Midnight S’mores

The kids were up and out the door first thing to enjoy the low tide this morning. The sun came out a little later in the afternoon, just in time for high tide which brought canoeing and sailing. We had dinner at 8:00 and didn’t get the kids in bed until nearly 10:00. We’re off schedule, but with Dimples at camp, it isn’t much of a problem.

I finally got Ladybug’s school schedule figured out, just a week before classes begin. I can’t believe how this summer has gotten away from me. One of her classes, Omnibus, requires quite a few books, so I hopped on Amazon and ordered books that should arrive by the time we get home.  Both Ladybug and Sunshine have tutorials beginning next Wednesday, whether we’re ready or not!  We’ll add our home-based work a little more slowly.

As I’m writing this, Wednesday night, Noah, Samuel, and Rusty are on the road hoping to make it in time to catch the 1:00 AM ferry.  If they miss it, they’ll be sleeping in the car waiting for the 5:00 AM ferry. It will be so nice to have them here.

It’s nearly midnight and we’re heading out to the fire pit to make s’mores with ridiculously huge marshmallows.  I can already hear the laughter from Russ, Sweet Pea, Sweet Pea’s friend, and Ladybug.

#21 – 30 gratitude journal

bouquets of sea grasses

putting clean sheets on boys’ beds

outrageously large marshmallows for roasting

talented teachers in our homeschool community

Amazon – how I do love Amazon

a drying rack loaded with wet (clean) swimsuits

freshly showered children

learning to adjust expectations and plans

Lego creations on the coffee table

Midnight laughter over s’mores


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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. Courtney
    August 11, 2011

    i love amazon, too! 🙂

    and i love how you are putting the gratitude thoughts on here…i have a journal. that i try to write in. but i'm not great at it.


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