Every Post is a Rough Draft

Beauty reminds me of God's good gifts.
Beauty reminds me of God’s good gifts.

I’ve been thinking about how blogging is different from most other forms of writing; it’s essentially a collection of public rough drafts. When I’m churning out content several times a week, I don’t have the luxury of editing much, or having somebody read every post before I click “publish.”

Maybe it’s a good thing, you get a less edited version of me – a more authentic version, sometimes with errors included. I still laugh about the day Russ called me from his office to tell me that I had a split infinitive in my blog post. I have too many smart people in my family.

This week has been full, not bad, just full. It takes a lot of prep for me to head out of town, especially when I’m speaking at an event. I’ve gotten much better at it – no more nights of panic trying to pull together a PowerPoint presentation hours before heading to the airport.

So today, you’re getting a very rough draft, only bullet points, in fact. If I have to put every thought into a tidy sentence, I won’t post anything this week! Here we go:

  • I’m pretty happy with the school decisions we made and think this year is going to work. Wogauyu had a bit of a rough start, but I think he’s doing better. Every day I remind him, “give your teacher your eyes,” because he has a hard time paying attention.
  • Claire and I are enjoying our half days of homeschooling. I’m using Sonlight World History as our guide and we’re reading through the books together.
  • In addition, Claire’s puppy is getting older and doing so much better. We had some rough months and I was really worried, but we’re enjoying her more all the time.
  • I joined a Precepts Bible study on the book of Hebrews. I’ve never done a study quite like this and I’m slightly intimidated, but it’s going to be very good for me. I need the Word more than anything else at this time of my life.
  • I’ve been trying to cook large batches of most dinners and freeze at least half. I know the year is only going to get busier and making dinner night after night (after night, after night) can be a major source of stress for me. Planning ahead and having the freezer stocked with back-up meals makes life much easier.
  • I’m communicating with a web designer about a redesign of One Thankful Mom. It’s been many years since Isaiah designed this site for me and it’s time to update. I would love input from all of you about what you would like to see. I’ll put up a post for that topic next week.
  • Grief stinks. Tuesday marked three months since my son, Nick, passed away. This Sunday will mark nine months since we lost Kalkidan. It is so much…so much. I hardly have words. Lord have mercy on us.

I’m off to Bible study this morning, followed by packing, prepping, and organizing things at home this afternoon. I wish you could all join me in Colorado! Maybe next year.

Have a great day, friends.

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.

7 Comments

  1. Krista
    September 24, 2015

    I love this! I just started blogging about our experience in the NYC foster-to-adopt world… It puts a whole new lens on our story, attempting to read it from the vantage point of somebody else, who may either support or disapprove of the road we're walking, the story we're sharing. I want to show the "less edited version of me."

    This came at just the right time for this mama's raw heart. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 24, 2015

      Thanks for sharing your blog and for commenting, Krista. I find that writing helps me sort out my thoughts and make sense of things. And writing for others really forces me to put things into some sort of order, which is good for me. Blogging is good therapy.

      Reply
      1. Krista
        October 6, 2015

        Thanks, Lisa. Unfortunately, we've needed to make the blog private for the time being. Deep sigh. We're feeling the deep brokenness of the foster system. If anyone would like to follow along, I'd be happy to share parts of our story. nycpinwheel@gmail.com

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  2. Emily
    September 25, 2015

    love you love you love you love you love you love you. we want to come visit sometime in the next few months.

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  3. Sarah
    September 25, 2015

    Your last bullet point tore me up, Lisa. How I pray that you will find God in your grief!

    Reply
  4. Pam
    September 28, 2015

    Do you have an email address that I could ask you a question that I don't want others to know unless you approve of it? This doesn't have to do with this particular post, but life in general.

    Reply
    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 28, 2015
      Reply

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