It’s Ringing Again

Twice each day the med alarm on my phone rings reminding me that it’s time for Dimples’ meds. The kids ask why I haven’t changed the setting, which is a good question since Dimples is not home with us and I’m not giving her meds. 

Nearly every day seems to go by at breakneck speed. You know what I mean. The phone rings and I can’t answer it because I’m on my cell with a child who suddenly needs to be picked up somewhere, but I’m nearly late for an appointment for another child, and in the midst of it all, I’m trying to give instructions to my homeschoolers about what they need to do while I’m gone.

So each morning and evening when that med alarm rings, I pause. I pray for Dimples and our family. I pray for a miracle, because it feels like anything short of that will not be enough. And in crazy moments when I can’t even manage a coherent thought, I offer this, “Lord, have mercy on our family. We love you.”

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.

16 Comments

  1. Angela Arnett Stone
    September 9, 2013

    Bless you. You're a good mom. I will pray for you.

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  2. Heather Snyder
    September 9, 2013

    Great idea. Might have to make our med alarm a time to pray too. Love it!

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  3. Karen NumberTwo Hannaford
    September 9, 2013

    Oh that's a lovely idea! Yeah with so much going on it would be easy to let the urgent take over from the important.

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  4. Chantelle
    September 9, 2013

    Love this.

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  5. reinata
    September 9, 2013

    Lisa – I just want to say that you are a very special family … looking at that pic with your older kids with Dimpels, reading your posts, and just feeling the love and care for your children through your words on this blog and Facebook … Praying and believing with you for that miracle, and praying our Father's blessing and comfort on you and your family … *hug* from South Africa
    Reinata

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  6. Sandra Zimmerman
    September 9, 2013

    What a wonderful way to remember Dimples! I often pray brief, frantic prayers for mercy for my family. We so need Jesus help!

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  7. Laura
    September 9, 2013

    I wondered the same thing a few weeks ago when I was at your house. It is sort of lilke when Grammie told us to pray everytime we heard a siren for the people they were going to help. I think it is a wonderful tangible reminder to pray.

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  8. Emily
    September 9, 2013

    Love this.

    I have your family picture and one of the drawings Ebs mailed me on my fridge and I pray for you guys when I look at it.

    Miss you.

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  9. Luann Yarrow Doman
    September 9, 2013

    Dimples is so beautiful. Praying her insides will match her outsides. Praying for total healing…mind, body and spirit. He is able.

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  10. Debbie Pursell
    September 9, 2013

    I love that you do this. I’m going to set my phone alarm to remind me to pray for my family each day as well.

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  11. Allison Kelly
    September 9, 2013

    Hope That She and you Guys are doing Great!! Still rooting for you Lisa!

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  12. ERIKA
    September 9, 2013

    Praying for your precious family. Beautiful pic

    God bless you all

    Matthew 18;19.20

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  13. Astrin Ymris
    September 9, 2013

    http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#art

    Please read this, and share it with everyone you think needs to hear it.

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  14. charity
    September 9, 2013

    it is the little things we choose to do that help us stay sane in the midst of dark days…when we planned to adopt a boy we knew, our kids started leaving a space for him in the song we sing to check to make sure everyone is buckled up in the car before we pull out…two years later, after many changes in country and not being able to adopt as we had hoped, we still sing that song with his name so we remember to pray and look forward. sometimes the greatest power there is in prayer is that if forces us to DO something in a situation where there is nothing else we can do. thinking of you and your ringing phone.

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  15. Julie
    September 18, 2013

    This is beautiful. You have such courage– I really admire you and am encouraged by your journey. This makes me think I could do a similar thing for my son who isn't home yet. I know very little of his orphanage life, but I do know the times he eats. I could set an alarm and remember to pray for him at those times. Which leads me to wonder how I could be more intentional about praying for all of my kiddos. Thanks for the practical insight.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 18, 2013

      Julie, that's a beautiful idea.

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