Weekend Wandering 5.21.16

canola fields in north idaho
canola and wheat fields in north idaho

Enjoy some of the treasures we discovered while wandering the internet this week.

A Visible Life from D. L. Mayfield

I can feel it, like the changing of a season. I am entering into a new phase of life. I feel incredibly visible, like I am living in a fishbowl. Now that we know people, if we step outside our back door into the communal courtyard the interactions are immediate: women inviting me over for tea, women waving from the balconies, commenting on my appearance, children wanting to play with my daughter or eat the few tiny strawberries we are growing.

Accomplish More With a 3-Item To Do List from becomingminimalist

The short list approach keeps me focused on the most important tasks I need to accomplish. But I have found other benefits as well. The shorter list keeps me from feeling overwhelmed. The shorter list also helps me overcome procrastination—the finish line is always in sight.

Communicating with Kids Who Have Lost Their Cool from Mindful.org

My agenda means nothing right now. Until she has calmed down, Opal’s ears are completely broken and any perfect-parent scenario I could compose would mean nothing. While gripped by the right brain, she is like a comic-strip villain, deflecting every thoughtful, meaningful, lesson-inducing word I could say.

A Stanford Dean on Adult Skills Every 18-Year-Old Should Have from qz.com

This former Stanford Dean and New York Times’ bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult shares eight simple, but important, skills that every 18-year-old should be capable of – from managing deadlines to finding their own way around town.


Another semester wrapped up at the university last week. Russ graded finals and switched into research/writing mode, Annarose is off to San Diego for the summer, and Isaiah is settling into summer work. Samuel is in town for the summer working on his master’s thesis. The younger four are counting down the days to their last day of school on June 8th.

I’m stunned that the school year is nearly gone; I’m not quite sure how it happened. Last year was the “lost year.” I look back and it is a blur. This is a year of grief and I can only describe it as a time of hazy confusion.

I need to figure out the summer before it slams right into me. Let’s talk about it next week.

Have a great weekend, friends.

with hope and gratitude,

Lisa (and Jennifer too)

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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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