Honeybee’s First Email

Honeybee got her very own email address yesterday, and this is what I found in my inbox this morning.

Hi mom I love you. You are wonderful you are a grate mom you are funny and weird but I still love you thank you for being my mom.

This just might be one of the sweetest things she has ever said.  When I am silly and playful with her, she always laughs and tells me I’m weird, and I reply, “Thank you!”

This is good, very good.

#681 – 690 giving thanks

clean floors

laughter while the girls folded laundry and watched The Cosby Show

the roads clear enough of snow for me to get out and walk

piano lessons

a dinner that made everyone happy last night

a good afternoon for Dimples!!!!!

 preparation for the Refresh Conference

my family supporting me in my Tell it Well journey

Old Yeller

texts from my big kids



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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.


  1. AmyE
    January 25, 2012

    I love your posts … about the positives and negatives of parenting these kids from hard places. Gives me hope. Most of the time, I just hear how much he doesn't like me and what a terrible mom I am. Hanging on to the hope that some day he will see all the love that is here for him.

  2. blesseday
    January 25, 2012

    In this pic, don't you feel like you are getting a glimpse into the future, and the beautiful young woman Honeybee is becoming? Wow–you have such hard work now, but I hope moments like these encourage you to keep on. The fruit is already showing.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 25, 2012

      I do see it and I am hopeful. Honeybee has a very tender, beautiful spirit — and I love it when we see it.

  3. Emily
    January 25, 2012

    This is great 🙂

  4. Courtney
    January 25, 2012

    wow! how special!

    and she is so beautiful!!

  5. Julie
    January 25, 2012

    You know you're doing your job when your kids call you weird. 🙂 That is precious. And I totally agree with blesseday's comment.

  6. Donna
    January 25, 2012

    Woo Hoo!

    Excited for you all.

  7. Hannah Tucker
    January 25, 2012

    <3 This is beautiful.

  8. Amy Watson
    January 25, 2012

    Our daughter has an iPod that she saved up her birthday money for. She has an email, but she can't really write or read so she doesn't use it. She does have FaceTime when she's on WiFi and the only person she really ever calls on it is me and my husband. She'll call when we're away for the night, or she's away for the night at her neighbor friend's. She really wants a cell phone, which we don't really understand because she never calls anyone… except us! We're SO not paying for that! Ha!


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