A Teacher?

We were having dinner not long ago, and I asked Russ how his students did on an exam earlier that day.  Honeybee looked up in surprise and said, “You’re a teacher?”  We laughed and laughed.  Apparently Honeybee didn’t know that professors are teachers.  She knew Russ did research and writing, but somehow it had escaped her that he also teaches classes.

Russ is on his way home today from a meeting in San Francisco.  Prior to traveling, he was working long, crazy hours on research grants.  He has one more big deadline Monday, and then we hope to actually see him.  I’ve been holding it together with varying success; some days have been great, others have been – well, not so great.

I’m happy to see the weekend coming.  Dimples’ Saturday is planned, and that always helps her (and us) feel better.  Scheduling her unscheduled days makes the difference between a good weekend and a potentially horrible one, so I do my best to make a weekend plan.  Sundays aren’t quite as difficult because the morning is filled with church, and the afternoon holds a big family dinner (often with friends included), which leaves a limited number of unstructured hours.  Russ has begun playing Settlers of Catan with the kids during that time, which Dimples loves and is great for all of them.  A few people mentioned the game, Ticket to Ride, in the comments of my Top Twenty Toys post; I just read the reviews on Amazon and it sounds great. Maybe it will be under our tree Christmas morning.

I have a long list I hope to accomplish on Saturday.  After a flurry of online Christmas shopping, I slacked off and haven’t made much progress.  I hope to change that and get close to being done this weekend.  I’ve got nearly all of my addresses entered in the computer, and a rough draft of our Christmas letter written, so mailing cards is beginning to look possible as well.

We also have our Supper Club to look forward to this Saturday night.  It is always wonderful – we love our friends and don’t see them often enough.

#511 – 520 giving thanks

Little Man yelling, “toilet overflowing, toilet overflowing,” loudly enough for me to hear

not too much damage done before I got there

Russ scheduled to arrive home earlier than I expected

Christmas lights

my nephew sleeping on the sofa in the living room

sisters

friends who give good counsel

answered prayer

doctors who return phone calls

teachers who send emails

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What Little Man is reading these days:

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Sunday afternoon games:

Have a great weekend, friends.

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.

19 Comments

  1. stephanie
    December 9, 2011

    ticket to ride is very fun! its on our christmas list too but for us adults since our kids are too young to play. i think your family will love it! the europe game is great too

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2011

      Thanks for the input, Stephanie! I may just have to get it.

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  2. Laura
    December 9, 2011

    I love Honeybees comment. I think a lot of kids really have no idea what their daddy's do at work…except they leave every morning and come home for dinner.
    Was it my boy on your couch last night? Hope so.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2011

      Yes, Caleb is sleeping on my couch even now. How he can sleep through the morning madness amazes me.

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  3. Mama D's Dozen
    December 9, 2011

    Just wondering …

    We have a Little Miss who also does much better with structure. However, we have 2 boys on either side of her (age wise) that REALLY need unstructured time. Little Miss, though, gets really angry if we structure her time, but allow them "free time". Yet, when we give her too much "free time" she uses it to start fights with anyone and everyone.

    Basically … she finds any reason to get angry: too much structure (unless everyone else has the exact same guidelines for their day) or too little structure.

    Any suggestions???

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2011

      I don't make many apologies any more for the fact that different children need different things – not to others or to my children. In her heart, Dimples knows she is happier with structure. I definitely don't want her to feel that it is a punishment, because it's not. In our case, we chose to educate her by enrolling her in school, and my young ones who require less structure are homeschooled. That has been a huge help for all of us, and she is very happy in school. On less structured days, like weekends, I give her choices of activities, but I can't often leave her to figure it out on her own. She will also seek my help figuring out what to do if it isn't obvious to her. I try to be a "yes" mom when I can (which does not come naturally to me), and say "yes" to activities she requests, like cooking projects or playing with the Wii (within reason). Some days are successful, and others are not, but we keep trying to find good options. Good to hear from you, Laurel.

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  4. Hannah Tucker
    December 9, 2011

    Yes, yes, get Ticket to Ride! It's not as complex as Catan, so it's nicer for an evening game when everyone's worn out. My dad got the Germany one for his birthday, and it is more complex, and requires more strategy, which is different, but fun. :o)

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2011

      I have to admit, Ticket to Ride sounds more interesting to me than Catan – although my family loves Catan. I'm very tempted to order it.

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  5. Beth
    December 9, 2011

    Similar to Ticket to Ride – but less complex ( perhaps better for little ones?) is TransEuropa. There is one for the US called TransAmerica. You are welcome to borrow ours and try it out.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2011

      Beth, that would be great. Maybe we could borrow it this weekend?

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  6. Karen
    December 9, 2011

    We enjoy Settlers of Catan but we really enjoy Carcassone. It is a tile game that we are able to play with our boys at ages 6 and 8. We also like the fact that we can play with up to 6 players.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2011

      Karen, it looks like we need a post just on recommended games. I'm loving these suggestions.

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    2. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2011

      Karen, that name sounded familiar, so I just looked on the older boys' shelf, and Noah owns Carcassone. We'll have to give it a try soon.

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  7. Beth
    December 9, 2011

    The other great thing about Carcassone is you can play with 2 players. Rick and I love to find games we can play on a "date night" And just tell Ladybug to bring TransEuropa home with her. I assume she is coming for the Friday night tradition ;-). Thanks for picking up the slack last week. And I would love a post on games- it's so hard to decide it a game is going to be worth it and some of them are quite expensive. For the "locals" we should start a lending library.

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  8. Laurel
    December 9, 2011

    I'm not much of a strategy game player, but love card games. However … my husband and boys all love all of the Settlers games, Carcassone, and Ticket to Ride. My kids have also been enjoying all of the "10 Days in ______" games (Africa, Europe, Asia, the Americas, U.S.) I love it when games really "fit" into our homeschooling, as well.

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  9. mccardlefamily
    December 9, 2011

    Hello Lisa 🙂
    I just found your blog and have been enjoying it immensely. We have 5 bio children, 1 adopted and are on the verge of getting our first foster babe. You are very encouraging and I find myself really relating to a couple of your posts on the "calling" to adopting/fostering. Thanks so much for sharing your life, I look forward to getting to "know" you better. Blessings 🙂

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2011

      Thank you so much for your comment. I hope I can be a blessing to you.

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  10. Karen
    December 9, 2011

    I just looked at Ticket to Ride, also. That may find it's way under our tree as well!

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  11. Allison
    December 11, 2011

    I also Play Settlers of Catan. it is a great game. My Husbands Family plays it alot.. I also like ticket to ride. it is a great game as well.

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