The Qualls Family Gives Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I asked each member of our family to share a few things they are thankful for, and this is what they said.

Russ: snow plows that clear the highway and a tractor for plowing our driveway, peaceful mornings, coffee with cream

Lisa:  coffee and conversation with friends, Russ, the view from my kitchen, Jesus, flannel sheets

Hannah:  new friends and old friends, a church that preaches the gospel to me every week, the occasional chance to run bridges over the Mississippi River, the incredible experience of learning to be a surgeon

Mimi: unseasonably mild weather, coworkers who make Monday mornings great, and a husband who makes me laugh every day

Andrew: hot apple cider mixed with caramel, my awesome and humongous family, fuzzy kittens, my wife’s cooking

Noah: open doors, opportunities

Samuel: alarm clocks, study groups, warm blankets

Isaiah: fresh mop heads at work, sweet Seattle rain, public transportation, the guitar Noah loaned me

Ladybug: knitting projects, good books, the opportunity to meet new friends at school

Bee: music, family, friends

Dimples: school, spicy food, sports

Sunshine: amazing friends, our house, food to eat, celebrating Thanksgiving, and for God – I could go on a long time.

Eby: God, Thanksgiving and yummy food, Jesus for dying on the cross and forgiving our sins

Little Man: spaghetti and meatballs, our house, my life

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

Question:  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. Hannah Jasmine
    November 22, 2012

    Love it!

  2. Mary Katherine Givler
    November 23, 2012

    Little Man's got me right where it counts… "MY LIFE." So precious. So wise.

    November 22, 2012

    Love the progression of what each one is thankful for as you get to Little Man and "spaghetti and meatballs"! So adorable!

    Thankful for a merciful, loving, forgiving God and the grace He provides in abundance each day.
    My wonderfully crazy, challenging, amazing, unique, family.
    The ability to connect with other adoptive families like yours Lisa and the internet's provision of that community across the miles.

    Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!


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