The Dog Ate My Homework

The dog didn’t really eat my homework, in fact, we don’t have a dog, but my computer ate it, or lost it, or just maybe I lost it on my computer.  You might assume that since I can manage a blog, and even post pictures, I have some sort of computer capability, but that is not really the case.  I am pretty good at the few things I do over and over, but not so good at the rest.

Our first homework assignment for TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Interventions) was due Monday. All last weekend I kept reminding Russ that our homework was nearly due, he would sigh and we would both wonder when on earth we were going to get it done.  It was really quite funny because, as a professor, he is usually the one assigning homework, not turning it in.  Fortunately we had completed most of it, so Sunday afternoon we finished it up.  I was done a bit earlier, so I emailed it in and got busy making dinner.  Even though we are still one module behind the class (since we started late), I felt pretty good about getting it done.  I had never submitted homework online before, since I graduated from college back in the days of typewriters, but I’ve seen my kids do it many times, so I figured I could manage it.

Tuesday was a crazy, full day.  Honeybee and Dimples were on their way to school by 8:00 and I was on the road with Ladybug and the three youngest by 8:30.  We were heading to appointments in Spokane and finally made it home at 2:00.  At 3:45 I was at Ladybug’s track meet, which I left early to make it to Rusty’s lacrosse game, which I left early to make it home and feed the family.  Russ and I left dinner early to take Ladybug to a rehearsal and made it to Samuel’s orchestra concert by 7:20.

Somewhere in the midst of that day I got an email from TCU which after a kind introduction said this,

I was going to look over your assignment and give you some feedback, but when I click on it to open it all I get is the original assignment with no answers filled in.  Could you have sent me the wrong file?  I checked and was able to open your husband’s assignment just fine.

Can I just be honest and tell you that I nearly had a heart attack – well, not really, but you know what I mean.  My mind began racing thinking of what on earth I must have done wrong.  But then my heart quickly got ugly.  As my anxiety rose, I began to place blame. I thought to myself, ” Of course Russ’ assignment was fine.  He should have helped me send mine – he works with computers all day long, all I know how to do is email and blog – that’s it.  I even asked Rusty how I should send it and he tossed a few comments my way, but left me to figure it out on my own, which apparently I didn’t do very well.”

Fortunately Rusty came home at that moment and I managed to keep those thoughts from spilling out of my mouth and instead, I pleaded for his help.  We began searching my computer and after lots of different attempts he found my homework.  My hero!

The adventure continues.  This weekend we are tacking Module 3: Sensory Integration.  We are loving learning the material – I just wish I had more time to share it with all of you!

Don’t forget you have until 6:00 pm (mountain time) today (Saturday, May 7)  to enter the drawing to win a beautiful quilt and benefit Lola Children’s Home in Ethiopia.


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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. Robin
    May 8, 2011

    Happy Mother's Day, Lisa!! I just had to laugh/cry as I read the details of your day on Monday! We still have 9 at home, too, and I don't usually even try to explain a "typical" day at our house–I think people will think I'm making it up!! Like you, I have no computer "skill" and it occasionally is a big stressor! So happy that Russ found your work. God bless both of you for taking on the huge TBRI training. The wisdom you share with the adoptive community is SUCH a huge blessing! May today be a joyful one for you–you are a precious Mom!! I was so glad to get to say "hi" to you at the Denver conference. Hugs and thanks! Robin


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