Thanks, Snow, and Croatian?

It is a snowy Saturday morning at our house and the kids will be up in 15 minutes; they’re waiting to see an 8 on their clock.  With warmer temperatures today, they will finally be able to make snowmen and, with some help from Russ, a snow fort.  Although the sledding has been good, it’s not much fun to have snow that won’t even form into a snowball.

How was your Thanksgiving?  Two families joined us which gave us 21 for dinner.  We often have very large groups, so this felt rather small and easy.  We set up a table in the living room for high school and college kids and set our dining room table for the adults and younger kids.  Because our friends brought some of the food, it all felt quite calm as we got the last dinner prep done.

The older kids played Imaginiff with the younger set while we made the gravy and carved the turkey.  After dinner we loaded the dishwasher, made coffee and put apple pies in the oven to warm, before gathering in the living room for Bible reading and singing.  Our guests loved to sing too, so we covered all of the Thanksgiving hymns we could recall, beginning with We Gather Together.  Then we loaded plates with pumpkin, apple, and pecan pie, and slices of rich pumpkin roll, all with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. A lovely end to the day.

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Yesterday began by getting Sweet Pea’s car to Les Schwab to have snow tires put on.  With our recent snow, they are booked for the day by 7:30 AM, so we needed to be sure to get her car there early.  The only Black Friday shopping I did was one purchase on Amazon which I can’t tell you about because my kids read my blog and it would give away a Christmas surprise.

We did, however, laugh all day about my friend’s Ethiopian son who informed her that he knew what Black Friday was about.

… after thanksgiving, we celebrate Black Friday. Black Friday is the day to celebrate black people and be nice to them. Like…uhh..Martin Luther King…

Honeybee and Dimples thought that was a brilliant idea and reminded us to be especially nice throughout the day.

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Russ has a new GPS for work and somehow when he was setting it up, it got set to a foreign language; the problem was that he didn’t know what language it was which meant he couldn’t fix it.  He and Samuel worked with it for quite awhile with no success.  Finally they found a program online that translates words to English.  They finally discovered the GPS was set to Croatian!  Russ is a very smart guy, but he does not speak or read Croatian.  Once they figured it out, they were able to reset the GPS to English and all is well.

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How are you doing on your “Points of Joy”?  I’m finding that with everybody home, I’m not doing any of the things that require solitude, like “Read a book for pleasure”, but I’m thoroughly enjoying having lots of time to visit with my older children.  We even had a Big Kid Date last night and played Settlers of Catan at Mimi and Andrew’s apartment.

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Sweet Pea and I plan to help Mimi with some projects at her apartment today.  I haven’t spent much time there, so it will be fun to be in her space for a little while.   Hey, if we have coffee together and visit, I’ll be able to put a check next to “Have coffee with a friend”  on my “Points of Joy” list!  Of course, Mimi and Sweet Pea are my daughters, but at this stage in life, our children do become our friends and it is wonderful.

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Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent, so you’ll want to have candles and a simple Advent reading schedule ready.  In an ideal world you would have three purple, one pink, and one white candle.  In a not quite so ideal world, you would have five white candles with purple or pink ribbons tied on them.  In a possibly realistic world, you would have five white candles and call it good – or any candles you can find.  We do not have to be perfect to have joy in Advent and to teach our children about the coming of Jesus.

Here are a couple of resources for Advent readings.

Daily Bible Readings for Advent

Celebrate Advent

Have a joy-filled Saturday,

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. Heidi
    November 27, 2010

    Lisa, I'm just getting caught up. So glad Rusty is safe and you guys had a great Thanksgiving!

    I wanted to give you a link to check out about Fear and Adoption (to my online journal). I just felt I should share it: http://www.arabah.wordpress.com

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 27, 2010

      Thank you, Heidi. You are always welcome to share here. Happy (almost) Advent.

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  2. Giann
    November 27, 2010

    hahaha…Croatian?? That is too funny! Was it saying the directions in a British accent with the Croatian language??

    Merry Christmas!!

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  3. Elizabeth
    November 27, 2010

    So how did you enjoy playing Settlers of Catan? There were several commenters (myself included) who were strongly recommending it to… I hope you enjoyed it!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 27, 2010

      True confession — I only got to stay for the start of the game. I had to get back to relieve the babysitters and we started the game later than we had planned. However, I played enough that I think I would enjoy playing again some time soon.

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  4. Emily
    November 27, 2010

    *"Two families joined us which gave us 21 for dinner… this felt rather small and easy."
    -Um, I love your family.

    *Isn't Imaginiff the BEST?? My small group played it on a retreat last weekend.

    *I really need to make a Points of Joy thing for myself. I'm 22 and my mom is definitely one of my best friend's so hopefully lots of time together this weekend counted for both of us 🙂 I'm sure your daughters enjoyed your time together as well!!!

    *I would totally sign up to be one of your coffee friends (we could talk about Elisabeth Elliot!!). Let me know if you're ever in the Chicago area! 😉

    Happy Thanksgiving and ADVENT!!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 27, 2010

      Emily, I didn't even think about it (21 for dinner) when I wrote that. We often have 14 on an average night, so it only seemed a little bit bigger. It's great that you and your mom are close — I love having time with Sweet Pea and Mimi. BTW, Sweet Pea and I went to see Elisabeth Elliot speak on S.P.'s 10th birthday — we still talk about what a special day it was. I love E.E. and I've learned so much from her. You never know, I may make it to Chicago one day!

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  5. Ann
    November 27, 2010

    Oh good! Thank you for reminding me about advent so I can steal your picture for my blog, just like last year! Tee-hee! I'm glad you have a good sense of humor. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 27, 2010

      The really good news is that Sweet Pea found purple and pink candles at Michaels today, so I'll actually have the proper candles for once! Feel free to steal my picture Ann…and I'll steal your Girl Scout cookie post 🙂

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  6. learningpatience
    November 30, 2010

    I was laughing out loud about the advent candle color thing! I was so grateful when I pulled a box of correctly-colored candles out of the storage box, from under the wreath. I guess I found them on after-Christmas sale last year – woohoo! But really, I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter what color the candle are!

    Oh, what fun to have a house of 21 for Christmas and think it feels small! What a blessing!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 30, 2010

      I think this is the first year in a very long time that we have had the purple and pink candles — they are pretty, but white would have been just fine. Good for you for buying them last year! The kids are so excited about Advent. Last night it was Little Man's turn to help light the candle and hang a piece on our advent wall hanging.

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