Appendicitis In the Back to School Rush

Hello, my friends! I’m still here.

My to-do list is ridiculously long and my bed isn’t made and the boys are watching tv and nothing is quite right, but I’m sitting down to write a few words to you. I miss you.

If you follow my Thankful Moms Facebook page (please “Like” it!) you know that in the mad rush to the start of the school year, I came to a screeching halt when we landed in the ER with Wogauyu.

After 2+ days of sickness, a day of medical appointments and tests, he was finally diagnosed with appendicitis and had surgery at 3:30am Friday morning.


None of the earlier tests indicated appendicitis, so I was hugely relieved when the CT showed it clearly. It was very hard to see Wogauyu in so much pain.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking of the children in the world who don’t have the relief and cure of surgery for appendicitis – it is very sobering.

Recovery has been slower than I expected, but Wogauyu is doing well. Thankfully, this happened early enough that he won’t miss the start of school on the 30th.

I’ve had to cancel quite a few things in order to take care of Wogauyu, which is fine – good even. At the same time new things are piling on including tasks I should have anticipated and some that are coming out of the blue.

I’ve got Google calendar open and two yellow legal pads with lists of calls, emails, tasks, and errands. I’m ranking everything according to how essential or urgent it is:

  • will the kids be able to go to school next week without it?
  • will a relationship be permanently damaged if I don’t get it done?
  • will I feel immeasurably better physically/emotionally if it’s done?

If I had to guess, some of you are having the same day I am.

Being a mother is no joke, this is a hard job requiring serious organizational skills.

Even when we’re on top of things, an emergency surgery, a sick baby, or a friend in need, can throw us off track. This time, I wasn’t on top of things, so I’m way more than off track.

In the midst of all the crazy, Jesus doesn’t forget us.

I had a sweet moment yesterday when I opened my Bible app, skipped past all of the unread days, and opened the current day to find Psalm 103, my favorite. Of all the chapters in the Bible that could have been assigned that day, I felt the Lord say, “I’ve got you. I haven’t forgotten you today.”

Let’s take a breath together and remember who we are.

God has us, our worlds are not out of control.

I’m going to make my lists and simply do the next thing. I’ll get done what I can and leave the rest.

If you have a moment, please say hello. I would love to “see” you today – either here or on the Facebook page.

Sending you love and wishing we were sitting around my kitchen having coffee together.

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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. Cheryl
    August 24, 2016

    Thankful to hear your son is on the mend! And totally understand the list of tasks, back to school craziness, and feeling behind. We have the Palouse Empire fair coming up with our kids showing pigs. That in addition to the start of school and normal life is a lot. I wanted to tell you we adopted our triplets this week! Triple the blessing, finally ours! Then my body decided to finally crash with sickness. Trying to prepare for a house of company and a party this weekend and being sick in bed is proving to be difficult. Anyway, wanted to say I feel ya and share our incredible blessing with you. Prayers for a good start to school!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 24, 2016

      So happy for you, Cheryl!! It’s amazing how even the good can be a lot for us. I’m praying right now for restored health for you.

  2. Jody C
    August 24, 2016

    Yep! Right here with you! Breathing in deeply all the truths of what is necessary and Who is in control. Acknowledging any bit of goodness and beauty I can. Holding on tight to those treasures while putting one foot in front of the other- sometimes in a sprint.

    In the mayhem of transition, which always poses some extra challenges for one of my kiddos in particular, I snapped a couple beautiful pictures of her smile at her preschool “meet the teacher” yesterday. Joy!
    And I’m not shy about staring at them for minutes at a time! I’ve Sent them to all my friends and just gloried in His glory in her beautiful and gentle smile! There is even one of us smiling together-a treasure!

    And this morning I celebrate the 3rd birthday of our recently adopted son. In trying to piece together tangible celebration while my husband is away and while it’s so busy before school and right after family vacation, the Lords mercy and goodness is not lost on this special day!
    One week after his adoption (this past May) we nearly lost him in a pool accident. A weekend in the hospital with 3 small kids, in a town far from our home, we all recovered while our whole community prayed. God answered with miracles and today on his birthday our babe smiles bright!

    Busy, yes! Exhausting, yes!
    Beautiful, absolutely!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 24, 2016

      Jody, my heart caught at the words “pool accident.” I’m rejoicing with you that you are celebrating your little one’s birthday. So much to be thankful for!

  3. Beth
    August 24, 2016

    It’s amazing how the world doesn’t end if our lists aren’t completed but it sure is nice to breathe. Hang in there! I’m thankful too for the medical care we take for granted. Glad your sweet boy is on the mend. I’ll take you up on the coffee when I come to watch a game. 🙂

    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 24, 2016

      Sounds good, Beth!


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