On the Third (or Fourth) Day of Christmas…

Today is the Fourth Day of Christmas, but when I wrote this yesterday it was only the Third Day of Christmas. I had some issues with my computer, and then got tired, and never managed to post it; so here it is, one day late.

On the Third Day of Christmas I:

admired Sunshine and Dimples’ beautiful, newly pierced ears – Merry Christmas to my girls.

mailed off a huge stack of Christmas cards and only fretted a tiny bit about them being “late.”

read Christmas letters and cards that arrived in our mailbox this morning (yippee)!

did a little research on strategies for actually winning Ticket to Ride, since I seem to be lagging behind my family. It is a great game and I am so excited that we received it as a gift from Andrew’s family.

contemplated how completely nerdy it is to read strategies on board game blogs and decided it is a fleeting anomaly.

sipped coffee with Russ, and then a few hours later, with Sweet Pea.

took a cute photo of Dimples as she left for camp in her new hat, scarf, and snow boots.

deleted many, many emails (some unanswered – I apologize!) from my personal email inbox and decided to make a new start.  I still need to tackle my blog email and try to answer them (I am terribly behind).

sent Russ, Sweet Pea, and Isaiah to Quickcare to get new prescriptions for malaria meds and vaccinations in anticipation of The Gambia (Sweet Pea) and Kenya (Russ and Isaiah).

contemplated some online sales, but didn’t buy a single thing.

thought many times about ordering photos from Costco, which has been on my list for two months – but didn’t do it.

put new bleach tabs in my toilet tanks – they really work!

did mundane tasks like laundry and dishes.

admired Sweet Pea’s turkey soup which we will eat soon.

gave my older boys a bad time about how late they all slept in.

loved Russ for playing one more round of Ticket to Ride with Honeybee, her friend, and Sunshine.

thought about how much we need a dog, then remembered somebody would have to scoop the poop in the yard.

wondered if I should blog today, since I’m posting ten hours later than usual, and then thought, why not?

Now we are waiting for the Quickcare folks to come home and eat the beautiful soup Sweet Pea made.  The youngest four have all had their baths and are in jammies; they look sweet and even better, they smell good.

It’s been a good day – this third day of Christmas. I’m glad the Christmas season doesn’t end until January 5th, which is followed by the Epiphany on January 6th, which also happens to be my birthday.  I grew up in the Catholic church and my Mom always told me how special it was to be an Epiphany baby.  We Qualls do a good job celebrating Advent, but haven’t developed many traditions around the Twelve Days of Christmas. I’m contemplating it a little bit.

And, just in case there is any doubt about how classy we are, here are my beautiful girls taking a lovely photo at Walmart – where they got their ears pierced.  This is small-ish town America, what can I say?

Have a great day, friends.

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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. Donna
    December 28, 2011

    We love Ticket to Ride!!!!

    Even our little Hannah can play!

    The best strategy I can figure is long train sections–Try and skip as many 2 and 3 sections as possible as they don't get many points and take lots of turns to play.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 28, 2011

      Donna, yes it is so fun! Yes on the long train sections – I've also learned you need to draw lots of cards at the beginning. I'm a bit of a slow learning, but coming in last three times in a row is a learning experience 🙂

  2. Karen
    December 28, 2011

    I live in south Louisiana, which is predominately Catholic area, and my boys go to an all boys Catholic school. The celebration of Epiphany is a big deal around here, as is the Mardi Gras holiday that follows. At our house, we leave the Christmas tree up until Epiphany and celebrate the day with a king cake. (This year, I am going to attempt to make my own king cake!) We talk about the kings that visited baby Jesus and the gifts they brought. I've explained that epiphany means "to show forth" and we brainstorm ideas about how we can show forth Jesus through the new year.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 28, 2011

      Karen, thank you for sharing that! When I was a child we left our tree up until the Epiphany. We acknowledged the day as the day the three kings visited Jesus and presented their gifts to him, but we didn't have a King Cake. I'm definitely going to look into that; I think we'll need two cakes, though, since I definitely want a chocolate cheesecake for my birthday 🙂

  3. Kim
    December 29, 2011

    I vote dog. We love our furry friend. You have plenty of volunteers for scooping the poop, too. 😉 I can remember going to the jewelry store with my grandma when I turned 11 for The Big Ear Piercing Day. What a lovely rite of passage!

  4. Chrissy
    December 29, 2011

    I think you should post some strategies because I am tired of losing to my boys as well. 🙂


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