Sunday Gratitude 9.28.14


As always, I have so much to be thankful for. It’s an unusual Sunday because all of our older kids are out of town with their group of friends. Only seven kids home for dinner (we’re borrowing one for the day) and somehow it feels like I have the week off from cooking. I had better give dinner a little bit of thought or I’ll have an unhappy crew on my hands.

giving thanks #1481 – 1490

sisters braiding hair while waiting for the bus

supper club – friends gathering around one another’s tables for many years

our garden overflowing with ripe tomatoes

eating cherry tomatoes off the vine

walking hilly trails with Russ 

big kids out of town together – I love the way they love one another

Annarose playing powderpuff football

and a song she recorded with a friend

Russ hiking with a friend

sorting hand-me-downs – a blessing from friends and cousins

hugs and kisses from Eby and Little Man when I tucked them in last night

What are you thankful for today? I would love to hear from you.


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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. Leeann Ward
    September 28, 2014

    Those kids of yours are so talented! This song is great too!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 28, 2014

      Thank you, Leeann. Annarose will appreciate that.

  2. Mary Adams
    September 28, 2014

    Beautiful recording!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 29, 2014

      Thank you, Mary. I'll tell Annarose you said so 🙂


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