Snails do Sit-ups?

Just when I thought I was well-organized for our trip, my bubble burst right along with a hot water pipe in our house.  Those of you who follow my Facebook page got more details than you ever wanted. It was a long, agonizing afternoon for the children as we dealt with our insurance company and waited for a crew to arrive and deal with the mess.

Thankfully, Russ and I were standing in our room when it burst.  Initially, we couldn’t figure out why we were hearing the sound of rushing water.  Russ ran downstairs, and a moment later, I saw water pouring out from under our bathroom sink.  Within two minutes we had the hot water shut off in the house, but not before the carpet was soaked and water was running down through the walls to the main floor and dripping through the living room windows.

We finally headed down our driveway at 6:15 PM, hoping to make the midnight ferry, but given it was over 300 miles to the ferry dock, we knew it wasn’t likely.  Then one good thing happened after another.  The kids were great (for the most part), we only stopped to use the bathroom once (with the exception of the little boys who were happy to go to the bathroom in a field along the side of the highway), there was no traffic or road construction, and the coffee Russ and I drank kept us alert all the way to Mukilteo.  When we were about 45 minutes away, I realized there was a chance we would make it.  When we pulled up to the ticket booth, we gladly paid nearly $40 to get our big van (with a canoe on top) across to Whidbey Island.

By 2:00 AM, the kids were tucked in bed, the coolers unloaded, and Russ was sound asleep.  Then I regretted the 9:30 coffee, but only briefly.

Eby woke me at 7:30 saying, “Mom, Mom, I just taught a snail how to do sit-ups.”  It was so funny, I couldn’t help but get up and find his clothes so he could go play in the yard more properly attired.

The kids are all down on the beach, Russ and I are still sipping coffee, and I’m dropping lots of hints about how delicious an omelet would be right now.

It does not escape us that it is very peaceful and the children are happy.  I’m still processing not having Dimples on this trip; I’ve managed not to cry yet today.

#941 -950 giving thanks

minimal damage to our home (even if I secretly wish we could replace the carpet)

an eight hour delay, but we were still able to leave the day we had planned

Children who were amazing on the drive

Noah who took the kids out for an hour during the long afternoon

midnight wanderings on the ferry

kids tucked into beds and asleep in an instant

snails that do sit-ups and occupy my early riser

Our generous and lovely host

little boys wearing fleece jackets with swim suits

the water, the boats, the view (maybe the mountains will appear later)

We are so blessed today.





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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. Emily
    July 27, 2012

    Yay 🙂

  2. Hannah Tucker
    July 27, 2012

    So glad the outlook is more hopeful for you today! And I cracked up about the snail, so hilarious!

  3. shannon2818
    July 27, 2012

    So how does a snail do sit-ups? 🙂

    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 27, 2012

      Apparently, if you hold a leaf in front of the snail and slowly move it up and down, the snail will do sit-ups, or so Eby says.

  4. Laurel
    July 27, 2012

    Love the snail doing sit-ups. Too cute.

    So sorry about the broken pipe . . . but SO THANKFUL that it happened while you were still home. Oh my.

    I TOTALLY understand the long drives and wondering/hoping to catch the ferry. Been there; done that … many times. 🙂

    So glad you are on VACATION . . . and that things are PEACEFUL and HAPPY.

    Hope your week is BLESSED beyond belief.

    Hugs & Prayers!

    Laurel 🙂


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