Merry Christmas, Friends!


Well friends, it’s early on Christmas Eve morning and I suspect I won’t get back here until all of the festivities are over. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Last night we realized that our water storage tank is nearly empty, which means there is a problem with the pump in our well, or something in our house isn’t working. This means: no showers, flushing toilets only when necessary, and minimizing water consumption. Talk about bad timing. Russ is going to call the well people this morning and see if they can come out, but it’s Christmas Eve, so I suspect it will be costly. Sad!

All of our kids will be here for Christmas except Hannah, who marks the exact halfway point in her residency today. Only 2 1/2 years to go. She’s on call for her last day of this rotation, then she has a few months of research. It would be wonderful if I could get away to visit her in the next few months – I’ve always wanted to go to Minneapolis in February 🙂

Dimples is home for Christmas this year after being in treatment for the past two. I am  hopeful and nervous. Aunt Michele invited her to spend a few hours with her family this afternoon which will be a huge treat for Dimples who loves their family.

The older crew is coming over to help cook this afternoon. This takes a huge amount of pressure off of me, and  it’s fun being in the kitchen together. Tonight we’ll attend the Christmas Eve service at our church and then have dinner afterward.

After some negotiation, the older kids agreed to arrive at 9:00 tomorrow morning, so as not to torment their younger siblings with too much waiting. We’ll do some stocking gifts first thing, then the sibling stocking stuffers at 9:00, followed by brunch. Gift opening is a long, and usually very fun process that takes us into the afternoon. Thankfully, I have a super easy dinner planned so there won’t be much work needed to pull it off.

I’m hoping for a calm and joyful day tomorrow. I wish peace for all of you who are parenting children from “hard places.” Let’s remember to give our children lots of nurture and a fair amount of structure these next two days. Feed them well. Post a schedule for the days on the refrigerator. Hug your kids, play with them, and be a little silly.

Blessings to you, my friends!


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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. Teresa
    December 24, 2014

    I always appreciate your posts. Thanks for the reminder in your last paragraph. I am just finishing off our kids mini photo albums (photo memories of 2014) for the kids stockings, then I will implement "the nurture and structure plan". Merry Christmas and blessings on your family.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 24, 2014

      Merry Christmas to you and your family, Teresa!

  2. DFNY
    December 28, 2014

    Wanted to say that your Christmas plans sounded lovely, purposeful, and joyful. Hope the water tank situation was resolved. We had a lovely celebration on Christmas Eve with my side of the family at my younger sister's, and Christmas Day at my husband's sister's house. It was the 1st time in 18 years that we didn't host Christmas Day and it was wonderful to focus on just us and do no cleaning or cooking, except pancakes and scrambled eggs in the morning. We then went and feasted at my SIL's. Love your comments in the last paragraph. I must remember that to share joy with our children is more important than keeping a semi-clean house. Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!



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