Home: Barn Storage

It’s been a bit of a rough morning at our house – lots of big feelings and not much willing communication. Fortunately I have time on my side and I’m pretty good at waiting. I am the mom. I am wise. I am strong. I am kind. And I am going to love my child no matter what. By the grace of God, love is winning in my heart and home today.

Bee just changed her FB profile picture to the one above. The girls are working through lots of feelings about Dimples being gone and have lots of questions.

Plans for our house remodel continue to develop. The first phase is building storage in our existing barn in order to empty out the garage. Russ went to the county Planning and Building department to check on the some structural adjustments that need to be made and it looks like it will not be too complicated. I say that with the realization that I actually know nothing about construction.

At the moment, the plan is to put two bedrooms in the garage, one for Dimples and one for our older boys (whoever lives at home at the time), as well as a small storage space and room for my freezer and refrigerator. Then Bee can move into the big boys’ room. The details aren’t hammered out, but this is where we think we’ll start.

Depending on finances, we also hope to pave an area of our driveway to give Dimples a place to play basketball, which is very therapeutic for her. Once those priorities are covered, we’ll look at adding some space to the house or building a detached garage with an apartment above it, but we’re still waiting to see what the Lord has in mind.

In the meantime, we need to be faithful with this first step.

We had a long phone conversation with Dimples’ therapist yesterday. We are traveling to see her fairly soon and there are lots of emotions to process. I’m hoping we can attend the weekly worship service with her while we are there.

Thanks for reading and sticking with me as we work our way through the life the Lord is giving us.

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. Emily
    March 14, 2013

    You inspire me so much to seek and trust God, friend. Praying with you and can't wait to hug everybody.

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  2. linedancergal
    March 14, 2013

    That is a beautiful photo! Such pretty girls. I was just thinking how they look happy and like they have no problems. It's odd how the outside can hide so much of what is going on inside.
    The house plans sound good. Exciting stuff!

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  3. Julia
    March 14, 2013

    I check your blog on & off throughout the day; just waiting for a new post. I am so inspired & challenged by you on a daily basis. I am a first time mom to a 10 month old girl and I am Kathleen's niece so that is how I came across your blog. Just wanted to take the time today to say thank you … and that I am praying for your family; especially Dimples.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 14, 2013

      If you are Kathleen's niece, we're practically family! I love your aunt and am so thankful that I can call her anytime. We've done our share of crying and praying together – in fact we cried on the phone today. Thanks for following my blog.

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  4. SleepyKnitter
    March 14, 2013

    Praying with you as you move forward with your house plans and forward with Dimples’ (and the rest of the family’s) healing.

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  5. Margaret
    March 14, 2013

    Lisa,I am very grateful that you are willing to share your story, including all the thoughts and feelings about Dimples. I don't comment often but I get a lot of support and inspiration from this blog. Thank you.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 14, 2013

      You're welcome, Margaret. Thanks for letting me know that it is helpful to you.

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  6. Anita
    March 14, 2013

    I just wanted to let you know that you are on my mind and in my thoughts often. About once a week or so, I give my husband updates on Dimples, because we care, and we're thankful for the way the Lord is providing for you. The way you share your journey is such a blessing to so many. Thank you, Lisa!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 14, 2013

      I am so touched, Anita. Thank you for caring and for thinking of us.

      Reply
  7. Mary (Owlhaven)
    March 14, 2013

    Sounds like a good house plan!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 14, 2013

      It's a start!

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