Ten Thoughts – maybe?

I can’t seem to make words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into pages of content. But I think today I can manage ten things. Thank you for your sweet emails and prayers; we’re okay. Somehow I just feel deeply weary and weighed down by too many things. Or maybe it’s just Writer’s Block.

1. Russ sent me a text this morning with this picture of the rose bushes in our yard with the caption: “Chainsaw pruning – a symbol of hope.”

2. I have an appointment with my hematologist on Friday; maybe he’ll have some insight into how I’m feeling.

3. The second day of Russ’ visit with Dimples was better than the first. It was very structured – a morning program, lunch, and then an afternoon of family games. He came home feeling pretty good about the time they spent together.

4. We’ve had to reschedule our weekly calls with Dimples due to Eby and Little Man’s baseball games and the schedule hasn’t come together yet. Today I picked up the phone, called the cottage, and asked if I could talk with Dimples. I was pleasantly surprised when it all worked out.

5. Bee spent the past week at a camp in Colorado where she got to see friends from Ethiopia as well as one of her dear friends who lives in Denver.

6. She also decided to cut her hair much shorter just before she went. It’s cute and spunky.

7. It has been raining for days, which means the pool has been closed and baseball canceled, but the wheat fields around us are a brilliant green. I crested a hill while driving home today and nearly had to stop the car just to take it in.

8. Time with good friends is precious to me. I took a long walk with my friend, Signe, and it was wonderful.

9. I need to fold laundry, plan a menu, and get better meals on the table.

10. Fortunately Ladybug has been picking up my slack and made a great meal for us last night – she even served homemade sweet potato fries. I love that girl.

I hope you are all well, and you mamas who are in the trenches are holding on tight to hope. If you have a minute, leave me a comment and say hello.

Have a great day, 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.

20 Comments

  1. Julie Blair Pitts
    June 26, 2013

    Hi Lisa–I have had you on my mind. I hope you are OK. I miss your posts and your presence online. I also completely get it. It's a hard summer here as well. I pray that God blesses you with good health and with amazing prosperity in each of your relationships. Much love to you–Julie

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  2. erika
    June 26, 2013

    Hi Lisa
    praying for you and your family. Its going to get hot here in the northwest. yay.

    God bless you all

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  3. Emily
    June 26, 2013

    I feel like there are a million words about all who are weary coming for water or rest or protection- taking a break from parts of your life and cocooning a bit and letting people help with laundry and sweet potato fries is just what the doctor (or midwife) ordered. Love you

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  4. Heather near Atlanta
    June 26, 2013

    Hello, from west of Atlanta.

    Heather

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  5. Laine
    June 26, 2013

    Thank you for the effort you take to write. I am sure sometimes with all that is going on in your life, it may seem you just don't have the energy to do so. I look forward to your posts. They lift me, help me remember to take a deep breath, and trust in God. Several times you have posted just what I needed to hear that day. Parenting children from hard places is hard. I know. We have 7. Thank you so much.

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  6. Kathy
    June 26, 2013

    Hey Lisa, Hang on!! God has be showing me verses daily now for a week and they all have "do not fear" or "I will never leave you nor forsake you" Summer's are tough! Our toughest times! Just know there are other momma's out there trying to heal broken hearts and broken lives. It's tough and costly, but God knew that before He called us. Sending love and ((hugs)), Kathy

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  7. Fiona
    June 26, 2013

    Definitely in the renches and holding on tight. Feels like everyone is heading in different directiosn this summer and we are also waiting to clear embassy in Ethiopia to bring home our recently adopted sib set of 3. Bringing my total to 8, thankfully all bigger than 8 🙂 Knowing that I will need to get on a plane at a few days notice is in the back of my mind constantly. Praying for you and appreciating your updates.

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  8. katie patel
    June 26, 2013

    Hi sweet lady!! Love you!!
    Katie

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  9. Courtney
    June 26, 2013

    i've missed you and your quiet, faithful strength. but take all the time you need. you and your family are much more important than this blog!

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  10. ann
    June 26, 2013

    Lisa, This post makes me think I missed something –whatever it is I am sending prayers! I hope you feel better soon!

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  11. charity
    June 26, 2013

    I am just leaving a season of several years where all I could manage in journal entries was ONE thought…if that. I have always used stream of conscious writing to sort through life, vent, work out solutions, see from a new perspective. in reflecting on this season ending, I realize from my writings just how stressful it was, how critical the choices, how much it took from me to walk the path each day, and I just wanted to remind you that after the darkest night, always the dawn comes. the children we thought would never be able to stand on their own eventually do become independent, the others grow and our load becomes lighter, sometimes only leaving more energy for those challenges that will not pass in this life. perhaps this is a season for you to be nurtured in, and not to be the one doing all the nurturing? perhaps your blog SHOULD lie quiet, or with a weekly post, instead of what it has been, because change is constant, and while what it has been is wonderful and a blessing to others, your life today is not what it has been. blessings~

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  12. Traci
    June 26, 2013

    Lisa, I hope this doesn't add to the weariness of the day. If you're anything like me, whether fair or foul, there are all those tough-kid-issues, staring you in the face anyway. So here goes…. Yesterday I saw your March 13 post about the residential treatment facility you are using for Dimples. Are you able to tell me where that is at? Our family adopted a little boy almost 3 years ago from here in the US, and it has been pretty much unmanageable since. He is on lots of meds now, has been in psychiatric hospital and seen many counselors, and had been attending a psychiatric day treatment center for the last 8 months. We have moved so I no longer have resources. When I read about your family experience in that blog, I couldn't believe it. "Someone who understands!" is what my family heard me cry repeatedly from the computer chair. And when I read about what this residential treatment facility is attempting to do with Dimples left my jaw hanging open. WE NEED THIS!!! Nothing so far has helped this child and we are doing all we can to continue to fulfill our vows we made to God to love and care for this child, but it is getting increasingly difficult. (I won't even go into how the day treatment facility ruined him while he was there, making things so much worse at home, then just saying "Time will heal" in a family meeting. AGH!) So, if possible, I would love to know, if you are able to tell me somehow, what facility this is. We need hope and are praying for a miracle. By the way, thank you for your candidness. And I am so glad you were able to find ten thoughts to share. Sometimes, when I am weary and I just want to shut down I will play worship songs blaring loud and let those be my thoughts instead. Even if it's for a short time, it seems to help me a bit. 🙂

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  13. Chris
    June 27, 2013

    After finding you thru your posts on empowered to connect a month ago, I have come to think of you as a kindred spirit, and have read thru much of your blog looking for hope for our hurting family.
    With 7 adoptions, and 4 REALLY hurting kiddos, the 3 healthy ones, and mom and dad are in crisis/survival. It has been 3 of the hardest years, with little forward progress. Blogging has become non existent, although I NEED an outlet, there is just no time.
    Thank you for writing when you can as it always blesses my heart.
    Much love
    chris

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 27, 2013

      Chris, thank you so much for commenting and letting me know you are right alongside me on this journey. The sun is shining at my house and I just listened to Little Man read his Bible aloud – the day is off to a good start. I pray yours is as well. Blessings.

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  14. Lisa
    June 27, 2013

    Hi Lisa,

    I got to see Bee last week. I gave her a big squeeze, hoping I could somehow squeeze you through her.

    Thinking of you and praying for you.

    Grace and peace,
    Lisa

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  15. Margaret
    June 27, 2013

    Lisa, I am praying for you too…your blog always gives me hope, ideas and inspiration, but I totally get how you could get to the point where writing just doesn't come even if it might be therapeutic…sending good thoughts your way…thank you.

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  16. Bora Karaqi
    June 27, 2013

    🙂

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  17. Paula
    June 28, 2013

    Lisa, the ten things idea just reached out and grabbed me. I think that might be my mantra for the summer… or I might have to cut it back to five things… but I'm going to try to just do the five things for a given day and call it good with a pat on my back. Thinking about you often!

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  18. Lizzy
    June 29, 2013

    I do not even have children and I follow your blog. I just find your story a fascinating story of faith and healing. Which is innate in all of us. I pray for your entire family and that each of you will find the inner peace that you seeking.

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  19. Melissa
    June 29, 2013

    Praying for you

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