Sunday Gratitude 1.31.16

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As I turned on my computer this morning, I asked myself, “Does this feel like work, or does this feel like joy?” If it’s work, then I need to turn my computer off and walk away. This is a day of rest, a gift from our Father.

If it feels like joy, then it’s just the right thing to write this post. Today it feels like joy, so here it is, just a few things I’m thankful for on this cool, and still dark, morning.

giving thanks #1741 – 1760

Beza’s wisdom teeth gone, and with very little difficulty

sunshine, rain, hail, and even a little snow, all watched through my windows this week

good report cards for the kids – and one of my sons being just “a little less chatty”

$1.98 tray found at the thrift store that fits the perfect spot

standing in that store, flooded with memories of Kalkidan, who loved to shop there with Aunt Michele

serious progress on the book; another chapter done

one month with my fitbit and loving it – a happy way to add more exercise to my days

parking at the opposite end of the mall from the store I need, just to get more steps

even better, one month of consistently reading my She Reads Truth Bible in a Year program (free app)

rearranging furniture later today with the help of my guys

our puppy, still chewing everything she can find, but no longer chewing on us

Annarose skiing for the first time and loving it

strong coffee in my orange mug

spontaneously decluttering a kitchen cupboard, all because I needed to find one thing

Russ working long hours on a consulting job, taking good care of us

maps on walls

white lights on my front porch, cheering me when I come up the driveway

and in the living room, adding light and a little happiness

Hannah interviewing around the country for fellowship 

one more year of residency and one year of fellowship to go

Honestly, we have so much to be thankful for, God pours out his kindness on us in many ways, big and small.

What are you thankful for today?



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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. Heidi
    January 31, 2016

    Food for breakfast and lunch today that I prepped yesterday – so nice for a day of rest!
    Words and music in church today that God used to settle my anxious heart
    Being able to use our new home to host a lovely time of fellowship last night
    My children apologizing
    My husband's hand on my shoulder – he's with me
    Primroses on my table
    Friends who laugh and cry with me
    The reminder that all my life only needs to be about Jesus – how simplifying and clarifying

    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 31, 2016

      So much to be thankful for, Heidi. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Pam H
    January 31, 2016

    After homeschooling for seven years, my not-so-little guy has begun public school and is loving it. Because of his special needs, they very carefully placed him in a special class part time to get used to public school and tomorrow for the first time since second grade he will begin a full time program. I'm so thankful that the last two months of part time schooling has gone well for him and he is so excited for full time. All the teachers at school are astonished at his social abilities and his LOVE for school. I never realized how discouraged teachers and staff get at all the kids that don't want to be there, and I've had so many of the staff tell me how refreshing it is at his joy at being there. Home life has improved exponentially as he is so happy now when he comes home excited about everything he learned that day. Thank you Jesus!!! I was so worried sending him to public school wouldn't work out and it feels so good to have made a good decision.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 31, 2016

      I'm so happy for you, Pam, and for your family! God is so good.

  3. Donna
    February 1, 2016

    Loving my fitbit too and looking for the opportunity to get the extra steps 🙂 Happy to hear the teeth went well, we will be there soon with Caleb. He lets me dote on him when he is sick sometimes and I enjoy that very much.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 1, 2016

      It's sweet taking care of our big kids. The Fitbit is loads of fun and I'm definitely more active since I began wearing it.

  4. Emily
    February 1, 2016

    So glad Ebs has been less of a chatterbox lately! 😉 jk. Totally obvious it's Samuel.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 1, 2016

      Ha Ha! You know all of my boys so well.


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