. office and Addis, our boys were moved to Addis this week. We are thrilled, but also feel badly that we were moved ahead of other families. (Joy, if you read this, I hope your little one was moved, too!)

Now we will wait to hear more about them. We are hoping for more photos and better medical information. I also want to make a small photo album for Eby to have a traveling family carry over for us.

In family news, today is the last day of finals! Russ was up late madly grading final exams for his large class. He is giving another final today. Hannah had her last two finals yesterday. Mimi is frantically finishing a paper. The younger set is still working, but the schedule is easing. We are having “teacher/student conferences” next week to assess what needs to be completed before break and to prepare for beginning our studies in January.

Please leave me a comment so I know that this is all working. Special thanks to Nathan who actually knew how to move my blog to a private site but still have it be a blogger blog. I really didn’t want to start over.

I hope to have more news to share 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. Anonymous
    December 15, 2006


    Hmmmmmmm…I don’t really like that word.



  2. Thankfulmom
    December 15, 2006

    Hmmmm…..perhaps I should have said “diligently” does that sound better? Wait, you shouldn’t be reading blogs – you should be writing your paper! 🙂 Thanks for commenting, at least I know my blog is working. Love you.

  3. Julie in Ithaca
    December 15, 2006

    Lisa and all, We are so glad to have more information about your children! Loving and praying for you, Julie

  4. Merrily Cosgrove
    December 15, 2006



  5. Joy Portis
    December 15, 2006

    Hey Lisa, I haven’t gotten any news on Emush being moved:-( But I rejoice that you are one step closer! You blog seems to be working just fine. I look forward to many updates soon and some PICTURES !!!

  6. PastorMac's Ann
    December 15, 2006

    Lisa, thanks for the link to your new blog. Glad that you were able to move smoothly. So glad of news about your precious ones. Will keep you in prayer.

  7. Anonymous
    December 15, 2006

    Thank you for sending me your link to the new secure blog. It is working great! I really appreciate seeing God’s hand in the whole process.


  8. Michael Plaza
    December 16, 2006

    That is wonderful that you guys have sent the Welcome Bag! She is going to love it! And the Lord has been good to move your boys to Addis. Still praying for you guys.

  9. Anonymous
    December 16, 2006

    Great news! I’m praying for your little ones! They are truly blessed to be coming home to your family 🙂

    Love to all,


  10. Anonymous
    December 16, 2006

    glad things are well! i love picturing Dimples wearing the shirt of the family!


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