Ladybug's Big Day

I’m sitting in the waiting room of the orthodontist’s office in Spokane – how I love wi-fi. Ladybug is getting her braces off today! We headed out for a foggy, wet drive at 7:00 this morning and got here on time, even though we were behind a slow truck for quite a few miles.   It is an exciting day for her and a relaxing day for me.  Once Ladybug’s braces are off, we’ll have a few hours to go to lunch and do a little shopping before returning to get her new retainers.  We’ll get home just in time for her basketball game.  Today is all about Ladybug.

Isaiah is is holding down the fort at home, which I really appreciate.  Bringing the little boys along today would have changed the tone of the entire day.  While I doubt they will do much schoolwork, they will have fun at home.  On a good day, Eby and Little Man will play outside for hours, the only problem right now is the mud.  I’ve been doing extra loads of laundry nearly every day.

Eby got tired of the readers we were using for school, so this week I dug out our old Pathway Readers and let him try something new.  He is really enjoying the new books, although he wondered why there are no pictures of people in them.  I tried to explain that they were written by Amish people who don’t believe in drawing pictures of people.  Yesterday he said, “I like the picture of the horse, but I want to see the humans!”  He makes me laugh.

I had big plans for a one year update on Dimples’ locs, but yesterday, she fell at school and has a huge scrape on her face along with a black eye!  The loc post will have to wait a week or so.  I am still so thankful that we loc-ed her hair; it has made life much easier for all of us.  Hygiene is a big enough challenge for Dimples without hours devoted to doing hair each weekend.  Eliminating hair drama has been a gift to us.

I brought lots of organizational work with me today, and a book I am reading, so I had better get busy.  I’ve made more progress on the next posts for Tell it Well.  Yesterday I shared them with my son, Nick, and I’m getting his input prior to posting them.  Thanks for being so patient.

#731 – 740 giving thanks

a beautiful smile for Ladybug

no kids in braces for the first time in 17 years or so

Honeybee’s naturally straight teeth

a safe drive to Spokane

Eby’s happiness with the new readers

small group last night – love our friends

Sweet Pea joining us for lunch today

Russ filling the car with gas last night and making coffee for me this morning

Target – ahhh, life in the big city

Sunshine’s invitation to a Valentine party today

Some books we are currently reading:

Have a great day, 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. Jolly Green Giant
    February 9, 2012

    Lisa, reading your blog and hearing more about your big crazy family always makes me smile. Thanks for continuing to share. I look forward with great anticipation to continue listening to you tell it well. -AFC

  2. Hannah Tucker
    February 9, 2012

    Braces off! Liberation Day!!! Brushing teeth time is now cut in half. :o) Hooray for Ladybug!

  3. Emily
    February 9, 2012

    Happy for you all! Xo

  4. Kelli
    February 9, 2012

    So glad you had an "all about Ladybug" day!! Can't wait to see a picture of her beautiful new smile 🙂

  5. Diane
    February 10, 2012

    I am so thankful for your honesty in your comment of including your Son in your thoughts of telling it well. As a Mom, and, an older one at that, one who has walked the road of adoption, I have had my heart, soul and mind changed time and again on this journey of life, but, one thing I do believe with all myself 🙂 is the triad, sweet, sweet baby/child/adult, birthparents, and adoptive parents complete the story of telling it well.

    So, thankful your story is able to include the thoughts of your sweet, sweet Son!!


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