Just in Time for a Road Trip

We woke up to snow and it is beautiful, but I’m a little bit worried about our trip to Seattle. We’re watching the weather, especially Snoqualmie Pass, and waiting to see how it is going to look in the morning. Noah will probably do most of the driving, and if we have to chain up, we have Samuel and Isaiah to help. I have to admit, I have never put chains on a car myself; I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to things like that.

Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man were very motivated to plow through their schoolwork and get outside to play. I am happy with the boys’ progress in reading. They love the I Can Read It series and I find it interesting, especially since I haven’t read the stories with my nine other children.

Eby has been extremely loud lately, so I’ve dug up two tools that I’m finding helpful again, “Match my voice” and “Is this a big problem?” He does well with both of these, although it is very hard for him to quiet his voice when he is ramped up.

Today is Honeybee and Dimples’ last day of school before a week long break.  Rather than worry about how to keep Dimples occupied, happy, and regulated, I’m trying to be proactive.  I’ve started a list of activities that I hope will fill her time and give her some direction.  Our local ice rink has opened, so we’ll fill some hours skating.  I plan to have her help hang suet feeders for the birds and fill our regular bird feeder, cook for Thanksgiving, clean out her dresser, do some extra chores we don’t usually get to, decorate the front porch and some other fun things.  Hopefully we’ll have friends over to play as well.  Russ needs to work long hours over the break, but the big boys will be on break, so they’ll be able to help a bit.

Speaking of the older boys, Noah is serious about learning Chinese.  In the midst of his senior year of college, he devotes at least one hour each day to the Rosetta Stone program.  Samuel spent yesterday shadowing an orthodontist as he considers career options.  He had a great time and is considering dental school.

I’m very excited to spend time with Mimi, who is joining us on our big road trip.  Now that she is married and working full time, I don’t get to see her nearly as much as I would like.  Sweet Pea is in Minnesota today interviewing, but she will be back in Spokane late tonight and will join us in Seattle.  Time with my oldest six is going to be such a pleasure!

Here are some of what we’ve used for school today:

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Have a great weekend, friends.


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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. Donna
    November 18, 2011

    Smiling with you about the chains. I have had to do it by myself once and cried all the way through:/ When doing it with David it is so much faster and makes so much more sense:)

    Oh and we have been trying biology of behaviour by Dianne Craft and it is helping with ADD symptoms and his sensory symptoms.

    Enjoy your trip

  2. Laurel
    November 18, 2011

    Hope your trip across the state is safe, and that you have a BLESSED time with your Big Kids!

    We got a dusting of snow in town, but 2 of my Big Boys headed up for some snowboarding on opening day at Mt. Baker. My littles can hardly wait for some snow to PLAY in.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Shonni
    November 19, 2011

    So glad that you shared the reminders for Eby

  4. Emily
    November 19, 2011

    I love Ladybug's short sleeves, haha!


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