Paying the Price and Feeling Happy

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I’m up, dressed, and in possession of a serious sleep-deprivation headache. Yesterday was one of those crazy, only made it “by the skin of my teeth” kinds of days. I ran from appointment to appointment, and finally landed at our friends’ house at 6:30 for a wild and crazy, open house, kids running in and out, doorbell ringing, chili potluck. Russ had this third spine injection (for a disc that burst open and landed us in the ER not long ago) and never made it to the party. Thankfully, Isaiah drove him to Coeur d’Alene, so he just had to come home and rest.

Samuel rescued me and got the kids to Signe’s in time for dinner and costumes. Then he and some of the big kids took off for the WSU Cougar football game.

Ladybug is organizing a huge project that includes a food drive, so as the little kids gathered candy, the older kids gathered non-perishable food. It was fun to see the pile grow as the evening went on. Ladybug will tell you more about her project soon – it’s pretty amazing (and somewhat overwhelming).

When we finally made it home, I was tired, and lacking common sense. Isaiah and I started a long conversation about folk music and I began sharing songs with him from my childhood. We started listening to one song after another.  We laughed. Then we talked for a long time about the funky, Jesus-people, church we attended during our years at Cornell. We laughed some more.

We stayed up until 1:30 in the morning! I’m usually a 10:00 kind of gal, so that is crazy for me. I’m paying the price of sleep deprivation, but thankful beyond words for the time we shared.

If you have a minute, check out Samuel and Isaiah’s channel, Bunk Bed Records. They’ve got several more songs recorded that Samuel is in the process of mixing; those will be uploaded when his studies ease to allow him time.

Happy Friday – and happy November!

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. Cindy
    November 1, 2013

    I love the music! What precious times you are having with your children as they are growing into adulthood.

    Thank you for sharing Lisa.

    Love,
    Cindy Mc

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 1, 2013

      Thank you, Cindy. Having teens and young adults is way better than I ever imagined – hard too, but better.

      Reply
  2. Ann
    November 1, 2013

    I listened to all the songs. Love. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 1, 2013

      Thanks for listening, Ann. That is really sweet of you.

      Reply
  3. Guest
    November 1, 2013

    What a beautiful and talented young man. I loved the music. Wonderful.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 1, 2013

      Thanks so much.

      Reply
  4. Erika
    November 1, 2013

    Great singing. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading about Ladybugs food drive. oh and since I am down the I-5 I will shout out GO DUCKS!!!! 😉

    Have a super fun and blessed weekend.

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  5. Emily
    November 2, 2013

    That church was awesome! I loved how that baby cry room was just a bunch of us mothers sitting around nursing and gabbing. The music was the best!!! We still have the book Scott Free! 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 2, 2013

      Emily! I'm so glad I shared that with you.

      Reply

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