Sunday Gratitude 11.30.14

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Our weekend has been filled with so many good things. We’ve had lots of time with our kids, great food, laughter, singing around the piano, and a few Christmas movies. Annarose’s Share Thanksgiving dinner was a huge success; shopping, cooking, and serving the dinner were all great fun. My two favorite parts of the day were being in the kitchen Wednesday morning cooking with a crew of volunteers and serving pie later that evening. Who wouldn’t want to be the person giving away pie?

The weekend has been a long stretch of fairly unstructured time, which often presents challenges for some of my kids. Dimples and Sunshine had a friend over most of Friday and on Saturday, Dimples spent the afternoon and evening with Aunt Michele. It was enough of a diversion to keep us in balance.

Russ has worked a lot over the weekend, so it’s been especially nice for me to have my older kids here more than usual. Samuel even took Eby and Little Man to his place for a sleepover Friday night. They were so excited to have pizza and watch a movie with him.

Sunshine has been puppy-sitting all weekend, which is a lot of work for her and a lot of fun for all of us. She is my animal lover and even volunteers at a vet clinic once a week. She thinks she might like to be a veterinarian one day. Sunshine has researched dogs and come up with the perfect one for our family, a flat-coated retriever, unfortunately they are hard to find. She is very ready to have a dog of her own, but our family is still recovering from the last several years and we’re a little hesitant to rock the boat. Our motto this year is stability, but this little puppy is definitely pulling our heartstrings.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — my long awaited favorite family celebration. At the moment, the candles are on the table not yet in candle holders and I have a very large, bare branch leaning to one side in a tall vase. Hopefully by the time we have dinner this afternoon, the candles will be arranged in some semblance of a circle and the branch will be standing upright and ready to become our Jesse Tree. We’re using Ann Voskamp’s new Advent book, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas, as our guide this year. You can get 30% off when you order it (or any other book) on Amazon and use the promo code HOLIDAY30.

My family is about to wake up and our Sunday morning will become a flurry of church preparation, so I’m going to jump into my Sunday gratitude list.

giving thanks #1541 – 1550

the sun coming up over our first snowy morning

hundreds of people fed at Share Thanksgiving

Annarose’s devotion to making it a successful event

a very relaxed Thanksgiving dinner with our family (as we recovered from the huge meal the day before)

shopping with Beza and finding the perfect Christmas gift for her

working on a project with Isaiah

Noah and Katie here for family movie night

special time with Mimi

happy phone calls from Hannah – even if she did lock the keys in her car with the engine running – we love AAA

Samuel and the super fun sleepover

Tell us something you are thankful for, or just share a bit about your Thanksgiving. I would love to hear from you.

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.

10 Comments

  1. Erika Greig Stanley
    November 30, 2014

    Have Sunshine look into Yorkies. Ours is as good as a dog can get. He's small, likes to cuddle, does tricks, and follows me around. I'm thankful for him 🙂 I'm so happy to hear that things are going well!

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  2. a portland granny
    November 30, 2014

    I know is it gobs of work keeping a family going but you all sound like such a great bunch of people–fun kids, loving parents, and older kids to bring a nice balance. I just feel heart warmed reading your posts!

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  3. Jacqueline
    November 30, 2014

    Thank you for the recommendation of the advent family devotion book. We're all set to read through it leading up to Christmas. I'm excited. Thank you again

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 1, 2014

      We started yesterday and the first entry had me all choked up. It's good stuff. I hope your family loves it.

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  4. Kate Sumpter
    December 1, 2014

    Yikes, Hannah!!!!

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  5. Ann Hodgman
    December 2, 2014

    Wait! Flat-coated retrievers need a TON of exercise. All retrievers need a lot, but unless they're working (with a hunter), flat-coateds need a five-mile walk every day.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 2, 2014

      Ann, thanks for the comment. It sounds like I need to talk about dogs with you.

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      1. Ann Hodgman
        December 2, 2014

        Happy to talk any time! I agree with Sunshine that dogs are important, but it's not something to rush into–there's no shortage of dogs out there, and it's worth taking the time to find one that's a really good fit.

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          December 3, 2014

          Ann, I sent you a FB friend request 🙂

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          1. Ann Hodgman
            December 3, 2014

            …and I obeyed your command!

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