Medical Appointments and Pancakes

We are home from a very full trip to Seattle. Russ and I drove over Wednesday night leaving later than we had hoped. The upside was that the four kids slept for half of the drive which gave Russ and I time to talk.

Thursday morning Dimples and Eby had therapy from 10:00 – 12:00. Both appointments were good and we now have a whole new area to explore for Eby that I’ll blog about soon. Boo and Honeybee stayed in the waiting room the entire time playing with rubber stamps and markers.

After therapy we went to Costco and fed the kids before doing a little bit of Christmas shopping. We don’t have Costco nearby, so it is nice to take advantage of being in the big city. We took a quick rest back at our friends’ house and then headed to Children’s. Our 4:00 appointments lasted until 6:30. The kids got blood tests, vaccines, talked to a kidney doc who is doing research, and had physical exams. We were so hungry and tired when we were done! I think our doctor and nurses were tired too.

The next morning we got up early, loaded the car, fed everyone, tried to get hair looking presentable, and then drove back across Lake Washington to Children’s for Dimples’ 9:00 GI appointment. We saw the doctor (whom we liked), had an X-ray, went to the lab for a blood draw, and collected some essential but slightly unpleasant samples. The kids were delighted when we ended the day with Russ and I getting H1N1 vaccines. After all of their vaccines the day before, they felt it was only fair that we should each get one.

The highlight of the day was meeting our special friends. Remember the friend who donated the quilt for Honeybee’s raffle? Her daughters and Honeybee grew up together so it was precious for them to meet again in America. We had a lovely visit and hope to see each other again soon. Thank you, Jan!

We finally left Children’s at 1:30 and stopped for lunch in Issaquah. The McDonalds has a nice play area that lets the kids get the wiggles out before driving for over five hours. We got home just in time to get a little sleep before the Flapjack Fundraiser for Marta at our local Applebees. The breakfast was a grand success and raised needed funds for Honeybee’s friend’s adoption.

I’ve finished unpacking, done laundry, addressed envelopes for Christmas letters, and made dinner. Russ and I are getting ready to go to Samuel’s orchestra concert at 7:30 and hope to wrap up Dec. 5th with a good night of sleep.

I hope that next week will allow for a little breathing room, sleep, running, and blogging.


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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. Eileen
    December 5, 2009

    I wonder if you guys see the same GI at Children's that we see? Dr. Murray? We love her.

  2. lorismusings
    December 5, 2009

    That made me tired just reading that!

    It reminds me of my mother in law – the most high energy person I know. We would drop by their house at about 11:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning and she would list off all that she had got done already that day. Then she would ask what we had done and I replied, "I made breakfast." 🙂

  3. Kathrin
    December 6, 2009

    Lisa, I am learning so much through your theray appointments. Thank you so much for sharing. My two year old is looking at her pictures many time a day and she loves it when we say the names of all family members.

  4. jen
    December 6, 2009

    Whew – I'm exhausted just reading that!

    Just wanted to thank you for blogging all that your family is doing and learning! Found myself searching that "My Learning Curve" section this weekend, looking for ideas and thoughts on how we might help our two ET children with some of the issues we are having. I came away from my search much encouraged! Thanks!

  5. Signe
    December 6, 2009

    Are you kidding me? You got your Christmas cards addressed? Woman, sleep! I'll see you for coffee in about an hour 🙂

    Thanks for the help with the flapjacks you were the greatest hostess ever!!!

  6. ACK
    December 7, 2009

    got any tips on how i can raise money?

  7. carol
    December 7, 2009

    Wow, you are amazingly busy and organized!


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