Thankful Moms

I'm the mother of twelve by birth and adoption. Thirty-two years ago I married the love of my life. I live in north Idaho, where we never have traffic jams, but it just might snow in June. I write about the blessings and challenges of family, adoption, and faith.

Welcome, November

I loved October. The maple trees in our yard were spectacular, football and swimming were great for my athletes, lots of good things happened. October also ended with Kalkidan’s birthday, which is a hard day for our family ....more

Happy Birthday to Our Kalkidan

Happy Birthday to our beautiful girl. Kalkidan Ella Qualls. Loved ....more

Top Toys and Tools for Sensory Processing Disorder & Sensory Challenges

Is your child always moving, jumping on the furniture, spinning in circles, and wiggling in his seat? Or how about covering her ears because the room is too loud and begging to have the tags cut out of her shirts? Your child is most likely not “hyper,” “picky,” or “difficult.” He may have sensory challenges, […] The post Top Toys and Tools for Sensory Processing Disorder & Sensory Challenges appeared first on Thankful Moms ....more

The Most Unexpected Reminder of Kalkidan’s Birthday

I don’t have to tell you I’m kind of hanging by a thread this week as Kalkidan’s birthday approaches. So many emotions are swirling in my heart and mind. In the spirit of not sinking into depression, yesterday I took a good walk and today – don’t laugh now – I did yoga for the […] The post The Most Unexpected Reminder of Kalkidan’s Birthday appeared first on Thankful Moms ....more

Understanding Our Children’s Traumatic Memories

I’ve been thinking about memories and trauma – my own, and those of our children from “hard places.” Experiencing a very traumatic event has given me insight into my children’s brains that I never expected to have. Will there ever be a day when I don’t think about our accident and losing Kalkidan? It hasn’t […] The post Understanding Our Children’s Traumatic Memories appeared first on Thankful Moms ....more

The Silent Pain of a Children’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Today I’m following up on the conversation about the disparity in the treatment of children with mental rather than physical illness by sharing my very personal experience of a pediatric inpatient psychiatric unit. This was a hard post to write, my hope is that someone will be comforted and feel that they are not alone. […] The post The Silent Pain of a Children’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit appeared first on Thankful Moms ....more

Celebrities Don’t Visit Kids in the Psych Unit

A while back, my friend, Toni, shared...more

One Year in Foster Care

Saturday, October 1st, ...more

Back to One Thankful Mom? We’ll See

Last year, after nearly ten years of blogging as One Thankful Mom, I didn’t think I could keep going. I was grieving, tired, and trying to decide if I wanted to go back to school, work outside the home, or work from home as a writer/blogger. I decided to make the effort to grow my […] The post Back to One Thankful Mom? ...more

How Foster Care is Restoring My Hope

I’ve been a foster mom four months today. Who knew that this unexpected...more
Menu