I Took a Little Trip

Well, friends, as it turns out, I’m out of town for a few days.

I was going to write a clever post about my trip, but between packing, getting things set to leave my family, and knowing I have to be up at 4:00 AM, this is going to be short and sweet.

Wandering in the Tetons

Russ and I are taking seriously our 2017 commitment to restore neglected relationships. The last (many) years made it difficult to spend time with some of our nearest and dearest family members. Today, I’m off on a trip with my parents and sisters. Can you believe it?

This is a big deal for us, and not easy to pull off, but we are making it happen and I’m very thankful – especially to Russ.

After our accident, I remember being struck by how short life is and how precious people are. We have to pause our crazy lives and cherish the people we love.

I’m sure I’ll have a lot more to say on this when I get home.

I’ll try to get a friends-letter out this weekend to tell you I made it back and maybe share a story or two. Add your name to my list if you would like a short note from me in your inbox most weekends.

As I prepared for my trip, I found myself wishing I’d done a better job asking if some of you would like to write guest posts – just a simple day-in-life, nothing earth-shattering, unless you want to wow us.

So often we want to hear a story of another life, another woman loving children God has brought to her through birth, foster care, or adoption. Or maybe still waiting and hoping for children.

If you would like to share your life with us, please take a look at the My Thankful Life guidelines and send something my way. Sometimes it’s seriously hard keeping up the pace of publishing posts while also working on a book (or two), traveling, speaking, being mom to the six kids at home, wife to Russ, and doing life.

I could use a little help from a friend, or two, or six.

Can’t wait to tell you about my trip. I’ll be back soon!



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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. Laurel
    February 24, 2017

    I hope you have a truly BLESSED trip.

    The Lord has been encouraging me to make some neglected relationships a priority this year. A few weeks ago, the Lord put an idea in my heart, and I was on an airplane just 8 days later. God did some AMAZING things in working out every single detail. I flew to Oklahoma City to visit 2 sons and their families (4 grandsons). Then, I rented a car and headed out on a road trip with one of my daughters-in-love and 2 little grandsons. We took a “little” 950 mile jaunt to northern MN to visit 2 of my daughters and their families and to “play with the cousins” (3 more grandsons).

    I was gone for 10 days, then home for 3 days, and then off on another “little” jaunt. My husband and I, along with our two high school sons, drove 400 miles each day for 4 days . . . to visit a big sister at college and a brother and his family (one more grandson) across the state, and then to visit another sister in southern Idaho (I thought of you when we were in ID).

    So, I drove nearly 4,000 miles in 2 weeks . . . and got to visit 7 of my kids, 4 of their spouses, 8 of my grandsons. Wow! Totally God-planned!

    Blessings to you and your family!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 27, 2017

      That’s wonderful, Laurel. I’m so glad for you and your family – time with our big kids is precious.


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