Seattle, Therapy, and Friends

We have been in Seattle for two days of therapy appointments.  We haven’t tried back-to-back appointments before, but when I thought about traveling over and back two weeks in a row, it was more than I could handle.  I suggested we try two appointments in one week.

I don’t know yet if we’ll see more benefit from doing five hours of therapy in one week, but I felt that it was productive.  We worked on issues one day and then followed up the next on the same topics.  We talked a lot about the school year, which begins on Monday.   Most importantly, we made a food plan with Dimples that she is going to follow for the first month of school.  I’ll share some details later.

We are staying at my friend Kathleen’s house and tonight two other families joined us for dinner.  Between us we had lots of kids including my two Ethiopian daughters, Kathleen’s two Kenyan sons and one friend from India, Neely’s Ethiopian daughter, and Jodie’s South African son.  There was also a nice mix of my friends’ kids by birth, so we were a colorful and dynamic group.  I loved it…although the noise level was unbelievable with so many boys in one room playing Wii!

I’ll be home late Thursday and look forward to posting the answers to this week’s Tuesday Topic on Friday; the comments are rolling in.  Please be sure to add your thoughts — we want to hear from you on the topic of Working Parents and Adoption.

See you all soon!


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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. dorothy
    August 19, 2010

    Hey Lisa! I lost all of my email addresses (one daughter with ARND standing on my laptop = massive trauma to me.) is there anyone in Seattle that you trust on FASD diagnosis and follow-ups? Nothing in CO and since we will be in Seattle for 2 weeks next month I thought I might try getting in.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      August 21, 2010

      Dorothy, I believe the University of Washington Adoption Medicine Clinic specializes in FASD. Their website is ” target=”_blank”> We have seen two of the doctors there and have been very pleased. I hope they are helpful – let me know!

  2. Lisa H.
    August 19, 2010

    I'll have to hear your version of the wild time had by all! :o)


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