Sunday Gratitude and Brene Brown – How Jesus Wept

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“I thought faith would say ‘I’ll take away the pain and discomfort,’ but what it ended up saying was, ‘I’ll sit with you in it.’ I never thought until I found it, that that would be enough, but it’s perfect…I don’t feel alone in it anymore.” Brene Brown

Brene Brown reflects on How Jesus Wept

Take a moment; you might like this.

giving thanks #1181 – 1190

serious decluttering yesterday (!!!!)

Ladybug and Sunshine who worked hard with me

pumpkin cake baking

challah rising

mimi visiting hannah in minneapolis this weekend

rethinking sundays – the Lord’s day, our sabbath

a quiet morning at home with Eby who has a fever and is a sad boy

russ working on the barn storage project yesterday

my poor introvert friends who let me process out loud 

samuel grocery shopping for me yesterday

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. Susan Patterson
    November 3, 2013

    This is such a difficult concept for many of us, especially moms, because we want to "fix it", to take away the pain. But many times, the person who is hurting (including ourselves) just needs someone else to bear witness to their pain, to walk with them, to listen without trying to give advice. Faith does that when friends don't or can't.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 3, 2013

      So true, Susan. I remember our pastor saying to us once, "No matter what happens, we're going to be with you." The comfort of those words has never left me.

  2. Robin in AZ
    November 3, 2013

    I love that you have a son who does the grocery shopping! That's always been one of my least favorite and time consuming chores. Good for you for decluttering- Always feel like a weight has been lifted when I do that.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 3, 2013

      I love having a son grocery shop too! I don't know why, but it's a job I really dislike. Actually, the shopping isn't so bad, it's loading it all in the car and then putting it all away at home. Thankfully, my kids are pretty good at it!

  3. Elizabeth
    November 8, 2013

    Good thoughts that I am needing to ponder. The life of my family veered into nightmare and faith is about all we have right now. Thank you for sharing.


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