All My School Girls

Honeybee and Dimples headed to school this morning. We had a fair bit of drama between 7:00 and 8:00 AM, but we made it through and they arrived at school with time to spare. They’ll be home soon and I’m hoping the transition will go well. I plan to make smoothies for a quick, energy-lifting snack that everyone generally likes, turn off the computer, and focus on them.

Ladybug and Sunshine began their homeschool tutorials last Wednesday and had a great first day. They both had quite a bit of homework and have been working diligently to get it all done in time for classes this week. I’m still working out details of piano lessons and a few other things, and have lots of organizing to do for our school year. Today, with only four children home, I managed to get a lot done; it gives me hope that this will be a productive week.

I have to share one other neat school-related thing.  This fall our church purchased all of the school supplies for a local elementary school, and today I saw a letter the principal posted on the school’s website.  It made me smile all day to think of the happy surprise of one burden being lifted off those families.

Have your children started school yet or are you still enjoying summer vacation?

Have a great start to your week.

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. Lori Glasscock
    August 22, 2011

    Had our first day of school today. Feels so good to be back into a routine. I'm praying for you as you start back into your school year too.
    Love you, Lori.

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  2. Tiffany
    August 22, 2011

    Lisa,
    What a gift from your church!! I know that the families I work with would be so relieved if something like that were done here…. those supply lists get worse every year and I for one am embarrassed of them.. plus I usually end up having to supplement for many of my sw students who are in trouble when they don't have everything.
    Have a great start to school,
    Tiffany

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 22, 2011

      Tiffany, Thanks so much for your comment; I'm going to share it with my pastor. I know that there are so many families who simply cannot purchase all of the required supplies. Maybe this will free those parents to buy a pair of school shoes or simply not have to worry about the burden.

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  3. Amy
    August 22, 2011

    We have been working at home and all of our "brick and mortar" school students have been back at it since the second week of August. But, I am jealous that your kids are wearing sweaters and jackets. It was 98 here this afternoon.
    Sweat!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 22, 2011

      Amy, one great thing about where we live is that the air is very dry and does not hold the moisture which holds the heat. It gets very cool here at night, even when the days are hot, so we open the windows and pull the cool air in. I hope your year is off to a great start!

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  4. Renae
    August 22, 2011

    We started today…with 2 in K-4, 1 in first grade, 1 in 2nd grade, and a 4th and 7th grader in a new "virtual school" this year(Connections Academy)…I'm FRIED! Praying tomorrow is better(and silently wishing I had sent the older two to "regular" school;))!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 22, 2011

      Renae, the first week is always so tough! Hang in there. I haven't even started Eby and Little Man; I guess I'm making a slow transition this year.

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  5. Paula
    August 22, 2011

    I've been reading your blog for a long time, and I was just struck suddenly by how much your "little" girls have all grown… young ladies now, in many ways! I hope they all have a great school year.

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  6. One Thankful Mom
    August 22, 2011

    Paula, you are right! Sometimes I forget how much they are growing and changing. I need to read back through my own archives.

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  7. One Thankful Mom
    August 22, 2011

    Thanks, Lori. I loved your comment about being an "all girls" school now. You are going to have some lovely school days – I envision you all with cups and tea and warm muffins as you study.

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  8. Laura
    August 23, 2011

    Even though Madeleine doesn't start until September 1st, I feel school has started since the boys are off to college. Give Caleb a hug for me the next time he is mooching a meal at your house! It is a hard but good transition.

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  9. Heidi
    August 23, 2011

    Yesterday was MY first day back to school (Working on my M.ed) – the transition has nerve racking for me so I can only imagine what it feels like for your little ones. Praying for a smooth week for your guys/gals!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 23, 2011

      Heidi, I think back to school for adults is a bit harder than for kids. Even Russ feels the pressure of back to school and he is the professor. Good for you for working on your masters!

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  10. Mama D's Dozen
    August 23, 2011

    Had to laugh when you said you "only had 4 children at home". For most people, that is a very busy household, but for us it is a quiet day. 🙂

    School?!?! Are we supposed to be getting ready for that?

    Our Sept. plans are still totally and completely up in the air. I might be headed out on a road trip to New England in 2 weeks … or I might be starting our homeschooling. I have No Idea what this week will bring … or next week … or next month. We might start school soon, or we might not pull out the workbooks until October. God is teaching me patience and flexibility, as I really am one that likes plans and order in my life.

    Today … we are praying that Jim will get the job he was interviewed for last week.

    Hope your week is BLESSED!

    Laurel

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 23, 2011

      This is a strange year for me too, although not as up in the air as yours! We're doing tutorials and a bit of math, but we won't jump into everything until after we return from REACH camp Labor Day weekend. I'm praying for good news about the job.

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  11. One Thankful Mom
    August 23, 2011

    I went in the living room to say goodnight to the big boys the other night and found Caleb with them. I never know when he'll turn up, but we're always happy to have him.

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  12. Pam
    August 23, 2011

    I had started homeschool, but my little guy's difficulties prompted a switch to "regular school". He starts tomorrow. I'm in the height of grief over it tonight. One more loss in the life of a trauma momma i guess. 🙁

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 23, 2011

      Pam, I went through this a couple of years ago and it was very hard for me. It is a true loss when we imagine educating our children one way only to find that it isn't possible. I pray that you will find slivers of joy in tomorrow and that your son will find his place in school.

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