Sunday Gratitude 5.18.14


I have a ridiculous number  of things to be thankful for today.

giving thanks #1321 – 1330

our five graduates: Caleb (our nephew), Andrew, Katie, Noah, and Samuel

two sets of grandparents here to celebrate


my sister and her family


Andrew’s family here for a week of celebrating and visiting


Russ and Samuel – I’m so proud of my men


faculty who have added so much to the lives of my children

not much sleep, but lots of coffee

Ladybug, who didn’t PR at the state meet, but sent me a text saying, “…I’m having a great time, and at least I got a sweatshirt!”

Gretchen and Scott who took my kids hiking


and their very sweet baby – we’re all crazy about him


Have a wonderful Sunday, friends.


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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. Emily
    May 18, 2014

    This is such a happy post 🙂

  2. JeffCindy Blair
    May 19, 2014

    This is great! Can you message me about how as a large family you can make college costs work?

    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 19, 2014

      Maybe I should write a post on that topic this week. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm happy to answer any questions too.


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