Nine is Going to be Great

Our Dimples turned nine on Friday. The celebration didn’t go quite as planned since I had a short bout of the flu, but despite that, she enjoyed her day. Thursday night, her birthday-eve, everyone gathered for dinner (except Sweet Pea who couldn’t make it home). This is becoming an increasingly greater feat with all of their busy schedules, but they do a good job making family time a priority.

Dimples chose grilled burgers, stuffing (yes, stuffing), spicy Doritos, and carrots with dip for dinner. A slightly odd combination to be sure, but we all enjoyed it. She even loved her presents, a set of books, a University of Idaho hoodie, and a cookbook.

She was notably content — notably.  I’ve been sitting with that short sentence for a few minutes trying to say it without sounding negative, but it was big.  She was content – CONTENT – this is no small thing for our Dimples.  She liked her dinner, she loved her gifts, she went to bed happy and was still happy in the morning when she shared her birthday cereal with her siblings.

The most precious moment of the day came when she snuggled up next to me and said, “When I’m nine, I’m going to be good.”  The word “good” panged my heart because I never want her to feel that she is defined by being “bad”.

I said,”Do you mean you are going to be happier?”

She smiled, “Yes.”

“Do you mean you are going to let love fill up your heart?”

“Yes.”

“Do you mean that you are going to obey better?”

“Yes.”

“Nine is going to be a good year Dimples.  Eight was better than seven and nine is going to be best of all.”

She smiled and nestled close.

Later that night as Russ was tucking her in bed, Dimples said, “Daddy, nine is going to be a good year.”

Yes, baby it is, because we believe in the power of God to heal broken hearts and hear our prayers.  Nine is going to be great.

~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. Lisa H.
    November 1, 2010

    I'd say "content" is BIG progress! yea!

    Did Dimples get a hair cut too? It looks shorter and I've been thinking of trimming Lucy's shorter, so it wold be easier to manage…..

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 1, 2010

      We were battling an ongoing scalp fungus, so we cut it shorter a few months ago. Then recently we cut it shorter still so she can just condition it, comb it out, pop in a headband and go. She is happy, I am happy. Honeybee's hair is getting long and we both like it. She doesn't mind taking care of it and wishes I had more time to braid, but I think we are doing pretty well.

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  2. Donna Jordan
    November 1, 2010

    God is Good to heal the broken hearted. We are praying a wonderful year for Dimples too!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 1, 2010

      Yes, He is. Sometimes I lose heart, and then He gives me a nudge of encouragement. Praying for healing for your little beauty too.

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  3. Becky
    November 1, 2010

    We had very good success in battling our little Ethipian son's scalp fungus with a medicated shampoo called Denorex.. We also used a new anti-fungal liquid called Toe Juice. (I know, funny name) But it really made a difference. It can be found in WalGreen stores. Our son's scalp is now clear! BTW, Dimples looks darling with her hair cut like that. And what wonderful, encouraging words from her on her 9th birthday. Thanks for sharing. It gives me encouragment with our little one.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 1, 2010

      Becky, Thanks for the suggestions! Our boys still have it too and that is after six weeks of medication.

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  4. Julie
    November 1, 2010

    Oh, content is HUGE!!! No explanation necessary. I'm so glad dimples heart is being filled daily with your love and commitment. May she enjoy her happiness and feel heart-filled all year long. 🙂

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 1, 2010

      Thank you Julie. I know you can understand.

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  5. Tisha
    November 1, 2010

    Content is awesome! And, it doesn't sound negative at all. Well worth noting, and rejoicing over.

    Our son has a persistent fungus on his scalp too. I will try the toe juice. Dimples hair is cute, cute!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 1, 2010

      I think I'm going to get some Toe Juice too. Why not? Dimples just told me she wants to grow her hair…but I'm pretty sure she is enjoying having it short. I just combed it out after a shower and it only took minutes.

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  6. andrea
    November 1, 2010

    Happy Birthday Precious Dimples! Biruk wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday too!
    Wow Lisa, we are struggling with the same thing here. All my 4 kids have nasty fungus on their heads. We don't even share anything. Amira has a huge balt spot from it. I hope one day Dimples' fungus will disappear forever.

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  7. One Thankful Mom
    November 1, 2010

    The boys have bald spots too! Fortunately Dimples doesn't have any. I just told Dimples that Biruk wished her a happy birthday and she was very happy.

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  8. Cat
    November 2, 2010

    Content. Happy sigh. What an important word.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 2, 2010

      Indeed. I think need some of it today.

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  9. neely
    November 2, 2010

    ah man…Lisa, you got me all teary on this one. praying for a good year.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 2, 2010

      We thought of your sweetie on the birthday they share. Dimples was going to call her Thursday night and then decided to wait until Friday and by then I was on my way to Spokane. One of these years maybe we'll even mail a card.

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  10. coffeemom
    November 2, 2010

    Happy Happy Bday to Dimples. And Brava to you Mom because that small word, "Content" is to loaded. I had my girl w/ mood issues and other complexities (not marta) say much the same to me a week or so ago. I told her she seemed "content." And she looked at me, clear eyed, and said "Yes. I am." Just to be sure, I said, "do you know what content means?" And she said, "Yes: Peaceful." I was driving and had to blink back the tears. Because it's been a looooong loooong time since she has said that. Those moments are treasure. How wonderful and how happy I am for you that both of you were given such a birthday gift.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 2, 2010

      You know, contentment is something I struggle with myself. Mine is different from Dimples, but I get it. I understand that what feels like restless yearning to me feels like life threatening need to her. I'm so glad your daughter had a moment of knowing the peace of contentment. Maybe we can learn from our girls.

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  11. Kathrin
    November 2, 2010

    Happy Birthday from Germany Dimples!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 2, 2010

      Thank you, Kathrin.

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  12. jill
    November 2, 2010

    Fabulous! Thanks for sharing Lisa

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  13. Canuckcricket
    November 2, 2010

    We fought with scalp fungus with our son too. He has a large bald spot on his head now from it. Topical creams, shampoos etc. just wouldn't take it away – it kept coming back. It took a oral pill (lamisil) which he took once a day, to finally take it away.

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  14. learningpatience
    November 2, 2010

    Content – so good! 🙂

    Scalp fungus (so bad)! After the first meds didn't put a dent in it, we went to something different. I wish I could remember what it was, but it worked . . . and I am SO glad! I'll have to see if I can come up with a name for it.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 2, 2010

      Let me know. It seems like we've tried everything, even the six week course of meds. We just cut the boys' hair on Sunday and they still have patches of it.

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