Almost on the Road

I’m heading to Seattle with Honeybee and Dimples for appointments at  Seattle Children’s on Thursday and Friday.  I don’t have the energy for this trip; truth be told, I feel like I’m living on the edge of something and I’m unsettled.  The good news is that we are going to see some great doctors, and just maybe somebody will say something brilliant that will help us on our way.  There are fun things in store as well – visits with special friends, celebrating Kathleen’s birthday, spending time with my parents and sisters, and a visit with Isaiah – who I miss so much.

Russ is home again, which is always good.  We’ve decided that when one of us is gone, it is vital that the person left at home (with all of the work) is supportive of the person who is away.  I used to grumble and complain to Russ when he was gone.  Lately I’ve realized that when he is traveling, the best thing he can do is fully enjoy it and make the most of the break. This time I told him to eat well, get lots of sleep, enjoy time with his colleagues, and be sure to get some much needed solitude.  When he comes home, I don’t want him to feel guilty about having taken a break – I want him to be refreshed and ready to jump back into the crazy life we’re living.

I have nothing profound to offer today, just a little update.  And since I’m in updating mode, I’ll give you a sweeping glance at the family.

Hannah is spending her days learning all kinds of things, like how to  remove tonsils and adenoids.

Mimi is busy at work, writing (or so I hear), and making fancy desserts for her supper club.

Noah just aced an organic chemistry exam.

Samuel is studying long hours with his mechanical engineering friends.

Isaiah is settling into his internship with Dollar for the Poor.

Ladybug is wrapping up the volleyball season.

Honeybee is loving school, and rocking a huge afro most days.

Dimples is looking forward to a special visit with Erica in Seattle.

Sunshine is loving art lessons.

Eby is spending his free time making slingshots.

Little Man is learning to count money.

Russ and I are remembering how to be generous and loving to one another in the midst of life.

I don’t know if I’ll get much time to blog while I’m gone, so until we meet again, thanks for reading and sharing my life.



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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. Christine
    October 3, 2012

    Praying for you, especially for strength and energy on this trip. You are an inspiration to all of us every day. I don't know how you manage to find time to update the blog, but we so appreciate it! Thank you. God bless you!

  2. Courtney
    October 3, 2012

    i loved the updates on everyone! praying for your trip!

  3. Heidi
    October 3, 2012

    One of these times, I would love to meet up with you on this side of the mountains. Praying for you today.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 3, 2012

      Heidi, that would be really nice. If only I weren't always in a rush. I often drive through your town on the way to I90 and I think I should just stop by, but with 300 miles ahead of me, I keep on going. One of these days…

  4. barbershoppe
    October 3, 2012


    Thank you for sharing it with us! Your positive outlook on complicated issues and experiences is a blessing to your readers. Hope your trip refreshes you in ways you did not expect.

  5. kristine
    October 4, 2012

    Lisa, I know that worn down feeling. Hope you have a few moments of solitude and peace each day and can find a bit of inspiration. Thanks for the update on your family.

  6. Heidi
    October 4, 2012

    I know how that is. I have a second cousin who lives on our way home from my mother-in-laws. I'd love to stop and see her sometimes, but we are looking at three more hours in the car with the little ones, so we just keep going too. 🙂


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