Heading to Refresh

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I had big plans to post something today before we leave or Refresh, but the simple task of doing laundry and making packing lists has taken all of my energy. This is only my third day on my own and I feel somewhat incompetent.

We’re loading up some of the kids and bringing them along; I’m not ready to leave the younger ones yet. My sister is going to keep Eby and Little Man while the older ones stay with friends near the conference. Together with some other kids and adults, they are going to be on a sibling panel. I was going to moderate the panel, until Annarose said, “Mom, if this is supposed to be a panel of siblings, why don’t you let one of the siblings moderate it?” Point taken.

Russ and I are going to be on a couple of other panels, but that’s it this year. Most of all we plan to be with the adoption/fostercare community we love so well. Some of the most amazing people I have ever known, and now have grown to love, will be at Refresh and I hope to hug each one.

I also hope to grab some sweet time with Russ — we miss each other. Some day I’ll write about grief, loss, and marriage, but not until I understand it a whole lot better than I do now.  We are looking forward to a weekend at a nice hotel, just the two of us.

I do need to give one word of warning. Last June I decided to make a huge transition and let my silver (not gray!) hair come in. I intended to document the process and then blog about it, but as you know, it became of little importance. However, if you see me at Refresh, don’t be shocked by how light my hair is, or think that I’ve decided to go blonde. It’s silver with highlights and lowlights and we’re trying hard (my hair stylist friend and I) not to let it get too warm or too blonde. By next year I hope it is bright and shiny silver all over. I do have lots to say about this transition and my decision to stop coloring my hair, but I’ll save it for another day.

Love to all of you, friends. If you don’t hear from me for several days, know that we are being swept up in Refresh and having a good time. I may try to post some pictures on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page.

See you next week.

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.

10 Comments

  1. Kate Sumpter
    February 25, 2015

    I've been noticing your gorgeous hair color during my visits to your home these past few months. Gorgeous and definitely lucky to be in the silver category!

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  2. hannehsmom
    February 25, 2015

    I look forward to telling you in person at the Refresh conference what an inspiration you have been to me over the last year. Words can never express, but maybe the look of another mother's eyes can. I met you last year at Refresh, as my husband and I were beginning to heal from a tragedy with our adopted daughter. You gave me strength, and hope. May you & Russ be covered by God's grace this weekend.

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  3. Emily
    February 25, 2015

    I love you. Wish I could be there.

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  4. Sonya Hillrich
    February 25, 2015

    SO wish I could be there & see you & my friend Tara & meet Mary from Owlhaven after following her blog for so many years.
    But honestly, you will be blessed & be a blessing as you spend time with all these beautiful adoptive/foster parents.
    Enjoy & may God fill you.

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  5. Karen A.
    February 25, 2015

    I pray the Lord of All will refresh you with His spirit this weekend. I wish I could be there to hug you.

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  6. Ann Hodgman
    February 26, 2015

    So you're one of those people who can go silver! My son's godmother wrote a book called Going Gray–she's another "good grayer." I myself will have to take the path of the champagne rinse.

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  7. Jodi Pizzuto
    February 26, 2015

    Lisa, after reading your blog for a long time, I have started to feel like I know you – even though I know that I don't, not really. But I had to chuckle at the beginning of this blog reading your statement, "simple task of doing laundry and making packing lists…" In my little world, I try to keep up on laundry for five (including my husband and myself) and I don't even consider THAT a simple task. I cannot imagine trying to keep up with everything you do. You've earned your beautiful silver hair!

    Have a refreshing time this weekend. Thank you for all that you do for both your family and mine.

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  8. Carly
    February 26, 2015

    Wish I could be there!!! I'm doing similar! My hair is growing out naturally- wisdom highlights? Glitter? Love you, my Friend. Praying for you and Russ and family!

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  9. Jeri
    February 27, 2015

    Can't wait to see your "new" hair. I've never colored mine and at 45 I feel like I have a ton of silver hair. Some of it looks almost white. Ah, the joys of aging.

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  10. Kimberlie
    February 27, 2015

    Enjoy this time to refresh yourself, and please do take time to be with Russ. So many couples can drift apart from each other because of grief. While each of you have your own journey, commit to taking that journey together. God bless you! Many people (myself included) retreat from most outside engagements after losing a loved one. Bless you for being determined to give to other couples in the adoption and foster care community.

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