Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Scoop on the Chat

We had our first Support For Adoptive Parents chat with coaches from Parenting Mojo an hour ago. It was so much fun. I felt a little clammy right before it started. And that was before I knew I was about to have technical difficulty. (Story of my life.)

Luckily, my readers know how I roll by now. Perfect is overrated.

I saw the little faces in the boxes on my computer screen and I wanted to high-five each one. Or blow them a kiss. Something. I got sincerely verklept over the thought of all of us being right there, "together".

I just love you, readers. I mean it, man. I've known it all along, but being connected in real life made me know it even harder. You guys rock. You support me like no other. You make me laugh/cry/whatev. I always feel like I get so much more from you than what I can possibly give. Just know that my love runs deep. We are family.

I warned call participants ahead of time that I'm a big claw-talker. Alas, as large as they are, the claws were not picked up by the webcam.

Good thing Cory was lurking around in the background.

Get a load of the flapping.

I would never lie to you.

Here's something interesting. Notice all the junk in the previous picture? While Cory was taking photos he suddenly got a crazy hair and started tidying up. While we were on the call. I had to remind myself that I was live and in action, because what I wanted to do was stage-whisper to him that it's sort of against my religion to stage photos.

My real life involves many piles of paper. I don't have the energy to hide it anymore.

Also, I only fixed the front half of my hair, because I knew no one would see the back of my head unless something went terribly, terribly awry.

And now here I am showing everyone.


If I did feel inclined to put my best foot forward, I would have only shown this photo. 1) The junk has already been moved by Mr. Clean  2) My claws are resting dormant  3) You can't really see the back of my noggin 4) You can't tell that the top button of my jeans is unbuttoned because I ate two bowls of taco soup when one would have been plenty.

Alas.
While Cory and I chatted, Silas was already tucked in to bed (no nap today) and Calvin and Ruby were in their room having "Quiet Reading Time". If you could have only heard the party that was shaking down the hall.

Calvin did also write a four-page report on Korea during the hour, which was both irresistibly cute and quite timely, given our topic at hand.

Page 1: Korea!!!! :)
Page 2: Seouls soccr tem is the tigrs.
             Korea has the most citys out of the hole contry.
Page 3: Food (drawings of bowls of rice with chopsticks, the Korean flag and an unidentified square object)
             Rise is the man cors of the dish.
             Kim-chee is poprler ther to.
Page 4: Citys in Korea are big or huge! They have more then 100,20
             The most empourten thing is to have fun. :)

Have I mentioned that I'm awfully fond of my shorties?
 
That's Tina on the screen. She's amazing. As I wrote to one participant, "She's perfect, because she's not overly "friendy" or gushy, she's intelligent and direct, she's kind and supportive, she's therapisty enough to remind you why you're there. I just can't say enough about her."

Now you know. I really can't say enough about her.
See? I tell no lies.

So, for those of you who joined us, thank you! It made my flipping month to see your pretty faces. I wanted to run in and change into sweatpants, put my hair in a ponytail and camp out with all'ayoun's for three more hours.

For those of you who weren't able to join, for whatever reason, we will be scheduling another call soon. Stay tuned.

So, what was your reality tonight? (No staging.)

40 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your yellow sweater.

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    1. It's so old and I've worn it so many times that it has tiny holes in the back. :)

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  2. "My claws are resting dormant." (!!!) Best sentence ever.

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  3. wait. did you cut your hair without telling me?? i've been known to hit myself in the face with my claws. i like your outfit. i think your hair looks pretty (back included).

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    1. I mentioned the cut somewhere in very fine print. Old news! Lordy, it needed shorn.

      Thought of you this a.m. when I let my hair dry au naturel. I did comb it, though, so it wasn't the real deal...

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  4. Oh man I wish I would have read about this and joined up BEFORE instead of after. But I agree with Becky - Nice sweater :-)

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    1. And this, from a Glamazon! ;)

      Also? I thought of you today whilst in the throes of Life decisions. The idea of you was actually more comforting than I would have expected. ;)

      (Two winky emoticons? Yep.)

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  5. So sorry I missed this. Was hanging with my man tonight. Seemed like the right thing to do. Claw talking sister of the world unite!

    I love your shorties too. And I love what you're doing. Truly.

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  6. At least you don't punch people for effect after you talk. ;)

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    1. I mean, like hit them in the arm kind of punch, not sock them in the nose kind of punch. I'm glad I could clarify.

      P.S. Calvin's four page report deserves a "100 A+" as my son would say.

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  7. OK, so I am just going to lay this out here.

    Mere minutes before I clicked on we were eating our dinner at the kitchen table- where my computer sat.

    We had originally gone "out" to eat. But, the local ice cream shop was as slow as molasses so we had to opt for "to-go" so I could be in front of the computer on time. But really, Pie was having a screaming fit in the cafe and we needed an out- fast.

    So, there we sat with my computer warming up, Pie melting down, Jordan eating his take-out at the youth group meeting where we threw him out of the car, and Barry preparing to leave for some errands and taking Ry with him.

    Once online and joined in: Keeks proceeds to unfold my basket of laundry at my feet whilst maintaining eye contact the whole time. So as you all were listening to Tina talk about re-directing, I was snapping my fingers under the table at a testy toddler and smiling and nodding. Ha ha! True story!

    Then, she climbed in my lap and spent the rest of her time walking around saying "Cork" because she apparantly has a big crush on Corey.


    I had to get up three times because it was bedtime and the milk needed to be warmed, the night light had to be turned on, and she needed one more kiss. Again.

    Despite all of that, I didn't miss a single word. Do I get a ribbon for that? No?

    It was SO fun and I too was so sad to click off. I think we should start a book club or something. Right?


    xxoo

    P.S.- I KNEW Corey was taking pictures!

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    1. But did you know he was also changing a poopy diaper?? (he times 'em for bedtime now, when he has a diaper on. Smart boy!)

      You crack me up here so bad. Real life is hilarious.

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    2. I suspected their was something Siley related going on. He has super-spidey sensors that were telling him he was the hot topic and he should diverge some attention to himself.

      He's cool like that.

      I did feel really bad about taking a spot after the fact. Everyone else was probably there desperate for immediate help, and I am just desperate to avoid needing help. Does that even make sense? Keeks is a whole new ballgame for us. My boys are laid back and obedient. Pie is quite the opposite.

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    3. And another thing... why do I flip back and forth between Pie and Keeks with you? Law.

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  8. I want to be there for the next one. Please, please, please, no Wednesday night! I beg and plead! We, pastor's family, cannot do Wednesday night. Our tonight was that: fellowship meal, Bible study, worship team practice. Home late and tired and happy and filled physically and spiritually.

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    1. I PROMISE the next one won't be on Wednesday. :)

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  9. First of all, a big THANK YOU, Shannan, for pulling this together. You and Cory were great, sharing your thoughts so naturally -- this was not just a put-on advertisement for Erin and Tina, it was real help for you in a crisis. Jim and I really enjoyed the hour we spent, even with our youngest sitting feet away watching episode after episode of whatever on Netflix Instant Play (my best babysitter), eating strawberries and Club crackers for dinner, screaming for more (thankful for the "mute mic" button!). I thought beforehand about cleaning up the kitchen which was behind us, but decided to be real. That's why the lights were dimmed in the background. Anyway, the session gave us a lot to talk about over our date dinner right afterwards (the two older ones being at youth group). Thanks so much for caring about others -- you encourage hope where it is sorely needed.

    @Joy -- I love the way you say "Sweet Potato Pie". You are indigenous to SC, no?

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  10. Oh my word. Stripes. (For the record, you're gorgeous, anyway. Also, for the record, if I were wealthier, I'd send you some floral. Have you ever worn floral in your life? I love floral!) What is that weird numbersy thing on the wall behind your computer?

    I've been crying off and on all day, but you make me feel better. Also Becky, whom I cried on over the phone. Also writing it out.

    You're doing good things. If you were here, I'd give you a key lime white chocolate chip cookie. But, since you're not, I'm going to eat it right now.

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    1. I only wear floral with stripes. SORRRRRRY!

      That cookie sounds so dang good.

      Please, don't cry today. If I could, I would give you a slice of Peanut Butter sheet cake. But I can't, so I already ate it.

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  11. excellent and i wished for more!
    really excited to learn more about those cool people and their "get yo mojo back" skills.

    i am over the moon for you, even more. is that even possible? xo

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  12. No staging! Love. Also, love your claw chat.

    And, I adore hearing from you, always.

    x

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  13. I knew I was missing something tonight!! I just could not for the life of me remember what it was...sigh. It was needed today too. I have another friend that I'm going to share this with as well. I'm so looking forward to getting to join the next one- I need all the help I can get in this parenting gig!!

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  14. Love that you're not a stager. I'm not either and for me it's unintentional. I'll look at my pics after and think Geesh I could pay attention to the details of underwear and papers and bags and stuff everywhere...but that's not real life and that's why I probably love ya so much. You're real!

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  15. Hey, I just wanted to let you know that your blog made me laugh today, when I really needed it. God bless you & your sense of humor that always cracks me up. =)

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  16. I *was* stage whispering to my husband that while it was kind of him to ice a cupcake for me, since the icing was droopy for lack of additional powdered sugar, the result was going to be an un-iced cupcake with a pile of icing dripped all down onto the plate. Alas, I didn't cat him in time. But it still tasted good when we finished the call (and yes, I licked every speck of the lemon cream cheese frosting off the cupcake wrapper).

    Thanks again for organizing. We're still waiting for our kiddos but we're stocking our "tool box" while we wait.

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  17. Last night we celebrated a birthday.

    Food I didn't cook.

    The night sky was perfect. The smell of honeysuckle filled the air as we stood outside after and talked.

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    1. I want to wear the scent of honeysuckle, and I feel like this might be an achievable dream.

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  18. I'm a stager...I am. I've been known to crop a straggling shoe or sock or pile of junk from a photo or two. I'll reconsider, though. I LOVED Calvin's report, too! Adorable. The most empourten thing IS to have fun! He's so wise.

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  19. Missed it. Boo. But my reality for last night? I put the kids to bed early so I could watch Betty White's new show while I crawled into bed propped up on pillows. Only, one got in bed w/ me to "rest" in hopes he'd stay the whole night. I ate butterscotch caramel out of the jar and I double dipped. I also left dinner leftovers out the entire night. Don't worry. It was trashed in the morning before the kiddos arose.

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    1. This is the funniest thing I've ever read. Ha ha ha! If you could only see me now... I'm the worst. See how the computer is up on that book? If I didn't sit up straight, I'd be out of view! That was the only reason.

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  21. My reality last night? Bed around 7:30pm. Why? Because I'd had this kind of morning:

    http://funcie.blogspot.com/2012/04/wednesday-morning.html

    and a long day at work.

    PS. I'm not a stager either.

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  22. This is what I missed out on? Your dormant claws and pretty head and all sorts of fabulous chatter? Dang it! I'm in on the next one.

    Rise is the man cors of the dish.
    Kim-chee is poprler ther to.

    I just died a bit. No truer, more brilliant words have ever been written. Thank you, Jesus, for little Korean people. They are the best thing evah.

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  23. dude! you have to warn me that you're going to ask such things so i can stage my evening activities appropriately.

    well last evening, i don't remember. i know i was at church and also pouty to have missed the chat. but some of my favorite high school girls were there and we had a foot washing and that was highly awesome.

    tonight, after the 18th day in a row of a certain smallish individual attempting to push buttons i didn't even know i was wearing, i am enjoying a homemade* mint-chocolate ice cream milkshake whilst catching up on blogs. all is well.

    *please do not be misled. by 'homemade' i mean i poured a dollop of milk into a mug of ice cream and stirred.

    ps please relay to calvin his overarching awesomeness. he just might be my new favorite author.

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  24. I so wanted to join in, Farmgirl!
    But as my youngest is almost out the door, I really would have been there only to get a glimpse of you and hear your words of wisdom regardless of whether or not they pertain to me.
    Oh.....poprler? Adorable. Best report ever, Calvin!

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  25. I sat really far away from my web cam b/c I just couldn't find time to put on make-up...let's just say my children were up to what made me want to attend the call :) and I felt so self conscious that everyone else sat still while I kept moving to deal with Chloe, we definitely had ours muted the whole time b/c it was so loud where the big kiddos were watching Nemo. Looking forward to catching it all next time :)

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  26. fixing only the front of your hair: totally something i would do. <3

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  27. I know this comment is about a month late - but I would love to be in the chat next time b/c we are starting the foster care process soon (our info meeting is midJune). God provided the vehicle we need this week, so we are now (God willing) going to embark on what we have been praying about for a year or more.

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