Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of A Bushel and A Peck at this new website, www.OneThankfulMom.com. I started with a small blogspot address on June 19, 2006 having absolutely no idea that I would still be writing today. I figured that once our children had been home for a short time, I would have nothing more to say.
Apparently that is not the case and most days I think of numerous posts to write — if only I could find a few quiet moments.
Thank you so much for being part of my life through A Bushel and A Peck — I am honored that in the midst of your busy days, you take the time to read my humble offerings. Even if you don’t have time to read this post, would you please skip to the bottom and read the last bit? It would mean the world to me to hear from you.
In honor of this day, here is the first half of the year in review. The second half will follow tomorrow.
2010 began, quite appropriately, with packing for another trip to Seattle. I’m not sure how many trips we made last year, although I’m sure Russ could tell you exactly how many miles we’ve traveled and what our gas mileage was.
January brought us productive therapy appointments with our extraordinary adoption therapist, initial explorations in Sensory Processing Disorder for Eby, and finally some conclusive answers about Dimples’ tummy! It only took an endoscopy to learn that she was severely lactose intolerant.
I learned a little trick that helped Eby control his vocal volume which continues to be useful, and another that helps a dysregulated child communicate. I wrote about the importance of giving children work.
I kicked off the month with a moment of self-pity as I contemplated what my life might have been if Russ and I had stuck with our very rational adoption plan. Fortunately a good friend spoke truth to me and helped straighten me out.
I shared another great tip learned from our adoption therapist that we still use regularly.
My Tuesday Topic on How Old is Too Old had a great response.
Honeybee began discovering ways to calm herself when she was feeling dysregulated.
The community here discussed a Tuesday Topic that has brought more people to my blog via Google search than any other: Tuesday’s Answers: Adopting More Than One Child at a Time.
I also wrote my most frequently viewed post of the year, Meditations on a Messy Life.
In April I wrote about the day I broke Eby’s heart, and The Marathon of Therapeutic Parenting. We hosted 60 people for Easter and I gave away all of my secrets for how to host a crowd with minimal effort and maximum fun.
I wrote about why I blog.
I wrote about meeting Honeybee for the first time, not knowing that one day she would be my daughter — but God did.
In June I bought Russ a cheap wedding band.
I also wrote what I consider to be one of my most important articles on how Russ was restored after being plunged into parenting children from “hard places.”
Originally I planned to review the entire year in one post, but this has gotten long enough! I’ll continue the saga tomorrow.
Here comes the most important part of this entire post.
So many changes have come this year for me and for A Bushel and A Peck. My blog has grown in ways I hadn’t anticipated — thank you so much for reading my humble thoughts and being part of my life. This is an unexpected journey for me and I’m still finding my way as an accidental writer.
In honor of A Bushel and A Peck’s anniversary, I would love to hear from you!
Would you please (pretty please) leave a comment and tell me what you would most like to see me write about? Do you like Tuesday Topics, My Learning Curve, hearing about my family, homeschooling or something else?
Do you have a question for me? Send it my way and I’ll answer it here. I am a fairly transparent person, so if you’ve always wondered something about our family, about me, or anything else, this is your chance!
Or just say hello!
Don’t be shy — you will bless me with your comment and your thoughts. I want this site to honor Jesus and to serve you. If I am writing only to satisfy myself, I can do it with much less effort and frequency!
There is joy in the journey, and I’m so glad you are sharing it with me.
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