Thankful 9.22.17

The weekend is almost here and it’s the first day of fall – yes, happy, yes.

I have so much to be thankful for and I want to get back to simple gratitude. I don’t have a clever title, but I’m not sure clever matters when it’s more an issue of the heart.

I also want to share things that are making my life joyful – maybe one will be just what you need too.

I’m thankful for:

1.|a pumpkin spice candle found in the back of the cabinet.

2.| five minutes to speak about foster care at a local IF: Gathering tomorrow and also sell jewelry from my Etsy shop with a portion of the proceeds being donated to local foster care ministry.

3.| Emily P. Freeman’s new podcast, The Next Right Thing. Sweet wisdom from a writer and podcaster I’ve been following for awhile.

4.| having a simple two-week menu to follow (and actually following it pretty well).

5.| maybe, just maybe, sleeping better with a tiny dose of melatonin. Too much is no good for me.

6.| surviving my Pilates class without feeling I might cry before it’s over (I’m not joking).

7.| doing yoga online when I don’t go to Pilates with these free videos – so good! My first attempt and yoga, and I’m glad I tried it.

8.| this slow cooker Beef Barbacoa recipe (hint: go easy on the chipotles in adobo sauce at first – you can add more – trust me).

9.| looking down at the pen I was using and seeing it labeled with Kalkidan’s name – it must have been one from school. It both saddens me, and touches my heart to have reminders of her surface in unexpected ways.

10.| a teacher who lets kids sit on yoga balls in class, letting them move while still being in their seats.

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment – I would love to hear from you!

Have a fabulous weekend, friend.



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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. Bev
    September 22, 2017

    Love those yoga videos! My daughter introduced them to me a couple of years ago. Maybe it’s time to start again….

    1. Angie
      September 22, 2017

      My family and friend’s enthusiasm for my Journey into foster/adopt…. its going to be an interesting trip.

      1. Lisa Qualls
        September 23, 2017

        Very exciting!

    2. Lisa Qualls
      September 23, 2017

      She is a fun and kind teacher.

  2. Heidi
    September 22, 2017

    I love your gratitude posts, Lisa.

    I am thankful for a spontaneous walk with my children for a first-day-of-fall-adventure, a much needed nap, apple tasting after dinner, Aaron reading The Horse and His Boy to us and the reminder that we aren’t so very special after all and a blow to our self-conceit is good, finally making the commitment to stay off my iPad until after lunch (so much better for our morning of school), and knitting sweaters for my children.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 23, 2017

      Those all sound like beautiful things to be thankful for, Heidi. Thank you for sharing.


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