Birthdays, Seattle, Life

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway for The Connected Child and the companion guide, Created to Connect!  I wish I had 79 copies to give away.  Rusty is going to help me figure out how many total entries there are and then randomly select the three winners.

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Today is Little Man’s birthday!  My baby is four.  Can I just admit that it is bittersweet for me?  He is an amazing little boy, and I love watching him grow up, but he is my last baby, and I love mothering babies.

We celebrated his birthday last night with spaghetti and chocolate cake.  He loved his Playdough Ice Cream Factory and his dollar store flashlight and sword.  Today he had his birthday cereal and I hope to get some nice photos of him that I will share later.

I’m packing our bags for a trip to Seattle.  We usually have therapy appointments on Mondays, but every three months we also have appointments at Seattle Children’s and our clinic only sees patients on Thursday afternoons.  I’m picking up Honeybee, Dimples, and their friend Jubilee, after school and heading west.

This trip brings an especially fun event for Honeybee and Jubilee because they are going to visit two dear friends from their orphanage.  After a full day of appointments on Thursday, we’ll drive south to meet them and the girls will stay with them until Friday evening.  Dimples and I are going to have a rare opportunity to be together all day Friday — just the two of us.  I’m thinking about taking her to a pumpkin patch and corn maze.  Does that sound like something a “fun” mom would do?

As long as this is a random post, here are a few more bits of randomness:

  • I’m currently reading The Hole in the Gospel and Love and War.  I’m liking both.
  • Ladybug and I are watching live footage of the rescue in Chile  as we work.  I cry as each miner comes up; God’s mercy is great.
  • Rusty is taking the PSAT this morning and we are hoping he will do very well.
  • Russ’ parents left this morning to spend the winter in Mexico where they live and do ministry.  We are sad  to see them go.  Last night after we tucked the kids in bed, Russ drove an hour north to their home and stayed the night.  He saw them off this morning.
  • Sweet Pea and Mimi are taking a road trip to Seattle this weekend.  Sweet Pea is in the midst of her pediatrics rotation and her attending is taking Friday off, so she also gets the day off.  She is excited to connect with med school friends, long time special friends, and her Seattle church family.  Mimi always loves a road trip and is looking forward to seeing some of her favorite people, including one of her bridesmaids.

It’s time to finish packing and get the car loaded.  I feel a little blue, like I don’t have it in me to make this trip.  Once I’m on the road, I’m sure I’ll be fine, but somehow it feels hard to leave today.

I probably won’t blog again until I’m home, although I’m hoping that Rusty will announce the winners of my giveaway tonight…or tomorrow.  His youth group is heading to a Corn Maze tonight.   Thank you for sticking with me even when I’m not able to post as frequently as I would like.

Blessings friends,


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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. Julie
    October 13, 2010

    Oh Lisa, I don't know how you do it, and do it so well. I pray you have a very good trip and your time with Dimples will be extra-special.

    I love the picture!

    I'm sure Rusty will do very well.

    Thanks for keeping us posted.

  2. Paula
    October 13, 2010

    The good thing is that four is such a great age! I love four year olds! Also, we have the Playdough Ice cream factory and the twins love it… me not so much because it's messy. I'm not a fun mom either. 🙂

  3. Kathrin
    October 13, 2010

    Happy Birthday from Germany little man! I too love playdough. I know how you feel Lisa. My baby is going to be 3 in december. Hope you have a save trip. Best wishes.

  4. Hilltrain
    October 13, 2010

    You are a blessing to SO many! We pray for restoration and rejuvenation for your soul. Be kind to yourself; go easy on yourself.

  5. Angela
    October 14, 2010

    We were at Children's today, too, but they moved out appointment to the Bellevue branch. RATS! We could have met! Tomorrow we go to the Dental branch…

    1. One Thankful Mom
      October 16, 2010

      That would have been nice! I love running into to people at Children's.


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