I Will Never Be Bored

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If you never want to be bored, have a large family. Something is always changing.

Over the last few months many of our kids have made big changes. Noah got married (it still surprises me to see a ring on his finger), Hannah became a third year resident, Samuel decided to go to graduate school, and Isaiah surprised us all by deciding to go to college.

He also surprised us with metal in his nose. Thankfully, he sent me a text saying, “Mom, I got a piercing. Just wanted to tell you before I post a picture on Instagram.” Warnings are always appreciated – he’s a good son.

Isaiah is one of those people who could do many different things. He graduated from high school early, raised lots of money for clean water in Africa, traveled to Kenya twice, interned with two non-profits, founded a small company with a couple of other guys, began recording music, and most recently was a worship intern at a church. All that and he is only nineteen.

He was considering moving to CA, but his brothers and sisters convinced him it would be a good year to be home. For the next nine months all of the kids (except Hannah) are here in town. Noah and Katie will move to Seattle next summer, who knows where Samuel will be, and Annarose has big plans for a gap year. Not to mention, Isaiah had many scholarships waiting for him at UI which made it an easy financial decision.

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They called him, emailed him, and finally Mimi persuaded him that this was a great year to come home. He arrived on a Sunday night, temporarily moved in with Samuel and his roommates, and started classes the next morning.

Last Sunday afternoon I came home from a meeting and found the washer and dryer running, and evidence of a meal prepared in the kitchen. It made me smile.

Here’s to college life, brothers and sisters who fiercely love one another, and baking cookies.

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It’s going to be a good year.

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.

14 Comments

  1. Angela Arnett Stone
    September 19, 2014

    I love the grace that you give as you describe the situation surrounding your finding out about the piercing. As a young adult I bet he appreciates it too. Thanks for your great example.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 19, 2014

      Angela, you can imagine how happy I was to have a little warning. If anybody can pull it off, Isaiah can 🙂

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  2. DFNY
    September 19, 2014

    How sweet this post is. I love the picture of Isaiah cooking…and he's home. So glad the next 9 months will have most of your kids close by. Blessings being sent to you and your beautiful family, Lisa. (I'm smiling from ear to ear.)

    Damaris

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 19, 2014

      I'm glad this post made you smile. It made me happy to write it.

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  3. Abra
    September 19, 2014

    It is so refreshing to see moms take these types of changes cheerfully. That is something I always appreciated about my own parents: even though it really wasn't her thing, she accompanied me to get my first nose piercing (I was 20). 🙂 It is one of my favorite memories.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 19, 2014

      Abra, I should blog about it sometime, but I took Beza to get her nose pierced as a birthday gift last year. It was a stretch for me, but it was something she had wanted for a few years and we saw some value in saying "yes" to it. She wears a little stud and it looks very pretty on her.

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  4. Emily
    September 19, 2014

    Issaaaaaiiiiiiahhhhhhh!!!! Oh goodness do I love that boy.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 19, 2014

      Me too, Emily 🙂 Thanks for being such a great friend to our family.

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  5. Laura
    September 19, 2014

    Caleb said it was great that Isaiah stayed with them for a few weeks and he got to know him better. He is looking forward to more time with another cousin—here's to cousins becoming friends!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 19, 2014

      We love seeing the cousins together, between my kids, Caleb, and a few friends, they have quite the group.

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  6. Luann Yarrow Doman
    September 20, 2014

    Sounds like you have wisely chosen the battles you want to wage. 🙂

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  7. blesseday
    September 20, 2014

    If he ever wants to come out to CA for a visit, he is welcome to visit Santa Cruz! He would love our church–Vintage Faith. Tatoos and piercings aplenty, but rock solid theology. : )

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 20, 2014

      He might like that 🙂

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  8. Laurel
    February 25, 2015

    The Lord knew that you would all need to be close to home this year. His grace.

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