On the Road to Montana

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Russ and I are heading out on a short road trip this morning with Dimples. A friend who used to work in the cottage at Dimples’ program invited her to come visit for a few days. Dimples is beyond excited. Not only will she see some of the adults who were integral to her life and path toward healing, she’ll see some of her friends as well. One of her closest friends has a family now (!!!!); they’ll get to visit and have fun outside of the more structured environment where they met.

This trip is very healing for Dimples. The counselor who invested so much in her wants to continue being part of her life; this is very powerful for a girl who has experienced so many fractured relationships. We are deeply thankful.

The older kids are holding down the fort for the day so Russ and I can spend a few hours in Spokane using a restaurant gift card I’ve had for nearly two years. Russ has a Cabelas gift card that has been on our bathroom windowsill for well over a year that he plans to spend too.

Unfortunately, there is a winter storm warning in effect, so if the snow looks serious, we’ll have to forgo that part of the day and head home.

One last quick thought and then I need to get ready to go, Christmas was wonderful. Truly, truly – we all kept marveling at how well the day went with our kids from “hard places” and the rest of the crew. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better day. I’ll share more soon.

I have this book tucked in my bag just in case I get time to read; I gave it to Molly (Katie’s sister) for Christmas and told her I wanted to borrow it when she was done. I’ll let you know what I think.

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Have a wonderful day, friends.

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.

10 Comments

  1. Luann Yarrow Doman
    December 27, 2014

    I'm so happy for you. God is good. Praying for safe travels and God's continued healing.

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  2. Fairy godmother
    December 27, 2014

    Who are those teenage girls??!!!!

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  3. Laila Papin
    December 27, 2014

    So happy to hear Christmas went so well! What an amazing opportunity for Dimples! Praise God!!!!!

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  4. Erika
    December 27, 2014

    What sweet blessings for Dimples. Praying you and your husband are on your date in Spokane. 🙂
    glad you had a wonderful Christmas and God bless you.

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  5. Jenny Covey Story
    December 28, 2014

    We are praying for you and your family. We just heard the very difficult news.

    Reply
  6. Lisa in Ohio
    December 28, 2014

    God bless you!
    Sending prayers and hugs from Ohio ♡

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  7. Jenny Grunke
    December 28, 2014

    Sending a loving embrace to you dear Lisa and to the entire family. There are no words to express my sympathy for the pain and loss you are suffering right now.

    Reply
  8. Linda
    December 28, 2014

    I'm so glad you had a good Christmas. The good memories will help. Hugs. I'm so sorry. Praying for you and your family.

    Reply
  9. Jeri
    December 28, 2014

    Terribly hard to read this knowing the end of your fun trip. Loving on your family from afar.

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  10. Olusola Adesope
    December 30, 2014

    Dear Qualls family:

    We are so sad to hear that few hours after this thrilling blog post, you had an accident. You are in our prayers as you recover and mourn the loss of your beloved daughter, Kalkidan. As difficult as this is, we know that God will provide comfort and help in this very time of need.

    Reply

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