It Came to a Screeching Halt

Do you remember being a child and sitting in the front seat of the car with your mom?  Our old station wagon had lap belts, but no shoulder harnesses and I can recall times when my mom would need to slam on the breaks.  She instinctively protected me by putting her arm across me like the bar on an amusement ride.  The brakes would grab hold and we would snap quickly forward, and then back against the seat again.

That is what today feels like to me.

I was going about my life enjoying Christmas break.  Russ and I were busy getting projects done, decluttering, and feeling the satisfaction of hauling bags to Goodwill and loading up the garbage cans.  Sweet Pea and I had a list of tasks that included actual work,  but also movies to watch and special foods to cook.    The kids were busy with activities and enjoying Christmas gifts.  All in all, the break was ticking along quite nicely.

Yesterday Sweet Pea and I went to Spokane and went wedding dress shopping with one of her childhood best friends.  We had a grand time with Gretchen and her family and loved nearly every dress she modeled, but there was one that was a clear winner.  Once the dress was purchased we all went to lunch where we talked, laughed, and ate a little too much.

Then all of a sudden, I was standing in the parking lot saying goodbye to Sweet Pea who was heading to Seattle for meetings and then flying off to more interviews.  I got home from Spokane, made dinner, helped Dimples and Honeybee gather things together for school, and we put the kids to bed.

Then it hit me that Christmas break was over.  It didn’t wind down gradually, it ended so abruptly that I feel a bit stunned.  Today it is back to the reality of laundry, menu planning, homeschool lesson plans, and phone calls to return.  There was no lazy coffee sipping this morning, no fun conversations with Sweet Pea, and Russ was out the door to drive the girls to school at 8:00.

It’s all come as a bit of a shock – don’t ask me why, because I don’t have a definite answer.

I’m trying not to feel blue – dinner is in the crock pot, the washer and dryer are spinning away, I’m making my way through paperwork on my desk, and as soon as I post this, I’m going to clean out Dimples’ dresser drawers.  As Elisabeth Elliot says, “Do the next thing,”  – a very good principle for days like this.

What was one of your favorite moments over Christmas break?

#621 – 630 giving thanks

my Mom’s 72nd birthday today – happy birthday, Mom!

wedding dresses and a happy bride

sunshine

fellowship with good friends

Sunshine playing with a new learning toy and loving it

a new shelf in our closet

newly painted trim downstairs

significant conversations last weekend

Noah taking the youngest three ice skating today

one more week of Christmas break for my college guys

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. Lori
    January 3, 2012

    We just came home from wedding dress shopping. All I can say is WOW, my sweet girl is sooooo beautiful in her dress. We've been waiting for a day that I had enough energy to leave home, today was perfect. It was a bit of a comical ending when I dashed into Motherhood maternity to return a gift and pick out something new…but that's our year, wedding for B and baby for me!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      January 3, 2012

      Lori, I love hearing about that – we are excited for the wedding, and you are going to be a very glowing mother-of-the-bride.

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  2. shannon2818
    January 3, 2012

    Taking my kids ice skating and drinking hot chocolate!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      January 3, 2012

      Shannon, those sound like great moments.

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  3. Marissa
    January 3, 2012

    It felt the same to me too. Waking up this morning and getting ready for school caught me off guard. We enjoyed far too many hours of Settlers of Catan. Fun times!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      January 3, 2012

      It was a fun time for us too. Can't wait to see you in a week and a half!

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  4. Adrielle
    January 3, 2012

    Watching my happy girls and at least equally excited husband on Christmas morning! 🙂 And getting hot chocolate and cake pops at starbucks and walking around Old Town Temecula to window shop and look at lights! It really was our happiest outing as a family ever! 🙂

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      January 3, 2012

      Adrielle, that sounds like a lovely outing! Sweet Pea and I took the girls to see a light display in Lewiston and they loved it so much. Sunshine said, "This is my favorite Christmas thing ever. My face hurts so much from smiling that I think it might fall off."

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  5. Hannah Tucker
    January 3, 2012

    That's pretty much the way I felt yesterday. Little Bro leaving for A School one day, and suddenly the world seems way emptier. And the typical bumbling around, knowing that there's work to be done, but not having the heart to do it well, has ensued. But soon we'll slide back into the comfort of routine, and remember to be thankful for the wonders of the internet allowing us to keep up with family on the other side of the country.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      January 3, 2012

      Hannah, you describe it well. Normal life will feel "normal" again soon – it's the transitions that are hardest.

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  6. Terri Larson
    January 4, 2012

    I'm terrible at transitions. This year wasn't so bad because I worked every day of Christmas break…:( But that wasn't a great consolation…My favorite memories were: two different days of being home with everyone working on Christmas type crafts and sewing while listening to favorite talking books and Christmas music and spending a wonderful week with Larin at Adrielle's with to many happy memeories to recount!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      January 4, 2012

      Terri, transitions are definitely hard for me. I'm so glad you had some good time at home. Life is changing at such a rapid speed these days – another daughter married this month!

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      1. Terri Larson
        January 4, 2012

        Yes, I think my transition blues are being overwhelmed at the thought of Lirise leaving–it's really starting to hit hard–this is happening way too fast…I'm definately trying to savor the moments!

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  7. Heidi
    January 5, 2012

    Watching my awesome brother marry my awesome sister in law…and my mom giving my brother my (late) fathers wedding band that she had secretly restored (it had worn through after all the years of construction he did). They both cried…what a special memory for them. 🙂

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