The Bluest Skies You’ve Ever Seen…

It was a whirlwind trip to Seattle  and we are now safely home.  With the other four youngest kids already buckled in their seats, we picked Dimples up from school on Wednesday and headed out.  They were very calm on the trip and we made it quickly to Ellensburg where we stopped for dinner at Wendy’s.  With all of the traveling to and from Seattle that we have done this year, I’ve become an expert at navigating Super Value Menus and finding decent choices.

As we loaded up to continue our trip, I texted my friend, Neely, to tell her where we were.  Her reply was a bit disconcerting, “Oh…I thought you were coming tomorrow…”  Fortunately, she and her husband are really wonderful and they welcomed us anyhow.  We arrived at 9:00, carried the kids up to tuck them in sleeping bags on the floor, and then spent nearly two hours catching up with our friends.  I wish we lived closer and could see each other even more often. [We checked email later and, what do you know?  I told her we were coming Thursday!]

After a reasonably good night of sleep, we fed the kids a quick breakfast and headed to Deborah’s office where we had appointments from 9:00 – 11:00.  As always, our time was well spent and I concentrated as hard as possible to take in everything she said.  Russ took all of the other kids for a walk to the nearby beach while Deborah worked with Dimples, and then we switched and she worked with Honeybee.

Sweet Pea lives in Seattle and had just spent the morning at Seattle Children’s for a class, so  she waited there for us to pick up lunch and meet her.  We finished up with Deborah and zipped over to Subway for sandwiches before heading across beautiful Lake Washington.  Spring is slowly making its way to our home, but in Seattle, the trees have leaves, the flowers are blooming, and it is beautiful!

At Children’s we ran into my cousin whose son was just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and had been in the hospital for four days.  It was so great to see them and I’m glad we could hear what is happening with their son. We had a quick visit with Sweet Pea too, which was very wonderful.  We miss our daughter!  She looked so official with her stethoscope around her neck.

When we checked in for our appointments, we found out that Eby’s had been canceled because our OT was sick.  I’m so glad we didn’t travel 300 miles for that one appointment!  Our regular appointments went great and we even ran into two other families we know which was fun.  We love our doctor and the kids always look forward to seeing her.  Amazingly, they also love the nurse who draws their blood; she has a true gift.

We were back on the road by 4:00 headed east over the mountains.  The trip home was slow for many reasons, including a stop in the middle of nowhere for an unpleasant, but highly necessary bathroom break in a farmer’s field. We finally made it home at 10:30.

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It was especially nice to have Russ driving because, while he listened to sermons on my iPod, I finished reading Three Cups of Tea.  I learned so much from the book and really enjoyed  Greg Mortenson’s story of building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Tomorrow is devoted to wedding tasks, including getting the guest list figured out.  I’ve been too busy to get it done, but deadlines are approaching and invitations must be ordered.  The friend who is coordinating the reception is coming over to look at the backyard and talk more about reception plans.

The “Summer of Yardwork” is about to begin.

~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. Cassc
    April 17, 2010

    I really enjoyed Three Cups of Tea as well. It's a very brave story!

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  2. Julie
    April 17, 2010

    Sometimes I get overwhelmed with having kids at every stage. Life is swirling around me and I can't seem to get a hold on anything. Then I hear this. YOU ARE AMAZING! Thank you for letting me sit at your feet.

    Much love,
    Julie

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      April 17, 2010

      Julie, if only Samuel's Eagle project was done! I just realized this morning that I haven't taken his senior pictures – I put it on the calendar for next Sunday.
      It is a stretch having so many different ages to care for, and the big kids need so much from us, but we enjoy them so much too.

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      1. Julie
        April 18, 2010

        Tim finished his Eagle requirements last week (10 days before his 18th birthday) and had his senior pictures taken 2 weeks ago. We're just going to keep breathing and taking one moment at a time.

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        1. OneThankfulmom
          April 19, 2010

          Julie, just in time! I'm so glad for all of you that Tim got it done. It is a lot of work to earn Eagle, but I keep telling my guys that they will always be glad they finished it.

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  3. Andrea H.
    April 17, 2010

    You are one busy lady but you got so much done. Hey you know you can always stay at our house too it can most certainly accomodate all of you, ask Signe. And you can stop by in the middle of the night if you have to. Hope to see you all again this summer.

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  4. Amy
    April 17, 2010

    Wow! What a trip!
    But, how awesome that your DH came along to drive! And isn't Three Cups of Tea wonderful!
    From way down south where the yardwork has already begun,
    :o)
    Amy

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  5. Hilda
    April 18, 2010

    You will have to let us know some time when you are passing through Ellensburg so the Zimmerman family can come out and meet you guys.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      April 18, 2010

      Hilda, I thought of you when we stopped there. Maybe next time we can plan ahead!

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  6. Laurel
    April 18, 2010

    We know that Wendy's in Ellensburg, well. It's been our 1/2 way point for years. Just had lunch there a couple of weeks ago (with the hitch hikers we picked up).

    I, too, am reading Three Cups of Tea. Great book! A friend was over the other day, saw it on the counter, opened it up to the picture pages and said, "That's my cousin." (Yes, he's a friend of Greg's.)

    Yes, parenting all ages does get challenging. And … for all the young mama's out there … parenting teens and young adults is NOT necessarily easier than a house full of preschoolers. It's just different. I've often told people that parenting preschoolers & young children takes all of your physical energy; parenting teens & young adults takes all of your emotional energy; parenting both at the same time just plain takes ALL of your energy. 🙂 LOVE my Big Kids … but they are also a challenge.

    Laurel 🙂

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      April 19, 2010

      Laurel, I love that! "…parenting both at the same time just plain takes ALL of your energy" I agree!

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