Time for Flannel

You know it’s time to change the sheets when your youngest child crawls in bed with you and proceeds to wet your bed, requiring you and your husband to get up in the middle of the night, strip the bed down to the mattress, start the laundry, and sleep in sleeping bags on the sofa.  All while said child sleeps soundly in the sleeping bag next to your bed you had laid out for him hours earlier.

We met Dimples’ new therapist on Monday and I am hopeful that it is going to be a good fit.  She got to know Dimples a little bit, talked with us, encouraged us to ask questions, and then – she prayed with us.  A therapist who loves Jesus is an amazing gift.  She will not be relying simply on her own wisdom, but on wisdom and insight that come from the Holy Spirit – the greatest Healer of all.

As we were preparing to head to Couer d’Alene, I hugged and kissed the younger children. Little Man squeezed me tightly and then asked, “How many days will you be gone?”

I laughed, but to be perfectly honest, his question pains my heart.  My children have grown accustomed to long stretches of time without me as we pursue help and healing for Dimples.  We know that her healing will ultimately bring healing, peace, and happiness to the entire family — but we have to constantly balance the present needs of all of our children.  It is difficult, very, very difficult.

I took the above photo yesterday during Quiet Hour.  Little Man was in his resting spot on the living room sofa while Ladybug practiced piano.

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He was reading a new book he got from Aunt Laura for his birthday, The Pout Pout Fish in the Big Big Dark.  It is always fun to get new books, and he is having serious fears of the dark right now, so the timing was perfect.  She sent The Pout Pout Fish too, which is also fun.

Have a great Wednesday. My day is packed with appointments, lessons, homeschooling, and kids; I’m going to need some serious energy.


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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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