Almost Ready to Go

I’m in the final push of packing and shopping to leave for Whidbey Island.  I’m not sure how it happened, but my list of errands is getting longer rather than shorter. Groceries on the island are far more expensive, so I’m hoping to squeeze as much food in the car as possible.  I also want to pick up craft supplies for the kids to use for all kinds of shell and drift wood creations.

I’ve been putting off getting labs done, but now I can’t leave home without the doctor checking my blood. We’re continually striving for the right balance of coagulation – not too much, not too little. The last two times we’ve checked, the numbers have been good, so I’m hoping that will be the case again.

I’ve packed a box of books and games for the kids. I intended to have the boys read to me daily this summer, and that hasn’t happened. Maybe with life slowing down for a few weeks, we’ll have more time to sit together. I also have a stack of books I hope to read – some for my book group, another for Bible study, and of course, a couple of books on parenting kids with trauma histories.

We’ll be on the road tomorrow morning and hopefully at the ferry dock by late afternoon. I’m ready to see the water, the mountains, bald eagles, and my children running on the beach.

 

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. Katie Szotkiewicz Patel
    July 24, 2013

    May God fill you all up during this vacation!! Hugs!!

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  2. Gloria Elizabeth Scott Griffis
    July 24, 2013

    Have fun. Get refreshed. Be relaxed. Cherish every moment. God bless you all.

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  3. Rosemary Baisch Dunkle
    July 24, 2013

    Lisa, how long are you up there?

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  4. MaryOstyn
    July 24, 2013

    Hope you have a wonderful, refreshing vacation!
    Hugs,
    Mary

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 24, 2013

      Thanks, Mary. Hopefully I'll have time to catch up on blog reading!

      Reply
  5. Deborah
    July 24, 2013

    Lisa – I pray that you and your family have a blessed and relaxing time to reconnect and recharge your parenting batteries.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 24, 2013

      Thank you, Deborah.

      Reply
  6. Lisa Qualls
    July 24, 2013

    Thank you, Laurel!

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  7. Mamitaj
    July 24, 2013

    Have a great vacation, Lisa! Praying your time off will be relaxing and refreshing.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 24, 2013

      Thank you, friend.

      Reply
  8. Molly Kitsmiller
    July 25, 2013

    Sounds heavenly! I pray it is refreshing and renewing for you.

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  9. ahhodgman
    July 25, 2013

    The idea of having the boys read to you is great for all kinds of reasons. In her book The Way We Really Are, Stephanie Koontz recommends that children read to a parent who's doing chores or cooking. That way, the child gets to feel as if s/he's helping the parent. "I really make her feel better,"one kid said.

    Family trips usually feel stressful to me until we actually arrive. Have a great time, and may everyone switch easily into vacation mode!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 27, 2013

      I love to have the kids read to me while I cook. They did a good job last night!

      Reply
  10. Linda
    July 25, 2013

    Whidbey Island is so beautiful! I hope you have an enjoyable and restful vacation!

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