Making it Right

We had a lesson in the joy of forgiveness yesterday. I picked the boys up from their morning class to find Little Man looking grumpy because had gotten his name on the board for talking during class.  I asked if he had made it right with his teacher; he frowned and shook his head saying, “She doesn’t need me to.”  I explained that when he is corrected at school, he needs to seek forgiveness from his teacher so he can go home happy, ready for a fresh start the next day.

The moment we got to the door, Little Man buried his head in my shoulder and refused to speak to his teacher; I told her we would be back another time.  As we walked away, I knelt down in front of him and explained how great forgiveness is because it wipes away the wrong we’ve done so we can have free and happy hearts.   He considered it a bit longer and then went back and spoke to his teacher; she shook his hand, forgave him, and praised him for being brave enough to make it right.

While I don’t enjoy these opportunities, I welcome them because I want my children to learn this lesson early in life.  We all sin against one another and it is essential to have the courage to  seek forgiveness rather than harbor bitter feelings that fester.  It also takes practice.  We need to experience the discomfort of the wrongdoing, the prompting of the Holy Spirit, the strength to seek forgiveness, followed by the sweetness of restoration.  There is freedom and joy in “keeping short accounts.”

It is the end of our first week with everyone in their new schedules.  We had multiple evening activities this week, including a quick run to Quick Care last night.  Dimples is proudly sporting a wrap on her ankle and a note from the doc saying she cannot run or jump for a week due to tendonitis – which has been plaguing her far too long.  Honeybee made cupcakes to take to school in celebration of her upcoming birthday.  Ladybug played her first highschool volleyball game with both Russ and I there.  We haven’t seen Noah or Samuel much as their semester has taken off, and  Isaiah is in Seattle getting ready to start his internship; I need to write an update on him soon.

Best of all, it’s Friday and we are not traveling anywhere this weekend!  I need a Saturday at home to deal with the clutter that has accumulated and clean the house.  We’re celebrating Honeybee’s 13th birthday on Sunday – she is very excited.

I’m so happy to have my three youngest home on this sunny morning. Let the homeschooling day begin.


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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. Emily
    September 7, 2012

    You are a great mom. So good to read about what's up with the Qualls. I'll call miss Honeybee for her birthday 🙂

  2. Dawn Wright
    September 7, 2012

    Awesome lesson, hard, but good to get early on!!!

  3. Courtney
    September 10, 2012

    such a great lesson – for ALL of us! thank you for sharing!

  4. Nathan
    September 10, 2012

    An essential but hard to learn lesson for both young and old alike, as I can readily testify.


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