Seattle, Spots, and Storms

Sunshine makes me smile.

Our plan was to leave for Seattle by 2:00 — we left at six. Russ and I both had projects to tackle before we got on the road. With snow forecast this week, Russ needed to smooth our driveway and put down new gravel.  I needed to organize Dimples’ and Sunshine’s drawers, pulling out the t00-small, too-worn clothes and filling the gaps with hand-me-downs from their cousin.  Fortunately, I had energy for the project and got the important things done while also packing for myself and the five kids.

Russ enjoyed his time on the tractor and was very pleased to not only complete that project but finish replacing the fuel pump on our big van.

As we headed down the highway we concluded that all in all, it was a good day and although we had nearly six hours of driving ahead of us, we would have a full Sunday to enjoy with our friends. It wouldn’t have worked very well if they weren’t “late night people” but they are, so we felt comfortable arriving late.  In fact when we got there, they were Skyping with their son in Kenya, so Russ joined the conversation and they had a spontaneous planning meeting for his upcoming well-drilling trip.

We visited Overlake Christian Church Sunday morning and had a wonderful time.  The afternoon was filled with good food and great people – including lots of adoptive parents.  We had serious, deep conversations as well as lots of laughter.  Russ enjoyed talking about wells, clean water, orphans, and Kenya.

As the afternoon went on I began to feel tired and not so good.  By evening I fell asleep on the sofa with Little Man and could barely walk to our room when Russ woke me to send me to bed.  By morning I knew the familiar “not so good” shingles feeling was back.  My face and neck were hurting more too.  Bummer. Bummer. Bummer.

Appointments with Deborah were great – we all smiled and got a little tearful talking about Dimples’ progress.  What an amazing little girl she is to have come so far.  We also set more short term behavior goals for both Honeybee and Dimples, especially for when  Russ is in Kenya.

By the time we were back in the car all I could think of was wanting to eat warm soup and curl up in bed.  We headed back to our friends’ house to pick up Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man; Russ loaded the car and we were back on the road.  I was asleep in the first half hour.

I keep waiting for the spots on my neck to actually become more blister-like so they will begin to heal, but so far, they just hurt.  I know I must have a light case of shingles, but still, I’m ready to feel better.  I need my strength and energy back!

Last night we had a huge crazy storm with winds that were clocked at 83 mph.  When I crawled in bed I could feel our tall house literally shaking; I even asked Russ if we were safe before falling into a deep sleep.  Our power went out at 1:00 AM and the kids told me there was a crazy hail storm complete with crashing thunder and lightening.  I didn’t hear a thing until Sunshine crawled in next to me.  When we got up we had no power, which means no heat or water for us.  Just as I was developing a plan for the day, the power came back on.  A huge thank you to the people who worked all night on the power lines.  School was even canceled due to the number of power lines down and fallen trees.

I wish I had something meaningful or profound to share with you; I have multiple drafts started, but no mental energy to focus.  Hopefully tomorrow will bring energy and strength!

~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. Tressa
    November 16, 2010

    Lisa,
    I hope your body heals quickly. Take care and thanks for always sharing so beautifully.

    Reply
  2. Lisa H.
    November 16, 2010

    Hope you're feeling better sooner rather than later….It's not good when the mama is sick!

    Hugs!

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  3. Ann Marie
    November 17, 2010

    Hope you're feeling better very soon.

    Reply
  4. Donna Jordan
    November 17, 2010

    Praying you are feeling better real soon! Mom's don't really get the break they need to get sick, hoping you can find some time to rest!

    Reply
  5. Bev
    November 17, 2010

    Praying for rest and healing for your body, Lisa. Even when you're sick, you still encourage us all! 😉

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  6. Kemery Kane
    November 17, 2010

    Yikes. Love you. Kisses to all.

    Someone recently asked me what the most meaningful worship book I'd ever read was, and at the time of impact it was A Path Through Suffering. I told her about our WWEED? theory, she loved it. Miss you.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 17, 2010

      Love that book so much. I've been thinking of you too – we need a lengthy phone call.

      Reply
  7. Laura
    November 17, 2010

    I am glad your trip was good and fruitful…AND I am glad you got back home before the storm hit. Caleb said it was very impressive lightening and they think they even saw transformers hit from the 8th floor dorm window! I hear it was a wild late night at UI. We too had wind and no power for over 11 hours. I hope you feel better soon.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 17, 2010

      I'm very glad we weren't driving in that storm – it would have been dangerous!

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  8. Emily
    November 17, 2010

    First off, I loved the just chatty-telling-of-your-week feel of this post… the "deep and profound" stuff means so much when we all have the context of what your daily life feels like! Thank you!

    Second- the part where you wrote about Sunshine coming and getting in to bed with you made me so joyful. Once going through your archives ('cause I'm kinda addicted to your blog since I found it a few months ago!), I read the post about how soon after Dimples arrived home she would interrupt Sunshine's entering your bed to snuggle. I know how sad that was for everyone and when I've read about your different struggles I've often remembered that story as a sort of symbol of what has been hard for everyone (maybe falsely, but it's just one strong image that's stayed with me). Reading about how far Dimples has come in the last few posts and today, and then having you end by casually describe Sunshine coming in, just made me so happy for all of you and thankful to God for what He has done. I hope that all makes sense 🙂

    ALSO- I just saw your friend's comment mentioning your "WWEE do" theory, and I was like, I wonder what that means, and then I was like OMIGOSH I BET THEY MEAN ELISABETH ELLIOT. Anyway. I love that. I want to adopt the phrase 🙂

    Prayers,
    Emily (a fan and pray-er for your family!!)

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 17, 2010

      Emily, your comment just makes me smile and smile. Oh yes, Elisabeth Elliot is one of my life heroes. My friend and I would often jokingly say "What would Elisabeth Elliot do?" Her books have ministered to me through so many years of my life and taking me from being a young mom to a… well…mature mom. Thank you so much for noticing that little comment about Sunshine. I grieved and grieved for the life I lost with Sunshine in the early months of our new children coming home . It is much better now, especially since the girls spend their school days apart, so there isn't so much competition. They have their own teachers, friends, routines, and it makes both of them happy. Dimples has come so far — we are amazed, just amazed. Thank you for reading my blog, sharing my life, praying for us, and letting me know it's okay just to be chatty. I probably put too much pressure on myself with this whole blog-thing!

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