A New Job in a Full Life

I may need to take up a new style of blogging  – bullet points.

*For two days I’m driving back and forth to Spokane for a Fostering Idaho/Fostering WA conference. I’m a wee bit envious of the people spending the night, sleeping in comfy hotel beds and having dinner with adults, but that doesn’t work for our schedule right now. This morning I set my alarm for 5:00 to be sure I would be out the door on time. I’m honestly thankful I woke at 4:30 giving me time to read my Bible, write a few words in my Line a Day Journal (yes, I’m actually keeping up!), and write a few words to you.

*I may have neglected to mention I have a new job, one I wasn’t looking for but came looking for me. It’s part-time with flexible hours and I can do some of my work from home. What I haven’t figured out yet is where to find the extra hours in my already full schedule, but I’m rearranging, talking with Russ, letting things go, and asking God to show me how he wants me to spend my time using the gifts he’s given me.

*On the extremely bright side, I work with people who are passionate about children, families, foster care, adoption, trauma, attachment, and all the things I love. It doesn’t get much better than this.

*The school year is racing to a finish with the kids gleefully counting down the remaining days. I wish I felt as excited as they do. I need to give more thought not only to their summer routine, but mine. How will I organize my time to accomplish my writing goals (I promise, the book is happening and I will be able to tell you more this summer), keep the blog going, send you my friends-letter (sign up for my weekly email!), and do my Fostering Idaho work. Oh, and I need to be a good mom too!

*Along with school, Eby and Wogauyu’s baseball season is wrapping up. Their last games are this week with the league tournament next week. They’ve had great coaches and learned so much. I’m very thankful – and will still be happy when the season ends and we can sit down for dinner as a family.

*Also on my mind: Hannah is wrapping up her last weeks of residency in Minneapolis. Mimi came for a two-day visit, stayed for four, and bought a car while she was here after hers completely died and was towed to a salvage yard. Noah turned 26 yesterday and is nearly done with his third year of med school. I talked with both  Samuel and Isaiah in the last few days – I miss them. Annarose left for her summer job as a camp counselor last Sunday.

*Russ is working on projects he really enjoys, which is a treat after a very intense semester. I love seeing him happy.

All for today. How are you?

I plan to send out my weekend email. If you haven’t signed up, I hope you will. It’s short and sweet, and a little more personal – a letter to my friends.

Have a wonderful day, friend, and if it’s a hard one you’re facing, know you’re not alone. If you are hurting, overwhelmed, discouraged, scared, I’m pausing to pray courage and strength for you right now.

Lisa

This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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.

10 Comments

  1. AmyE
    June 1, 2017

    Was finally successful in signing up for your emails. Have tried before and kept getting bumped out of the process. Hard days over here. Wish I knew how to make them better. Appreciate the prayers always and will pray for you as well. 😀

    Reply
    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 1, 2017

      I wonder why it didn’t work before? Thank you for trying again. I’m sorry for the hard days – I hope there is a bright spot in your day.

      Reply
  2. Karen
    June 1, 2017

    We are settling into summer here. And I’ve frequently blogged in bullet points. 🙂 Thanks for the update!

    Reply
    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 1, 2017

      So much faster!!

      Reply
  3. JodyC
    June 1, 2017

    I absolutely love reading your blog anyway it comes. So thank you for your faithfulness to care for others and share transparently! Keep it up as God allows.

    Reply
    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 2, 2017

      Thank you so much, Jody. I appreciate the encouragement.

      Reply
  4. maureen Evermann
    June 1, 2017

    How do I sign up for the email?

    Reply
    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 2, 2017

      Thanks for asking! Here is a link: http://eepurl.com/bVXP8X

      Reply
  5. Angela
    June 2, 2017

    I’m pretty sure I have the same part time job with fostering wa but was unable to get to the conference! I think you will be great ! Welcome!

    Reply
    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 2, 2017

      Wonderful! I hope we can meet next time.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

I accept the Privacy Policy