Weekend Wandering 5.28.16

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

A Story: 136 Days from Because of His Goodness

From the minute the call came in, their hearts were stirred for this child. Even though on paper all the hesitations and concerns still looked just as strong. Even though there were many more questions than answers. Even though the fears definitely out-weighed the hopes. The answer was ‘yes.’

Why God Gives Us Weakness from Christianity Today

While I mourn the losses inherent in these troubles, I also see how God might be repurposing them for my good. Weakness is doing its double work in me. The Lord is knocking the edges off my life-threatening conceit. And I’ve watched him show off his strength in the midst of my depletion. To paraphrase Paul, I’m learning to be okay with operating at diminished capacity, operating within serious limitations, because when I am at my lowest ebb, God’s work through me is at its best.

How to Recover From Emotional Eating Binges from Candace Creates

I woke up this morning knowing today can be different. Having these difficult episodes so often over my lifetime has definitely shown me they are temporary. Even though I may find myself hopeless at times in the midst of those days, I know without a doubt from past experiences, I will once again overcome the darkness.

If You Think Your Kids Don’t Notice Race from A Musing Maralee

This idea that kids don’t see race is so pervasive and it’s surprisingly harmful. We idealize their “innocence” without realizing their inability to talk about race has little to do with their inability to recognize that people are different and has much more to do with the socialization they receive that says it’s shameful to talk about race.

Believe it or not, Russ and I got away to Coeur d’Alene for a few days last week. It was so good for us. We hiked, went to a movie, explored, and relaxed together. I’m thankful for our older kids who made it possible and good friends who loaned us their lake house.

We’re home for the weekend and Russ is working on our big patio project. I just want him to slap down pavers, but it doesn’t work like that. He’s digging out the old window well, rerouting sprinkler pipes, and designing the wall that runs along one side of the patio. He tells me that laying the pavers is the fun and fast part of the whole project.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. We’ll see you next week!

Lisa and Jennifer

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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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