2017 – You’re Coming Soon


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I have a post in the works about my goals (not resolutions) for 2016 and how I’ve done – or how I’m doing in the case of some of them. I still have two weeks to go, friends!

But my mind and heart are moving quickly toward the hopeful newness of 2017.

Weeks ago I wrote that 2017 is going to be a year of Completion and Restoration. That wasn’t just a blog post – God is speaking this to us. These words are with me every day; Russ and I talk about them as we look toward the new year.

I have changes coming for my blog, more writing and other work-related projects, my family (Zoe will go home in the coming months), many unfinished home and farm projects.

My first tiny goal is to figure out how to write a newsletter to you. Jennifer had that task, and I know it’s simple, she showed me once, but it’s one more thing to learn. I also have to redesign the graphic at the top of the blog. These tech-related tasks bring me to tears.

If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, I’ll be even more motivated to follow through if you do. I plan to email this more personal letter to you most weekends.

Please sign up for my newsletter so I know this is a worthy task.

All the experts tell me I’m supposed to offer you something fabulous in return, like an ebook, but I don’t know how to do that yet! So, if you would be so kind to simply encourage me, I would be grateful.

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And just because it deserves mentioning, if you didn’t see it on my Facebook page, Amazon has a great Deal of the Day on my favorite sound machine. I love it and have one in every bedroom of our house.

Have a fabulous Friday.


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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. Lisa
    December 16, 2016

    Hi Lisa,
    I love reading your blog. I so appreciate your vulnerability in sharing your life experiences. You are relatable and approachable. I can sense your kindness and tender heart through your writing. Thank you for sharing your adoption stories.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 16, 2016

      Thank you so much, Lisa. I love writing here and I’m looking forward to figuring out the newsletter.

  2. Gena
    December 16, 2016

    Hold on to your Completion and Restoration word-don’t give it away or let it slip from your grasp. We will be here – not going anywhere – to read what God is giving you to share and to wait if there is work He is doing that doesn’t get printed.
    Merry Christmas- Emmanuel has come:)

    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 16, 2016

      Gena, thank you. This feels like a sweet time – a lot of work, but good too.

  3. Emily
    December 16, 2016

    Thank you for sharing yourself and your real life. I so appreciate your perspective and am always encouraged.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 17, 2016

      You’re so welcome, Emily. Thank you for your encouraging words.


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