Sunday Gratitude 2.1.15


This simple ritual of giving thanks is especially important to me right now. It would be very easy to let my mind sink into the lowest, saddest places. I’m choosing to remind myself over and over of the truth, that we serve a loving God who loves Kalkidan more than we ever could imagine — and he loves us too.

giving thanks #1581 – 1600

a short walk and coffee with a friend

my shoulder pain finally diagnosed – a coracoid fracture – and a great doctor

my sister flying back tomorrow – I thought I could do without her…but maybe not

a better week for Little Man

Claire making soft pretzels with special friends

white lights that make our house look happy

kids’ clean bedrooms

grocery shopping done by Annarose

delicious dinners made by friends  

spending time with friends and even laughing

Annarose and the boys listening to Adventures in Odyssey together

fuzzy blankets, fuzzy slippers, fuzzy socks

the three year-old who came to visit tonight – so much cuteness

a good novel to read – which gave me a break from thinking (recommendations welcome)

early morning conversation with Russ and Annarose

a good nap 

my beautiful, newly painted dining room (thanks to Samuel with help from Annarose and Beza)

Russ reading aloud as he puts Eby and Little Man to bed.

many precious pictures of Kalkidan

your prayers and love for us








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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. Mary Ostyn
    February 1, 2015

    Continuing to pray for you. Glad they figured out what was going on with your shoulder.

  2. Kayla
    February 1, 2015

    When my mohter in law died at age 52, that was exactly what God placed in my mind…that He loved her more than me. And for my mother in law who had always kind of struggled with feeling loved unconditionally, that she now knew love in an entirely new and perfect way. Believing that for Kalkidan too.

  3. A friend
    February 1, 2015

    Some books recommendations — Peace Like a River, The Color of Water, and Half Broke Horses. All compelling stories, short(ish) chapters, and easy to get into. You and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Pamela
    February 3, 2015

    A couple book recommendations: Books by Francine Rivers, books by Barbara Taylor Bradford (some of them are nice and long so they keep you busy for a while) especially "A Woman of Substance" and the related Harte Family books. Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 3, 2015

      Thank you, Pamela. I'll see if I can track some of these books down.


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