A Very Different Spring Break

It’s early Saturday morning, the first day of Spring Break. For the first time in years, I am not facing a break with dread and anxiety. In the past, I would have spent many hours making arrangements for Dimples, filling her days with activities, and lots of time out of the house.  Being home with the family was intolerable for her, which made it miserable for everyone. I likely would have planned some time with friends here, since most of the time she could hold herself together in their presence.

The familiar guilt for asking the same few friends to help us would have been my companion. I probably would have spent lots of time talking with Russ about how we were going to get through the week, I would have worried a lot (despite my efforts to trust). I likely would have cried as I wondered how badly things might go and just what might happen during the week off.

This time, I’ve hardly given the break much thought. Russ has a big grant deadline looming, so he’ll be working long hours. With all of our travel to MT, and for work/ministry for both us, we decided to just stay home this week.

Today:

Ladybug has her first track meet of the season and she is pole vaulting for the first time.

Sunshine is busy building a Knex rollercoaster – I bought the set, and the ferris wheel set for $15.00!

Bee is staying close, which means we’ll likely spend lots of time in the family room and kitchen together. She can help me cook for Samuel’s birthday dinner.

Eby and Little Man are loving the good weather, although it’s still frosty this morning.

Russ is heading to the office, but since there is very little wind (rare for us), he is going to spray the apple trees first.

Noah and Samuel are still sleeping 🙂

We’re hoping to get Isaiah home for a few days.

I sent a text to Mimi asking her to come over for coffee when she wakes up. Andrew works Saturdays, so sometimes she stops by to visit before going grocery shopping.

Hannah is on call this weekend, but we’ve managed a couple of nice phone calls this week – it was her birthday on Thursday. I really miss my kids when they are away on special days, but it’s okay. My friend, Dorothy, makes sure she is always included in their crazy family – just like home.

Dimples is doing very well. We had a good conversation on Monday and I was able to talk with her therapist for an hour on Wednesday.

I’m reading books about remodels, thinking and praying, and having lots of conversation with Russ.

What does your weekend hold? Have a fantastic day.

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.

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  1. Emily
    March 9, 2013

    I. Can't. Wait. To. Be. There.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 9, 2013

      Your spring break is coming soon!

      Reply
  2. Heidi
    March 9, 2013

    I'm at the school prepping for the upcoming week. Teaching in the inner city is BY FAR the hardest thing I've ever done….and the kids are the easiest part 😉

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 9, 2013

      May you be blessed and strengthened for the work God has given you, Heidi!

      Reply
  3. Hannah
    March 9, 2013

    Ladybug is going to go for pole vaulting?!!! She is so awesome!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 9, 2013

      She is so amazing!

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      1. Laura
        March 9, 2013

        She is so fearless and always willing try something new. I often wonder what she will do with her life.

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          March 9, 2013

          I know! My kids have so many qualities I admire because I don't have them.

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  4. linedancergal
    March 9, 2013

    It's Sunday morning here. I went to church at 7:30am, got home just after 8:30. Had breakfast(family asleep still) at the table with laptop next to plate. Budgie out flying and he decided to land in the last bit of milk that I'd left in the plate lol. Then he thought he was having a bath and started flicking it everywhere! I picked him up, plate and all, and put him in the sink. Funny way to start the day.
    Today I plan to make myself a skirt. Not quite sure how to do it cos I want a fancy hem so brain is busy planning and working it out while I type. Next weekend is St Patricks day and I have a line dancing social that day. There is no theme, but a few (or maybe a lot of us?) are going all out green. I even have green hair spray. The skirt I'm making is for that. A super full one with dark green panels and lime green triangle inserts to make it even more full.
    No holiday at this time here. Term only started at the beginning of Feb and this term is 10 weeks long (I think!). I choreographed a new dance yesterday so I'll have to proof read the sheet, tidy up the lounge so I can video it to send a friend and learn something new to teach this week. If I find time to breathe, it had better be used for sorting and doing the washing. Always plenty to do in my life 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 9, 2013

      You are so creative! It sounds like a great day and a fun time coming up.

      Reply
  5. Ann Z.
    March 9, 2013

    Hope your coffee date with MK worked out. Sure wish my daughter was close enough to share a morning cup. You are blessed. Spring is heading your way, 60+ in our nation's Capitol today. Happy week ahead!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 9, 2013

      It's so nice to hear from you, Ann. I owe you an email or two! We are definitely hoping for spring in north Idaho.

      Reply
  6. Karen P
    March 9, 2013

    We have 2 boys (brothers) who are in foster care staying with us this weekend. We met them last weekend, but this will be our first overnighter. So far, things are going well and everyone is getting along. It is interesting to watch everyone try to find their place. Excited to see what God will do!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 9, 2013

      That is wonderful, Karen! I hope it goes great.

      Reply

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