adoption and foster care

Quarantine, Family, and a Book Launch | Lisa Qualls – Foster Parents Article

Hello, friend! Are you easing out of quarantine or sheltering in place? For me, it feels more difficult to figure out what to do now that restrictions are changing.I have big news coming about the book, but let me fill you in on family first!Since I last posted, Annarose returned home from Mexico for the duration of quarantine. It was very hard for her to leave but the board of her organization said it was time. It’s a joy to…

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Remembering Kalkidan – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

I wish I was one of those people who dreamed of loved ones in heaven. It’s only happened a couple of times since we lost Kalkidan. This was one of those times. Our family was gathered around a table. I was sitting at one end and the table was long with so many of us together. We were talking and laughing when Kalkidan ran into the room.  Shouts went up, “She’s here! She’s here! Kalkidan is here!” She ran to…

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Have You Ever Made a Call Like This? – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Way back in 2008, I was drowning. Our first three adopted children had been home for 18 months and the needs were far beyond my capacity to meet. I was scared, sad, and feeling alone. Our agency had a private group where parents communicated. I’d been following the story of one mom who was sharing the really hard things they were going through. Even though I didn’t say it in the group, I felt like I understood. One weekend when…

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Real Answers to “What Can I Do if I Don’t Like My Child?” – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel you just can’t do it – you can’t be the mom you want to be? You went into foster care and adoption because you loved kids and wanted to make a difference. But now? You’re hardly making it through the days. You’re so darn tired and your heart feels like it could just give out. You hardly recognize the mother you’ve become. Or maybe this all sounds a bit dire,…

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Do You Pay Your Kids? – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Money is a tricky subject and every family manages it differently. I’m trying something new with Greenlight. My oldest is 32. Not to sound all nostalgic, but money was simpler when she was growing up. No phones. Lots of chores done for the sake of our homeschooling family. No allowance, but we met needs as they came up. She and her siblings earned money babysitting and later had jobs. There is a 20-year span between my oldest and youngest –…

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Should You Take the Leap Into Foster Care and Adoption? – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Should you become a foster or adoptive parent? While I can’t tell you what’s right for your family, our story may help you. Sometimes we need to jump in over our heads simply because God asks us to. That’s what happened to us a few years ago when we unexpectedly became foster parents. Becoming Foster Parents This is the very short version of our adoption history. We had seven children by birth, adopted three from Ethiopia, adopted one more from Ethiopia.…

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3 Ways For Moms to Pray Through the Hardest Days – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Last week I wrote,  5 Reasons Prayer is Essential for Adoptive and Foster Moms, and I promised to share three ways of praying that carried me through our hardest parenting season and continue to be essential to my prayer life. What if you feel you can’t pray? There are so many reasons we may feel this way. Lack of time and energy are at the top of many moms’ lists. Mental fog and stress are other factors. Doubt may grab…

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5 Reasons Prayer is Essential for Adoptive and Foster Moms – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Adoption and foster care may lead us to places we never imagined. It’s no ordinary life, my friends. Would you agree? Our children existed before we knew them. They grew in the warmth of another woman’s womb and were delivered into her arms. We may know details of that day or we may only imagine it. They may have been with their first moms for a few hours or a few years. Some of our kids may have had many…

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Love Like Crazy | TAPESTRY – Foster Parents Article

Sometimes people look at our families, built through adoption, foster care, and kinship placements, and wonder why we would choose this path for our family. Our guest blogger, Chantel, shares with us the new path her family is on and how God has called her family to step out of their comfort zone into a whole new world: I am a mom of 3 through birth and adoption. Recently, we had 2 new kids join our family. We are now…

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Out of My Comfort Zone For the Sake of Connection – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Last week I pushed myself way out of my comfort zone for the sake of connection. Being a mom for 32 years has taught me that doing what feels good to me doesn’t lead to close relationships with the people I love. This is how I found myself layered in a down jacket and snow pants spending the day in a snow-covered sagebrush meadow. In the spirit of being a supportive mom,  I chaperoned Wogayu’s 6th-grade class trip to McCall…

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