We're Having a Wedding!

Noah&Katie

Russ and I have happy news! Noah proposed to Katie this weekend. It is an incredible thing to watch your children grow up, and such a joy to see them make wise decisions that we know will bless them.

I love the way God weaves our lives together and makes them beautiful. Noah and Katie’s story began years ago when our son-in-law, Andrew, was growing up in Texas. He and Katie spent years of their childhood on a swim team together. They swam together until they graduated from high school and went their separate ways to college. Andrew moved to Idaho, where he met our daughter, Mimi, and fell in love. They were married July 17, 2010.

Early on in their relationship, they decided that Noah and Katie would be perfect for one another. The problem was that Katie was going to college in Arkansas and Noah was in Idaho. Then Katie began looking for a graduate school. Andrew and Mimi encouraged her consider Washington State University, just seven miles away.

KatieNoahProposal

So Katie, a Texas girl, went to college in Arkansas, then moved to Washington, where she met Noah. Just as Andrew and Mimi predicted, the two fell in love, and now we are adding a daughter to our family. We love Katie and are so thankful that God has blessed Noah with a woman who loves Jesus and loves him. We have never seen Noah so happy.

One Sunday when Noah and Katie were dating, I said to Andrew, “If Noah and Katie get married, it will be like he married your cousin.” “No,” he replied,”It will be like he married my sister.”

Isn’t is just like God to do something so amazing.

KatieNoahRing

Noah and Katie are planning a very small, family, wedding in June. The ceremony will be at a tiny, white church set in the midst of wheat fields, and the reception will be in our yard. I’m sure you’ll hear more about wedding preparation than you’ll ever want to know.

Katie’s mom is coming to Idaho for Thanksgiving; we’re really looking forward to meeting her and talking wedding, wedding, wedding.

Give thanks with us,

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.

28 Comments

  1. Paula Miles Spears
    October 28, 2013

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

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  2. Mary (Owlhaven)
    October 28, 2013

    Love it!! God is so gracious to give us such a happy variety in life.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 28, 2013

      So true, Mary! It's wonderful to have joy in the midst of the harder things of life.

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      1. Jeri
        February 10, 2014

        I think it’s very cool to see one of my favorite bloggers replying on a new favorite blog! I shouldn’t be surprised that you 2 are acquainted. Do you know each other in real life too?

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          February 10, 2014

          Jeri, Mary and I know each other via writing and phone calls. We're finally going to meet at Refresh at the end of the month when we do a workshop together. I'm really looking forward to spending time with Mary!

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  3. LauraR
    October 28, 2013

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 28, 2013

      Thank you, Laura!

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  4. Lori
    October 28, 2013

    Such wonderful news! We are rejoicing along with you. October was a good month for engagements. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 28, 2013

      Thanks, Lori! We are excited about the other family wedding. The Qualls clan keeps growing.

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  5. Deborah
    October 28, 2013

    Congratulations to the happy couple….. happy tears in my eyes as I envision similar excitement in my future in the next few years with my oldest kids 🙂

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  6. Ellen
    October 28, 2013

    Congratulations!

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  7. blesseday
    October 28, 2013

    What a great story! Congratulations to them and you!

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  8. Elizabeth
    October 28, 2013

    What an neat story! The interconnectedness is very cool.

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  9. Clover
    October 28, 2013

    Lisa and Russ! How wonderful! I still have a photo of Noah and Sophie at 4 and 5 months old in a rocking chair together–in Atlanta. Blessings to you all. Wow. xo Clove

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  10. Jane H.
    October 28, 2013

    Very exciting news and a very beautiful couple. Congrats to all and happy planning.

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  11. Mamitaj
    October 28, 2013

    Awwww!!! What a great story! :–D Congratulations! How exciting!

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  12. Chantelle
    October 28, 2013

    I can't imagine! I've always said that once our kids each marry a decent Christian spouse I can finally relax. 😉 Congrats to you all! 🙂

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  13. Debbie Pursell
    October 28, 2013

    My son just proposed a month ago! Wedding in January. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 28, 2013

      How exciting! Congratulations to your family.

      Reply
  14. Ashley Tetzlaff
    October 28, 2013

    So happy for y'all 🙂 Congratulations! Go Texas girls 😉

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  15. daysofwonderandgrace
    October 28, 2013

    Congratulations, Lisa! God works in wonderful ways :).

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  16. Susan Patterson
    October 28, 2013

    Lisa, I can't tell you how blessed I feel that Noah and Katie "found" each other. She tells me about the little things he does for her, about the wonderful way he treats his family, and his love for the Lord and I am so grateful God brought him into her life. I can't wait to finally meet all of you in person next month!

    Love and blessings,
    Susan

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 28, 2013

      Susan, we are so thankful too. Apart from following Jesus, this is the most important decision Noah will make in his life, and we think he did a great job choosing your wonderful daughter. Katie is a treasure. We're looking forward to a great Thanksgiving with you – and some wedding talk too.

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  17. Molly Kitsmiller
    October 28, 2013

    Congratulations! Wonderful to have this to rejoice in!

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  18. ERIKA
    October 28, 2013

    Yay that's so sweet. Congratulations.

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  19. angela
    October 29, 2013

    so exciting!! blessings.

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  20. Emily
    October 29, 2013

    YAY! their children are going to be so ridiculously attractive, my goodness. 😉 love you all!!

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  21. George Hilton
    November 17, 2013

    Thanks for sharing.

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