What Sandra Said

I got back from Seattle last night and I haven’t had a chance to post today’s Tuesday’s Answers yet, but I wanted to say a quick hello.  We had good appointments and safe travel.  Now that the weather is getting better, Russ won’t be making the drive with me as often, so I was thankful that Snoqualmie Pass was bare.  It was snowing, but not sticking.

I was at my sister’s Sunday night and we turned on the Academy Awards for the last hour.  As you know, Sandra Bullock won Best Actress for her performance in The Blindside.  In her acceptance speech she said,

I would like to thank what this film is about for me which are the moms who take care of the babies and the children, no matter where they come from.  Those moms and parents never get thanked…

Did anybody else get teared up at that?

I need to get school done, dinner started, laundry cranking, etc. , but I’ll get my Tuesday Topic up as soon as I can.

Edit: 6:00 PM

In the comments to this post, I mentioned a quote by Sandra Bullock from World magazine.  I actually found my copy, (a miracle given that it was the Nov. 21, 2009 issue), it reads,

One of my biggest issues has always been people who use their faith and their religion as a banner but don’t do the right things, yet still go, ‘I’m a good Christian and I go to church and this is the way you should live your life,’ said Bullock.  ‘And I’m like, you know, do not give me a lecture about how to live my life when you go to church every week but I know you are still sneaking around on your wife.  And I told Leigh Anne in a live interview, one of my largest concerns getting involved with this project was the whole banner-waving thing because it scares me, and I’ve had experiences that haven’t been great with people like that.  I don’t buy a lot of people who use that banner as their shield.  But she was so open and honest and forthright with me I thought, wow, I’ve finally met someone who practices but doesn’t preach.’

Bullock’s next comment suggested that the Touhy’s newfound fame has provided them fresh opportunities to impact others with the hope that they have.  ‘I now have faith in those who say they represent a faith, ‘ Bullock comment.  ‘I finally met people who walk the walk.’

~Lisa

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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.

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  1. Julie
    March 9, 2010

    I didn't see the awards, but I am so glad she won. She was phenomenal in that movie. I cried through the whole thing (and I'm not much of a crier.)

    And thank you, Lisa, for taking care of your children, and helping me to take better care of mine. 🙂

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  2. April
    March 9, 2010

    I jokingly tell my husband, who is active duty navy, that he gets to 'wear' his accomplishments every day. When he is in uniform you take one look at him and know what an amazing job he's done in his 14 year career b/c of the ribbons on his chest. When he got back from Iraq he was awarded a bronze star (this is me gushing 🙂 and later I asked him jokingly "where's my medal for raising the kids alone for seven months?"
    There are no award shows for mothers. There is no glitz and glam night dedicated and televised for our daily efforts in educating and mothering our children. We must reap the rewards of our best intentions and faithfulness in the smiles of our little ones and trust that we have taught them well. For most mothers the fruits of our labor may not be fully known this side of Heaven. But what we have is the confidence that God sees every moment of patience and encouragement, every tear shed and every smile offered to our children out of love, and one day we will hear "Well done, good and faithful servant".
    April

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  3. Kirstine
    March 9, 2010

    I was really touched when she said that, yes. :')

    In another context I have heard her say that meeting the family behind the story really made an impact on her.

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    1. OneThankfulMom
      March 9, 2010

      Bullock was quoted in World magazine saying something about how she had never met a Christian she respected until she met Leigh Anne Tuohy who “walked the walk”. That is an amazing compliment.

      If I could find the magazine, I would include the quote, but I’m afraid that could take awhile.

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  4. Laurel
    March 10, 2010

    I didn't see the awards, as we don't watch t.v. However … I was going to say what you just said about the quote in World magazine. That was a WOW article. If I see the magazine this evening, I'll come back and post the quote.

    mama of a dozen plus 🙂

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 10, 2010

      Laurel, It would be great if you could find it. I'll try to check my stack of magazines too.

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  5. Lisa Stucky
    March 10, 2010

    Sounds like to come to Seattle often? I'm sure your time here is short and full. But if you ever want to meet for a cup of coffee – I'd be thrilled to meet you!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 10, 2010

      Lisa, it would be fun to meet some of you neat ladies one day. I tend to get in the car, drive hard, settle in for the night, get up, go to appointments, and head home. Maybe one day this summer I could make a more relaxed trip and we could organize a group of ladies for a coffee date!

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  6. chalkinscriptions
    March 14, 2010

    Thank you for sharing this from Sandra. The past few days I felt like where have my daily devotions gone? Yesterday I mulled over it all day and really felt the Holy Spirit say that my devotion is living out the scripture about adopting. (We are close to being done and going to Ethiopia.) It was such a revelation and encouragement to realize I am walking out the scripture. To read your post confirms this in my spirit. Thank you for sharing – it is just what God wanted me to read today!

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