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Deception Pass was incredible.

We are home from vacation and my washer and dryer have been running all day. We had a great time enjoying being together in the beauty of Western Washington, visiting family, making new friends, relaxing, driving miles and miles, and best of all, laughing – a lot.

Hanging out after breakfast

The last few days of our trip were spent relaxing at a guest house owned by new friends who are also experienced adoptive parents. Our kids loved spending time with their five youngest. Their two lovely daughters even braided Dimples’ and Honeybee’s hair! I was so thankful, especially since we had appointments at Children’s the following day.



Thursday was our marathon day at Children’s. Russ and I took Sweet Pea, Honeybee, and Dimples with us. The girls spent the morning doing testing that we hope will help us understand how Honeybee and Dimples learn, store information, problem solve, how parts of the brain work together, and more. We hope this will be useful in educating the girls as well as in making therapy with Dimples as effective as possible. Russ went with Sweet Pea to see her new apartment while I filled out stacks of paperwork and evaluations. The afternoon was spent with our wonderful regular doctor. I also ran into an online friend whom I had never met, but I recognized her name – her little girl entertained us while we all waited.

The day we began our trek home was Noah’s 18th birthday. We ate birthday cereal, packed up and headed out. For years Russ had been talking about wanting to drive the North Cascade Highway and since we were already fairly far north, we spontaneously adjusted our plans. It was very beautiful – but wow, was it a long drive! With stops, including a special birthday dinner for Noah, we got home at 1:30 AM.

Grand Coulee Dam was awesome.

Dimples lost a tooth on the drive!

Honeybee was thrilled when a nice couple on their motorcycle stopped to chat with the kids and let them sit on their bike. They even let her start it up and rev the engine. She has been talking about how much she loves motorcycles for months and I have been trying to convince her they are dangerous, somehow I don’t think she has been persuaded.

All in all it was a wonderful vacation and we returned home to warm weather, crazy weeds in our gardens, long grass, and lots to do.

~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. PastorMac's Ann
    June 1, 2009

    Looks like an amazing time!

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  2. KT
    June 2, 2009

    Glad you had such a wonderful time!

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  3. darci
    June 2, 2009

    welcome home! so glad you had a good relaxing time even with the appointments. 🙂 I grew up in Oregon, and I love western washington.

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  4. Acceptance with Joy
    June 2, 2009

    We were there too!!! We stayed at the R*sario Marine Biology Campus – they only charge about $83 a nite for a cabin so we took a whole homeschool group and hired a teacher from Academic Adventures and had a great time just this last week. While there two friends who are adopting and I were chatting about how we wish we could meet a big family of adopted kids such as we read about here in blog land…if only we had known you were there… angela
    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/harmonyhollow/

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  5. Acceptance with Joy
    June 2, 2009

    hmmm… do you think we could ever meet? we live East of the Cascades, too. We live in C*ashmere – you know, Appl*ts and Cotl*ts 🙂 We are going up to Lake Roosevelt to take the girls to summer camp in July… We are planning domestic sibling group adoption through Adoption Advocates. My friend is adopting a couple of HIV kids from Ethiopia, another friend a baby from Ethiopia, and my other friend a second special needs child from China. We have each other, but we haven’t found people to be very excited about our plans at all. It scares them, I think. Don’t want to invade…but we sure would love to meet.

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  6. Adrielle
    June 2, 2009

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! I know my family was thrilled to see you! Leora was very sad to miss your visit, although I was very glad to have her here!

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  7. Anonymous
    June 2, 2009

    Hope you made some special family memories…It sure looks like you did! I think I’ll be in our “designated meeting spot” in a few weekends…Maybe we’ll get together then? Would love it!

    Lisa H.

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  8. Marissa
    June 2, 2009

    Oh wow, that looks like such a fun trip! I’m so glad you guys got away!

    I can’t wait to see you all in a couple weeks! 🙂

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  9. Chris
    June 2, 2009

    I’d love to know of the guest house you guys stayed at? always looking for great family places to stay!

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  10. Laurel
    June 2, 2009

    Glad you had such a nice vacation. 🙂

    We've done the North Cascades pass once … pretty, but a loooong drive. (We head to Coeur d'Alene every summer, and prefer the much quicker I-90 route.)

    Laurel

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  11. Kathrin
    June 3, 2009

    Happy Birthday from Germany Noah!

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  12. Becky
    June 3, 2009

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! We are planning a trip up north as well, up through CoeurD'lane and over to the Washington coast. With our large family accomodations are always a challenge, so I was happy to read the suggestion of "Acceptance with Joy" of where they stayed. Thanks!
    Becky

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  13. Thankfulmom
    June 3, 2009

    "Acceptance" your trip to Rosario looks fantastic. I would like to look into doing that with our homeschool group. It would be fun to meet some of my blog friends. If you are going to be my way, let me know. You can email me. Laurel, I would still love to meet you too. I will be in Seattle a lot this summer and you will be in my neck of the woods on your vacation. We should make it work!

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  14. lorismusings
    June 3, 2009

    I will be interested to follow your blog on what you find out regarding Dimples and Honeybee and learning issues.

    I have an appointment tomorrow for a consultation with a psychologist in preparation of Kalindi's testing next week. Like you mentioned, I am hoping to gain an understanding of how her brain works so that I can better teach her. I assume there will be some therapy or intervention of some sort.

    It is nice to know I am not the only one on this road.

    Lori (Goodbye Ordinary)

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