Sunday Gratitude 8.9.15

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giving thanks #1651 – 1660

our family gathering together – it is such a joy to be with our kids

s’mores with peanut butter

a dozen of us talking and laughing in the living room

blackberry cobbler (more on that later)

thrift store treasures – from books to a beautiful, huge framed map that I can’t wait to hang at home

Instagram – I’m having more than a little fun with sharing my pictures (my kids try to keep me current on technology and social media, but sometimes I’m a slow learner)

Russ wrapping up some important work last week while still being with us at the beach

bald eagles flying over the house

birthday cake for Russ, two months late, but that’s okay (he was in Kenya)

the incredible kindness and generosity of our host – I’ve learned so much from her about hospitality and joy

Time with our older kids is drawing to a close and I’m resisting the urge to feel sad too soon. Mimi was here for a short time and left Saturday for the DotA 2 championship and after party in Seattle. Some of your kids will know what that is.

Samuel and Beza are heading home this afternoon. Noah and Katie will take a later ferry tonight since they only have to drive a short distance to Seattle.

We get to have Hannah with us for a few more days, then we’ll pack, clean and make the journey home. The bright spot is that we’ll pick Claire’s puppy up; she’s a lot of work, but we’ve missed her.

And then school looms before for us. Does that make anybody else’s stomach hurt just a bit? I’ve avoided thinking about school supplies, lunch boxes, and finding pants in the boys’ drawers that still fit and don’t have holes in the knees. Thankfully, they’ll probably start the year in shorts.

I’ll close with a word to the wise, if your stomach is feeling a “little off” do not eat blackberry cobbler two days in a row. It’s just a bad idea; trust me.

Take a moment to share something you are thankful for today. Have a wonderful Sunday, friends.

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.

11 Comments

  1. Geni
    August 9, 2015

    Being warmly welcomed in church we are visiting.

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  2. Heather Rucker
    August 9, 2015

    I just wanted you to know, Lisa, how you have inspired me over the years. I stumbled upon your blog when we were in the process of adopting a sibling group of three years ago. I always loved your honesty and transparency. And I Love love LOVE Sunday Gratitude! Last year, when our baby ( bio, not that it matters) was diagnosed with leukemia, we started a caring bridge site. Somewhere along the line, I decided to adopt Sunday Gratitude as a way to keep my heart on track, praising God no matter what came our way. Thank you, Lisa. Your beautiful family is always in my prayers.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 9, 2015

      Heather, thank you for sharing your story. It’s so sweet to hear from you.

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    2. Lisa Qualls
      August 10, 2015

      Heather, thank you for sharing this with me. I hope your family is doing well.

      Reply
  3. Laura
    August 9, 2015

    So glad you have enjoyed your time away with family. Sounds delightful! I'm thankful for all the people God places in my life and how He uses their stories to help me and others.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 10, 2015

      Stories are powerful. Thanks for commenting, Laura.

      Reply
  4. Heidi
    August 9, 2015

    iMessages from my husband in London
    Staying at my parents' house with them
    Five showings of our home in the three days it's been on the market
    Cooking with my mom
    Being able to keep a friends' children while she and her husband do something hard
    A sermon that helped me in thinking about how to teach something to one of my children
    Beautiful worship songs
    Knitting with amazing yarn that I got for practically nothing at a thrift store
    Huge amounts of fresh produce
    The familiar tick-took and cuckoos and songs of my parents' cuckoo clock

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 10, 2015

      Heidi, so much to be thankful for! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Cindy
    August 9, 2015

    Getting to go to the beach every week so far this summer. Not swimming, just bringing my book and relaxing while reading.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 10, 2015

      That sounds lovely, Cindy.

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  6. Lisa Qualls
    August 10, 2015

    That is a good feeling, Geni.

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