The Middle of the Night

The phone woke me at 3:00 this morning.   The nurse from Dimples’ and Honeybee’s camp needed me to come get Dimples. Dimples’ fever, which had been low grade earlier in the evening, was now 102.6. Unfortunately, the camp was nearly three hours away and it was the middle of the night.  Soon I was in the car with the heat on and the radio blaring as I headed north.

Thankfully it began to get light and the morning was beautiful with low clouds sitting in valleys, blue lakes, and rolling hills.  I live in a truly beautiful part of the country.  The highway I was driving is notorious for accidents with wildlife.  This is the same road where the woman in front of us hit a moose not long ago, so I carefully watched the sides of the road.

When I arrived the entire camp was sleeping, but I woke the Director and we went to the girls’ cabin.  They were sad to leave, but I think Dimples was somewhat relieved.  At the moment, she is sleeping on the sofa next to my desk.  Honeybee was very disappointed to leave early, but Samuel is taking the kids to the pool soon and hopefully that will make up for it.

In other family news, Andrew and Mimi’s wedding is less than a month away; we have a lot to do!  I need to read my own words about this special day:

For now the thought that keeps coming to me is that the wedding is not a performance, it is the celebration of our daughter’s marriage to the young man she loves.  We are inviting the people who love them and love us to celebrate with us.  This should be a warm and wonderful day, not a stress-filled event designed to make an impression.  We want the wedding and reception to bring glory to God, not to ourselves.   As we make decisions, the question we want to keep in mind is, “Does this make Jesus look good?”, not “Does this make us look good?”

Honestly, just reading that makes me feel better!

Please add your thoughts to this week’s Tuesday Topic: Tips for Hard Days.  I’m considering posting your responses on Monday so I can offer a new topic on Tuesday.  I need a better system!  If you have any thoughts, send them my way.

Happy Friday, Friends!

~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. Giann
    June 18, 2010

    Prayers! (((hugs from the southland)))!!!

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  2. Julie
    June 18, 2010

    Oh, how disappointing for the girls. I hope Dimples feels better soon.

    I love you wedding quote. I wish I had seen my wedding that way so many years ago. (Of course, I wasn't living to glorify God back then.)

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  3. JB
    June 19, 2010

    Is Dimples ok??

    So sorry to hear that! :-(. But why did you have to come out, the camp couldn’t jhave administered care themselves? And why did both of them have to come home? All of this seems like odd camp policy.

    @Julie, you’re just as “married” as anyone else tho. People have weddings for all kinds of reasons and whether they are religious or not….at the end of the day, as long as they sign the paper, they are “married.”. So maybe that’s another perspective: “No matter what happens, at the end of the day they’ll be *married*.”

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      June 19, 2010

      Hi JB, Dimples is feeling better. She ran a fever until sometime last night and today she only has a sore throat and runny nose. The camp was a very small church camp staffed by volunteers, so they just didn't feel confident having a child with a high fever in their care. I was supposed to pick them at 2:00 that afternoon, so I couldn't drive back up to get Honeybee. It was a bummer, but they seem okay. Thank you for asking.

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  4. darci
    June 19, 2010

    glad you have your little ones home to heal. very disappointing for them, but oh to have mommy when you feel sick! what a wonderful wedding that will be! i love reading your posts as i feel mentored from afar 🙂 so often as i read them. darci

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      June 19, 2010

      Darci, fortunately the girls only came home a little bit early; camp ended that afternoon. The sad thing is that they didn't get to say goodbye to people. I'm so glad that I can be something of a mentor to you – it blesses me to think of that.

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  5. Tisha
    June 20, 2010

    As I read your words about your daughter's wedding, I was thinking how appropriate they are for everything in our lives. Very well said and such an excellent reminder of why we do all that we do. May God have all the glory as we do our best to make Jesus look good, not ourselves. Reading that makes me feel better too. And I'm not even planning a wedding!
    You are a mentor to me too. From afar. I'm deeply grateful for you.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      June 20, 2010

      Tisha, thank you for sweet words. I loved stopping by your blog yesterday and seeing your family; such good words too.

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