Beach Treasures

Dimples with her counselor as we said goodbye at camp

Dimples is off to camp.  I went to bed last night with a heaviness in my chest and woke this morning feeling the same.  I know this is a good decision for her and for all of us; it’s just feels so unnatural and foreign to me.  Rather than dig deep into that right now, I’m going to distract myself by writing about something not quite so important.

The beach always yields lots of treasures.  The kids have lined the deck with shells, rocks, and beach glass.  In addition to natural treasures, we have been having a great time with the Legos we got at the local thrift store.  Every year we visit Good Cheer in Langley and come away with vacation treasures.  This year we bought Legos and a handful of good books.  I had to say “no” to lots of stuffed animals and odd toys, but all in all, it was fun.  Some friends came to visit this weekend and brought us some awesome Magic Briks (love them) and lots of craft kits that the kids are enjoying.  Along with a few games, these are the only toys we have with us and it’s really quite nice.

We are also loving reading a new Billy and Blaze book to the little boys (and other kids as they gather round) each night before bed.  I bought the entire series (reprinted in paperback) for the upcoming school year, but Russ convinced me that we should enjoy them on vacation.  He was right; we all look forward to a new story each night.

The kids are on the beach now playing an elaborate game of “house.” Honeybee is the mother which has made me the grandma by default. I’m not so sure I like that!

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Have a wonderful Monday evening.


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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.


  1. Anita
    August 8, 2011

    I loved those books as a child. There is a girl one too–A Pony for Linda, which had me begging my parents for years for a pony. I'm sure they regretted that library sale purchase. 😉 Praying for you and Dimples tonight! Good for you for reading to your children nightly. I have many fond memories of my mom doing the same.

  2. Michelle
    August 8, 2011

    I know how you feel about Dimples. My little B seems to do so much better when he and his sister are in daycamp. The structure really helps him and he is so tired from all the activity that he sleeps with few nightmares. This week, the twins and I are home and the meltdowns have already started. Nothing too bad right now but that feeling of 'when is it going to happen?' is thick in the room.
    It's sad too think that it's better for him when he's away from home. I feel like a bad mum but I know the structure makes him feel safe and the activity provides a screen from thinking about sad memories and past hurts.
    I hope Dimples enjoys her camp and you are easy on yourself. What a wonderful mother you are – to provide everything your children need.
    Many blessings,
    Michelle in BC

  3. Kylee
    August 8, 2011

    So glad you're having fun! I have such fond memories of my mom reading aloud to us kids every night before bed. Such special times!

    Praying for Dimples this week…and for you too!

  4. Carrie
    August 8, 2011

    I understand how you feel because sometimes as moms we just have an idea about how family time should look like and it turns out differently. However, I believe you are doing a great job with Dimples and it sounds like for her, camp is a very good option. God bless you for being able to put your "vision" on hold to meet Dimples needs. So many adults say they are meeting their child's needs, when in fact their actions are speaking louder than their words and they are not really doing that. You are putting it into action. We are in Seattle so are enjoying the same not-too-hot but still pretty sunny weather. It is a treat, isn't it?

  5. Eileen
    August 8, 2011

    Is that a Billy and Blaze book? My husband loved those growing up. He was disappointed when he read the one with the mountain lion to our daughter and she proclaimed it too scary.


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