Holding Hands in the Night

Ten hours of sleep last night — I may actually recover from the previous ten days.  We are enjoying time with Russ’ family and I’m happy just doing normal life; washing dishes feels so orderly and calming.  Last night Little Man and Eby snuggled up with me and I was flooded with gratitude to have them near.  Eby, who does not like to be touched much, held my hand while he slept and when he let go, he reached out to find it once again.

Dimples is doing well here.  Of course, family reunion is a fun place to be, but I can see her working hard with the skills she has and doing her best.  I am keeping her a bit closer than normal, checking in her with her a lot, and making sure she is okay.  My niece, bless her heart, taught Dimples to play Solitaire and I hope that will provide hours of entertainment over the next weeks.  Dimples loves to play card games, but she doesn’t always have a willing participant to join her. 

We head home tomorrow and Russ immediately flies to Boise for work.  All of the tasks I had planned to accomplish last week, buying school uniforms and school supplies, ordering more homeschool materials, cooking ahead for our family vacation, etc. were tossed aside and still await me, not to mention mountains of laundry.  Our plan is to leave on our big family vacation this Friday and I’m not quite sure how I’m going to pull it all off.  I’m taking slow, deep breaths as I type this.

Today I am thankful for a family that loves to gather each summer, for Russ who is a rock for me, for hugs and kisses from my children, for my big kids who send emails and check in to see how we are doing, for the beauty of this place – the river, blue sky, tall trees, for s’mores and campfires, and most of all, for Jesus.  I could not take another breath were it not for the sure knowledge that we are loved and He is sovereign over all.

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. Kathrin
    July 24, 2011

    Holding hands – precious!

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  2. Dawn Wright
    July 24, 2011

    Love picturing the holding hands 🙂
    Pray you find strength to get it all done!

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  3. Staci
    July 24, 2011

    That picture of the holding hands makes my heart happy. So sweet. Two things 1) Thanks for the links about HIV adoption. It's working it's way into my heart. I will see if it happens to Hubs' heart too. 🙂 2) I linked to you on my blog in a post today. I hope that is OK. If you'd like to see it it's here: http://scoopingitup.blogspot.com/2011/07/in-which

    Thanks for always sharing and inspiring.

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  4. Laurel
    July 24, 2011

    Love the part about your little guy holding your hand. It's the little things, isn't it?

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  5. shannon2818
    July 25, 2011

    How do you stay so calm and confident? Any advice? 🙂

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      July 25, 2011

      Oh Shannon, trust me, I don’t always stay calm or confident. I just keep walking in the path the Lord Jesus has set before me. My greatest struggle is the temptation to look too far ahead which leads to fear. Fear does absolutely no good and drags me down into a dark place. It helps to have people who point me back to Christ.

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      1. shannon2818
        July 26, 2011

        Thanks for the encouragement!

        Reply

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