10 Things About Us

I haven’t read many of my friends’ blogs lately, so I took a quick peek today and saw Brianna’s 10 Things About He and I.  Later in the day I saw that Tisha had also written a 10 Things post.  It seemed light and happy, which is just what I need today.

1.  We met just before or just after my 17th birthday, we like to disagree about this, but I prefer to say it was before my birthday since it sounds more dramatic to say that we met when I was 16. I also like to call Russ my high school sweetheart, which is a slight stretch since we began dating the summer after we graduated, but, I hadn’t started college yet, so I think it still counts.  We did everything young, got engaged when I was 18 and Russ was 19, and were married when we were 20.

2. Russ is many times more adventuresome than I am. He has parachuted out of a plane, gone on a 50 mile backpacking trip, back-country skied from yurt to yurt in CO, climbed mountains, and so many other things, not to mention being the father of eleven children!  He is a courageous man and I love that about him.  I, on the other hand, tend to be cautious about physical things.  I do not like heights at all, not even a tiny bit, which means I don’t ski, rock climb, or jump out of planes.  Now I do love adventure, but it tends to be more of the, “Let’s adopt that sweet girl we met at AHOPE,” or “I think we should consider doing foster care,” kind of adventure.

3.  I’m an idealist and Russ is a realist.  I am the kite and he stands firmly holding my string.  I don’t think I’m an optimist, I just tend to be hopeful — that’s not quite the same — is it?

4.  Russ and I have held many unusual jobs over the years, especially when we were students and scraping our way through school.  One of Russ’ most interesting jobs was as a milkman delivering to restaurants in downtown Seattle during the wee hours of the morning.  My all time worst job was as a parking lot attendant at the now demolished Kingdome.  We were desperate to pay our rent, but it was a terrible, awful job.  Together we were houseparents at Alpha Phi sorority on Cornell campus which was a fantastic job for getting Russ through graduate school.

5.  We love taking long walks together and cherish our quiet morning routine — walking or running, followed by mugs of coffee, Bibles on our laps, and quiet  conversation so we don’t wake the children.  It is one of the happiest parts of my day.

6.  Our first date was to see the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was 1981 – and seems a lifetime ago.  We still love movies, although most often we rent them from Redbox or watch them with Netflix in our living room, often with some our big kids.

7.  We love road trips together, which is a good thing since we have made a few moves across the United States, and our family is too large to travel any other way.  The past two years have brought dozens of trips to and from Seattle which has given us time to talk and listen to music or sermons.

8.  Russ is a numbers guy and I’m a words girl.  He does all of the budgeting, bill paying, etc., which is a huge relief to me.  I’m the administrator and people-manager, so I do all of the scheduling and organizing.  I send family emails, schedule family meetings, organize gatherings,  plan trips, schedule all appointments, etc.  He does all of the detail-oriented things like maintaining vehicles, managing our property, etc.  We’re a great team.

9.  We love children and believe with all of our hearts that our children are the best gifts of our lives. We always wanted a large family – although we didn’t imagine we would have eleven children!  God loves to surprise us.  As young parents we tried to figure out what our favorite “stage” was and finally concluded we love it all.  We adore babies, get a kick out of toddlers, love the early learning years, enjoy the elementary and junior high ages, and adore our high school kids and young adults.

10.  Russ and I have owned two houses in our lives. We bought our first home in Broomfield, Colorado in 1994.  In December 1999 we moved to Idaho where we bought the house we now own.  We actually bought it in one weekend, which is amazing for us since we are not known for our decisiveness.  We flew to town, looked at 13 houses, narrowed it down to two, and then chose between living in town or out of town.  We chose the house on eight acres on the edge of town and still love living here.

How about you?  What ten things about you and your husband will you share with us today?  Leave your list in the comments or write it on your blog and share the link!

Be sure to see where the fun began at Betty Beguiles: 10 Facts About Me and My Better Half.

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.

16 Comments

  1. Tisha
    April 1, 2011

    Lisa, I so enjoyed reading your list! It makes me feel like I know you better.These are really fun, aren't they? My favorite is #9. As a parent who has not yet reached all the stages you mentioned, your perspective of loving them all gives me great hope.
    I believe your idealism (and/or optimism? 🙂 is certainly a huge part of what draws so many people to you as you share your life and story.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      April 1, 2011

      Thank you, Tisha, and thanks for inspiring me to do my list. Am I going to meet you in CO next week? I hope so!

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  2. Jillian
    April 1, 2011

    Beautiful, thanks for the “insight” to you guys, I enjoyed this, very much…the imagery of the kite…is just perfect.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      April 1, 2011

      Jillian, I want to see your list!

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  3. Nancy
    April 1, 2011

    Oh I love this post. So so heart warming to see a lovely couple who celebrate one another!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      April 1, 2011

      Thank you, Nancy. Let us know if you do your list of 10 Things!

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  4. Mama D's Dozen
    April 2, 2011

    Loved reading this, but don't have the energy to write my own. 🙂

    Russ was probably delivering milk at the same time Jim was delivering bread for a Seattle bakery … or maybe when he was delivering produce for the produce company. Yes, he knows the streets of Seattle well.

    My all-time craziest job was dusting books at the PLU library. Yes. They hire students every summer, to work from 11pm-7am … taking every book off of the shelf, dusting the shelf, dusting the books, and putting them back. Crazy, huh?

    We love road trips too. We keep trying to meet a fun family in ID on our road trips, but they always get sick when we are headed their way. So sad.

    Our first date was in 1981, as well. We visited friends at WSU, and then went to an Imperials concert in Spokane.

    We got married in Spokane * 1982 * ages 20/22.

    Thanks for the memories!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      April 2, 2011

      Laurel, thank you for sharing your memories with me. We will meet one day!

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  5. @mkgivler
    April 2, 2011

    Even though I already knew all of this, I loved reading it 🙂

    Mimi

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      April 2, 2011

      Mimi, I want to see ten things about you and Andrew! We're looking forward to celebrating your birthdays tomorrow. Love you both.

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  6. Joyfully Busy
    April 2, 2011

    Thanks for the fun idea for a post…here's the link to my list http://joyfullybusy.blogspot.com/2011/04/10-thing

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      April 4, 2011

      #6 makes me smile. God's plans are always bigger than ours.

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  7. Natalie
    April 3, 2011

    Hi Lisa! How fun to read those things about you two! Thanks!
    We used your idea and gave a link to your blog! http://www.likepottersclay.blogspot.com

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      April 4, 2011

      Thanks for sharing yours! I love #10 on your list.

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  8. julie
    April 3, 2011

    We bought our first house in 1988 in Louisville, Colorado. Not to far from Broomfield:) We moved to California in 1991. I enjoyed your list. Really fun:)

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  9. Kim
    April 23, 2011

    I finally have my own "10 Things" post up! Thanks for letting us get to know you better and encouraging that kind of transparency through our blogs. http://www.catchingfoxes.com/content/10-things-ab

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