Just Ladybug

In a family of eleven children, somebody is smack in the middle; somebody is number six.  My middle child, Ladybug falls somewhere between being one of the older children and one of the younger ones.  At four years younger than Rusty, it seems she would be part of the younger set, but with her next sibling three years behind her in school, and the most recent addition to the family, the gap is far wider.

This morning Ladybug and I are heading out to an all girls youth event in Portland.  This is a stretch for me!  I hardly know the people we are going with, I’m not familiar with Portland, and the event itself is a bit out of my element.  That being said, I am so happy to have some special time with my sweet girl.

We’ll arrive home Sunday afternoon just in time to help wrap up dinner preparations for Sweet Pea and Samuel’s birthdays which are only four days apart. It promises to be a good weekend.

Don’t forget to add your thoughts to our Tuesday Topic about children and race.  Not many of you have jumped in and it would be great to get more input.  Be sure to enter the CSN $40 giveaway too!

Have a lovely weekend.

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. Giann
    March 4, 2011

    Have a fun weekend! May I ask who is hosting the event?

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  2. Lori
    March 4, 2011

    Have a lovely time together! Wish we could see you while you're so close.

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  3. Mama D's Dozen
    March 4, 2011

    I hope your time away is BLESSED!

    My 14 y.o. daughter is 3 years younger than Ben … and only 2 years older than Sarah … but, Sarah has only been home from Ghana for 3 years, and is much younger in so many ways. So similar to your situation.

    Hosanna and I went on a 4 day scrapbooking retreat last month and had a WONDERFUL time.

    Laurel

    PS: Was just thinking about you yesterday, and would LOVE to drive down to Seattle to have lunch or coffee with you next time you are over this way. I'd just love to chat "in real life". 🙂

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  4. carla
    March 4, 2011

    What a beautiful young lady!! What a wonderful opportunity for both of you, it will be very special. Have a blessed time!!

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  5. Sweet Pea
    March 4, 2011

    I'm so excited for you and Ladybug to have this special time together! I love you, Mamma!

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  6. Rachel
    March 7, 2011

    I had no idea you lived in this corner of the world. We live west of Portland.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      March 7, 2011

      We are Northwest natives and love it, but now we live east of the mountains in northern Idaho. It is such a pretty drive along the river to Portland!

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  7. Hannah Tucker
    March 9, 2011

    I'm the sixth of eleven, too – ever since I read Middle Button by Kathryn Worth, I've called myself the middle button. But I'm actually placed fairly well, with a 22-month-older-than-me sister and a 19-month-younger-than-me brother; the gaps in ages make it so that probably the most awkward is the ninth child, or perhaps the last one.

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