Kissing You on the Cheek

Just a quick post today to say New York was amazing.

Beza and I spoke at the Rollstone Foundation gala on Long Island. Rollstone provides adoption grants to families adopting children with special needs (families must be matched with a child prior to applying).

Beza was truly incredible. She gave an inspiring and beautiful speech, touching the hearts of everyone attending the event.

I overheard a woman tell her, “At most events with this many attorneys, we can never get everyone to be quiet so we can hear the speaker; but when you were talking, you could have heard a pin drop in the back of the room.”

Sharing your story is powerful for the speaker and the listener. There is something beautiful about raw truth. Beza didn’t sugar-coat her life, nor did she exaggerate it – she told it like it was, and it was enough.

One side note, the people we met were so warm and kind. The vast majority of them greeted us with a kiss on the cheek. I’m a hugger, but why not add a kiss on the cheek? I think I will incorporate cheek-kissing into my life.

Thursday was spent in the city. We took a Circle boat tour so Beza could see the Statue of Liberty. Years ago, when we lived in Ithaca, we took our three young children to see the Statue of Liberty. Back then we could climb the stairs to the crown.

The highlight of our day was seeing Wicked. It was amazing – honestly, just incredible. I would go on and on, but I know it’s kind of annoying to everyone except the person telling how amazing it was.

Friday was restful and filled with good food and people. Saturday we traveled home. Sunday was a mix of family and the pain of re-entry into life.

Today, well, I’m still making the week’s to-do list while jumping from one urgent task to another. Wogauyu got sick at school which added a little twist to the day.

I hope this week settles into some sort of normal.

Thanks for following our trip on Instagram. It’s been fun seeing comments and experimenting with “my story.” I’m still not quite sure what I think of it, but it’s kind of fun, and it’s a whole lot easier than blogging! But then again, I have a lot to say sometimes (which you’ve probably noticed).

Have a great start to your week, friend.

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.

7 Comments

  1. luann
    May 22, 2017

    Beza is so beautiful! You must be incredibly proud of her. <3

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    1. Pamela Greene
      May 23, 2017

      Hey we are Nu Yawkers! The kiss on the check is a must!! Thank you Lisa and Beza for sharing your story and, by doing so, helping so many waiting children be able to some day tell theirs.
      I miss you both.
      L/P

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      1. Lisa Qualls
        May 23, 2017

        We miss you too – and we’ll give you a kiss on the cheek next time we see you!

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  2. Emily
    May 23, 2017

    I am all about cheek kisses! That’s how my fam was(/is), and our family friends growing up… and while I try to respect people’s personal boundaries, those of our friends who do that feel extra like home to me. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 23, 2017

      Definitely kissing you next time I see you.

      Reply
  3. Janet Longo
    May 25, 2017

    It feel so honored meeting both of you. Beza is such a blessing and so brave standing before a room filled with people, telling her story. Thank you so much for joining us at the gala this year and for helping us to save more!!!!! Janet Longo

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 25, 2017

      It was our honor and joy. Beza really did a fabulous job! Thank you for blessing us so much.

      Reply

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