Sunday Visit: not easy

My friend, Jennifer, writes the blog, The Least Complicated .  She recently wrote a great post, Not Easy, that I am sharing with you today.  Here is a tiny preview,

We should not avoid hard work or self-sacrifice – we should seek to have our lives altered and our focus shifted away from our selves.  And for many of us, God will use adoption in our lives to accomplish these things.  It’s profound and beautiful, and it is a gift.  

Jennifer and I have been friends for several years and have been able to see each other in person a few times, despite the fact that she lives in Colorado and I live in Idaho.  She is amazing.

Be sure to click on the link and visit her blog.

Happy Father’s Day to my dad, and to all the other dads!  Since Russ is in Kenya, it’s a bittersweet day for our family.  We’re missing him a lot — a whole lot.  Eby talked to him last night and was very sad he wouldn’t be home today to celebrate Father’s Day.  There were a few tears, but news from Kenya is very good, and that helps us keep the focus off ourselves and on the purpose of this sacrifice.  May God be glorified.

Have a great day.


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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. Charlene
    June 18, 2012

    He is (glorified) and He will be!! It's immutible, indesputable, and the locus of our Soul's GPS! Be joyfully oriented, my friend. We are looking at shades of gray across the Sound, hearing eagles come and go (from Eagle Wing) and anticipating picking up our Ethiopian kids at the airport in Seattle at noon today…comings and goings!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 18, 2012

      We can't wait to see you later this summer. I need some of your joy!


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