When My Flight was Canceled

I’m the only one awake, so let’s be really quiet and I’ll give you a quick update. I can’t believe how many days it has been since I opened up my computer and clicked “new post” on my site. I miss my blog and I miss all of you. By the way, don’t you love this photo Isaiah took?

The Embracing Orphans Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado was great. True confession, it was the first women’s retreat I’ve ever attended. Can you believe that? Until recently, we haven’t been part of a church that had retreats, so this was a brand new thing for me. Let me tell you, it was sweet. The worship alone was so beautiful – all of those lovely voices blending together.

Speaking went well, I think; I gave a talk Friday night titled “Trust the Author,” about my journey to becoming an adoptive mother. There were some emotional moments, to be sure, but it was such a warm and accepting group of women, that it was just fine. Saturday I did a workshop called, “Caring for Yourself, Caring for Your Marriage.” A great group of ladies came and we had  wonderful time sharing with one another.  Workshops are so much easier than speaking in the general session!

If you want to spend a weekend with a group of women who are passionate about loving and serving the fatherless, you’ll have to join us next year. When dates are set, I’ll be sure to let you know.

I spent Sunday night in Denver with one of my dearest friends and headed home Monday morning. Or at least I thought I was heading home. I got to Seattle, where I had a long layover, so I found an outlet, plugged my computer in, and began to face the emails that had piled up since I had last turned it on – four days earlier (!!!!). I was almost afraid to look.  As I waited, Isaiah sent me a text to see if there was any chance we could get together, so he came and picked me up for a quick lunch.

As we drove out of the airport, I got a text saying my flight home was canceled – yes, canceled. When you fly into a small airport that only gets two flights from Seattle a day, and then the plane has mechanical problems, they just cancel it.  I tried re-booking through Spokane, talked with Russ and Isaiah, and finally decided to drive home today rather than fly the last leg of the trip.

This morning I’m heading out on an unexpected road trip with Isaiah – which is really pretty awesome. It’s just a bit disconcerting thinking about what I’m missing at home, being gone from my little kids one more day, and knowing that Russ is scrambling to cover for me. Did I mention that Russ and I leave to visit Dimples in Montana on Friday??

That’s my crazy life, how about yours? What have I missed these last several days? Take a moment to say hello – I need to reconnect with my blog friends.

Question: Have you attended a retreat or a conference? What was the best part of it? 

Encourage one another,

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.

14 Comments

  1. Tara Bradford
    April 9, 2013

    It was such a wonderful time at the EO retreat. You were such an immense blessing to us who were there in how you were raw, honest, vulnerable and encouraging. Thank you for giving us each that gift.

    My highlight was simply getting to meet and hug you in person. 🙂

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  2. Paula Miles Spears
    April 9, 2013

    I would love to go that retreat next year… if it isn't too close to my BEMM trip, which it was this year. It sounds wonderful.

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  3. Tisha
    April 9, 2013

    One of the best parts about the Embracing Orphans Retreat was meeting you!! You were just exactly as I imagined you would be. You are as you always come across on your blog – warm and nurturing and thoughtful and generous. I loved your talk and so appreciated your words of wisdom and encouragement. I'm so glad you were able to make it!

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  4. Shonni
    April 9, 2013

    Hey there. I was sad that I couldn't come to the conference. I Love that area of Colorado…so pretty.

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  5. jgumm
    April 9, 2013

    Your talk DEFINITELY went well and the breakout was awesome too. Hubby was glad I put some of that advice to work when I got home on Monday afternoon 😉

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  6. Deborah
    April 9, 2013

    I've attended a few conferences and retreats. The best one I've been to was Empowered to Connect – in Denver last year. You spoke there, and I was so excited because I had been reading your blog for a while! The best part for me was the a moment in general session when my husband and I just looked at each other and realized that we were on the same page about one of our children from hard places. I was afraid that we would leave the conference at opposing positions – but God used the conference to affirm where we were as parents, as a couple, and as a family. I frequently recommend the conference to others!

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  7. Emily
    April 9, 2013

    Love you friend and wish I could come back to help at home while you're on this trip to Montana. So much love to Isaiah and tell him I want him to come stay with me again soon. Miss everybody!!!

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  8. SleepyKnitter
    April 9, 2013

    I hope the road trip with Isaiah was wonderful!

    I love Estes Park! Were you at the YMCA? So beautiful. I grew up just over the mountains from there in South Park, CO.

    I have attended one day of an Empowered to Connect conference at a time when I was so tense over the misery in our home that I couldn’t focus on the event. Then about a year later, just a couple months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a sensory integration conference, and was relaxed and ready for it, but it was cancelled just a day or two before the event! But I have attended many other types of conferences, before we adopted children, and enjoyed the fellowship with others.

    Will be praying for you weekend with Dimples!

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  9. Jennifer
    April 9, 2013

    They have a women's retreat at the church where I work. I've only gone once – and spent the time eating, sleeping and talking (and skipping most of the programming).

    My favorite retreat was this workshop http://www.vocalcommunity.com/BUILDING_A_VOCAL_CO

    held at a camp in Massachusetts. It was amazing.

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  10. Jennifer
    April 9, 2013

    THIS place – http://rowecenter.org/

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  11. Anna
    April 9, 2013

    Hi Lisa! I've missed your blogging also. And I soooo wish I'd have gotten to go to that retreat!!! I've never attended a women's retreat either, by the way.
    Have a good trip home, and I'll pray you have a good trip to Montana!
    You're an inspiration to me! 🙂

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  12. EIRKA
    April 10, 2013

    Glad you were blessed on your retreat. Praying for a great visit in Montana. God bless

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  13. Lee
    April 12, 2013

    Dear Lisa,

    Thank you for this blog. It has been a life line for me the past year since adopting my 8year old daughter. I live in South Africa and have some questions. Would it be possible to mail you?

    Le

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      April 12, 2013

      Lee, I'm so glad my blog is helping you. I am woefully behind on email, but I would be happy to try to help if I can answer your questions. You can email me at [email protected]

      Reply

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