They May be Dandelions…

They may be dandelions, but they are a gift from my Eby and I couldn’t love them more.

The day is beautiful and we are heading out to Ladybug’s track meet in a few minutes. Ladybug runs for the local public school and today she’ll compete against her friends who attend Honeybee and Dimples’ Christian school. It makes for some interesting and potentially challenging moments when the younger girls cheer for their classmates rather than their sister.  We’re still working on learning the value of  family. I cheer for everyone, and encourage all of the kids to do the same; of course, I do love it when Ladybug wins.

I’m making progress on my crazy to-do lists – slow but steady. Having Sweet Pea home is a fun distraction and I’m keenly aware that in less than a month she will move to Minneapolis for the next five years.  I’m sure my lists will still be here in a few weeks.

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. Anita
    May 10, 2012

    What a sweet boy with lovely flowers!! I personally think dandelions are great. I agree that family is most important, but if I can say so, I can see why Honeybee and Dimples cheer for their own school. I think by putting Ladybug on an opposing team, you've perhaps enhanced, or slightly (though unintentionally) allowed a rift to develop where I can see you do not want to have one. That said, how fun that your girl is in track! I LOVED track when I was her age!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 10, 2012

      Anita, I appreciate your thoughts. I probably should have explained a little bit more. Ladybug runs for the local public school because the Christian school doesn't allow homeschoolers to participate in their sports and the public school does. Ladybug is homeschooled, so having her run for the girls' school isn't possible. It would certainly be a nice option! The track meet was great – Ladybug had a few PR's and we all had a good time.

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      1. Anita
        May 10, 2012

        Ah, I see. When I was thinking about this later, I thought this was probably the case. So glad Ladybug got in some PRs, they're always satisfying! Have a wonderful time with your Sweet Pea!

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  2. Laurel
    May 10, 2012

    Glad you are having time with Sweet Pea before she moves. I sure miss my Minnesota girls.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. Julianne
    May 10, 2012

    Lisa, I love your photo. It reminds me that I need to do that more often. My little guy always picks me a danelion everyday…sometimes more than one.What a precious spirit of generosity and caring..

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  4. Hannah Tucker
    May 12, 2012

    Oh, such beautiful dandelions! I'm currently visiting my sister's family, and my goddaughter keeps me supplied with the "sunshine flowers". Love it.

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  5. learningpatience
    May 16, 2012

    That giant handful of dandelions is the most beautiful bunch of flowers EVER!

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