World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day which in past years would have slipped by me with hardly a notice. Now, however, my life and my world have changed and the plight of children in Africa who are being orphaned by AIDS is of supreme importance to me.

Below is an email sent out to a group of AHOPE supporters. AHOPE is an orphanage in Ethiopia that cares for children who have HIV. I cannot say enough good things about the work they are doing. If you would like to know more about AHOPE and how you can help, click on the link on my side bar.

“As many of you already know, today is World AIDS Day. You are already
doing your part with your wonderful support of AHOPE. Here is another
easy thing you can do today to help fight AIDS:

Today Bristol – Myers is donating a dollar to AIDS everytime
someone goes to their website and moves the match to the candle
and lights it. It is actually a lovely website and you can pass it on
to everyone in your address book.

Please forward this link on. <
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Consider telling someone else today or anyday about the great work
AHOPE is doing for one small group of HIV+ children in Ethiopia.
Encouorage them to visit our website ( and to
consider sponsoring a child this year in honor of their own children,

their friends, or anyone who would appreciate such a gesture. The
AIDS problem seems so overwhelming sometimes but AHOPE proves that it
is possible for each one of us to make a REAL difference in the lives
of these children. “

In adoption news, I think we are getting closer to accepting our referral! We are still waiting on some information, but we are getting excited to complete this step of the process. As soon as we have definite news I will share it here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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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. the ewings
    December 1, 2006

    Thanks for the reminder Lisa. I passed it on to my family and friends!


  2. Raskell Party of 8
    December 4, 2006

    You are in my prayers with your decision. Can’t wait to see you again soon.


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