I have a great giveaway for you today. I know, you’re probably shocked because I haven’t done a giveaway in a very long time. Truth be told, I have a problem with going to the post office, and giveaways mean going in a timely manner. But this giveaway is long overdue.
I am giving away a DVD featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis and the work of the TCU Institute of Child Development. The DVD, “Empowering, Connecting & Correcting Principles” is a fantastic educational tool for adoptive/foster parents, family members, educators, and anybody else who interacts with children from “hard places”. Dr. Purvis is one of my heroes and I’m very blessed to call her my friend. If you don’t know her work, you really must read The Connected Child and enter to win this DVD.
In less than one month I am flying to Nashville for the Empowered to Connect Conference! If you live anywhere near and can possibly attend, please join us. Karyn Purvis and Michael and Amy Monroe, do a great job presenting material that will help any parent of children from “hard places.” Having never been to Nashville, it will be an adventure for me, one I had hoped to share with Russ, but it isn’t possible for him to get away this time.
Russ and I leave for Texas tomorrow. It is crazy hot there – yesterday when it was over 60 degrees here, I tried to imagine it more than 30 degrees hotter and I just couldn’t do it. That being said, the heat is a small price to pay for spending time with wonderful people in Texas.
Thank you for all of your kind comments about my anniversary post. I would love to encourage more of you to write about the “story” of your marriage and share it as a comment, or write about it on your own blog and leave us a link in the comments. Marriage is a long journey and the vows we take of better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness or health, offer only a tiny glimpse of our futures. What does it really look like? What story is God going to write with our lives?
Thursday morning we told Little Man it was our anniversary, but he found it rather perplexing. He said, “So…you’re getting married again today?” No, we explained, we are celebrating the day we got married. We finally explained that it was a “wedding birthday” and that made all the sense in the world.
The more I learn about parenting children with tough histories, the more I realize that sometimes I make a mess of things. I forget to focus on the insights I have or the new skills I’ve learned. I have to stop myself and really think – not just run on my instincts or old habits. It is hard work!
All you mommies out there who are living this life, let’s press on, keep learning, keep loving, and encourage one another. If you have a moment to hop over to Empowered to Connect to read the article, I would love your feedback.
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