I Think I Remember How to Blog

I woke up this morning and for the first time in weeks, I had a moment to sit down and write.  Since April 12th I have been in Seattle, Denver, New York, and Coeur d’Alene,  spoken at a conference, a fundraising gala, and a women’s retreat, graduated one son from homeschooling and hosted a party for him, celebrated Sweet Pea’s upcoming graduation, enjoyed Mother’s Day with a family hike, gone on an overnight homeschooling field trip, attended track meets and lacrosse games, and lived life as the mother of a large family.   I am very thankful that I am not going out of town one single time this week – I want to stay home!

Today is Honeybee and Dimples’ last full day of school – tomorrow is a half day. I am not prepared for the year to end!  I would feel much better if I had a good plan in place for Dimples, and I am working on it, but there are lots of gaps.  I also wish I had a little bit more time for homeschooling, but that will end today as well.   There are a few things we need to work on over the summer –  handwriting and reading.  I’m ordering new italic handwriting books for the boys today.

The girls are each setting three goals of things they want to learn or achieve over the summer.  We’re going to write them down and work toward accomplishing them.  Dimples wants to create her own cookbook by gathering recipes and organizing them in a notebook. I also have some vague thoughts about setting up our own reading program.  Does anybody have a great idea?

Sweet Pea is in the midst of packing.  Yesterday she shipped 280 lbs. of books to Minneapolis.  Media mail was by far the least expensive option for shipping books, even if she doesn’t really know how long it will be before they arrive.  She still hasn’t settled on how to ship the rest of her belongings and unfortunately, her car isn’t powerful enough to tow a U-Haul trailer.  If Noah travels with her, she may rent a U-Haul truck, but she is nervous about trying to tow her car behind a truck on her own.

I have so much to be thankful for today.

#891 – 900 giving thanks

the women of my church and our retreat last Saturday

the opportunity to speak

kids riding bikes

Samuel’s second interview for a job today 

lilacs blooming in white, dark purple, and pale purple

running with Russ yesterday

followed by coffee and time to talk

my eye healing quickly

grandparents visiting

a happy morning for Honeybee

Have a great day, friends.

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. Emily
    May 22, 2012

    Woohoooo!
    I'll do some thinking about the reading program. I love stuff like that.
    Let me know a good weekend for me to come down. I'll steal all your girls out for adventures and make you sit alone in a room with a novel and tea.

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  2. mamitaj
    May 22, 2012

    Blogging is like riding a bike…you never forget how. 🙂 Phew…that does sound like a whirlwind! Glad you survived and are now getting back to "normal".

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  3. Vicky
    May 22, 2012

    When I moved from WA to TX last summer, I shipped most of my stuff in 2 10'x10' Smart Move containers (vaults). They're kinda like PODS, but they were cheaper. I had a great experience with the company and all of my stuff arrived in TX on time and intact. The drivers were early or on time and friendly. I saved money by loading/ unloading them myself (friends unloaded for me in TX). I also got a AAA discount. I believe the container price includes one month storage, but they will store it as long as she needs (for a price, of course).

    Using the containers made the drive from WA to TX much easier! I just loaded up what I needed for a summer in WA (my car was still packed!) and I was able to sightsee along the way.

    Here's the link, if you're interested: http://www.gosmartmove.com/

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 22, 2012

      Thank you so much, Vicky! I'll look into it.

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      1. Laurel
        May 23, 2012

        Hi Lisa,

        Just in case you are wondering who Vicky is . . . she is one of my "Adopted Big Kids" . . . the one who lived with us last spring and homeschooled the kids while we were walking through our marriage crisis.

        Just thought I'd "introduce" her to you.

        🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Erin
    May 22, 2012

    Good to “see” you around 🙂

    I was tired just READING about your past 6weeks or so…..

    Could you join in on your local library’s summer reading program? Most libraries have something going on in the summer……

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  5. Karen
    May 22, 2012

    I love the idea of having them set goals for learning something over the summer. We might have to try that!

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  6. Sara
    May 22, 2012

    Amazing.

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  7. Laurel
    May 23, 2012

    I think a brother or two should make the trip with her in a U-Haul. (Or even a brother and a little sister.) Road trips are much more fun when shared with a sibling. Obviously, you would then have a plane ticket or two to get the kids home, but I think it would be worth it.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  8. Teresa
    May 23, 2012

    I would enjoy contributing to recipes for Dimples. I spend most of my time online researching recipes. A fun idea might be for you to ask readers to contribute a favorite recipe and having Dimples keep track of where they come from. (Similar to my kids trying to find all 50 state license plates while on vacation. Her goal could be to collect recipes from all 50 states, with foreign countries being a bonus!)

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 23, 2012

      Teresa, that is brilliant! I'm going to talk to Dimples about the project and have her help me write a post.

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      1. Staci
        May 23, 2012

        Count us in for Massachusetts! 🙂

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  9. Mavis
    May 23, 2012

    You are an inspiration!! We just got news yesterday that we (again) did not get matched with a child-so more waiting. We are in the middle of our adoption. Disappointing but in the meantime I can glean so much wisdom from your blog. Thanks so much!

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  10. courtneycassada
    May 23, 2012

    i've missed you!!

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  11. dorothy bode
    May 23, 2012

    Lisa….just thinking…but we are heading out to the coast and back again between June 17 and 30th. We could pull a uhaul behind our 15 pass van (it has a hitch.) and delivery couldn't be easier. Just another option…….I think she arriving on a special day. Two at our house and one accross the street share it as their birthday. She will think all we do is party here…..

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 24, 2012

      Dorothy, that would be completely amazing! Let's talk later today – or whenever you have time. As much as I am going to miss Sweet Pea, I feel sure that Minneapolis is just where she is supposed to be. You have already blessed her so much!

      Reply

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