She’s Ready to Fly

annarose pole vault

We’re headed to Coeur d’Alene to watch Annarose pole vault. This is her last regular high school track meet. Track and pole vaulting have been wonderful and she has enjoyed them so much; it’s a bittersweet day.  Can you believe how strong she looks in that picture?

High school went by so quickly (young mamas, trust me on this – it is so fast). With all that was going on with her siblings’ needs, I missed so much of Annarose’s school years and my heart is sad. I don’t want to miss a thing this last month.

We’re scrambling to get graduation announcements ordered and mailed (I know, I know – we’re really late). The date for her party was just set, and it needs to be planned. I want to let go of the panicky feeling and truly love doing this with and for her. She’s an amazing girl and wonderful daughter – I want her to know how precious she is to us.

I’m laughing a little that this post follows one about scaling back and stepping away from the frenzy of life. At least I’m committing to the essential and letting go of the optional.

All for today, friends. I loved hearing from you in the comments of my last post. Your lives are so interesting! Thanks for taking a moment to share.  If you didn’t comment, I asked everyone what is coming up in May for you – take a moment to share with us.

Encourage one another,

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.

9 Comments

  1. Laurel
    May 7, 2015

    Oh my . . .too funny . . . I could write this same post today. 🙂

    Hosanna's last regular high school track meet is today. (She is a long jumper and triple jumper, with a little hurdling thrown in this year.) Certainly a bittersweet day for us, too. With all of the trauma/crisis in our lives the past 8 years, I too missed a lot of Hosanna's schooling years. We, too, are scrambling to get graduation announcements ordered and mailed (but did just set a party date).

    Hosanna, too, is an amazing and wonderful daughter, and I want her to know how precious she is.

    Blessings to you as you celebrate sweet Annarose this month. Will she be staying close to home next year? Hosanna will be heading across the state to EWU in the fall.

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  2. Alyssa
    May 7, 2015

    i hope you all find many joyful moments as you celebrate. I'm addressing my daughter's announcements this afternoon as well (homeschool graduate #3!)

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  3. Karen Twombly
    May 8, 2015

    I am listening to this Lauren Daigle song as I read. So comforting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG7qn9Dx8xU

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  4. Cindy Norris
    May 8, 2015

    Lisa and Russ. I recently found you. I am profoundly sorry about the loss of your little girl. After reading your story I cried for the rest of the evening. Am crying some more this morning as I type this. I cannot imagine the hurt you must be feeling. On a happier note, congratulations to Annarose to adjusting so well to public school. Both of my girls participated in a couple of artsy type classes at our local high school and walked around wide eyed for quite a while. Nice to "see" you again. Cindy Sherman Norris from Buckley: Church and high school choir.

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  5. Robin Douglas
    May 8, 2015

    Lisa, please congratulate Annarose for all of us! Jon graduates in two weeks and we haven't ordered or sent announcements out yet, so we're behind you and have way fewer reasons! The photographer assured us that if you're only sending announcements, and not invitations to a ceremony, you have a month long window. Yay! Jon is moving out in July and, like Annarose, he's been an wonderful kid to parent. Our wonderful, life-giving Grace (20) is moving out next month, too. I am struggling to rejoice that they are "ready to fly." I'm just going to miss them so much, and I know the youngest 7 will too, so that makes me sad! So many emotions right now! I keep finding myself talking to myself, coaching myself to stay positive and grateful. Hugs to you all! Wish we were going to Whidbey this summer! Any chance you'll be down in CO?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 8, 2015

      Robin, so good to hear from you. This growing-up stuff is so bittersweet. So much change in a short time for us. I will be in CO speaking at the Passion for Orphans retreat September 25 – 27. You should join me!

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      1. robin
        May 8, 2015

        I'm going to check it out. That would be a treat!

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  6. Heidi
    May 8, 2015

    Lisa, I haven't known what to say since the accident. I am so sorry. The peeks you give into your grieving journey have blessed and encouraged me. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Our May always starts busy with birthdays two days in a row and then Mother's Day. We bought everyone new bikes for their birthdays this year, and tomorrow is the birthday tea party for my 6 and 4 year old girls. 🙂 Then I feel like the school year is slipping away and there is still a bit more to do. And make summer plans. And think about school for next year. And garden. Whew!

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  7. Emily
    May 9, 2015

    May has a host of activities for us – birthdays, doctor appointments, home repairs, hopefully listing our house to sell, and best of all finishing the paperwork we need to finalize our kids' adoption!!

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