Something New

Guess what I’m working on? An ebook, and I’m excited to tell you about it!

First, “the book”, the one I’ve been working on is in the hands of some helpful people. As I sent it off, I felt a weight lift and the freedom to focus on something new.

One of my goals this year is to make the information on my site more accessible to you. With 2,000 posts, there is a lot of content.

Earlier this week I finished editing my “Start Here” page. I would love your feedback! It’s the page I hope new readers will find when they come to One Thankful Mom and includes a list of “Most Read” posts.

I’m also pushing myself to learn how to put an ebook together with the first volume in a series of collected essays based on the My Learning Curve series. For newer readers, My Learning Curve is a series of posts I began years ago when we realized the old ways of parenting weren’t working for our children who had experienced trauma in their early lives.

We had to learn a new way. It was hard, especially after parenting seven children, and the learning curve was steep – hence the name of the series.

Putting together the ebook is a stretch for me since I don’t enjoy techy things. But my web designer and friend, Sharon Hujik, convinced me I need to get over the hurdle and write a short ebook using Pressbooks to learn the process and gain confidence. She’s smart and talented, so I’m doing it!

This will be a short test run of my first volume of My Learning Curve. I’ll be asking for feedback before I launch into more substantial volumes.

It’s been fascinating sifting back through so many posts reading, remembering, and reflecting. I’ve laughed, felt happy, discouraged, and at times, sad. There are so many posts about Kalkidan and her healing journey.

I’ve also noticed my ease of writing, lack of strategy, and way of simply communicating with you in the older posts. In my early days of blogging, over eleven years ago, there weren’t very many bloggers. Nobody told us how we should format our posts, or how to grow our audience and platform. I wrote for the joy of it and to serve you.

I want that again. Maybe nobody will read. Maybe more people will read. God will use my words the way he chooses.

There are things on my heart that I don’t say, wonder if I should say, sometimes can’t say. I worry that I’m too sad to write and too much of my writing is about loss. Maybe I’ll put a disclaimer at the top of posts [this post is about grief – don’t read if you want happy news].

I really like you and I really like this place – it’s been good for my heart and soul. Eleven years, friends, and some of you have been with me a long time.

Thank you – from the bottom of my somewhat broken heart, thank you.

I’ll work to put this ebook together in an effort to offer tools and hope for parenting your children from “hard places,” and your other kids too. I can’t promise I’ll get it done quickly, but it’s in process.

If you have a minute to look at the Start Here page or simply say “hello,” I would love to hear from you.

With you on the journey, friend.


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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. Angela S
    October 5, 2017

    I don’t like e books but I will order every paper back book you publish and will buy them for others. Your writing has been a huge blessing in my life.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 5, 2017

      Thank you, Angela!

  2. I recently was motivated to write a Start Here for my blog too. I realized that I love them when I visit new friends on the internet, so “do unto others…” 😉
    Yours is great. I love that it’s full of photos of your family!
    P.S. I’m excited for your e-book and am going to check out Pressbook!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 6, 2017

      I LOVE your Start Here page – fantastic! Fun to read and I learned so much about you. We need to do coffee one day.

  3. Emily B.
    October 6, 2017

    I love your heart and desire to share your knowledge and experiences with others. Xo

    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 7, 2017

      I love your heart, too.


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