The Revolving Family Door

The revolving family door just keeps spinning. My sister and her family left last night, Hannah arrived at 1:30 AM, Isaiah arrives tonight. At least twenty-three people (I’ve lost count) have been here at one time or another.

Friends ask if I’m getting rest, and the answer is “no,” but I’m getting precious time with people I love, and I would choose that over rest any day. I’m not sure vacations are ever about rest for parents, we’re just taking care of our families in a different (and hopefully special) environment. There are still lots of meals to prepare, daily loads of laundry, flat tires to fix, bathrooms to clean, and even trips to the pharmacy.

The difference is doing all of it without the added stress of our daily calendar.  I’m not racing to baseball practices, dental appointments, or therapists’ offices. We still managed to have three appointments for Dimples this week, one weekly call, one quarterly review, and a Skype family therapy session. Next week we’re taking a complete break from appointments; Dimples will be at camp and we’re intentionally not scheduling anything else.

We have five more days and then it is back to reality and the intensity of my schedule. I find myself thinking about ways to simplify my life, and wonder if it is possible to slow it all down.  Can Russ and I create more moments like the one Ladybug took of us canoeing after dinner one evening? I’m not sure…

Have a wonderful weekend, 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. Katie Szotkiewicz Patel
    August 10, 2013

    Enjoy enjoy!!!

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  2. Chris
    August 10, 2013

    really wondering how, with special kids with harsh pasts, do we ever get to slow it down??? The days just keep spinning by, and some are not very pretty, but I am sure glad you have that picture to remind you how good it must have felt:)

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 10, 2013

      Thanks so much, Chris.

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  3. Laura
    August 10, 2013

    Love the revolving door especially since we get to participate—at least we don't expect you to feed or house us! Looking forward to more family time at Whidbey even though I already got sister time in July when I visited.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 10, 2013

      We're looking forward to seeing you too; and I'm glad we had sister time!

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  4. Angela
    August 10, 2013

    I sure understand the revolving doors!! I find myself, too, trying to figure out how we can simplify our lives and I only have six kids so I can't imagine all the demands of more! We have special needs as well and that is exhausting on a continual daily basis. I am finding more and more these quiet times (breaks) are very needed and glad you are getting one!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 10, 2013

      Thank you, Angela. Simplifying sounds good; I just have to figure what that looks like for me – and I know you do too.

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