Lisa Qualls

Lisa is the mother of twelve by birth and adoption – six boys and six girls. She lives in north Idaho with her husband Russ and their youngest five (and sometimes more) children. They celebrated their 33rd anniversary by becoming foster parents.

Lisa’s adoption journey has been marked by joy as well as challenges of trauma and attachment. She earnestly believes in the power of Jesus to heal children’s broken hearts and wounded minds. Her life has also been marked by grief following the loss of her daughter, Kalkidan, who went to be with Jesus nearly three years ago.

Lisa believes with all her heart that God is faithful, he is good, and her life is entirely in his hands. You can find her website, One Thankful Mom, at