Connecting with My Kids

This picture kept me company.

I’m home from my grand adventure to Nashville.  The Empowered to Connect conference was great – as many times as I’ve heard the material, I never stop learning new things.  Next up is Dallas in January followed by Denver in April – this is a lot of adventure for a mom from Idaho.

When I got up to speak, I was nervous, but when I saw my family’s picture up on the screen, they seemed so close and I felt much better.   There were over 900 people there, but after nearly two days together, they felt like friends.

Sweet Pea picked me up at the airport yesterday, which gave us an hour and a half to talk before we got home.  When we pulled in the driveway, Sunshine ran out to meet us followed by Eby and Little Man who proclaimed, “Mommy, don’t ever go away like that again!”

Once in the house, everyone began talking to me at once and my head felt like it was going to split open.  I was still feeling nauseous from the turbulent flights and my head was fuzzy.  One after another, the kids needed to show me special things from the past few days.  I heard the details of Dimples’ camping birthday party, Rusty’s Homecoming dance, Ladybug’s volleyball game, and much, much more.

Today I am focusing on “Connecting” with my kids – since I’ve been Empowered and all.

Thank you to each one of you who introduced yourself to me at the conference and for your kind comments.  I hope to meet more of you in Dallas and Denver.

Have a great start to your week, friends.  I intend to work hard today and set the course for a productive week.

#221 – 230 giving thanks

the many parents who attended the Empowered to Connect conference

learning to love our children better

the hospitality of friends

meeting blog friends

a friend rising at 4:00 a.m. to drive me to the Nashville airport

safe travel, even in turbulence

Russ – so happy to see him

my little boys fresh and clean after baths

Honeybee dancing in the living room with Rusty

Sunshine knitting on the sofa

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.

11 Comments

  1. Captain Murdock
    September 26, 2011

    You didn't seem nervous. You did great. I think if I went to this conference three times per year, I could maybe be a really good mom 🙂 I've read through the books, but it's just nice to have the encouragement and reminders. I just got through writing about what an amazing weekend it was. Hope/plan to go back.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 26, 2011

      Shonda – you made me laugh! It definitely helps to hear the information over and over again, but the hard part is living it. I find we get better at trust-based parenting all the time, but it requires a lot of thought and self-discipline. Keep reading, listening, learning and it will add the the already good parenting skills you have. Thanks for writing about the conference on your blog – we love to spread the word.

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  2. *Ashley*
    September 26, 2011

    I was very blessed by your words in Nashville (as I am usually blessed by your words here). If I am not in Dallas…Its because I am on my way or FINALLY home with our sweet Cupcake!

    Thank you for sharing! It is making a huge difference for those of us coming after you!!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 26, 2011

      Ashley, it would be great to see you in Dallas, but I'm going to be hoping you are on your way to get your little one. If not, be sure to say hello. I'm so glad that you were able to attend the conference before Cupcake comes home – you are getting off to a great start!

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  3. Chrissy
    September 26, 2011

    It was SO great to meet you in person! I just had to come hunt down your blog and leave a comment – you were so encouraging to me personally! I saw your family photo on that screen and my whole face lit up and I got elbowed from both sides of my seat! 🙂 I had been feeling completely "wrong" for adopting siblings, like I must be doing something wrong or incorrectly (even though we are all doing very well), and when your picture popped up – I got warm fuzzies and said "SEE?!! It CAN be done!" Blessings, dear Lisa. I am giving thanks for your trip to Nashville today! <3

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 26, 2011

      Thank you, Chrissy; I'm glad you were encouraged. One of the great things about adopting four children is our experience (hard or easy) does not depend on how it is going with one child, or even two. Our four have all attached and dealt with trauma, sensory issues, etc. differently. I'm thankful I can see the full spectrum reflected in my kids. Thanks for finding my blog – I should have mentioned the web address, but it just didn't fit with the flow of things. I'll try to do that in Dallas.

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  4. Emily
    September 27, 2011

    So great to hear the conference went well!
    I sent a link to the "Attachment and Trauma" section of your blog to my psychology cohort for learning about early experiences' effects on the brain :-).

    Wondering- are the talks from ETC available online?

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 27, 2011

      Hi Emily, the actual talks from the conference are not online, although they sold audio recordings at the conference. There are many video clips of Dr. Purvis on the ETC website, <a href="http://www.empoweredtoconnect.org,” target=”_blank”>www.empoweredtoconnect.org, as well as a few older ones that are full length. Thanks for sharing my blog – I really appreciate it.

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  5. One Thankful Mom
    September 27, 2011

    Angela, thank you – it was wonderful meeting you too. I hope our paths will cross again; I know Russ would like to see you.

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  6. Tricia
    September 30, 2011

    What a blessing it was to meet you and hear about your family's journey. You did not seem nervous at all when you were speaking. Thank you for all that you shared at ETC and here on your blog~and for being real. I was very weary and you encouraged me more than you will never know!!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 30, 2011

      Tricia, thank you for your encouraging words. I'm so glad I was able to help you – it is vital that we speak the truth with love and compassion, both for our children and for one another. Blessings.

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