Spring Break – um, yippee?

Hey friends, it’s Spring Break.

Annarose sent this pic from Salzburg – part of her Spring Break adventure.

For the Qualls family, it’s not all that exciting (except for Annarose, as you can see); we don’t usually travel during Spring Break. With a family our size, it’s not easy to drop in on people and stay a few days. My sisters and most of my driving-distance close friends are in Washington and they’re not on break this week.

Russ is working on tasks he doesn’t have time for when he’s in the classroom. Claire and Zoe have track practice to fill their afternoons. The boys are looking for friends and fun, but so far, on Day 1, there’s been a lot of talk about how I’m going to entertain them.

Add to it, this is rain and mud season in our north Idaho town. This could be a long week and I’m realizing I should have done a little more advance planning.

In the spirit of adventure, the boys just experienced a brand new privilege; they rode their bikes to the store and got a movie from Red Box. That was a big deal for me!

The kids ride through our (currently very muddy) cow pasture, out the gate, and down the neighbors’ driveway to the road. Then they ride on a rural road for a short distance before reaching town. I love living on acreage – the privacy, the view, the space around us, but I envy moms whose kids can easily ride to school, the pool, library, sports practices.

We had a great discussion on my Thankful Moms Facebook page about phones for kids because I need to figure out what to get Ebenezer as he becomes more mobile with his bike. Lots of good ideas were shared – you are the smartest readers. If you’re trying to figure this out, like so many of us, check out the discussion.

At twelve and ten, I’m finally ready to give the boys freedom, but I’ll feel better knowing they can reach me and I can reach them.

The kids are each cooking dinner one night this week. The girls are fairly accomplished. The boys have mastered cooking eggs and quesadillas; it’s time to move on to simple meals. Ebenezer made some pretty delicious tacos last night.

In very exciting news, today I get my first look at my new One Thankful Mom site! I’m nervous and excited all at the same time. I can’t wait to show it to you. I’ll be asking for early feedback from friends-letter subscribers. If you want to help, please let me know by adding your name to my list.

Also, if you want to see my interview on The Hope Summit, it’s available through Saturday. From mine, you can find links to the other nine. They are so good, friends – very honest, unedited, interviews. I want to see all of them before they’re no longer available at the end of the week. I carry my computer around the house watching and listening as I cook and work.

When do you have Spring Break? Is it early like ours? Do you have grand plans? I would love to hear from you here, or on my Facebook page.

Have a fabulous day.



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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. Maureen
    March 14, 2017

    No spring break here yet. But home on a snow day. Tomorrow might be the same.

    For once, our (my boys and I; my boys go to one district, I work in another) Spring Breaks line up. Since this is not usually the case, my husband typically takes the week off and goes on a ‘no mom trip’ the week they have off, and the week I have off I get stuff done around the house while they are at school. This year, my MIL isn’t in the best health and lives in another state, so DH and the boys are headed to be near her for the week. I’m still going to stay home as everyone somewhat enjoys me not being ‘mom’ for a week (DH included).

    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 14, 2017

      That sounds a little blissful, Maureen. Where do you live that you still have snow? We had a snowstorm last week – got to love north Idaho.

      1. Sarah
        March 14, 2017

        I am in NYC and we just had a big snowstorm!

  2. Laurel
    March 15, 2017

    My 3 college teens have spring break in two weeks, and then high school teen and dad (a teacher) have spring break the following week. Our spring breaks hardly ever match up. 🙁

    College daughter that lives across the state won’t be coming home for spring break. So sad. She and 6 friends are doing a road trip to the Grand Canyon. I’m happy for her, but sad for us.

    College teen who is doing high school and college at the same time, will have spring break from college . . . but will be having high school track practises every day, so that is tricky.

    But, I’m sure we will find some fun things to do.

  3. Karmin
    March 16, 2017

    The first foster kids we ever cared for (10 years ago – and who live with bio mom) are at our house to visit for the week. So, life with my adopted 4 (ages 5-9) plus these 2 (ages 11-12) has been a cycle of play outside, eat, watch a movie, read silently eat, repeat with LOTS of laundry and dishes for me. Oh, and my husband is out of town on business, so I’m single-parenting it. They made pizzas last night and we had a dance party.

    We really know how to break over here. 😂 It’s a far cry from my childhood Spring Breaks where we were always on some exotic island. We’re all content to chill out at home. As homeschoolers, it’s better to wait for non-Spring-Break times to travel since the roads and destinations aren’t so crowded!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 16, 2017

      I love that you have your former foster kids with you for spring break – wonderful! Your routine for the day sounds perfect. I made a trip to Costco today with Eby while Wogauyu played with a friend and it was great. The best few hours I’ve had with him in ages.


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