A Little News in the Midst of Life

I want to take a few minutes just to catch up and say hello. Hello, friend, how are you?

If you subscribe to my friends-letter, a short weekend email, you’re a little more in the loop. I would love to send it to you; I promise, it takes only a minute to read.

We’re a few weeks into the new year and some things are going well for me while others are feeling a little crazy.

First, I have news to share, news I think you’ll like.

I’ve decided to return to One Thankful Mom. 

for no reason at all except claire with her dog and her friend with our barn cat just look cute
for no reason at all except claire with her dog and her friend with our barn cat just look cute

You may be wondering why it took me so long to come to this decision. There are many factors involved ranging from the technical to the financial.

The most overwhelming for me is the need to redesign the old site and then do all the tech work to export everything from this site to that one (for tech folks, also from one platform to another) and then move back to my old domain (web address).

There are so many details and it’s far more than I can do on my own. If you’re a word press blog designer, or can recommend one, leave a comment or shoot me an email at lisa@onethankfulmom.com

Our visit with Hannah was wonderful. With so much snow and ice, we ended up staying home a lot, which meant more time for knitting, talking, cooking, and just being together. It also meant school was canceled one day so the kids got a little more time with her too.

She helped me declutter my clothes and we dreamed up a knitting side business for her, just in case this surgeon gig doesn’t work out. Just kidding about the surgeon thing – but not entirely about the knitting business! Hannah and Annarose are prolific knitters; who knows what they might do?

With so much ice on the roads and sidewalks is it’s been very hard to get outside and walk with the dog. I’ve managed not to fall but it’s a serious risk. My treadmill has been acting up too, so I’ve decided to join the local gym. The last time I was a member I was pregnant with Claire, so it’s been a few years. I’m slightly intimidated, but my friends tell me I’ll love it and I’m willing to give it a try.

I’ve been reading most mornings and turning off the computer to read most evenings as well. I’ve finished three books so far this year (in order):

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton I have very mixed feelings about this book. I read it to discuss with Hannah and Mimi and we had plenty to talk about.

Born Broken by Kristin Berry I had the honor of reading a galley copy of Kristin’s new book and writing an endorsement. I honestly could not put it down.

Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend  So good. I wish I had read this years ago. I’ve moved on to Boundaries with Teens and plan to read more of these books. We need to grab hold of this for our family.

Have you read Boundaries and applied the principles to your life?

I have a meeting in 30 minutes and need to run. I hope you have a great day. If you are signed up for my friends-letter, you’ll find it in your inbox Friday or Saturday. I’ll be asking my friends-letter folks for advice on a new One Thankful Mom logo – just as soon as I find someone to design it, and I would love to have you add your thoughts.

Thank you for reading and sharing my day. Thank you for being so patient as I’ve sorted out this blog, moving from One Thankful Mom to Thankful Moms, and now starting the journey back.  Deep breath – we’re going to make it.

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.

12 Comments

  1. Emily Wynsma
    January 26, 2017

    Have I told you my story about someone buying Boundaries when I worked at a bookstore?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 26, 2017

      No – and I want to hear it.

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  2. Emily
    January 26, 2017

    I’m praying for you as you transition back to your old domain. We recently redesigned our co-op’s website with WordPress and had a great designer who is a mom at our co-op.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 26, 2017

      Thank you, Emily. If she is interested, will you give her my email address? Tell her I already have a theme picked out.

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  3. Sharon
    January 26, 2017

    If I can help with the transfer and redesign, I’ll be glad to! I have been blessed by your blog many times. It would be an honor to bless you back!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 26, 2017

      Sharon, your work is beautiful! I will email you. Thank you!

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  4. Lisa H.
    January 26, 2017

    I read just a portion of Boundaries with Kids a long time ago and have always remembered one VERY helpful principle: Don’t parent to your own needs. The book talked about how we as parents have our own hurts from our childhoods, but we can’t project those onto our children. For example, just because WE had a negative experience with school doesn’t necessarily mean we shouldn’t send our children to school. They are not US and have not had OUR experiences. We have to be aware as we make decisions as parents that we are making our decisions in our child’s best interests, and not unconsciously making decisions to parent our own “child” selves…..

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 26, 2017

      Such good words, Lisa. Thanks for sharing them.

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  5. Emily
    January 26, 2017

    Wishing you the best on the journey back. Life is so circular in so many ways as we move back and forth and overlap and re-lap….and back flip…we learn so much by this about ourselves and from each other.

    I felt like when Hannah was visiting that I was looping back to 1993… so much love
    Em

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 26, 2017

      So true, I guess it’s all part of the journey. As hard as it is to face the work of moving back (and cost, and headache) I’m still proud of myself for trying something new, for stretching myself to take a risk. I learned and grew – which is something to be thankful for.

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  6. Jeri
    January 29, 2017

    I’ve loved the family stories and reading about your family so I’m excited!
    On another note, I think the timing was when the new site started, I stopped getting each post. Instead it sends a few weeks at a time, one time it was 6 weeks. Has anyone else had this happen?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 29, 2017

      Thank you, Jeri. I have no idea why that happened. I hope it will fix itself when I got back to the old web address, if not, I have someone who can fix it for me now! In good news, I include the links to the posts in each friends-letter, so you can almost get them in a weekly digest form that way now.

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