A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Our Mother's Day Week

Time keeps getting away from me.  The good of that, is that I'm staying nice & busy.  The bad of that, is that I thought I shared this blog post days ago, but I never finished it.  

This is the chunk of hall outside the actual waiting room that's reserved for patients only.  I was invited to sit here while Josiah was having his procedure.  

I ended up wandering off, and found an outdoor (and thus unmasked) nook where I could sit and read instead.  It was quite pleasant, and I only saw one other human the whole time I was out there.  No real answers yet, unless you count knowing what it's not.  

I had a nice Mother's Day Week.  Eli's flowers arrived on a Wednesday, 

this lovely box of goodies arrived on Thursday from Annaliese, 

Paul left me flowers when he went to work on Saturday, 

And on Sunday, Jack made me a breakfast burrito, 

Sam brought me a plant for the front porch, Josiah and Katie made a cake, 

and Miss Adorable stopped by with a box of chocolate!  

Then on Monday, Zach had lunch delivered for me.  It was kind of nice, spreading it out a bit.  

The foster kittens continue to be cute.  Cairo is the most timid, and will run and hide if given the chance.  

Oslo seems like the "baby" of the litter.  She came to us the lightest, but she's always the first one to the food bowl, so I'm guessing she's closing the gap.  I need to pull out my scale and weigh them.  

And there's Miss Quito, confirming Grumman's worst suspicions.  They're still here.  He's not impressed.  Worse, one of Josiah's friends brought a dog over, and with Grumman refusing to come in my room while the kittens are here, he didn't have his go to hiding place.  

The Saturday before Mother's Day is Birth Mother Day.  The girls' first moms are always on my mind at Mother's Day, so I thought Hannah and Katie might be thinking of them, too.  Their journal entries were very different.  It was a treat to get a glimpse into such a private spot in their hearts.  

Our book haul.  Still some things from the school year coming in as they become available.  We put some more stuff on hold this week.  Hannah requested the final Lord of the Rings book, and Katie requested the Fudge books.  

Grumman supervises, while the girls purge their art piles from the school year.  I'm glad we got pictures of everything; it's hard for me to let that stuff go.  I wish I'd bought the spiral art paper pads earlier in the year, so everything was bound and easy to keep.  

My Valentine's Day gift this year was a fan.  Since it got up into the 90s this week, it seemed like a good time to assemble it and put it to use.  

Is there anything more adorable than a man playing with kittens?  I'm really going to miss Sam when he leaves next month.  I know that he's going to be fine, and I'm excited for him to take his next steps in life, but he's a big presence, and the house will seem empty without him.  

Paul got me a lamp for the sewing room a while back that has a USB port.  Which is helpful, because I often use my phone and iPad in there, and I only have 1 charger in there.  So I bought a 3 pack of phone charger cords.  The cord I use at the computer in the school room was super frayed and only connected if you held it just right.  I plugged one cord into the computer and plugged one cord into the lamp, and put the other cord In A Safe Place for later.  

The Put The Trash Cans Out alarm on my phone went off one morning while the phone was plugged in, causing it to vibrate off my table and crash to the floor.  I'm really glad I didn't have to pry that little piece out of my phone!  But obviously this cord is trash now.  I had a moment of panic, trying to remember where the heck that Safe Place was that I'd put the last spare cord.  Fortunately, I found it in the second place I looked.  All 3 cords are now in service.  Maybe I should have bought the 5 pack!  


  1. I'm certainly glad you had a lovely Mother's Week! And I'm going to copy your Birthmother idea in the future. I've got lots of kids with lots of big feelings, and a chance to write about it would be really, really good. Thank you.

    I'm forever putting things in A Safe Place and then not remembering where that is. *sigh* I imagine the cure for that is to have only one Safe Place, but there are so many categories for where things should go!

    I hope you can stay cool and comfortable this summer, and I hope you get some more answers about your boy!

    1. We'd probably get more answers if he's make a follow up appointment. :sigh: There's only so far you can nudge adult kids. They're either going to do something, or they're not.

      My sewing room is a Safe Place for many, many things. So many, that I'm sure someday when the kids clean it out, they'll laugh at all the random things I've got squirreled away in there.

  2. The kittens are so cute. Poor Grumman...lol! Cats are so funny about their territory. We are fortunate that Rosie adjusted to having two cats in her life, but she still isn't in love with either of them. What a fun week.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. I thought that after a few years, he'd adjust to the idea of kittens, but every year he's horrified. Pretty sure I'm only taking one litter this year. They're cute, but I miss my Grumman.