The End of Summer

Honeybee rock climbing at camp

We just spent a fantastic weekend at a special family camp. We saw many old friends and made some new ones too. The ministry that sponsors the camp does an incredible job making our children feel special and loved. They keep us very busy with activities for the kids in their own age groups as well family activities.

One of the things I particularly love about camp is the amazing love we all share for one another, regardless of differences in race, culture, or life circumstance. Each year there is a touching Talent Show and kids get up to share whatever they like. This year the acts were diverse and ranged from a knock-knock joke and hip hop dancing, to a classical piano duet. Some of the young people come from very hard circumstances and are most likely not very well accepted by their peers, but at camp, they are loved. Standing ovations and affirmation are the norm for one weekend a year.

The downside to camp is that we got home late last night and had to jump into the day without pausing this morning. I am unpacking and pulling the house together while the kids work on school, but this evening we’ll all work together to finish the job. This morning we woke Dimples twenty minutes before she needed to leave for school. She’ll be home soon and I’m a little anxious to hear how her day went. An early bedtime for all is the plan.

Rusty and Boo came home with fevers and sore throats, so they are resting on the sofa together. I’m hoping for quick recoveries.

With camp behind us, summer is officially over and I hope to settle into our school routine. I will still be traveling to Seattle every other week for Dimples’ appointments, but even that should be manageable once we are in the flow of our school year.

I hope to get back to some regular blogging soon too!


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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. Anonymous
    September 8, 2009

    I have never left a comment before, but wanted to take some time to thank you for your inspiring blog. I have not adopted but Ive been using your tools with both my sons,:) so thanks for all the information!
    Everytime I read a new post you make me cry or laugh, you both are amazing parents of amazing and beautiful children!
    Sorry for my english!

  2. Cat and Mark
    September 8, 2009

    So excited you guys had a great time! I hope we are able to make it one year…

  3. Andrea H.
    September 8, 2009

    Lisa you were on my mind. I was thinking how late you would get home and how many loads of laundry you would have to wash once you get home. I am so thankful I got to see you again and even more so that our children, especially the older ones got to connect to wonderful. What an amazing time they all had. I think your K. has a crush on my Biruk. It was hillarious how she kept chasing after him. I really need to get these pics out to your house. We really got some good ones.

  4. Kathrin
    September 9, 2009

    Rusty and Boo, feel better soon!

    How wonderful you all enjoyed the camp.

  5. Hannah
    September 9, 2009

    I hope Rusty and Boo feel a lot better today! I enjoyed talking with you last night. Glad I got to be with all of you at camp this weekend! Much love.

  6. Laura
    September 10, 2009

    It is so fun to see her sense of humor emerge! Loved the pictures of camp on your friend, Andrea, blog. Your kids looked great


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