Giving Thanks for Today


It is nearly Thanksgiving; the grocery stores are packed, my refrigerator is full, and we are getting ready to celebrate.

This Thanksgiving is a little bittersweet because neither Hannah or Isaiah will be with us.  We’ve been very blessed to have our children home for most holidays, and we don’t take it for granted.  The sadness is made a little lighter because our friend, Emily, arrived from Portland late last night, and she brings lots of happiness with her.  Isaiah will spend Thanksgiving with my dear friend, Kathleen and her family.  They’re also hosting some street kids from Seattle as well as other folks.  Hannah will do rounds in the morning and then spend the day with our friend, Dorothy and her family – which I’m sure will be wild and crazy, just like home.

Today we are making desserts; doesn’t that sound fun?  We’re sharing dinner with friends who have hosted us quite a few years.  Rather than each family bringing a few different things, my friend, Liz, is making all of the vegetables, we’re making all of the desserts, and our hosts are providing the turkey, potatoes, and those sorts of things.

I expect there will be lots of good food and laughter – and probably some singing as well.  Have a wonderful, glorious Thanksgiving.  Our God lavishes His love on us.

Question: What does your day hold?  Are you traveling? Working? Cooking? Hosting Family and 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.

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  1. Heidi
    November 21, 2012

    Cuddling my new son, born last night. What a lovely Thanksgiving gift!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 21, 2012

      Congratulations, Heidi! Such happy news and a definite cause for thanksgiving.

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    2. Damaris
      November 21, 2012

      What an amazing gift, indeed. Congratulations and God's blessings…

      Reply
  2. Mary (Owlhaven)
    November 21, 2012

    We're making mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. This afternoon our teenagers are going to help my momma clean her house. And I'm hoping to get more stain on my bathroom cabinet project..

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Lisa!

    Mary, momma to many

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  3. Traci
    November 21, 2012

    We are having what my mother calls Merry Thanksgiving. All the cooking is her gift to my sister and I and then we spend Christmas with our in-laws. It works great for our family!

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  4. Hannah Jasmine
    November 21, 2012

    We're busy getting as many dishes made today as we can, to save time and dirty dishes tomorrow. We'll have cousins traveling to visit, but there are only four of us kids at home, the fewest since my sister Hilary, the fifth child, was born. We're trying to focus on being thankful, because there is so much to be thankful for, but it is painful beyond words to endure this first holiday without Ford, especially for my sister in NZ, with whom he was supposed to be staying just now.

    May God fill your Thanksgiving day – and all your days of thanksgiving! – with joy!

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  5. Emily
    November 21, 2012

    I am thankful to be heeeerrreee!!!!!

    And thankful that when I came at 3:00 AM you’d put in a heating pad in my bed.

    And thankful that Ladybug, Honeybee, and Sunshine came in bed to snuggle with me when they woke up.

    And I am being paged to, at the moment, let’s see, play Cranium with Sunshine, take Honeybee shopping, and write a story with Little Man :-). So I should get off the computer and interact with the Qualls family in real life…

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  6. Katie May
    November 21, 2012

    With my husband working a full day (he's a hospital doc) and one of my little guys having the stomach flu, our day tomorrow now looks like it will be rather quiet. My boys and I will watch the parade, stay in our PJ's and maybe even breakout a few Christmas movies.

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  7. Damaris
    November 21, 2012

    Right now, I am putting the lights on the (fake) Christmas tree that my husband brought down from the attic today. After many years with a real tree, we bought a fake (but pretty real looking tree) a few years ago and can enjoy it and the Christmas spirit for as long as possible. When we were waiting 3.5 long years for our daughter to come home from Guatemala, the tree was up until Feb one year b/c we so hoped she'd be home "soon". We finally brought her home 5 days before Christmas in 2008 (at 3.5) and got to have the best gift ever. Now the tree will be up until at least Epiphany. The kids LOVE it. Tomorrow, we go to my SIL's house for Thanksgiving dinner (the pumpkin pie is from Costco) and, Fri, we celebrate with my side of the family at my sister's. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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