Setting the Bar Low for a Family Photo

I’ve had this photo in a folder waiting to post it since Easter and today seemed like the right time.  I have three things to say about it.  First, Honeybee was cold and wanted Samuel to keep her warm – she only looks miserable.  Second, and more importantly, notice Eby’s bare upper body.  It was Easter Sunday and as we came home from church I told everyone to keep their nice clothes on long enough for me to take a quick photo.  Apparently I wasn’t quick enough and Eby ran upstairs to change.  When he heard us calling everyone to the porch to take a photo, he came down wearing only underwear. We made an effort to get him back in his nice clothes, but he was miserable and we decided it was not worth the battle.  The piggy-back on Noah was a perfect compromise from showing his new boxer briefs to the world. Third, my nephew, Caleb, is on the far right.  Rusty was still helping at church, the newlyweds hadn’t arrived yet, and Sweet Pea was in Anchorage learning how to deliver babies.  This picture makes me laugh.

Now for a collection of slightly random thoughts:

My friend,  Dorothy came over today and we talked through my homeschool plans for fall.   Her homeschoolers have graduated, but she serves the homeschool community by teaching classes, especially science.  This year I even convinced her to teach a writing and grammar class for young elementary students which Sunshine will take.

I have twenty-one years of homeschooling experience, but it always helps to talk through my plans.  Not to mention, sometimes Dorothy remembers things I own when I’ve forgotten.  Today as I was considering spelling programs for Sunshine she reminded me that I already own Excellence in Spelling: The Phonetic Zoo , which will be perfect for Sunshine.

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At this moment it is 52 degrees at my house and 97 degrees in Fort Worth.  My body may go into shock!  I’m not much for heat, so temps hovering near 100 are going to be tough for me.  I have hardly gotten out any summer clothes, but I’ll be digging in the back of my closet when I start packing.

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After pre-ordering a copy for Mimi’s Christmas gift, I finally got my own copy of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are as a gift from my friend, Kathleen.  I’m slowly savoring it, most often reading it at bedtime.  I’ve enjoyed Ann’s blog, A Holy Experience,  for a long time and have it listed in my blog roll under Lovely or Interesting Blogs. If you are a homeschooler, considering homeschooling, or considering giving up on homeschooling, I encourage you to read, Why Would Anyone Be Crazy Enough to Homeschool?

Thank you friends, for reading my blog even in these days when I am not able to post as often.

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. maggie
    June 17, 2011

    I love this photo and the story behind it! It's all the imperfections that make it wonderful-
    maggie

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  2. Kathrin
    June 17, 2011

    I am so late on a lot of things. First of all congratulations on 27 year of marriage!! That is wonderful. You look perfect together!
    I love Karyn Purvis too and learned so much unfortunately many things don't translate in easy short words so that I have to use much longer sentences which is not always as good.
    I love the easter picture. Beautiful!

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  3. Julie
    June 17, 2011

    Love the picture! I'm so glad we're not the only ones with "imperfect" family pictures! It just shows that your kids are human too.

    Have fun in Fort Worth. Just stay inside. 🙂 I think our adoption agency director will be there too (Laura Godwin from Nightlight Christian Adoptions).

    I've been offline for a while. I've got some catching up to do on your posts.

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  4. kristen
    June 17, 2011

    it's a great photo! 🙂

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  5. Holly
    June 17, 2011

    I for one, love this photo! I learned long ago that it is IMPOSSIBLE to get every child to look at the camera, smile without looking cheesy or forced and for them to have ironed, unstained clothing on at the time the picture is being snapped. I have come to appreciate the way it is…unposed pictures or pictures that show that my 16 year old is NOT happy to have the squirmy 3 year old in his lap, the 5 year old who can not smile authentically on demand to save his life and the 13 year old who is stressed that the younger ones are not looking at the 3 year old who thinks the entire photo shoot is about her! Yes, sounds about right! Very clever way of hiding the underwear son by the way 🙂 Way to go Mom! 🙂 Blessings, Holly

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  6. Emily
    June 17, 2011

    I just finished 1000 Gifts and loved it!

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  7. Katrina
    June 17, 2011

    Nice job lowering the bar so that you didn't have (as many 🙂 meltdowns! Thanks to Karyn Purvis to letting us know it's OK to do that. And thank you for reminding us that it's OK! I love your photo and I think the fact that it's not perfect makes it even better! Have a great time (trying to) absorbing everything that Karyn has to teach you. I look forward to reading everything you have time to share!

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  8. tlj6575
    June 17, 2011

    Lisa, I always find you interesting and I love seeing photos of your family. I'm back off to AHOPE and Lola in 4 days– so happy!! Tiffany

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  9. charity
    June 17, 2011

    beauties! those littles are sure growing up fast…enjoy enjoy the warmth…i too, only take small doses at a time, after so long in colorado, i own flip flops for the pool, but mostly boots…my husband laughs but i still wear those on our trips to the south, good luck packing…in a different life, i think i would have gone shopping for a trip to another climate…those days are long gone! i'll be thinking of your family while you're off, and keep them in our prayers. thanks for continuing to post, it is a source of joy.

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