Day 5

Tomorrow is the last day of our therapy “intensive” at The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska  and our last day in Nebraska.  We are very sad to see it end.  Our appointments begin early in the morning (I’m writing this Thursday night), so we had to say goodbye to our wonderful friends who hosted us all week.  Dimples was so sad to say goodbye to them.  It’s been special for her to be the oldest child and have the younger ones look up to her and admire her.

Therapy went well today; we adults feel the urgency to accomplish all that we can and I definitely wish we could stay longer.  Dimples did well with what she was able to do; some things are just too painful to work on.  All in all, I’m amazed at what she is accomplishing this week.  Not only has she made good progress on healing from trauma, we’ve made some strides toward better attachment.  I’m too tired tonight to write more about therapy, but I plan to get back to it after we are home.

As a special treat, we went to an Ethiopian restaurant for dinner.  Dimples ordered everything she loved and ate as much as she wanted.  We brought the leftovers home and the kids polished it off together.  It was fun to see all four Ethiopian children loving it.

Russ and I just talked to Ladybug and wished her a happy 14th birthday.  While it is sad not to be there, she had a great day.  Mimi took her out to lunch and gave her a bouquet of flowers from us.  My sister made her a favorite dinner and a birthday cake.  There were gifts from friends, cookies shared, and lots of other good things.

I don’t know how soon I’ll get to blog again as we travel home and then reconnect with our children.  I’m updating my One Thankful Mom Facebook page more regularly – it’s a whole lot easier!

For all of you are praying for Dimples and our family, thank you from the very depths of my heart.  We need your prayers and we are grateful.




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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. Emily
    September 21, 2012

    So, so much love.

  2. Susan
    September 21, 2012

    When I read your posts, I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes — "a broken heart can hold the whole world". Following along and wishing continued healing for Dimples at home and renewed energy for you.

  3. Laurel
    September 22, 2012

    I am scrapbooking with a couple of ladies this weekend who are both Children's Therapists in Monroe. I asked them about EMDR, and received positive responses. They were surprised that you took Dimples to Nebraska, and told me that there is a therapist in Mount Vernon, WA who uses EMDR with traumatized children. You might want to find out about it if you need some follow-up treatment. Not close . . . but closer than Nebraska.

    They also wanted to know if you are familiar with Lifespan Integration, which was developed out of EMDR. You can find out more at . One of my new friends is trained in the Lifespan Integration. Let me know if you want more information.

    Hope your weekend is BLESSED, as you all transition back with the family.


    Laurel 🙂

    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 22, 2012

      Thanks, Laurel. I would love the name of the person in Mount Vernon. We may have found a follow-up therapist in Idaho; we're just waiting to get more information. We are so thankful that we went to Omaha and were able to work with the therapists at The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska – they were amazing. A therapist friend of mine was trained by them and gave us a recommendation that we trusted. Finding a therapist we trust with our child is so difficult – I know you can relate. I haven't heard of Lifespan Integration, but in a quick look at the website, I can see some of the similarities with it and EMDR. Can you message me with the name and contact information for the therapist in WA?


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