Snow, Books, and Giveaways

Just because he is super cute

It is another beautiful snowy day here in Idaho.  This is better than cold and gray, at least it is bright and white, the downside is that it just takes longer to get where we are going.  Russ had to plow our driveway with the tractor two mornings this week and we’re just barely getting the girls to school on time.  The upside is that my homeschoolers are having lots of great snow play for PE each day.  It’s a warm, wet snow, so the drying rack is piled with dripping snow gear, but they are having fun.

Our trip to Seattle was great – good driving conditions, four reasonably happy kids in the car, time with good friends, and very good therapy sessions.  I have a few tasks to work on — one of which is going to take a bit of time, but I think it will be worthwhile.  I’ll try to write about it in the next two days.

I had already purchased Adopted for Life from Amazon, but we took advantage of the free download of it from Christian Audio, and listened during the drive.  We nearly finished the book.  I had lots of issues with the second chapter, primarily because it seems to apply only to the adoption of young children,which is the author’s experience, and because I just don’t share his opinion.  I hoped he would talk about how he would handle renaming, etc. with older children, but he never did.  Russ and I kept pausing the iPod and saying, “Did he really just say that?”

I was prepared not to like the rest of the book, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I agreed with much of what Moore wrote.  He even handled the discussion of birthparents with unexpected sensitivity.  All that to say, it is worth listening to, and even more owning the book so you can lend it to other parents, or even your pastor.  It should inspire others to care for orphans and consider the ministry of adoption a priority in their churches.

Next up on my reading list is Grace Based Parenting along with The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection, which Sweet Pea says I must read.  My bookgroup is reading Breath which I hope to squeeze in as well — I’m probably being too ambitious — maybe Supper of the Lamb will need to wait until March.  What are you reading these days?

Honeybee and Dimples are quite excited because they have a four day weekend.  I am tentatively optimistic that we will fill the days with enough structure and fun that it will go well.  We’ve invited some friends to come home after school, which is often a nice event.

I have loads of writing to do for Empowered to Connect and my quiet writing time is quickly slipping away.  Have a great day, friends!

Don’t forget, there is still time to enter to win a  copy of Empowering, Connecting & Correcting Principles DVD from Empowered to Connect and Dr. Karyn Purvis.  Details can be found HERE.

Rockin’ Mamas, I’m loving your updates — keep them coming!  An Amazon gift card awaits one of you.

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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.

10 Comments

  1. Sandee
    February 17, 2011

    I am reading (and giving away multiple copies, because I just cannot stand for my friends NOT to have it) Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts. It is just too awesome for words…. She has a readalong with it on {in} Courage. http://www.incourage.me/category/bloom

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 17, 2011

      Okay, now you are all really making me want to drive to Mimi's apartment and steal it from her nightstand.

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  2. Cassie
    February 17, 2011

    Hi Lisa,
    I've just begun reading Adopted for Life and wondered if you could elaborate on your concerns with chapter 2. You specifically mentioned renaming older children (about which I believe I share your concerns), but I wondered what other issues you had. My husband and I are newly foster parents to a 9 year old and a 2 year old (our first kids) and your blog is my absolute favorite parenting blog…it is such a regular encouragement and inspiration to me. Anyway, that said, I'd love to hear your perspective as I prepare to continue reading Dr. Moore's book.
    Thanks!

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  3. Giann
    February 17, 2011

    I am actually jealous that y'all have snow! We just had a little winter storm last week and now it's up in the 60's. Crazy, I know. But, that's how it is in the south! 🙂

    Nice to hear your opinion on Adopted For Life. I have a question, and maybe this could be a Tuesday Topic one, but what are some good books for teenagers to read on the subject of adoption? Thank you!

    Have a wonderful evening!!

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  4. Andrea
    February 17, 2011

    I have a MUST READ! I am confident that if you take precious time to read 1000 Gifts by Amy Voskamp the Holy Spirit will use it to speak to you about something. It is a life altering book and for all women no matter their stage in life. It is a dare to live life fully and aware. It is so challenging, full of scripture, greek, other famous authors, and constant thought provoking discussion. I was so excited to read it I started at book club at 6 AM on Saturdays of women from all walks of life. It is a book meant to be digested in community. You can read the first chapter here:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/46474858/One-Thousand-G

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 17, 2011

      Andrea, I pre-ordered it as a Christmas gift for my daughter, Mimi, and haven't gotten a turn to read it yet — but I'm looking forward to it. Maybe I'll choose it for my next bookgroup pick! I'm glad to hear you started a group to read it together.

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  5. frumadsen
    February 18, 2011

    I'm reading "Loving Our Kids on Purpose" by Daniel Silk. It is really challenging and eye opening for me as it makes you realize why you use the parrenting techniques/strategies you do. What ideas are behind our actions towards your kids. He has raised three kids and has had numerous teenage foster kids placed in his home. It's the principles of 'Love and Logic' with a good Bible study to back it up.
    I'm reading it with a few friends and to some of us it is more of a challenge to apply than to others. Depends where you are coming from – your own upbringing etc. A good book that keeps me thinking.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 18, 2011

      Kirstine, that sounds like a very interesting book. I'll add it to my list.

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  6. Rosemary McAlister
    February 21, 2011

    Thanks to you, I'm now registered for the Nashville Empowered conf. I live in Massachusetts, but my mother lives in TN so I'll couple the trip to the conference with a visit to my 90 year old mom!
    Thanks for telling us about this opportunity. I have 7 children, 3 of whom are adopted….2 adopted as young teens from Ethiopia, and 1 adopted at 2 from Burkina Faso. He is my RAD child. (sigh). Thank you for your VERY encouraging blog. I "accidentally" came across it a few weeks ago.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 21, 2011

      Rosemary, I'm so glad it is working out for you to attend the conference and see your mother!

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