Slammed

Hello blog friends!  I am still here, just slammed with a crazy week.  I was in Seattle for appointments with Honeybee and Dimples until late Monday night.  We had great appointments and were encouraged.  The downside to therapy is that it takes me 24 hours to recover from leaving my home and family.  They do a good job holding it all together, but there is always lots of work when I get home.  Not to mention, the pressure is on to jump right into homeschooling and make up for lost time.

I still haven’t quite gotten the week under control and it is almost Friday.  Sometimes I am discouraged by the amount of work it takes to keep my family going – so many needs, so little mom.

In happy news, we got two cows this week and the kids are thrilled.  They’ve named them Pretzel and Peanut.  I have issues with naming animals that we will eat one day, in fact, I try not to think about it at all.

I have so much to say and no time to write — hopefully that will change soon.  If you have emailed me, please forgive me for not replying…I hope to have time for email soon.

Happy Friday friends!

~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.

11 Comments

  1. Paula
    October 1, 2010

    I am very jealous of your cows. I love cows… and goats, and horses and hogs, dogs, cats… you get the idea. We live in the country, but not in an area where it is actually feasible for us to own any livestock. I must content myself with admiring the neighbor cows. And yes, if we named the cows, they would definitely be pets and not dinner!
    Hope the weekend gives you some mental refreshment and energy!

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  2. Laurel
    September 30, 2010

    We used to have a "pet" calf that was blind. The farmer gave him to us because he couldn't keep him in the dairy herd. Our kids loved "Polly", and we planned to keep her for years, and fill our refrig. with her milk. Then … we moved into town. We left our farm … and couldn't keep Polly. Seriously, though, our kids loved their "Polly Burgers" that winter. It was a fun experience to have a pet calf … and then she provided meat for our family.

    I'm right there with you on the "so many needs, so little mom". Oh my … right now it's my Big Kids that are draining my time and energy.

    Laurel

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  3. reneestauffer
    October 1, 2010

    We have friends who named their beef cow 'Dinner' ;o)

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  4. Giann
    October 1, 2010

    That would be hard for me to name an animal that I would eat someday!

    Great to know that you are still alive!

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  5. Daniel Alders
    October 1, 2010

    I suppose a possible good side to naming them Pretzel and Peanut is that they probably eat those on a regular basis, so maybe that might help. 🙂

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  6. Anna
    October 1, 2010

    We had 3 last winter, T-bone, Steak and Hamburger… they ended up being nothing but trouble: jumping fences, pusing electric wires, eating all my flowers, killing our dog…. so we've all really enjoyed eating them this year! 🙂

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  7. Melissa
    October 1, 2010

    Oh How I would love to meet you! I would love to have cows, we live in Florida and I at least want chickens. Hopefully we will finally get some this spring. Though I won't eat the chickens, just their eggs. Unless of course we need too 🙂

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  8. sandee
    October 1, 2010

    " Sometimes I am discouraged by the amount of work it takes to keep my family going – so many needs, so little mom."

    oh boy, can I relate to that. Happy cows!

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  9. Andrea H
    October 1, 2010

    I cannot begin to imagine how slammed you are. Beautiful cows.

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  10. learningpatience
    October 1, 2010

    Well, at least they named them "edible" names! 😉

    I had to laugh about "so much to say and no time to write." That is SO my blogging story! When I have tons to say, it's because there is tons going on, so I have NO time to say it! Crazy!

    Hang in there; you are a treasure to your family . . . thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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  11. Joelle
    October 4, 2010

    WE have 3 bulls and we wondered if naming them would make it hard for our youngest to eat them. But she has quite a sense of humor and when she'd go out to feed them she'd always say, "Mmmm, you're looking good!" Now that they are big, dirty, smelly, and have caused much trouble (getting out, etc.) eating them seems like a just reward!

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