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, we invite you to share a picture of yourself wearing something orange, or with something orange in the picture. Orange was Kalkidan’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 #rememberingkalkidan 

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

If there is one thing I fear, it’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 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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