What They Say is True

Many times I’ve heard people say, “Just wait, your children will be grown before you know it.”

Yesterday morning this phrase came true for me. Our oldest daughter, H., crept quietly into our room at 5:45, tiptoeing so as not to wake the baby who sleeps in the small crib next to my bed. She was coming to say goodbye before driving to the airport to catch a flight to her first medical school interview. She sat on my side of the bed to hug me and then laid her head down on my chest while Russ prayed for her. In that moment I remembered with great clarity her tiny head resting on my chest, her entire body curved in my arms. For a moment she was my newborn again, and I could remember it all as if it was yesterday – don’t people say that, too?

I remember carrying her through the streets of Seattle and buying groceries at Pike Place Market with her tucked in the blue corduroy Snuggli. I can see her picking strawberries at Grisamore Farm in upstate New York, wearing faded OshKosh overalls pulled from the bottom of a pile at an early morning yard sale. When she was a little older, I remember her finding owl pellets under the blue spruce which she took apart to analyze the contents – so many tiny mice bones.

So,it’s all true, children do grow up before we know it. Trust me, the days fly by and soon your children will be young adults creating lives for themselves, living out their particular callings. I thank God for every day that I have had with H. May her life always bring glory to Him.


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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. Kris Long
    October 11, 2007

    Ugh. I don’t know if I feel pain right now or joy. Both, I guess.

    I just praise God that I get to be a mom.

    Your children are beautiful. The old and the young.

  2. Raskell Party of 8
    October 12, 2007

    So beautifully written. I am crying. I love you and ALL your kids.

  3. Anonymous
    October 13, 2007

    This makes me sad. 🙁


  4. the ewings
    October 14, 2007

    Amazingly written. I really needed to read this, as mine oldest in a pre-teen – need I say more! Any good advice, I feel like I need to really resist the urge to pull away from her and give her the love as hard as it seems right now. This week she learned the meaning of irrational and I had to bite my tongue to give her a few of her examples. Anyway, enough of me – you really touched me with this entry!

  5. PastorMac's Ann
    October 16, 2007

    Wow, Lisa! Thank you so much for sharing such a special moment with us. It is so amazing how time such flies by. Thanks for the reminder to cherish each moment!


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