Because I Knew You

Hannah and Mimi

Many of you have followed  Hannah’s (Sweet Pea) journey through medical school and her recent move to Minneapolis for residency.  I’m happy to share this lovely essay on growing up and how God wove experiences in her life to lead her to become a doctor.

Her essay begins like this,

I might be stretching the truth a bit to say that this journey began in a sixth floor apartment on the corner of 4th and Virginia, four blocks from Pike Place Market, where a fresh-faced engineering student read To Kill a Mockingbird to his wife during the early stages of her labor. But, in many ways, that’s true. Words and stories and life and death wove themselves into my heart from the beginning. Scout Finch and Boo Radley’s story in my father’s voice was the first thing I ever heard.

You can read her essay titled, Because I Knew You, on Elise Stephen’s blog.

And in case you wonder, yes, it made me cry.

#921 – 930 giving thanks

a friend coming to look at my broken minivan (even if he couldn’t fix it)

Noah who took the little boys hiking while I worked

my children who love words

another great day in Kenya

another well nearly completed

vacation Bible school potluck dinner

peonies blooming in my garden

a summer breeze blowing in my kitchen window

a prayer answered

Church camp and the people who love my children

I should mention, we’ve had a year-long discussion about whether to change Hannah’s nickname, use her real name, or continue calling her Sweet Pea.  In the end, we decided to be free and use her name.

One more week – Russ and Isaiah will be home in one more week.  Thanks be to God.

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.

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  1. Emily
    June 22, 2012

    Mmmm. I love her pouring out descriptions of you guys. Now that I met you in person I can agree so wholeheartedly 😀 This is a beautiful essay… yay, Hannah!

    (sorry the car is still not working!! agghh!)

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  2. Paula
    June 22, 2012

    I think Dr. Sweet Pea would have been a good nickname. 🙂

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  3. Hanna
    June 22, 2012

    Hi Lisa,

    I've been reading youre post since a long time. It always helps me tremendiously to understand my son. We adopted him last september as a three year old boy. In the post you daughter writes is a picture of Dutch wooden shoes. I was wondering why she has schoosen that picture.

    Blessings,

    Hanna
    The Netherlands

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 22, 2012

      Hi Hanna, nice to hear from you! I think Elise Stephens chose the picture – it's lovely.

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  4. Marissa
    June 22, 2012

    What a beautiful essay.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 22, 2012

      Thank you, Marissa.

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  5. shannoncl
    June 22, 2012

    astounding!! tearful. oh. you done good mama!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 22, 2012

      Thank you, Shannon. I love the essay.

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  6. Mary
    June 22, 2012

    Beautiful. Healing hands!

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  7. Hannah Tucker
    June 22, 2012

    Wow, that was so beautiful. I love Hannah's love for her calling, her unswerving commitment to that.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 23, 2012

      As her mom, it is a joy to see hear fulfilling the calling God has placed on her life.

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  8. Tricia
    June 24, 2012

    Wow, I bet you did cry. Beautifully written and what a tribute to God working all out for good. She will make a wonderful doctor as she won't be just in the fix it business but will have a great deal of compassion to go along with it.

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  9. Teresa
    June 28, 2012

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!

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