Snow, Books, and Giveaways

Just because he is super cute

It is another beautiful snowy day here in Idaho.  This is better than cold and gray, at least it is bright and white, the downside is that it just takes longer to get where we are going.  Russ had to plow our driveway with the tractor two mornings this week and we’re just barely getting the girls to school on time.  The upside is that my homeschoolers are having lots of great snow play for PE each day.  It’s a warm, wet snow, so the drying rack is piled with dripping snow gear, but they are having fun.

Our trip to Seattle was great – good driving conditions, four reasonably happy kids in the car, time with good friends, and very good therapy sessions.  I have a few tasks to work on

Rockin' Mama Update – and a Prize!

Hello Rockin’ Mamas — all 74 of you!  Just think of all of the love flowing through our families.

It is two days after Valentine’s Day, our official end date.  I was in Seattle at appointments for my girls, and didn’t wrap it up the way I had planned. I am happy to say that moms have continued to join us right up through the weekend!  This Challenge is really about you and your children – my hope was just to share what I am learning and help you get started, so the official end is really not an end at all.

I hope you are all persevering in the Challenge to the best of your ability.  It has been a wonderful process for our family.  Last night Honeybee and I rocked for at least fifteen minutes while she shared the details of a birthday party she attended; she went to bed a happy girl.

I want to encourage you to send me an email update about your Rockin’ Mama experience – so here’s the scoop.

Rockin' Mama Update: 28!

Today marks my 28th day of rocking Honeybee! We began on December 20th, so clearly, I didn’t manage to rock for 28 consecutive days, but we carved out the time every day we both were home and there was even a sliver of time to rock.

Our 15 minutes have often been taken up with Honeybee talking, she is an 11 year old girl after all, and she has lots to say.  Because we’ve worked hard to have our time alone, she has told me more about her life at the orphanage, about her friendships, and other memories.  It has been precious.

Shedding Some Light

Hello Friends!  My week away from A Bushel and A Peck was filled with family, rest, and fun. I want to give a very warm and hearty thanks to my friends who generously stood in for me.  Weren’t they all wonderful?!?

The Rockin’ Mama Challenge is going strong; if you haven’t joined us yet, jump in!  It’s not too late.

During my computer-free week, I was blissfully unaware of some criticism toward the Rockin’ Mama Challenge, and particularly toward me.  I had shared the Challenge on Grown in My Heart, hoping to encourage parents to draw their children’s hearts more deeply into loving relationship.  Some readers raised concerns that I don’t want to leave unanswered, so I hope you won’t mind if I address them here.

1.  Holding Therapy

Several comments expressed concern that rocking Honeybee is some form of  forced “holding therapy”.

Rocking in the New Year

How is the Rockin’ Mama Challenge going for you?  I am thrilled so many of you have joined me.  To be honest, it keeps me going knowing that I’ve invited you along on this little journey – I certainly can’t be a slacker now.

A few questions have come up that I want to address.  I’ll just add here that I am not an expert in any way — just a mom doing my best to love my kids and heal their hearts.  As you read, imagine we are sitting in my kitchen sipping coffee together.