Heaven Day

Kalkidan Ella Qualls

 10.29.01 – 12.27.14

You make known to me the path of life; 

in your presence there is fullness of joy; 

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

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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.

20 Comments

  1. Mandy
    December 27, 2015

    Praying for you and your family today. May God overwhelm you with His peace and love today!

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  2. Mary DeGennaro
    December 27, 2015

    Praying for all of you today, and remembering your sweet girl!

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  3. Angela Retallack
    December 27, 2015

    Praying for you today.

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  4. Darlene Dyson
    December 27, 2015

    Missing Kalkidan with you sweet friend. As we celebrate Immanuel…"God with us"… One day we with her will know and be FULLY known! Comfort to you precious momma!

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  5. Chantelle
    December 27, 2015

    Lifting you up in prayer. <3 <3 <3

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  6. Bonny Holder
    December 27, 2015

    Kalkidan is looking down on you with love.

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  7. Annie McIntosh
    December 27, 2015

    We drove by the accident site yesterday thinking of Kalkidan. Praying for you all.

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  8. Mary Ostyn
    December 27, 2015

    Long distance hugs to you today!
    Mary

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  9. Emily
    December 27, 2015

    I love you all. I will forever remember the first time I saw her sweet face and knew she was a Qualls.

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  10. Ginger Jerzak
    December 27, 2015

    Praying for your hearts today.

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  11. Laurel
    December 27, 2015

    Thinking of you all, and praying for you today.

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  12. Sarah Gilcrist
    December 27, 2015

    Amen! May God be your joy and continued comfort. Remembering Kalkidan and your family in prayer.

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  13. sciencedino
    December 27, 2015

    I hope you're with people who can support you however you need as you go through this day.

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  14. Pam
    December 27, 2015

    Simply – tears…

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  15. DFNY
    December 27, 2015

    Thinking of you and your family, Lisa, and of Kalkidan. Sending blessings and love your way…

    Damaris

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  16. Kelly
    December 27, 2015

    Thanks for sharing that beautiful photo of Kalkidan. Your family has been in my prayers often these last few days.

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  17. Chris
    December 28, 2015

    OH, be still my heart. Such a hard day to walk through.
    Hugs from cold, snowy Wis

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  18. KMT
    December 29, 2015

    I can't believe it's been a year already. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue to find your way through the change that losing your daughter has brought to your heart and family.

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  19. Jennifer
    December 30, 2015

    Your daughter, her story, your story with her, made a lasting and restorative impact on me, my heart and how I feel about adoption and about family. Thank you for sharing her with your wider adoptive community and for showing us all the everlasting and healing power of love and hope. May peace be with you.

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  20. Kayla
    December 31, 2015

    Not much seems adequate to say…but heaven seems like such a sweet word.

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