The Load is Lighter

Russ arrived on Friday night and since then I’ve been relaxing into vacation a little more. When I’m on my own with the kids, I tend to keep us on a tighter schedule because I need to stay ahead of the day. With two of us, the load is lighter.

He also brought the forgotten cord to my laptop. I was relieved to see it, and yet at the same time, afraid to even turn my computer on. I knew that work had piled up and that I would be easily distracted by the flow of information coming my way the moment I hit the power button.

This morning I submitted the long overdue proposal for my book project. I worked hard on it early last winter and spring. Then life got away from me and the project sat. My co-author began sending me kind, short emails saying, “Is there anything you need from me?” I figured I would work on it once we got here, but the missing power cord held me up. It felt good to send it off this morning; we’ll see what our editor thinks about what we’ve done so far.

We have a continual flow of people through the house. Some of the older kids have come and gone, Samuel and Ladybug arrived last night, my sister and her family arrive today, Hannah arrives Friday night and Isaiah will join us Saturday. I made a chart to keep track of the comings and goings of the family. The one thing that keeps me sane is that I am staying in one place for the entire vacation. In fact, I’ve only left the beach a few brief times.

I’m plowing through the small stack of books on my dresser, two down, and only a little more than a week to get through as many as I can. When we get home, I’ll turn my focus toward prepping for the homeschool year, so this is my big opportunity.

Given the random nature of this post, I’ll end it with a quote I read yesterday, given by God in just the right moment.

 …Too often in our relationships, we feel as though we must speak our full heart on all matters. We feel dishonest if we don’t spell out the whole story of gloom and doom as we see it when we see people we love making dangerous decisions. We panic, say more than we ought, and then justify this as honesty. We would do well to show ourselves people who value humility, gentleness, and patience, as Jesus does with us…

It’s time to put my computer away; thank you for reading my sporadic offerings. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a $50 Visa Gift Card and a Winnie The Pooh Blu-ray Combo Pack. That’s a pretty sweet prize.

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. luann
    August 6, 2013

    Love that quote. Needed it today. I hope the rest of your vacation is relaxing, restful, and fun!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 6, 2013

      Luann, the book has lots of deep and interesting thoughts. Maybe you'll get a chance to read it. Russ and I went canoeing tonight after dinner and it was the epitome of relaxing and fun – and beautiful too!

      Reply
  2. Emily
    August 6, 2013

    I love and miss all of you and wish I was there. I love you!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 6, 2013

      We miss you too! The kids were just talking about you at dinner…I guess you'll have to drive to Idaho.

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      1. Emily
        August 6, 2013

        I was in fact just thinking the same thing 🙂

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  3. blesseday
    August 6, 2013

    Ohhhh, I'm going to be reading that book by Rosaria Butterfield next! Every single snippet I have seen in it speaks so much wisdom! So glad your man is with you, and your load it lighter. Blessings to you!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 6, 2013

      I plowed through the book quickly and want to go back through parts of it. I even read a section aloud to Russ. Let me know what you think of it.

      Reply

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