Sunday Gratitude 12.13.15


giving thanks #1711 – 1720

watching Annarose dance with the UI Ballroom Dance Team last night

the large cabinet in my family room decluttered- oh, the joy of actually being able to see what is inside

letting go of things we no longer need; realizing it’s better to pass things along and let another child play with them

keeping the treasures for our future grandchildren (blocks, wood train, favorite puzzles, and probably too many more things)

group texts to ask the big kids which toys/puzzles to keep, and which to give away

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big plans to catch up on Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent today

snow tires on two of three cars

Christmas shopping almost done

Christmas letter written, pictures printed, Beza helping me get them ready to go

this moment – sitting near the Christmas tree we cut in our own little tree farm, the kids’ ornaments and colorful lights decorating it, coffee in my Christmas tree mug, the house still quiet, reading Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative

I am truly thankful that you read my words, that you walk through life with me, even if it’s only through our computer screens.


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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. Susan
    December 13, 2015

    Me, too! Being connected through this blog has really enriched my life, even if I don't return the favor! Thanks for writing! <3

    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 13, 2015

      You are very y welcome, Susan. Thank you for commenting!


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