And Then We Forgot the Keys

We took a field trip last week to one of our favorite parks where the kids climbed trees while Mimi, Russ, and I visited. Mimi only had an hour before she had to be back at work, so it was short, but it was great to get out in the sunshine. We got home with plans to finish schoolwork, and then discovered that I didn’t have a house key.  Fortunately I had opened a window earlier and I was able to lift Little Man up to it.

It was just enough of an adventure to make Little Man quite proud of rescuing us.

 

And for any bad guys who may be wondering, it’s not usually this easy to get into our house.

We’re having a busy homeschool morning with boys working on math, and Sunshine reading as I write.  Tonight we’ll spend a couple of hours wandering with the younger kids at our small county fair.  Sunshine and Ladybug entered pencil drawings in the art competition and both won ribbons.  I shared a picture of Sunshine with her drawing on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page – it is super cute!  I don’t have a picture of Ladybug yet because she got home late from a volleyball game.  I’ll post one tomorrow.

Smoke from the forest fires in Montana and Idaho is thick and our air quality is terrible.  There was a possibility that Honeybee’s school would be canceled today, but she is happily there.  The kids’ eyes are watering and noses are running; I’m definitely feeling it.

I’m working on the family schedule for next week when Russ and I are in Nebraska with Dimples.  We are very thankful that Russ’ parents are coming at the beginning of the week and my sister will be here for the end.  Dimples is not happy about missing school and she is anxious about the unknowns of next week, but I think she understands how important this is.

I don’t know how much blogging I’ll be able to do next week, but I do plan to post updates on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page.  Please “Like” it if you would like to keep up with us.

Happy 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.

6 Comments

  1. Paula Miles Spears
    September 14, 2012

    Love those pictures… adorable!

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  2. Katrina
    September 14, 2012

    Has Dimples been able to talk to someone who's experienced EMDR before? I wonder if that would help her anxiety of the unknown?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 14, 2012

      I've been a little hesitant to say, "It's going to be like this," because there are variations in how EMDR is done. On the other hand, I think it would be helpful. I'll ask my friend, Paula, whose daughter goes to the same center, to describe it to us so I can give Dimples more information. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      1. Katrina
        September 14, 2012

        Instead of saying, "It's going to be like this", tell her, "It could be like this" and maybe tell her all the diff. ways the bilateral stim. might happen. Then she'll know that it could be 1 of 3 ways, unless that will make her more anxious than not knowing at all. She might even end up trying all the diff ways to see what works best for her or what she's most comfortable with. Every session will be a little different, mine have been, but still similar enough. EMDR is amazing!!! I'm so glad you're taking the step and she's being brave. It's such a freeing experience!!! (but you might not know it worked immediately, so don't get your expectations too high and be patient. And if it doesn't seem like it worked, don't be too disappointed because it just might have worked. That's what happened with me 🙂

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  3. Chrissy
    September 14, 2012

    This is completely random….but I love the color of your house and the pattern on your chair!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 14, 2012

      Thank you, Chrissy! The chair was a hand-me-down from my sweet friend, Kathleen, and I love it.

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