Sunday Gratitude 6.28.14


I woke up this morning at 4:15. This was not a good thing, but it became a good thing when I got up at 5:00, made coffee, and sat down with my Bible study. My little group of friends and I are studying Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians and I’m enjoying it so much. Beth Moore’s passion for God’s Word is downright contagious.

At 5:30 the sun crept up over Moscow Mountain and it was so pretty that I grabbed my camera and went out in my pajamas to take a few pictures to share with you. If you were here having coffee with me, you could have seen it for yourself.

giving thanks #1411 – 1430

our niece and her sweet baby who came to visit Friday

movie night with Annarose’s friends

which morphed into a teen dance party – the yard lit by white lights


three days spent planning homeschooling – and not too many interruptions

digging through bins of books in the barn, unearthing the ones I need (and resisting the urge to begin reading)

friends lending other books

Annarose who took the boys to the pool

orders placed last night on four websites – books arriving soon

worshiping in our new church building for the first time today

Sunday dinner at Russ’ parents

Hannah – now a third year resident

Mimi home from NYC today

Noah and Katie home tomorrow from their reception in Texas

Samuel’s moving to his new apartment

Isaiah’s guitar (a long awaited purchase) and his new song on YouTube (my favorite so far) – produced by Samuel

Annarose’s job caring for an elderly neighbor and all that she is learning

Beza having a wonderful time in Colorado

Dimples’ camping trip

Sunshine dogsitting for friends, happily sleeping with the dog curled up next to her

Eby and Little Man delighted over small action figures from a yard sale

What are you thankful for today? Give thanks with me.

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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. holdingtomorrow
    June 29, 2014

    That's wonderful!!! My biggest blessing this week- after 2-3 years of intensive therapy, special diets, and vitamins, my daughter (who has an autism spectrum diagnosis) is functioning at school within age appropriate levels in all areas but gross motor coordination- even social communication. I feel like the Lord led us to the interventions that would help most, and my girl is ready to soar. I feel like the most blessed mom on the planet!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 29, 2014

      That is wonderful news – thank you so much for sharing it. I know that so often we invest in therapies, etc. and have so much hope. It's encouraging to hear that your effort has not been in vain.

  2. Sarah
    June 30, 2014

    I am thankful for two things: One is my Judaism at large, in general, every single minute detail of it. I simply love the way it structures my days. I am also grateful for Hebrew College, where I will likely be attending rabbinical school. Watching their promotional video, I feel as if I have come home.


    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 30, 2014

      Those are wonderful things to be thankful for, Sarah. Thank you for your continued prayers for Dimples.

  3. Allison
    June 30, 2014

    Cameron came down from Ithaca this weekend and we got to spend Saturday in NYC. What a treat to go exploring with him!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 30, 2014

      That's wonderful, Allison!

  4. Leeann
    July 1, 2014

    Wow!! The song is beautiful!! Is there a way to purchase/download it?

    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 1, 2014

      Thank you, Leeann; please share it! You can download the song for free here:

  5. Leeann Ward
    July 2, 2014

    Wonderful!! Thank you! I've listened to it maybe a zillion times since yesterday morning.:)


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