Where are They This Summer? [Annarose]

annarose and kalkidan

In the midst of sadness, life keeps moving forward. I’m almost thankful that although I may want to escape my life, my kids make it impossible. Today I’m continuing my update on the kids’ summer adventures.

Annarose lives life more fully than anyone I know. She has such a passion for friends, family, the Lord, adventure – and she’s nearly fearless.

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At 4:30 this morning Annarose left for a three week program with Central America Youth Ambassadors through Georgetown University. The application was extensive, including submitting a filmed interview answering questions in Spanish. We were thrilled when she was selected.

The students spend the first four days in Washington D.C., followed by ten days in Dominican Republic and ten in Nicaragua. She’ll live with host families for a time in each country where she’ll get to practice her Spanish, learn about their cultures, and immerse herself for a short time in their lives.

Annarose returns to the U.S. on July 30th, just in time to fly from Seattle to Portland to speak about Share Thanksgiving at the Christ in Youth MOVE conference in Corvalis. Then she and Beza (who will already be at CIY) will join us at Whidbey Island where I’m sure we’ll spend hours hearing about Annarose’s experiences.

In the fall Annarose will be a freshman at the University of Idaho majoring in International Studies and Spanish. She may change her plans, but her love for languages and people will be a driving force in whatever she does.

chacos

Annarose spent some of her graduation money on fabulous green Chacos – which I’m pretty sure makes her a legitimate adventurer.

And one more little Annarose-thing, yesterday Samuel posted this video of a great song she recorded.

It’s a big summer for our family with kids (and Russ) traveling all over the world. I miss them all, and at the same time I’m thankful for the incredible opportunities we’re being given.

Are there travels in store for your family?

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.

12 Comments

  1. Alyssa
    July 7, 2015

    I love to see your big kids adventures and service projects. I feel like my older kids would be great friends with yours if we lived closer. We live in Oregon and just graduated the youngest bio kid -all homeschooled. So far they have traveled to Hawaii and Asia with YWAM, and Haiti (oldest girl 22) , Korea (son 20), and girl (18) is at a Christian ballet dance school in Mississippi for her 2nd summer. I love how they are growing and serving through these travels as well as local ministry.
    May God shower you with some unexpected grace today. Praying for your family!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 7, 2015

      Who knows, Alyssa, maybe they'll meet some day! Sometimes the world is small.

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  2. Alisa
    July 7, 2015

    That sounds like a fantastic opportunity! I look forward to hearing about her experience.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 7, 2015

      Me too! An extra blessing is that it is completely paid for by the program.

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  3. Sadee
    July 7, 2015

    What a joy she is! And her voice – wow!! So beautiful!
    Praying for you today….One of my favorite lines from Steele Magnolias is "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion." May God continue to bring gifts and laughter in the midst your tears this summer. Our hearts are with you. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 7, 2015

      Wonderful quote, Sadee. We can only be intensely sad for a time, then it's time to breathe again, and even laugh.

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  4. Stephanie
    July 8, 2015

    We live and serve in the Atacama Desert region of northern Chile. If your daughter ever wants to practice her Spanish here, let us know! God bless.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 8, 2015

      Stephanie, that is so kind of you! She just might take you up on it one day.

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  5. J Hyde
    July 8, 2015

    Hope Annarose has a great time!! Should be a wonderful trip for her!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 8, 2015

      She is so excited. Maybe Australia will be next!

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  6. DFNY
    July 9, 2015

    I continue to be just so amazed at the accomplishments of all your children. I can't believe Annarose is only 16! The fact that she will be traveling to these locations, the fact that she knows Spanish well enough to put herself out there, that in itself is impressive. Says a lot about you and your family that you are able to let her experience these things. I can only imagine what she will do with her life. Oh the places she will go…

    Damaris

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  7. Leslie
    July 9, 2015

    Annarose is amazing (like all of your kids!) What an amazing adventure. I love hearing about your big kids' adventures and about all of the little things you all are doing too. We have a crazy summer of people going everywhere too. G started the summer with 4H vet science camp at Texas A&M, then K went to camp in MN, they helped with a couple of VBS programs. Now G is at the camp in MN, next week we are all going to Disney World (!!!), and then both of them go to a camp in Texas. And then they help with another VBS before G goes to a weekend youth conference. It is the campiest summer we have ever had. Hugs and love to you all!. <3

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