Missing My Little Ones

I woke up this morning ready to blog, but the kids didn’t think that was such a great idea.  Not that they said it in so many words, but they have kept me hopping all day long.  Spring Break has been a mixed blessing, better than I expected in many ways, but challenging in others.  I organized a schedule for Dimples that has occupied her days and kept her pretty happy.  We’ve done a little bit of Spring Cleaning and organizing, which I love.

In just two hours I am catching a plane to Seattle to visit my parents and sisters for a few days.  Russ will drive over with Honeybee and Dimples on Sunday and we’ll have appointments with Deborah on Monday.

So far my suitcase has one pair of jeans in it…and nothing else.  I need to get packing!

But, I’m worried about my little ones.  I’ll miss them, and they’ll miss me; I feel like I am going to be gone far too long.  A week or two ago Rusty took a series of pictures of me with each of the little ones.  Deborah had suggested I do some photos with Eby so he could keep one with him when he goes to bed each night.   When we took the pictures, the other kids wanted some with me as well, so Rusty took photos of me with Honeybee, Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man, since they were the ones who were home.

[It is Friday now…as you can see I didn’t finish this post before I had to leave for the airport, but I’ll wrap it up now.]

I printed out a series of pictures of me with each of the boys and stapled them into a simple book, adding captions under each photo.  Russ is going to give them to the boys tonight at bedtime.  I don’t know if Eby will love it or tear it up because he misses me, but I was happy to make it for him.  I also printed out one picture for each of the girls and wrote a little love note on it.

Have a wonderful 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. Julie
    March 20, 2010

    Beautiful pics, Lisa. God bless you. God bless your little ones.

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  2. Kim
    March 20, 2010

    Lisa, this is precious, it brought tears! They are so wonderful.

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  3. Sarah
    March 20, 2010

    You are such a thoughtful mama. I'm glad to hear you're having some "you" time!

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  4. Angela Crawford
    March 20, 2010

    WOw, that is so very special!! I found your blog & have been so excited to find it because my hubby & I are in the process of adopting a sibling group (2) hopefully from Ethiopia, but we are pretty flexible. WE have had five biological children, but lost one child at the age of 4 yr after she battled neuroblastoma cancer for 2 yrs. She passed away in July of 2008. Our youngest was born a couple of months before she passed away. ANyway, we are excited about this adoption & feel very grateful to read of others experiences in adoption, esp. from Ethiopia. I have been overly impressed with your blog!! What a wonderful famly!!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 21, 2010

      Angela, thank you for your kind words. I'm sorry for the loss of your daughter – that must have been so very difficult for your family. I hope you find my blog helpful as you continue your adoption process.

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  5. Sarah
    March 21, 2010

    What a beautiful idea. I'm sure that your kids love having the pictures while you are away.

    Blessings,
    Sarah

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  6. jen
    March 21, 2010

    Your post made me think about the letters I wrote to our first two kids – one for each day we were in ET to get our "new" two kids. I cried with every letter I wrote and every time I thought about them opening one while we were in ET, yet I'm so glad I did it. Thanks for the little trip down memory lane.

    Those pics are gorgeous!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 21, 2010

      Jen, I wanted to do something like that, but I didn't manage to accomplish it. Good job for getting it done.

      (If you are getting ready to travel and read this comment, grab Jen's idea and write letters to your children. It will take time, so start early before you get into the final push of packing.)

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  7. Sweet Pea
    March 23, 2010

    Sunshine, Dimples, Honeybee and Ladybug showed me their pictures right when I got here for break on Friday. Little Man snuck down the stairs to give me a hug, and when I tucked him back in, he and Eby were both very excited to show me their "books." I think this idea is a hit!

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