We’re Making It

The halfway point of spring break has passed and we are holding it together.  God is meeting our needs through friends – both other kids who come to play, and grownup friends who offer to help.  Yesterday we had two friends here who added energy and fun to the day.  The girls did one another’s make up, danced, sang, and baked banana bread, which was quite tasty.

This morning I took Dimples to get her locs tightened and then she and Honeybee went to visit a friend who has lots of little ones and even more energy.  Thank you, Sarah!

Sweet Pea is home for a couple of days and we are catching up on stories from  Africa. She brought laughter and gifts with her last night. The beautiful bowl she brought for me was carved by the self-proclaimed, “Best wood carver in Gambia.”

Ladybug and Sunshine are coming home early from their visit with their cousins.  Snoqualmie Pass is predicted to have heavy snow on Friday, and the funeral for the father of Samuel’s friend is Saturday morning.  We are planning another visit for the girls in April when I take Honeybee and Dimples to Seattle Children’s.

It’s a new challenge to help our young adults navigate a friend’s tremendous loss.  This will be a first funeral for some of them and a life lesson in how to offer support.  I hope we can do it with grace and wisdom.

Blessings, 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.

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  1. learningpatience
    March 14, 2012

    I have not read that book, but my husband finished it last month – while on a mission trip! He said it was a good, good read and that it really challenged him in many areas while it confirmed his thoughts in others! I hope you'll share some of your thoughts when you are done!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 14, 2012

      I am looking forward to reading it – I'm in the midst of so many books, but I need to focus. That is the beauty of a bookgroup – I actually have deadlines.

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  2. Shari8063
    March 14, 2012

    Lisa, When Helping Hurts is an awesome book. We are basing the ministry of the HOPE Center off of many of it's principals. As Christians we are called to good works, we just want to do so wisely. Blessings as you read it.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 14, 2012

      That is good to hear, Shari. Maybe we can talk about it sometime.

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  3. Amy D
    March 15, 2012

    I agree, so many good insights, but so challenging too. I'm in the middle of it right now. Hope you like it.

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  4. Julie
    March 15, 2012

    So glad to hear your break is going smoothly. I pray that continues. I read the book. It was excellent and caused me to think harder about the way we help others. As Christians, it takes a lot of wisdom to do the right thing for someone in need. A must-read for anyone considering missions (short-term and long-term).

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 15, 2012

      Julie, I have a feeling it will smack me upside my head — and it might hurt a bit. I'll let you know.

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  5. Kim
    March 15, 2012

    Definitely an awesome book…very eye-opening and practical. You'll say, "OF COURSE! That makes perfect sense! Why didn't I figure that our before?!" It'll help you to be more purposeful and thoughtful with ministry and giving in the future.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 15, 2012

      That is great to hear, Kim. Thanks!

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  6. Laurel
    March 15, 2012

    Glad that Spring Break is going well for you. Crazy that you have it nearly a month before us. It's not even on my radar yet.

    Hope your week is BLESSED!

    Laurel 🙂

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  7. Elaine
    March 15, 2012

    I have read it! I keep it on my Kindle and reread parts of it from time to time. I think it is excellent!

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