So, it's Thursday Afternoon…

girls orange

I’ve been wanting to sit down and write all week, but it’s been full of the unexpected and slightly challenging. Now it’s Thursday afternoon, and I can’t go an entire week without posting! Here we go – in bullet points.

*Yesterday I gathered a fraction of the 1,000 paper cranes given to us on Kalkidan’s birthday, and put them in a large vase with some small lights. It looks so pretty and makes my heart glad. I’ll post a picture soon.

*When I showed it to Russ, a wave of “this can’t be true” washed over me and I grabbed hold of him and cried.

*Tomorrow morning I fly to Oregon for the Called to Love retreat. My friend, Darlene, and I are speaking together, which is an honor and blessing. Last year it was an amazing time.

*A pumpkin candle is burning nearly every day on my kitchen counter; it’s comforting.

*From now on I want to do most of my Christmas shopping during Veteran’s Day sales. So many years I’m shopping late into December and it makes me miserable.

*Claire and her puppy graduated from their first dog obedience class. She is such a dedicated dog owner; I’m proud of her.

*Noah and Katie went to church in Seattle and discovered they were sitting behind some good friends of ours from high school. How crazy is that?!

*A large bag of orange tulip bulbs that I intended to plant, is still sitting on my kitchen counter. Gardeners, am I too late?

*Yesterday I wore a sweater that Russ gave me last year for Christmas. With my broken shoulder, I wasn’t able to pull it over my head; this was the first time I was able to enjoy it. Sometimes I forget how much healing my body has done.

*I need to finish up a handout for a breakout I’m giving at the retreat, Giving Voice to Siblings. I am so passionate about this topic and thankful to present my thoughts. I wish you all could join me – maybe next year.

This weekend, I hope to post on my One Thankful Mom FB page and on Instagram. It’s not likely I’ll get to post here until after I’m home, but I have so much I want to say…

Love to all of you, 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.

14 Comments

  1. AmyE
    November 12, 2015

    I wish I were going to the retreat. Hoping to get to Refresh in Feb. Like the list. Have no idea about tulip bulbs but they sound pretty. 🙂

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  2. Erika
    November 12, 2015

    Yes you can still plant your tulips. Love the orange her favorite color. Yellow would be pretty with them for her cheeriness and red for the blood of Jesus and you will see her again because of HIM!

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  3. Karen Twombly
    November 13, 2015

    If there is any way we can see or hear "Giving Voice to Siblings", please post this info!! Oh, how I need this!!! Also, my son went with his school to plant tulip bulbs yesterday. We live in Maine and it is not too late here!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 19, 2015

      Karen, I don't think it was recorded; I wish I could share it with you! I absolutely loved that break out and have decided to compile a book of responses to the questions we asked. I'll post about it soon. It's such an important topic.

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  4. Emily B
    November 13, 2015

    I am picturing your vase full of the paper cranes. I can't wait to see a photo of it. Don't forget! I don't know the weather up there well enough to know if it's too late for your tulips, but you can always force them in pots in the house! Tulips are my favorite flower. A few pots of orange tulips in your house in March might be really fun. I'm burning my pumpkin candle too…while we wait for fall to arrive in Florida. It's supposed to be 85 today. Ugh! I still pray for you often. Wish I could take way some of the hurt.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 19, 2015

      Emily, that's a great idea. If I don't get them planted, I'll put them in pots in the house. That would be very cheerful.

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  5. ahhodgman
    November 13, 2015

    Better to plant the bulbs now than over-winter them. Here in Zone 5, we say you can do it until the ground freezes. They should do fine!

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  6. Sue Burnett
    November 13, 2015

    Hi Lisa. You can plant the bulbs still. Still think of you all often!

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  7. sophie
    November 13, 2015

    Go for the tulips!

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  8. Heidi
    November 13, 2015

    I am no expert, but I think you can plant tulips as long as you haven't had a frost yet.
    Love to you.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 19, 2015

      So, it snowed today…and the bulbs are still on my counter…

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  9. Rachel
    November 17, 2015

    You can totally plant the tulips still 🙂

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  10. Lisa Qualls
    November 19, 2015

    Good point, Sue!

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  11. Lisa Qualls
    November 19, 2015

    Amy, I would love to meet you sometime too. I'll email you with my mailing address.

    Reply

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