One More First Day of School

Today kicks off the beginning of our homeschool year!  Rusty is in tenth/eleventh grade (we homeschoolers don’t like to be pinned down), Ladybug is in seventh grade, Sunshine in third, Eby in K, and Little Man in Preschool.  My greatest hope is that our year will be filled with delightful learning.

Since we are heading to REACH Camp on Thursday, we are going to keep it simple this week:  Bible, Math, History/Literature, Phonics, and Science classes.  We’ll add spelling, grammar, handwriting, etc. later.   I am particularly excited about a music class I am doing with Rusty and Ladybug, Sonlight History and Literature with Sunshine, and teaching Eby and Little Man to read.

Have a wonderful 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. tracey
    August 30, 2010

    SOUNDS LIKE FUN…WHAT IS REACH CAMP?

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 30, 2010

      REACH Camp is a wonderful camp for families affected by HIV. This is our fourth year and we are very excited to go.

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      1. Dana
        September 1, 2010

        Sounds very interesting, this camp. Would like to know more. I have two adopted HIV+ kids with RAD. I've often wondered and thought about their link. Basically I can say that the HIV had a lot to do with their RAD as it caused them to be left in the hospital confined to a crib until they were 3 yrs old. Because they were some of the first HIV abandoned babies born in this region of Russia, the orphanages refused to take them until forces. Then 1/2 of the staff put in their resignation papers. A lot of education had to happen before they would agree to take my kids even in the orphanage. Therefore, I see the connection between HIV and RAD first hand.

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        1. One Thankful Mom
          September 1, 2010

          Hi Dana, REACH Camp is a camp devoted to HIV+ children and their families. It is not oriented toward adoption or adoption related issues, however, there are many adoptive families at camp . It is a wonderful time every Labor Day weekend. You can find more information about REACH Ministries on their website: ” target=”_blank”>http://www.reachministries.org

          I was very interested to read your thoughts on the connection between HIV and RAD. I have been exploring some of those thoughts myself. Thank you for your comment.

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  2. Giann
    August 30, 2010

    Its so nice to hear about Sunshine and Ladybug! and that "Little Man", I could eat him up!! haha

    Have a restful evening!

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  3. Dawn
    August 30, 2010

    LOVE homeschooling 🙂 Hard sometimes, but ALWAYS worth it…..a lot like adoption 🙂

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  4. Sweet Pea
    August 30, 2010

    Love the picture! I still have such fond memories of being homeschooled. Keep going strong, Mamma!

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  5. gjisaac
    August 30, 2010

    what do you use for Bible curriculum? and I'd LOVE a post on what you consider the "musts" for curriculum categories to cover in a given year? 🙂

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 30, 2010

      Jennifer, great post ideas. Thank you. This year we are reading through the Bible using a children's daily Bible. I haven’t found a formal Bible curriculum that I love, so I tend not to be good at sticking with it. I also plan to have the kids memorize the books of the Bible as well as passages of scripture. Does anyone have a favorite Bible curriculum to recommend? I'm always open to suggestions. I'll get back to you about my "musts" for a year.

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  6. NathanA
    August 31, 2010

    I'm curious…what are the details on the music class?

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 31, 2010

      It is a class done by The Teaching Company called How to Listen to and Understand Great Music. There are 45 lectures on DVD. Best of all two friends are joining us for the lectures. We watched the first lecture yesterday and will continue each Monday afternoon.

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  7. Annie
    August 31, 2010

    Just read your essay via the Empowered to Connect e-mail.

    You said it all so well! I relate because we had a "first family" of "easy" kids, too.

    I usually balk when people start saying they'd "wished they'd known" because honestly – I am SO GLAD I had no clue. Otherwise we wouldn't have adopted. We would not have these four precious people in our family. Including two boys who have always been as easy as our bio kids were. I am so afraid people with think that all older child and/or international adoptions are fraught with troubles and challenges – and I know so many that aren't!

    But, you went on to express so well, the incomparable joy that makes it all worthwhile. Thank you so much!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 31, 2010

      Thank you Annie. I didn't know anybody had read it yet on Empowered to Connect! I appreciate hearing from you.

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  8. Kathrin
    August 31, 2010

    Now don't they look ready and happy to start school.

    Lisa, I just read "Walking Humbly". So true. Thank you.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 31, 2010

      Thank you Kathrin.

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  9. Cassc
    September 1, 2010

    Lisa- Yours was probably the second or third blog I ever read and I hadn't really thought about just how long I've been reading along with your journey until I read this post and realized how big your little ones are getting. I have to stop and thank you for allowing us all to be a part of your life if only virtually. I so often find myself sending prayers in your direction, I never thought I would be so regularly moved by a woman and her family who are in all other senses strangers to me. Thank you for what I can only describe as your hospitality and inspiration!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 1, 2010

      Thank you for your prayers and for sticking with me so long. I wish we could chat over coffee — one day it would be great to meet my readers who share my life day after day. I find it rather amazing that I've been blogging for over four years!

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  10. jill
    September 2, 2010

    Recently found your blog. I am so thankful for it as we are having a hard time at our home. Hoping to get some understanding for our girl soon. Thanks for all your great posts!

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  11. Emily
    September 3, 2010

    I love your kids!

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