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I am comforted by the prayers, blessings, songs, and Bible verses many of you have shared – and by your support and kindness toward our family.

Remember when we were studying The Whole-Brain Child and I wrote about the need to tell our story in order to make sense of it?  Bear with me, because I need to make sense of this and I don’t know any other way than to pound it out on my computer.

I’m still processing and taking lots of deep breaths right now, but I want you to know that we survived Tuesday, through lots of tears and prayers, and that we made it home over snowy mountain passes that night.  The drive felt long, and we allowed ourselves to sit in silence a lot, then one of us would talk a little until we got too choked up to say more, and we would rest quietly again.

We often listen to sermons as we travel, and somewhere along I90, Russ suggested we listen to John Piper’s talk from the 2010 Orphan Summit, What Does it Mean to Live by Faith in the Service of the Fatherless.  We have listened to this countless times and are always encouraged.  Tuesday was no exception.

I have so much I want to write, but this morning is devoted to preparing my talk for The Refresh Conference, Feb. 8 – 9 in the Seattle area.  I cannot say enough good things about this conference and hope that many of you can make it.  There is even a Kids Camp this year, so no need to find child care.

I’ll write more as soon as I can.  For now, know that God is so good, we feel Him so near, and we know He is surrounding Dimples, and our family at home, with His love and grace.




  1. kristine (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    This photo is so sweet and so difficult to look at at the same time.

    Hopeing and praying this week brings you many moments of peace.

    Dimples is in my prayers that her healing is progressing well.

  2. Katie Patel (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    So great to hear your thoughts and see you keep stepping in faith….continually praying for you!

  3. Donna (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    Look forward to seeing you at Refresh, David will be coming and we will have the kids too! Praying daily for strength for you all.

  4. Leslie (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    Hugs to you all…

  5. SleepyKnitter (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    Continuing in prayer for you, Lisa, and for Dimples and the rest of your family.


  6. Darci (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    Thank you for writing. What a beautiful picture, kind of bittersweet. Will be praying for true healing in each of you:)

  7. Christine (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    Praying so much for you all right now!! I also asked friends to pray and many have. My heart aches for you but have faith that you made the best decision. God will comfort your hearts in due time. Sending you lots of love from Washington, DC. <3

  8. the worker bee (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    So much prayer and love coming your way, Lisa. I can't bear to think about the pain. If you need anything at all, please call me. I love your family so much and will do anything to help.

  9. Cari (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    Lisa, I appreciate your courage and selflessness to share your journey as this allows so many of us to support you through prayer and even reflect on our own circumstances that we may be trying to make sense of as well. You may never know until eternity how many families you have helped by allowing God to use you in this way even as painful as it is. No one is beyond redemption. This is the hope that I hold on to.

  10. SleepyKnitter (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    I was touched by your FB comment about grief, not wanting to wear certain pieces of jewelry or so forth. I experienced something similar with our daughter and feel like I understood what you were saying.

    • Lisa Qualls (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

      It is odd – isn't it? But I feel it strongly. Thanks for understanding.

  11. Carrie (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2013

    Continuing to pray and lift you all up.

    We are studying our Identity in Christ in our Women's Bible Studies and small groups. Who does God say we are and who do we say we are? Abide in the fact that God says we are his, we are loved, we are redeemed and so much more. Satan would have us believe the bad stuff, the yucky stuff, the lies.

    We also talked about how we only see to the end of our headlights when we are driving. Same with our life – God allows us to only see so far and then we go on faith with the rest. If we knew what was ahead, we would often not proceed. But, even if it is hard stuff ahead, we would miss opportunities to be refined into being more of a reflection of Him and to grow in Christ's image. His plan is ultimately perfect and that means it perfect for Dimples and you and your family, even if it is painful. I hope these things shared with me can also bring you comfort.