She Smiled

She smiled, she laughed, she even sang along as Isaiah played a borrowed guitar.

Thankfully, we arrived almost on time and even made it before dinner. We walked in as the eight kids and two counselors were having  a “check in” time in the family room. They were going around the circle sharing their feelings about the day. Dimples was nervous when we arrived, so we gave her hugs and sat down on the sofa.

At dinner Hannah and Isaiah asked Dimples about school and her routine most days. Then she showed them her room, including the huge bulletin board that covers the length of one wall.  She has a small collection of photos toward one end – we need to find some special things that she can hang up. I’ll print some pictures of this visit for her too.

Isaiah borrowed a small, very out of tune guitar, tuned it up, and then sang songs that we knew. Dimples provided the rhythm section by bouncing a rubber ball in time with the music while we all sang. It was pretty awesome.

We said goodbye at 7:30, knowing that the other kids were already settling into the quiet evening routine. We figured it was better to leave before they asked us to go since the schedule for our visit said we were leaving at 7:00.

Tomorrow morning I have a family therapy session with Dimples at 10:00, then the older kids will arrive to have lunch with us. We plan to head back to Idaho in the early afternoon. We’re meeting Russ and the rest of the family at our friends’ home on Lake Coeur d’Alene where we’ll spend a couple of days together before Hannah heads back to Minneapolis.

I’m praying that the good moments of last night will continue for the rest of the visit. Thanks for sticking with me as we move through our very messy journey.

 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.

11 Comments

  1. Rachel Davis
    May 30, 2013

    Because you are experiencing a messy journey without shame, it gives the rest of us permission to live life and experience mess in our own lives. Sometimes life is just messy! Thank you for your encouragement!

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  2. Jamie Jones Duponte
    May 30, 2013

    Beautiful, so glad you had a good beginning, thank you for your willingness to share this journey, inspired and humbled by your openness.

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  3. Linda Sundstrom
    May 30, 2013

    Lisa Qualls is she hanging up postcards?

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  4. Jen Dugas
    May 30, 2013

    Sounds fantastic. Praying for today!

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  5. Katie Szotkiewicz Patel
    May 30, 2013

    Sounds great!! Keep on keepin on!!!

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  6. One Thankful Mom - Lisa Qualls
    May 30, 2013

    Linda Sundstrom, I think all of her mail is kept in a special box that isn’t in her room. I’ll ask her because she probably has lots of pretty cards she could hang up.

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  7. Linda
    May 30, 2013

    I am so glad you had a good visit. I pray that today's will go well, and that you will have a blessed trip.

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  8. Suzy Vanderkarr
    May 30, 2013

    thanx for this jen….LOVEd it!

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  9. SleepyKnitter
    May 30, 2013

    Thrilled to read of such a smooth and happy evening! May God continue to be with your whole family throughout the weekend.

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  10. Leese
    May 30, 2013

    So glad that you had that good night – and hopefully that will help set the tone for the other time you get with Dimples.

    Continuing to pray!

    (And was doing so extra for you as I met with the director of the anti-coag. clinic today and was talking about the DVT stuff)

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  11. Nancy
    June 1, 2013

    I am sure that that happiness, coming from way deep in her does amazing things to a mama's heart! Thank you for staying on the path with her. She is precious.
    nancy

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