Pressing in, Working Hard, Quieting Down

I’ve been a little quiet around here for two very different reasons. One is that I’m working hard to prepare for the new homeschool year which officially kicks off next Tuesday.  Truth be told, I just placed orders for the little boys’ math, spelling, and handwriting books.  I’m only  a couple of months later than I would have liked, but I’m trusting that we’ll be just fine. This is my 23rd year of homeschooling, so I should be able to handle it, right?

A new chore chart, good menu, and organized calendar are all works in progress that need to wrapped up very soon. My Google calendar is so colorful that it makes my head spin.

Sunshine cleaning out the homeschool cabinet with "help" from Little Man

I’m also packing for our last big fling of the summer, REACH Camp. Our family has attended each year since 2007 when our first three Ethiopian children joined our family. It’s tough to head out of town a few days into the school year, but it’s a highlight of our year and just can’t be missed.

Classes began at UofI on Monday. Russ is teaching and Samuel is a senior. This is the first time in years that I haven’t had at least two students there. Ladybug and Bee kicked off their school years today. Ladybug is taking three classes at the high school and Bee is returning to her school as a 7th grader.

I’m praying for a good year for all of us, and I’m praying hard that I will do a good job with my homeschoolers. The last several years have been filled with distractions, most of which were out of my control, but not all. As I look toward this year, I know I need to be very careful with my schedule, saying “no” far more than “yes” to things that come my way.

The second reason I’ve been quiet is that we are in the midst of changes and challenges, and I’m finding it to be a very painful time for me as a mother. I told a friend that I feel like parts of my life are unraveling, and yet, I’m also learning to lean hard into the Lord and Russ.  Some of it is normal changes of kids growing up, moving out, and living their lives, and some of it is not normal at all. Regardless, it’s lots of change for me which is leaving me thinking and reading more, while writing and talking less.

I miss interacting with all of you on a more regular basis and hope to find a new blogging routine soon.

Happy last days of summer to you, friends. I’ll see you soon!

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. Allison Kelly
    August 28, 2013

    Hope things are Going good!

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  2. Emily
    August 28, 2013

    Beautiful girl heading off to high school!

    Praying for you today.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 28, 2013

      Thanks, Emily – love your prayers 🙂

      Reply
  3. MaryOstyn
    August 28, 2013

    Praying for you and your family, Lisa! Do let me know if you ever are in the Boise area so we can have a visit.
    Mary

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 28, 2013

      Thanks, Mary. I've been meaning to connect with you – maybe we can make time for a phone call. Send some of your kids to UofI, then you'll have to come my way!

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  4. ERIKA
    August 29, 2013

    Praying for you and family. God bless all

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  5. Scooping it up
    September 4, 2013

    Not fair. Please share what your materials are. I love comparing notes and seeing what other (especially more experienced!) home schoolers are using…

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  6. charity
    September 6, 2013

    in doing some emotional hard labor over the last year, my 11 year old's efforts reminded me that to move forward with a new perspective and ability to cope, sometimes we HAVE to unravel all that is there, and slowly put it back together into a tapestry that creates a healthier, safer, happier future…but in the midst, it is still all just pulled apart and in a BIG pile on the floor….I am sure looking back, this year's efforts in both our homes will result in a better and brighter future…but it is inevitably difficult to live in the midst of the piles of life unraveled!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 6, 2013

      That is a lovely description, Charity. Thank you.

      Reply

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