Sunday Gratitude 11.8.15


This morning I woke up at 5:20 and knew I needed to get out of bed and give thanks. The Lord is so good to us and it is always helpful to record the blessings in my life.

giving thanks #1691 – 1700

two days in Coeur d’ Alene while Russ was at a climate meeting, one day alone with him – bliss, one day with the three youngest – fun

Beza’s gift to me – decluttering the big cupboard in the laundry room – I smile every time I walk in the room 

speaking at the Called to Love retreat next weekend with my sassy, southern friend, Darlene

we are honored and humbled – and prayerful

three steers in the pasture and our first foray into 4- H 

Russ designing appropriate technology well pumps with his university students 

big kids holding down the fort today so we can run an errand together

plans to carve the pumpkins still sitting on our porch – definitely a holiday fail, but still fun for a Sunday afternoon

the pepper plant sitting on my kitchen windowsill; a gift from a friend who loved my spicy Kalkidan

fall flowers in vases and pots, gifts of treats for the kids, gifts given to the Kalkidam Memorial REACH Fund, so much love toward our family on Kalkidan’s birthday

The sun is coming up as I write and the bright pink sky is beautiful. I’ve had a few sad and difficult weeks, but I think I’m emerging. When I think of Christmas coming and the anniversary of the accident, my stomach hurts, but this grief process can only be taken a day at a time. Grief is a journey of the unexpected.

I haven’t posted as much as I would like lately, but I’m keeping up with my One Thankful Mom Facebook page and Instagram, which is very fun. I would love to have you join me there.

Leave a comment and share something you are thankful for today; I would love to hear from you.

Friends, have a wonderful Sunday, Lord’s Day, Sabbath, – enjoy the people you love. Eat something yummy.


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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. charity
    November 8, 2015

    when I learned of your accident last year I was at the end of two months in the hospital after my own unexpected emergency surgery and life changing trauma. more than a year later I am still fighting for each day, and I am reminded how important gratitude is to staying strong as the mama and to honoring God who is walking beside us each step. One thing I have found great purpose in as I reach for only the most important things is keeping a journal in which I only write one thing for which I am grateful. it is a beautiful leather journal with a tree of life burned into the cover, and I wanted to use it for something special. I write one subject on each page and only a page long on one thing I am thankful for. some days I fill many pages, some days I only hold it and breathe. but it has helped me stay focused on the multitude of tender mercies and blessings God is sending in the midst of the battles, and it helps me not to get overwhelmed feeling I am "supposed" to be writing more than I can find energy and time for. I hope one day it will be a reminder to my children also that in the darkness, their mother knew to look for beauty and light and joy and was obedient to the command to be thankful in all things. my prayers are with you as well, we are not meant to be alone or to go through these trials alone. we love you.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 9, 2015

      Charity, thank you for sharing those lovely thoughts. I'm so sorry for your suffering, and thankful that you God is always with us. I'm sure you are a wonderful example to your children and many around you. So good to hear from you.

  2. Heather
    November 9, 2015

    Always praying for you Lisa. Your words are always beautiful and thought-provoking, even through your pain. You inspire me on so many levels. My Sunday Gratitude this week:

    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 10, 2015

      Thank you, Heather.

  3. Kelly
    November 12, 2015

    Oh my goodness! I loved the "holiday fail" with the pumpkins. The last three years I've wanted to carve pumpkins with my kids and if it has happened at all, it's been at least a week into November. I want so much to do fun and memorable activities for holidays and they often don't happen.


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