Not Quite What I Planned

Before I left for Whidbey, I determined that I would limit my time on the computer. I planned to blog a couple of times per week, and check email once a day. Then we arrived and I realized that I had forgotten the cord to my laptop – which is quite old and has a battery that no longer works. It seems to me that God is helping me keep my commitment.

It’s incredibly beautiful here – I wake up to a spectacular view each morning. Yesterday we took a long walk at low tide, gathering shells, writing in the sand, and discovering a large starfish firmly adhered to a rock. The girls picked wild plums and not-quite-ripe blackberries to create a very tart fruit salad.

I wish Russ and the big kids could be here, it’s a bit of a stretch for me to do vacation on my own, but we’re finding our routine. For me, the key to any sort of good mothering getting enough sleep. Last night I tucked the boys in at 8:30 and got in bed to read. If I stay up late when Russ is gone, I always regret it, and I manage to scare myself as the night gets darker and unfamiliar noises seem to grow louder.

I can’t post pictures without my laptop, so you’ll just have to imagine the sun shining on Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, blue skies, bald eagles flying over the house, and happy kids.



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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. Clover Beal
    July 27, 2013

    I can picture it quite well. What cherished memories of Whidbey I have.

  2. Katie Szotkiewicz Patel
    July 27, 2013

    Enjoy every last bit of your vacation!!!

  3. Mamitaj
    July 28, 2013

    Have a wonderful unplugged vacation, Lisa!

  4. Jamie Jones Duponte
    July 29, 2013

    Sounds wonderful and relaxing, enjoy!!


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