Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Here is a great article worth your time to read. From the Chicago Tribune, this article chronicles what it's currently like growing up with HIV. Linda Walsh, named in the article, is Olivia nurse pract whom we've seen since Olivia came to live with me over 3 years ago.

Growing Up With HIV


Holly said...

Thank you for linking to this Lisa. It was very interesting. While we await our referral, we wonder what God has in store for us HIV or not, siblings or not.
We are at peace with all the options and are just excited to meet our new child or children.
Please forgive me for not checking in more often... I thought I added you to my blog roll but I don't think you're there so I need to try again... my computer will only allow me to edit layout once in a blue moon...just says error on page. anyway, is Girlie your Olivia or is there another Girlie?
I'm confused, sorry.
I am praying for you all as transition can be difficult.
I so admire your mothering... I was thinking that I would like to come and fingerpaint with your kids!!
You are a terrific Mama!
Holly from Purpose Driven Family

Julie said...

WOW- It makes me happy and sad- happy that so many do so well inspite of the disease and sad for Latoya. I pray that Olivia does well. I pray for her a lot! I have the Dollinger Family Farm pic printed out and on my wall in my cube at work so I look at your babies every day and pray for your family! :)

Lisa said...

Holly, Hello! Girlie is a foster daughter I had for 11months. She just transitioned to a friend of mine as a preadoptive placement. Sorry for the confusion! Olivia is Olivia! :)

Lisa said...

Julie - I can't believe you have my lovelys at work! Thank you! We are constantly in need of prayer! :)

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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