Back to One Thankful Mom? We’ll See

Last year, after nearly ten years of blogging as One Thankful Mom, I didn’t think I could keep going.

I was grieving, tired, and trying to decide if I wanted to go back to school, work outside the home, or work from home as a writer/blogger.

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I decided to make the effort to grow my blog by inviting my friend, Jennifer, to join me. Together we worked like crazy women through the winter, launching Thankful Moms on April 4th.

We moved the blog to a new platform, added new features, began writing our almost weekly friends-letter, launched our Etsy store, and tackled many other tasks behind the scenes.

It was hard work and exhilarating.

We were writing about adoption, foster care, family, faith – the topics we’re passionate about.

Then Jennifer got a foster placement of two high-need children who required a huge amount of energy and she needed a break from the blog.

Obviously doing foster care is more important than writing about foster care!

When that placement ended, life had shifted and her family’s needs had changed. A former foster child came back to stay long-term and college for their oldest was on the horizon.

The need for Jennifer to work full-time became clear, requiring her to step away from the blog.

As you can imagine, it’s very disappointing to lose such a gifted blog partner, but thankfully, we’ve been friends a long time, so that won’t change.

I have a lot of decisions to make about the future of Thankful Moms.

I plan to continue blogging, of course.

Will I continue at Thankful Moms? Go back to One Thankful Mom? Will I make one final change and move to the web address using my name (www.LisaCQualls.com) since that will never change?

There are good reasons for that last idea – namely the elusive book which is still in process. The writing has long been completed; there are other factors holding up publication which will make sense when I can share them with you. This is a lesson in patience.

Social media gurus, and friends with opinions, feel free to give them to me. Many writers have switched their web addresses to their names, but there are still bloggers using blog names. What to do…

You’ll see some changes coming here – please be patient as I sort this out. I’ll keep you posted.

Thank you a million times over for letting me try out partner-blogging. I wanted it to work, but I’m back to just being me, Lisa Qualls – One Thankful Mom, or some combination of that.

There are even ways you can help as I move forward – Tuesday Topics (remember those? You can send questions to me), My Thankful Life (guest posts), ideas for my Friends-letter (newsletter), and feedback.

You may have noticed that I’ve started doing family updates on Fridays. I’ve missed just being myself and writing whatever I feel like. It’s not strategic, and those posts won’t grow my blog, but you know what? Maybe that isn’t so important.

Please leave comments or email me at lisa@www.onethankfulmom.com

You really are the best readers ever and I’m grateful for you.

Lisa

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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.

41 Comments

  1. Amanda
    October 12, 2016

    The family updates are my favorite! 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      Thanks, Amanda. I like writing them too!

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  2. Jen Tompkins
    October 12, 2016

    Lisa! We love you and will support you no matter what you decide! And we all understand and have appreciated Jennifer’s wisdom and insight. I think all of us feel like we are somehow an extension of your family, and no matter the format, we stick together. 😉 If your URL was your name, you could still have a unique blog title. I’m sorry I have not been great at commenting, but I just want you to know you are loved and supported. And I also really like you. ☺️

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      I really like you too, Jen! Thanks so much for your sweet and supportive words, and I appreciate the suggestion too.

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  3. Monique
    October 12, 2016

    I’ll miss reading Jennifer’s posts however I totally understand! I wonder if you could open up a couples days per week to guest bloggers or even just mom’s essays on adoption, family, foster care and life in general? It might take more planning or organizing but I have really enjoyed the variety 🙂 I am really looking forward to your book!! So exciting ❤️

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      I would love to have more guests, Monique. I will miss Jennifer’s posts too – she is such a great writer. I’m hoping she’ll pop in from time to time when she has a moment to write.

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  4. Sherri
    October 12, 2016

    I don’t know about growing a blog but I know I liked one thankful mom so much. It was personal and I’ve learned SO much from you over the years. Thank you <3 Thankful moms was okay but felt more generic…more like "every other blog". So I'm smiling at this change. And looking forward to your book.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      I hope I have a book to share with you in 2017, Sherri!

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  5. Sherri
    October 12, 2016

    Too many “so’s” in that comment..whoops! 🙂

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  6. Wendy
    October 12, 2016

    I love you “being yourself and writing whatever you feel like”. Thank you for inviting us into your life. Excited to see what your future holds!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      Thanks Wendy! I’m excited, and a little nervous, but mostly excited.

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  7. Sarah
    October 12, 2016

    Lisa, you are so appreciated. Where ever God leads you, we will follow👍🏻

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      Thanks so much for sticking with me, Sarah.

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  8. Kirsten
    October 12, 2016

    I’m so glad that you will keep going – I love coming here for inspiration and love the family updates!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      I’m so glad you find inspiration here, Kirsten!

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  9. Teresa Flick
    October 12, 2016

    Family updates are good. It’s good for us all to remember that there is normalcy even amidst some of the chaos that happens in our lives as adoptive/foster parents.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      I enjoy the simplicity of writing about my daily life and updating readers who have been with me a long time on my family. I’m glad you like it too, Teresa. Thanks!

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  10. joan
    October 12, 2016

    I would love to see you go back to your old blog. I love hearing about your family, your honesty with your feelings, and in general your posts. I, personally, have not enjoyed the current blog nearly as much as your original one.

    Will look forward to what you decide.

    Blessings

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      Thanks for your honest thoughts, Joan. I’ll keep sorting it out!

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  11. Heidi
    October 12, 2016

    I, too, love your family updates. I think of you as a friend and mentor and a Christian who encourages me to follow Jesus no matter what. I would be so sad if you stopped blogging! I appreciate your parenting advice. You write it so clearly and simply and in little bite-sized pieces that make it easy for me to remember.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      Thank you, Heidi. I appreciate you sticking by me all these years, and making Eby his weighted blanket!

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  12. Michelle
    October 12, 2016

    I’m thrilled you are returning to One Thankful Mom. I had just discovered your blog (it was the most helpful site I found during a night of desperation in parenting my then-foster daughter) right before you made the change to the joint blog. It wasn’t what I fell in love with about your blog. I *like* when you are free to write about whatever is on your mind without worrying about strategies to build your blog. I love bloggers who are real and write from the heart.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 12, 2016

      Thank you for the feedback, Michelle. I appreciate hearing from you and hope I can be a help and encouragement.

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      1. Michelle
        October 15, 2016

        You are very helpful and encouraging! ❤️

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          October 17, 2016

          Thank you, Michelle, and thank you for encouraging me today with your words.

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  13. Emily B
    October 12, 2016

    Your original blog won my heart. I love your family updates. I am looking forward to seeing where the Lord leads this blog…just so long as you don’t stop blogging!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 13, 2016

      I won’t stop, Emily. I love it too much – and it’s good therapy. Plus, I would miss all of you!

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  14. Blessed
    October 13, 2016

    I just love hearing how you and your family are. After reading your blog so long I care about you, and pray for you. And I’ve learned so much about parenting and God from following along on your journey. So thank you for writing, and I look forward to following along further, as long as you invite others to join you. : )

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 13, 2016

      Thank you, friend – and when are you going to write a My Thankful Life guest post for me?

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  15. Bethany Mullen
    October 13, 2016

    I have often thought of giving up Facebook – I get so tired of the mundane, political, “I had meatloaf for supper” posts. I don’t and haven’t for 2 reasons: #1 I do not live near family and crave their mundane and their pictures and #2 I just can’t miss a blog from “One Thankful Mom” (FYI it never changed in my mind, sorry). You have encouraged me, helped me, made me cry, and made me laugh. I read your posts and feel normal is this completely not normal world I live it. Thank you for all you have done and whatever you decide to do from here on out please know you have helped and encouraged many people. Thank you – I can’t say that enough.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 13, 2016

      Bethany, your words blessed me so much today. Thank you!

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  16. Margaret
    October 13, 2016

    I agree with many others that I loved the personal quality of One Thankful Mom and have found it very comforting over time. Not so crazy about the new site or the ad posts, but I understand the need to make money. Thank you for all the support you have given me by creating the blog and the community. Best wishes as you discern what is next.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2016

      I’ve missed the personal side of blogging too, Margaret. I hope to get back to more of that – I don’t love the ads either, but the small bit of income does bless my family. Amazon sales really help, when I’m better about posting links, Etsy sales help, and I’ll add more items soon, and when I get the pesky book published, that will help too. I’ll keep praying and thinking about the best ways to move forward, until then, I’ll just keep writing.

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  17. Nicole
    October 13, 2016

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing about your crossroads. Whatever you decide, I DO hope you keep annoying us from this website for awhile until we all remember where to find you in the future. (It won’t really be annoying. Quite the opposite, actually.)

    I’m truly looking forward to your book and am so encouraged you linked to a post you wrote in 2012 (regarding book writing)! You wrote that post long before I found your blog. What determination!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2016

      Nicole, I intend to annoy you for years and years. Don’t worry! Thanks for your awesome guest post – I’ve got nearly 2,000 posts in archives, so some evening when you have nothing to do, you can start reading. 🙂

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  18. Juli
    October 13, 2016

    This is a good time to thank you. I have been reading your blog for several years. Quite a few, actually. I often think I should take time to thank you but then real life calls and I don’t comment. You have made a big difference in our family. Your honesty about the realities of adoption, your ideas and suggestions which have saved our family, and your love of God have kept me going some days. I am so grateful for the time you have spent writing. I am sure that you will be blessed for the time you have sacrificed to help others with your writing. Please continue!
    P.S. I love both blogs but One Thankful Mom was my favorite.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2016

      I love hearing from you, Juli. Thank you for taking the time to comment, for reading through the years, and for encouraging me.

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  19. Gena
    October 16, 2016

    Lisa,
    I “stumbled” upon your website almost six years ago in a time of desperation and I have been reading since. I feel that God has uniquely used your words and circumstances to parallel so many of my own experiences and feelings. I am always blessed by your honesty and grace – even if you are simply sharing that Jesus is all you’ve got at that moment and he’s enough.
    I loved hearing from Jennifer Isaac as well, and really, I will read you in any format you choose to write in:)
    Many blessings – Gena

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2016

      Gena, it means so much to know that my struggles and processing through writing here serve and help other moms walking this road. It helps me to see purpose and meaning in my life. Thank you for taking time to comment. I hope Jennifer will still pop in from time to time.

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  20. Rebecca
    October 17, 2016

    I have always loved reading your posts. I try not to miss a single one. I started reading when you were One Thankful Mom, but I will read wherever you land. I just love hearing your writing voice and having your hard-won wisdom.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2016

      Thanks so much, Rebecca.

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