Take a Peek at What’s New in my Thankful Moms Etsy Store!

I’m so excited to tell you about the new cuff bracelets in my Etsy store, and about our special introductory offer!

Words are like food – I need words to speak life over me, words to remind me of what is true, words of worship and obedience, trust and faith.

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scroll down to see more hammered and smooth options

I wear emblems on my body to remind me of who I am – and whose I am.

My wedding ring never comes off – my heart belongs to Russ and I wear this visual reminder every day. I often wear a cross, usually an Ethiopian cross, and I find myself holding it as I read, and especially when I speak. I belong to Jesus, I am His.

Last summer Cate and I began talking about jewelry for my little Etsy store. She’s an adoptive mama like me. She was a blog reader who became a friend and then became a partner of sorts. She works from home making jewelry and I work from home writing.

We both love Jesus, our families, coffee, and the Northwest. We have long rambling phone conversations and laugh a lot when we’re trying to get things done.

I told Cate about a phrase that means so much to me – “Courage, dear heart.”

If you know Narnia, you’ll recognize it as something Aslan speaks to Lucy in response to her cry for help. She is on the ship, the Dawn Treader, which has sailed into a great and dreadful darkness.

Lucy leaned her head on the edge of the fighting top and whispered “Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send us help now.” C.S. Lewis

In response, an albatross appears to lead them out of the darkness and as it circles the ship, it whispers to Lucy, “Courage, dear heart.” She knows it is Aslan’s voice.

I’ve had moments of great darkness, of needing God to show up and help me. He has given me courage when I had none, strength when I was weak, and peace in times of extreme trial.

As Cate and I talked, the idea for these cuffs began to develop.

Friends offered suggestions for words and phrases – we could hardly stop ourselves at six.

be brave

it is well

love is love is love


be still

courage, dear heart

Cate hand stamps each cuff, one letter at a time, and she prays over them as she works. No two are alike. I wear the first one she made, “courage, dear heart.”

Cuffs can be ordered in pewter or copper, hammered or smooth.

Our professional photos will be ready soon, but I couldn’t wait any longer to show these to you. This is how Cate arranged the cuffs to take them to the photographer. Hopefully, it’s not a huge marketing faux pas to show them to you early, but I’m not much of a business person anyhow.

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Necklaces are coming very soon and they are beautiful too!  You’ll have your choice of the same phrases with other lovely things like arrows, essential oil diffusers, beads, keys, and more.

My foster daughter, Zoe, wore a “be brave” necklace the day she spoke in front of hundreds of people about the need for more foster parents.

There will be beautiful necklaces already made for you, and build-your-own options. Cate is quite creative. Me? I only think of words.

For one week only, until Nov. 13, we have a special introductory offer. Buy two cuffs and get a third cuff 50% off.

Christmas will be here before we know it – it’s not too early to get some shopping done, and handcrafted gifts are extra wonderful. To make life even easier, Cate sends each cuff tucked in a cloth drawstring bag ready for gift-giving.

I hope you love these as much as I do.



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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. Ann Megill
    November 5, 2016

    So great! These look awesome! What a great idea. Prior to below knee amputation this summer, I got a tattoo on my arm to encourage myself that there would be no quitting. Same idea.
    Would she consider adding a stamped leather bracelet?

    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 5, 2016

      I’ve thought about a tattoo in memory of Kalkidan – I haven’t decided yet. What does your tattoo say/look like? I don’t know if Cate works with leather, but I’ll ask her. Good to hear from you, Ann; you and I go way back.


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