The Weight of 1400 Miles

It’s early Monday morning and I’m writing in a dark hotel room as Russ and Dimples sleep.  My sleep challenges are helping me quickly adjust to central time.  As we prepared to travel yesterday, it hit me hard that we are doing something very significant and weighty.

Russ took a week off of work, we left eight children home, traveled 1400 miles, all in the hope that some amazing healing will come through the work of the therapists here in Omaha.  It’s hard to express how huge this feels to me.  It feels risky, and costly, and a little scary – not because I think it is dangerous in any way, but because it is vulnerable to open ourselves up to hoping and wanting something so much, that we would go to these lengths to find it.

We feel sure that God is directing our path.  Will it go the way we hope it will?  Probably not in the way we imagine, but in the way that is best.  I know He hears our prayers and will answer them according to His will for all of us.  We want to glorify God in this entire journey – not just Nebraska, but all of it.

We had a great day traveling with Dimples.  I whispered to Russ that I think I have solved the entire predicament; she simply needs to be our only child.  Of course, there is one big problem – well, actually 10 problems with that solution.  I continually remind myself that God knew exactly what He was doing when he placed her in the midst of our family.  He is not surprised by any of our struggles and I trust that Dimples is exactly where she was meant to be.

Food was a central part of our trip, from a smoothie on the way to Spokane, to a large sandwich at the airport, to snacks and soda on the planes, and a late dinner when we arrived in Lincoln.  I took a funny picture of Dimples with a big package of cookies sitting open on the tray in front of her seat.  I’ll post it on my FB page as soon as I get a card reader; the laptop I brought doesn’t have one built in.

At one point, Dimples curled up and slept with her head in my lap; it was very peaceful and sweet.  She seems relaxed.

I’m working on a timeline of Dimples’ life this morning, hoping that it will help the therapists quickly grasp her history, leaving more time for actual therapy.  We got a long email back from our friend in Addis which filled in some gaps in our knowledge of Dimples’ history.  Of course, it also generated more questions, some of which I am sure will never be answered.  She also sent along some recent photos of Dimples’ sister, cousins, and neighbors.  What an amazing gift it is to have somebody care enough about Dimples to go find her family and talk with them.

Russ and Dimples are waking up.  We’ll have breakfast here and then drive to Omaha.  Coffee, I’m going to need coffee.

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Thank you, 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.

17 Comments

  1. Jennifer Anderson
    September 17, 2012

    I always comment on FB instead of here 🙂 Praying for you all!

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  2. sleepyknitter
    September 17, 2012

    Praying, Lisa! Praying.

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  3. Katrina
    September 17, 2012

    Praying for you and for Dimples that she's able to let EMDR work the way that it can. It's such a crazy beautiful thing!

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  4. mamitaj
    September 17, 2012

    I am praying that this trip is more fruitful than you ever dared to hope it would be. 🙂

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  5. Cat
    September 17, 2012

    Thinking of you and praying. I firmly believe that this trip with yield you something!

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  6. Denise
    September 17, 2012

    Praying for you as you journey here to Omaha. Wondering if we will "run into you" this week as our EMDR therapy intersects yours.

    Trusting God will hear your prayers and watch over you on this journey. Praying for you this week!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 17, 2012

      Denise, we are there every day this week (afternoons T – Th, morning F); please be sure to introduce yourself if you see us! Thank you for your prayers.

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  7. Kelli Wright Couch
    September 17, 2012

    thinking of you this morning, sweet friend. so glad to hear the traveling went well. you will be covered in prayer today by many of us! give dimples a big squeeze from us!

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  8. Debbie Jones
    September 17, 2012

    Praying for Dimples, you and Russ, the kids and caretakers at home, and the therapists. May God's presence be evident and may great healing take place in the precious name of Jesus. She is so blessed to have you and I pray your time together will be sweet as you meet those infant needs. What a great opportunity to give thousands of yeses and lots of nurture. That alone is huge. May she truly know and feel that she is safe in your care. You are such awesome parents!
    Bug hugs!!!
    Deb

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  9. Mary
    September 17, 2012

    Praying, praying for you all. Praying for an awakening of peace in Dimples' heart, in those places that are deep and even unknown. Praying, praying for miracles and healing and tangible evidence of a path marked ahead. Praying for joyful tears and wonder at what can and has happened and hope for what can happen still. Just praying. You all often come to mind.

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  10. dorothybode
    September 17, 2012

    We prayed over you all as you flew in and out of our town…..trusting your paths to the Lord who knows the end from the begining and every day of this precious daughters life.

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  11. Courtney
    September 17, 2012

    praying for you!!!!

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  12. Laurel
    September 17, 2012

    Praying for you guys..that God will use this to do some healing!

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  13. Ellen
    September 17, 2012

    You've been much on my mind these past two days. We may never meet this side of heaven, but I'm praying for you, Russ, and Dimples.

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  14. Dawn Wright
    September 17, 2012

    PRAYING!!!!!! A LOT!!!!

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  15. Melissa
    September 17, 2012

    Praying!

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  16. Nancy
    September 18, 2012

    I'm late in the game, but Lisa, you never cease to amaze me. You say so much of what's in my heart. So much of what's likely in many hearts. As if you know us and our struggles and our thoughts.
    Keep blazing their trail and I'll keep taking notes. This is the good work, His work indeed.
    nancy

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