Eight Minutes to Spare

The big boys caught the 1:00 AM ferry with eight minutes to spare and arrived yesterday.  We are so glad they are here.

Thursday morning we gathered the crew and took a three hour walk at low tide exploring tide pools, digging horse clams, poking sea anemones and generally having a good time.  As we moved along, conversations developed and occasionally we found ourselves gathered in a circle talking, then we would spread out once again and continue down the beach.

Russ took me sailing to Double Bluff in the afternoon.  It was exhilarating – fast, windy, cold, and fun.  When we arrived back at the house, the kids were gathered on the patio eating dinner.  They gleefully announced that they had been watching us with binoculars and seen us kissing.  There is no privacy for parents of large families!

We ended the day with a campfire, s’mores, and singing.  The boys brought a guitar which they passed among themselves as we chose different songs.  Noah led us in the silly song, You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd.  We ended with Be Thou My Vision – how I love that song.

#31 – 40 giving thanks

laughing until we cry

room for noisy kids

watermelon and strawberries with dinner

evening conversations with friends

unexpected gifts from Thailand and China

children who love to sing and play music

the power of wind over water

one small starfish under a rock

ordering invitations for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration

being together


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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. Laura
    August 12, 2011

    We are so excited to be there with you on Sunday…although I do get a bit misty thinking about you taking Madeleine's senior pictures! Praying for sun.

  2. Sarah
    August 12, 2011

    Lisa, I love your giving thanks idea! I have started to do the same on my blog, carriedinhishands.blogspot.com .


  3. Mama D's Dozen
    August 12, 2011

    Sounds like a WONDERFUL time!

    So glad the boys caught the last ferry. We know all about missed ferries.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Sweet Pea
    August 14, 2011

    I'm so glad the boys got here!

  5. jen
    August 23, 2011

    You forgot to put "kissing your hubby on the sailboat" on your thankful list! 😉

  6. One Thankful Mom
    August 23, 2011

    Why yes, I suppose I did! And I just realized I forgot to add to my list of thanks on yesterday's post.


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