Created for Care – and Heading Home

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I just left Atlanta after a wonderful weekend at the Created for Care retreat. Spending time with over 450 foster and adoptive mamas, talking, eating, learning, laughing, and worshiping God together was truly wonderful.

If you are just finding my site after meeting me at Created for Care, thank you for finding me. You are welcome here! You only have 2,000 posts to catch up on, but you got the cliff notes version in 40 minutes Sunday morning, so you know lots about me already.

Be sure to sign up for my friends-letter which I send most weekends. It’s a more personal note sent straight to your inbox and one of my favorite things to write.

Cate sent me some of the new designs for our Etsy shop and I had fun giving away necklaces before I spoke this morning. You can see a couple of my favorites above, “”it is well” and “trust the author,” which was the title of my talk this morning.

My sweet friend, Darlene, from Nashville spent the weekend at C4C with me. It was so fun having a friend with me. She even took care of me, picking me up at the airport, bringing breakfast to our room while I was preparing to speak, and debriefing with me afterward.

I’m on my way home and already my mind is on Monday and what next week brings. Life moves at a fast pace, doesn’t it? I’ll try to get a post up early this week – I have lots to say, as always.

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.

6 Comments

  1. Shannon
    February 6, 2017

    Thank you so much for speaking and sharing your heart at C4C! I was also in the sibling panel and was thankful to hear their perspective. My kids would be willing to participate in your book. Just let me know if you are interested in hearing their stories as siblings.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 6, 2017

      Thank you, Shannon. I would love to have your kids participate. I plan to email questions to everyone later this week and will add you to the list. Thank you!

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  2. Emily and Ben
    February 6, 2017

    So glad you had such a great time! Are your talks available online?

    I also keep meaning to ask you if the talks from Refresh where you spoke and Mary Beth and Emily Chapman (Richards) spoke are available somewhere.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 7, 2017

      The talks aren’t available to watch on the website – only available for purchase so people can offer mini retreats in their communities. We didn’t record the sibling panel because we had a minor on the panel. As for Refresh, I know they have some of the talks online, I don’t believe the Chapmans’ is available. I’m not sure which of my talks are available – I don’t think the 2016 one is. There could be some older ones. Sorry – I’m not much help! I should have answers to these questions and links on my blog; self-promotion isn’t my strong point.

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  3. Kim Thompson
    February 6, 2017

    Hey Lisa,
    It was such a blessing to meet you and share breakfast with you on Saturday! Your transparency was a gift to me and I was so blessed to hear your story “live” after reading your blog for a couple of years now. You inspire me to push through the hard days and I really look forward to reading your sibling book when it comes out. I would love to have my kids participate, especially cuz I want to hear what they say as we have not had alot of conversations about this! Get ready for me to move in close to you in Idaho in the coming years! xo

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 7, 2017

      Kim, breakfast was a sweet time. Thank you for all of your kind words, and I hope we get to visit in person again one day soon. You will love Idaho!

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