When I Was Just a Little Nothing

I was walking holding Little Man’s hand yesterday when he looked up and said, “Before I was born, when I was just a little nothing, I was wondering who my mom and dad were going to be.”

I scooped him up, held him close and said, “I’m so glad he let me be your Mommy.  You are so precious to me.”

He hugged me tight and said, “You’re precious to me too.”

My sweet boy is doing a lot of processing about how he came to our family which always reaches deep into my heart. I’m processing along with him.

Have a beautiful Sunday, friends.  We are heading to Spokane this evening to be with Andrew and Mimi while she has a surgical procedure (catheter ablation – for the medically inclined among you) on her heart early tomorrow morning.  I’ll post more later.

#171 – 180 giving thanks

waking in the dark morning

walking as quietly as possible down the stairs

quiet breathing coming from the children’s rooms

grinding coffee behind the closed door of the laundry room

my favorite comfy chair

reading John chapter 1, twice – our small group study

Rusty out the door early to help with church set up

Russ’ footsteps on the stairs

looking forward to worship

better yet, my children looking forward to worship


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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. Paula
    September 18, 2011

    That… is so sweet. Have a happy Sunday.

  2. Mary
    September 18, 2011

    I love your lists Lisa. And I chuckled at the coffee grinding–a mom's best secret :). I remember catching my own mom making us breakfast smoothies in the laundry room as a teenager and think of her every time I grind coffee in mine. It's good feeling that mommy gene catching in me, the next generation.

  3. Jennie
    September 18, 2011

    So precious. I can 100% totally relate to the sneaky coffee grinding! (Please, Lord, just enough quiet to drink one cup of coffee . . :-))

    We will pray for Mimi!

  4. kristen
    September 18, 2011

    beautiful post….hope mimi's ok… (i'm not of those medically inclined and will have to google that procedure!)


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