Four Highlights of My Visit with Dimples

Dimples - May 2007
Dimples – May 2007

My visit with Dimples was very good, and while I’m tempted to write about it in great detail, I’m pretty sure I won’t get it done, so today I’m going to share a few highlights.

1. She asked me to sit with her. When we arrived at the cottage, school was out and a few other parents were also there. One of the moms was tightening her daughter’s locs, and they planned to watch Frozen. Dimples asked if we wanted to watch, and then she pointed to a big, cushy rocking chair and casually said, “Do you want to sit with me?” Not too many months ago, she was assigned to sit in that chair with me for a specific number of minutes (I can’t recall how many at the moment), and she literally counted the seconds, keeping track of each 60 that passed, until the time was completed.

I gladly sat with Dimples, wedged tightly together, my arm around her as we rocked, and she sang along to the movie.

2. Michele traveled with me. Russ is swamped with working on the barn so we can begin the remodel of the garage. With only weekends to work on it, he needed to stay behind and press on. Thankfully, Dimples was home only two weeks earlier, and he was able to connect with her on that visit. Michele and I have been friends for over twenty years, and we rarely get much time together, so we enjoyed time for the kind of conversations that can’t take place in ten minutes.

Michele has been a very important part of Dimples’ life from the time Dimples joined our family. Michele and her family are the most important people in Dimples’ life, after us – although there have been times when it has seemed to be reversed. Dimples loves “Aunt Michele” and is already talking about which night she’ll have dinner with them every week next school year.

3. We did a wonderful exercise with Dimples during our family group time. It was insightful and I was so encouraged by the development of Dimples’ thoughts and reflections on her life. I’ll write about it in a separate post.

4. I made a new friend. There’s just nothing like the sweet fellowship of parents who understand this journey. To find a friend whose path has led her family to the same program, and even to the same cottage, is incredible.  She lives on the other side of the country, but we discovered that we even have mutual friends. Best of all, she loves Jesus, and encouraged me so much with her faith. We sipped tea and talked for three hours our last night there – I hope we’ll get to do it again one day.

Chores are nearly done here and I need to move into the school morning. Have a great Tuesday, friends. Thank you for following our journey, for your prayers, and for your encouraging comments.

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. lisa martinez
    March 25, 2014

    So happy for you Lisa. Continued prayers for positive healing.
    Big Hugs

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 25, 2014

      Thank you, Lisa, for your prayers and your encouraging words.

      Reply
  2. Elizabeth
    March 25, 2014

    Oh, how encouraging!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 25, 2014

      Yep – very encouraging.

      Reply
  3. Angela
    March 25, 2014

    so glad to hear…! Hope is a great thing!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 25, 2014

      Yes it is! Thanks for the comment, Angela.

      Reply
  4. Laurel
    March 25, 2014

    I love that first story about sitting together in the chair! What a beautiful testament of healing!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 25, 2014

      It was pretty great 🙂

      Reply
  5. SleepyKnitter
    March 25, 2014

    Beautiful! I am so happy to read about these good moments full of hope!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 26, 2014

      Thank you for being on the journey with me.

      Reply
  6. Kylee
    March 25, 2014

    I'm so glad you had a good visit with Dimples…I've been encouraged and hopeful for your family, watching her progress this past year. We just found out TODAY that my little brother (age 12) will be moving to an out-of-home program in the coming weeks. Much like your family, my parents adopted 4 younger children and the journey, while beautiful, has had challenges beyond what could ever be expected. We are so hopeful for this new phase, but grieve the loss and the presence of my sweet baby brother in our home. I'm reminded that our God has great plans for his hurting children. Thank you for sharing your journey with Dimples…tonight, as tears pour down my face in my little college town, I'm encouraged by those who have walked this journey ahead of us.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 26, 2014

      Kylee, I'm so glad our journey is helping other families like yours. I hope your brother finds great healing in treatment and your family is able to rest and be restored.

      Reply
  7. Erika
    March 26, 2014

    Yay thank you God for this visit turning out so wonderful and for Dimples continued healing. Thank you and God bless old friends and new.

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