More Than You Want to Know

My blog has been hanging over me this week.  I have lots on my mind and a sinus infection raging in my head.  How is it that I made it to the age of 47 without having sinus infections and now I am struggling??  This one hit on Oct. 9th, I know that because it was the day after we celebrated my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary and I woke up sick.  Russ drove us home with me wrapped in a blanket in the passenger seat.

I spent the next week irrigating my sinuses, which Dr. Sweet Pea insists is vital and since she is almost a doctor and actually does it herself every single day, I figured I had better obey her – even if she is my child.  I got better, and slacked off on irrigating – then I got worse again. This time I dedicated myself to rinsing my sinuses and using a steroid spray, but it was a bit too little, too late.  With a talk to give this Sunday and a trip to Denver a week from today, I decided to go with antibiotics – and rinsing and spraying. I’m sure this is much more than you really want to know.

I took the first antibiotic last night, feel miserable today, but hope to wake up tomorrow with the sure knowledge that I am getting better.

We found a counselor for Honeybee who is going to start working with her weekly.  We met with her last night and Honeybee was rather quiet.  For an entire hour, the counselor asked kind and gentle questions, which Honeybee primarily answered by raising her eyebrows and lifting her chin (an Ethiopian “yes”), shaking her head, or whispering.  As we left the office, Honeybee took my hand.  I asked her, “So, what did you think?”  She replied, “I loved her!  And she smelled good too.”  My guess is that when they meet next week, Honeybee will have plenty to say.

Do you think PBS is a an appropriate substitute teacher for homeschoolers?  I hope so because that is all my little guys are getting today.  Just this morning Eby told me about two pheasants  that were communicating across our pasture.  Thank you, Sid the Science Kid.  I’ve already confessed to my reliance on LeapFrog for teaching letter sounds – I figure those DVD’s saved me a year of phonics instruction.

Russ is going to free me up to do some writing tomorrow – I hope my head feels better and I can concentrate.  I’m speaking for an entire hour in Denver and I really would like to say something meaningful – a bit of writing and planning would go a long way.

#371 – 380 giving thanks

my comfy chair from Kathleen

hot coffee

antibiotics

homemade spaghetti sauce from the freezer

kids who can boil pasta

Honeybee’s after school plans with a friend

orphan sunday – and something to share

plans for street kids – every kid needs a mom (I’ll tell you all about it)

ladybug and sunshine home from the library with smiles on their faces

naps – for me, not the kids

These things are making my life better today:

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Have a great weekend, friends.  I’ll see you all Monday.

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. Emily
    November 4, 2011

    Omigoodness!! I'm adding "smell good" to my list of traits I hope to cultivate as a budding psychologist.

    "plans for street kids – every kid needs a mom (I’ll tell you all about it)"–> plans for street kids?! MY street kids?!! Tell me tell me!!!!! 🙂

    Hope your sinuses feel better, friend. You and your family have been in my prayers this week.

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  2. Kendra Chiolis
    November 4, 2011

    the part about the nod and the eyebrow brought tears to my eyes. i'm soo surprised she still does it. aregash lost soo much of her ethiopian gestures (and everything) when she came home. makes me miss them (even if they weren't soo well liked in the early hard stages after coming home). :0) thanks for the stories. it's never too much. :0)

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  3. coffeemom
    November 4, 2011

    Oh no!! Feel better quick! Praying!

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  4. Marissa
    November 4, 2011

    Hope you start feeling better! And PBS is definitely an acceptable substitute teacher. 🙂

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  5. Mama D's Dozen
    November 4, 2011

    Hope you get to feeling better soon. I've had a horrible cough for 6+ weeks now. So. Not. Fun.

    I'm getting very close to 50, though, and have never had a sinus infection. Doesn't sound like much fun.

    Hope your weekend is BLESSED!

    Laurel 🙂

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  6. Paula
    November 4, 2011

    Sinus infections stink. Hope you feel better soon. Loved your description of the Ethiopian yes. 🙂

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  7. Vicky
    November 4, 2011

    I'm a huge fan of the Leap Frog Letter Factory!!! Definitely an appropriate homeschooling phonics lesson!

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  8. Susie
    November 5, 2011

    This is just anecdotal and maybe nonsense, but I share in hopes of cheering you up some (?). My two sisters (one younger and one older) and I were discussing our sinus headaches and realized we only had them around the time of menopause. I am 56 and haven't had one in years 🙂
    I LOVE your blog and appreciate so much being able to learn from you!

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  9. Amy
    November 5, 2011

    Are you speaking at a public event? We are not far from Denver, and I would love to attend if it is open to the public. Praying for your quick recovery…travelling with a sinus infection is not fun. Really appreciate your blog and the wisdom you share.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 5, 2011

      Amy, yes, thanks for asking. I am speaking at Cherry Hills Community Church for their Homecomings Adoption Ministry, next Friday, 11/11/11 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. You can RSVP evite at : http://new.evite.com/#view_invite:eid=009FAARBSZI
      I'm speaking on Bearing Fruit in Our Love for the Fatherless. Everyone is welcome and I think they are even providing childcare. I hope to see some of my Colorado friends there – be sure to introduce yourself!

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    2. One Thankful Mom
      November 5, 2011

      Amy, yes, thanks for asking. I am speaking at Cherry Hills Community Church for their Homecomings Adoption Ministry, next Friday, 11/11/11 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. You can RSVP evite at : http://new.evite.com/#view_invite:eid=009FAARBSZI
      I'm speaking on Bearing Fruit in Our Love for the Fatherless. Everyone is welcome and I think they are even providing childcare. I hope to see some of my Colorado friends there – be sure to introduce yourself!

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      1. Bethel
        November 8, 2011

        Can't wait to see and hear you, Lisa! Safe travels.

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      2. Amy
        November 8, 2011

        Looking forward to it! Sounds like just what we need!

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      3. charity
        November 13, 2011

        thought of you all weekend, hope your speaking arrangement worked out well, mostly hope you got over that sinus infection fast so you could survive travel to and from CO! wishing you a quick recovery from your journey~

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        1. One Thankful Mom
          November 13, 2011

          Charity, I missed seeing you! I had a great time – enjoyed speaking, was completely blessed by my friends at Homecomings Adoption Ministry, spent hours talking with old friends, and even had easy flights. I'm feeling very thankful today.

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  10. Laura
    November 5, 2011

    Guess this explains why we haven’t chatted this week my dear sister. I have spent the week muddling through with a yucky cold that is not yet a sinus infection. Hopefully you will feel better soon and so will I. Love You

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  11. jen anderson
    November 6, 2011

    Hope you are feeling bettter! I can't wait to hear you speak on Friday! Its the highlight of my month 🙂

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  12. jen anderson
    November 6, 2011

    oh! my 4 1/2 year old LOVES leap frog letter factory!

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