Books, Blankets, and Random Bits

I’m a sucker for math manipulatives, especially pattern blocks.

It’s Friday and the end of a long week with Russ out of town.  There isn’t much that is harder for me than having Russ away for an extended period of time.  We’ve had lots of prayers and my big kids helped me as they could; I’m happy to say that we made it through without too many challenges.

Here are some bits of randomness for Friday:

 

 

    • In the midst of lots of craziness last Sunday, Eby swallowed a penny.  I told him not to worry about it because it would come out when he went to the bathroom.  That night I was tucking him in and he began to cry, “My penis hurts, my penis hurts.  I think the penny is trying to come out!”  I had to try very hard not to laugh when I explained it wouldn’t come out that way.

 

 

    • Ladybug has her first X-country race today.  I really wish I could go cheer her on, but it is an away race and with school pick up and the rest of life, I can’t make it.

 

    • The Italian Prune Plums are ripe on our tree.  I never know quite what to call them since prunes have a somewhat negative association for me (prune juice – horrors!),  but I looked online and it appears that they are most often called prune plums, which sounds good to me. The kids are having fun picking them; Sunshine even picked a small branch to sketch in her Nature Journal.

 

    • This week I’ve been fairly successful at going to bed early and getting up early as well.  I am finishing reading Margin and set aside The Hole in the Gospel (I’ll get back to it soon) in order to read Love and War.  My bookgroup is reading The Help which I read last summer and really enjoyed; I think we’ll have an interesting discussion.

 

    • Sweet Pea is picking Russ up at the airport and will be spending the weekend with us.  I am looking forward to her visit and thinking about dragging her along to a local Alpaca farm that is having an open house on Saturday.  Nature journals anyone?

 

Have a wonderful Friday!

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~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. Christina
    September 24, 2010

    Kids are funny! I love them so! Their way of seeing the world is so special:)

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  2. amy
    September 24, 2010

    bring on the giveaway! I want a copy of that companion guide–
    grace grace as you finish this time with your husband away.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 25, 2010

      Hi Amy! The companion guides are very nicely printed and can be purchased for only $5.00 (which includes shipping) on the Empowered to Connect site. Or it can be downloaded for free!
      http://empoweredtoconnect.org/guide/

      Of course, winning the set would be the most fun of all – but I want everyone to know it is available right now for anybody who needs it.

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      1. amy
        September 25, 2010

        thanks lisa! I should be spending a lot more time on the Empowered to Connect site…i'm convicted. i will download the guide right away and maybe order a few copies for my staff. grace

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  3. Kim
    September 24, 2010

    I am curious how early is "early" when you are referring to getting to bed and getting up? I find that one of the hardest things about having a family with children in so many stages…. always someone who needs more. How do you manage closing the bedroom door on all of it and having time to read, blog and rest?

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 25, 2010

      Kim, it seems that with a big family the little kids need me early in the day and the big kids need me late in the day, which leaves little time for much else. On a perfect day, I like to go to bed at 9:30 (not necessarily to sleep right away), and up by 5:15-5:30. While Russ was gone I got up at 4:30 two days, which was really early for me. Since the little kids aren't allowed to get up until 7:30 (since my hyper-vigilant ones will drag themselves out of bed the moment they hear a sound), that gave me three hours to myself before I had to go into Mommy-mode. I was a little sleepy later in the day, but it was worth it!

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  4. Julie
    September 24, 2010

    Yeah! Russ is coming home!

    Yeah for Ladybug! You go, Girl!

    Your reading list sounds like mine. I always have a pile of books on my bedside table.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 25, 2010

      Julie, any great book recommendations? We had a change of plans and I'm heading to the airport this morning to get Russ – two hours alone in the car and then two hours with Russ sounds heavenly!

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  5. Shonni
    September 25, 2010

    Oh my goodness, I laughed at the 3rd one….poor Eby!

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  6. Andrea H
    September 25, 2010

    First off I am so sorry Russ is away. It just happened to me a few month ago and Kevin was away for a week. It was so hard and you don't realize it until thye are gone. I will be praying for lots of peace at your house during that time.
    BTW, I love those blocks. I was growing up with them in Germany. We used them all the time:)

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  7. Lori M
    September 26, 2010

    I am not sure how I have come across your blog, but I want to thank you for being so open and sharing so much valuable information! My husband and I are in the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia and are trying to find resources that will help us as we become first time parents. As I read about your family, I am in awe of your energy and willingness to share with so much of your life. I want you to know that your words often give me the encouragement I need as I sit and worry that I won't be able to provide our child with what they will need. Your thoughts and resources have answered many of my questions and reassured me that the answers will be provided when I need them.

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  8. Kelly
    September 29, 2010

    Thank you for sharing your blog. It is amazing how alone one can feel on this journey, you have talent for writing and gift of encouraging. It is nice to see that you are from the northwest. We live near Bellingham area. Thanks again!

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  9. Joelle
    October 4, 2010

    I loved the book Margin. I've been thinking about time use lately and how I either procrastinate what I should do because I'm afraid I'll never have time for the things that interest me or I don't do anything enjoyable because I feel too guilty to do anything but be "responsible". I pray for you, my brother, and your family all the time. Looking forward to Jan.

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