Happy Birthday to Our Kalkidan

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Happy Birthday to our beautiful girl.

Kalkidan Ella Qualls. Loved. Remembered. Celebrated.

We’re wearing orange today 10/29, and tomorrow to celebrate Kalkidan.

Russ has been in Colorado with other foster and adoptive dads and is on his way home today. We’ll be together tomorrow as a family, wearing orange, eating something spicy, and remembering the gift of Kalkidan.

If you are celebrating Kalkidan with us,Ā we invite you to share a picture of yourself wearing something orange, or with something orange in the picture. Orange was Kalkidanā€™s favorite color and truly represented her bright spirit. If you have photos of her, please share those as well.

Please upload your photo(s) to Facebook (and tag me so I see it), Instagram, or Twitter. Hashtag your photo #rememberingkalkidanĀ 

Our family will see your photos and know that you are remembering Kalkidan with us.

If there is one thing I fear, itā€™s that our spicy, vibrant girl will be forgotten.

Please share this with anyone who might like to celebrate with us.

Kalkidan changed our lives forever – our daughter, sister, friend, and teacher. We will never be the same.

In our sadness, which honestly is still very deep, we are sure of God’s promises – Kalkidan is more alive than ever and she knows only love. We’ll see her again and it will be a joyful reunion.

Much love from our family to you,

Lisa – for all the Qualls

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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 TBRIĀ® 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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