Sunday Gratitude from Montana


I woke up at 4:15 in a hotel room shared by six of us. As I lay there in the dark listening to everyone peacefully breathing, I was not feeling thankful. At 4:45 I decided to try to get dressed, gather my computer, and sneak out of the room without waking the kids. Thanks to the light from my cell phone, I managed to make it, and I’m now sitting in the lobby, sipping coffee, watching CNN scroll across the TV screen. I’m going to be so tired later today (after three nights like this in a row), but hopefully I can catch a nap while Russ drives us home.

I’ll write more about our visit with Dimples tomorrow (and share some pictures); for now, I’ll recount the many things I am thankful for. If you want to hear more, you can “Like” my One Thankful Mom Facebook page, which I update when there isn’t time to blog.

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a beautiful drive through the mountains of Idaho and Montana

smiles all around when the children saw each other

Eby’s willingness to stay close to me until he felt calm

cottage staff who set the tone for a peaceful visit

time playing outside and a craft inside

swimming in the hotel pool

chocolate birthday cake

total success with the birthday gifts we brought

a quiet evening for me with Dimples

rocking my girl as she read aloud to me

What are you thankful for today?

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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. Julie Blair Pitts
    October 20, 2013

    I'm thankful for the sounds of my little almost six year old boy, lying on my bedroom floor, singing " This Land is Your Land" completely off key, but with great joy. 🙂

    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 20, 2013

      I can almost picture it! Thanks for sharing, Julie.

  2. Robin Douglas
    October 20, 2013

    Lisa, I hope you get some rest this afternoon, and I'm so thankful that it sounds like your visit went well. I was praying that you'd get the opportunity to rock last night! Thankful with you. Lisa Brandt gave me a screensaver collage for my birthday which includes the picture of the three of us taken in Denver when you spoke at Cherry Hills Community church. It is a sweet reminder to pray for you each day.

  3. Molly Kitsmiller
    October 20, 2013

    I'm thankful that my husband made me stay home from church to rest and recover from being sick – even though I hate to miss church. I needed the rest and some quiet time with the Lord.

  4. Emily
    October 20, 2013

    I am thankful for old friends whom I can call at a moments notice who don't mind hearing me cry and share and they know just what to say to calm me down and help me to focus and understand the bigger picture. I am also thankful for knowing my oldest is back from her little journey within a journey and she is so happy and content, I am thankful for teachers who value what they do and want to see my children succeed, and I am thankful for the Red Sox. Because on a fairly exhausting and dreary day they brought us joy and excitement! Xo

  5. Renee
    October 20, 2013

    I'm thankful for my parents' good health and their eagerness to live life to the fullest. They are in their 70s and are hunting with my son and husband in the Idaho mtns right now. So blessed to have a close family!

  6. Laura
    October 20, 2013

    Great picture. Can't believe Eby is as tall as Dimples!

  7. Karen P
    October 20, 2013

    I'm thankful for a good morning at church, followed by a church-wide picnic with Zoom-Zoo, a mobile petting zoo that came to the church to share the animals with everyone!


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