A Quiet Week – A Quiet Heart

This is a quiet blogging week.  It’s funny, but when I go away, even for a long weekend, it takes time for me to get back into the flow of my life.  January was packed full of travel, and February is looking similar.  I love to go places, but for the most part, I love to be home.  I like the rhythm of my days and my simple routines.

My very favorite school days are the ones when I don’t leave the house, when we can settle into our work as dinner simmers in the crock pot, and there is time to read aloud to the kids.  When Dimples and Honeybee get home from school and the older kids start drifting in, I’m ready to greet them.  On those days, when Russ drives up the driveway, the table is set and dinner is ready to be served – those are the days when I breathe.

This week has not been like that – the simple routines simply don’t exist.  Little Man asked me on Wednesday, “Is this a school day?  I want it to be a school day so I can be with you.”

In the fullness of the week, my blog has been quiet and that is okay.  There are times when it would not be right for me to put my fingers on my keyboard and turn my attention away from my tasks or family.  Too often I find myself saying, “Just a minute – let me finish this one thought.”  This is not a week for that.  I think about all that I want to write, and hope I’ll remember, but I leave it unwritten.

Russ and I were talking yesterday about priorities – God, our marriage, our children, our callings/vocations/ministries/careers – in that order.  It is a hard balance to maintain, especially when life is rushing by with so many demands, and there is so much to say and do.  After 32 years of being a Christian, and over 27 years of marriage, I still need to be reminded.  Today my heart is quiet.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. I’ll be back on Monday.


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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.


  1. Emily
    February 3, 2012

    I bought a Path Through Suffering last week, on your suggestion (and thru your blog :-)).

  2. Laurel
    February 3, 2012

    You probably haven't done much blog reading, either, but my week has been full of prayer requests. LOTS going on.

    Little Miss started school yesterday … and it went WELL. She road the school bus today for the first time. All of us are breathing a little easier around here. Thanks for your encouragement in this way.


  3. Kelli
    February 4, 2012

    Glad you have had a quiet week. You DO have an amazing ministry to many — but I am proud of you for not letting it own you. Hurray for a week of quiet & being home 🙂 Hope it is a blessed weekend for your family.


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