My Friends-letter – I Did It!

I sent out my email newsletter, what I call my “friends-letter,” today!

This required watching a long YouTube tutorial, lots of trial and error, and quite of bit of anxiety when I hit “send,” but I think I did it right.


I plan to use the weekly(ish) friends-letter to write a more personal note to you, especially if you’ve known me a long time, or would like to know me a little better.

Blog posts tend to be more topical and to the point. The friends-letter could include more about my family life, books I’m reading, maybe even favorite recipes. I’ll ask what you want to hear.

If you used to get my posts delivered to you by email, you may like this too, because I’ll often include links to the posts from the previous week.

If you’d like a more personal note from me, once a week or so, use this link to sign up!

Thank you for reading, encouraging, and walking with me through life.


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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. Debbie
    December 19, 2016

    Great News! I am signed up, but I haven’t received one. I have been really looking forward to reading these newsletters.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 19, 2016

      Debbie, thanks for signing up. Your first friends-letter is on its way!


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