OK, the exclamations were a bit overdone, but I am super excited! A couple of months ago, Mamapoekie at Authentic Parenting encouraged me to really examine why I blog. The more I pray and consider, the more strongly I believe that my purpose is to help "turn the hearts of the parents to their children". I also goof off a lot here. While most of my posts tend to focus on aspects of parenting that I want to learn better in my own life, I have a short attention span and throw in pretty much anything that passes through my head and heart.
It really isn't about the numbers (I blogged for a couple of years with less than 10 followers) but I admit that my heart jumps and I get a huge smile whenever someone else adds this blog or likes the Facebook page. This week we hit 50 blog followers and 300 fans on the Facebook page! You are my parenting community, and I find that your posts and comments are full of grace and wisdom and help me to grow in so many ways. I would like to do a little something to say thanks to you all (well, actually, I'd like to do a huge giveaway, but that will have to wait until either I get a raise or a bunch of generous sponsors make some offers) ;).
I have a couple of awesome friends whose products I love. Amy, from LC Creations, has been a friend since we were both eight years old. Her bows, specially embroidered clothing and other items are fabulous! (not just for girls, either) I have also become a big fan of DoTERRA essential oils. Their Breathe and Citrus Bliss scents are amazing. I have found that rubbing a little of the Breathe blend under my nose helps me rest better all night, and even used it during an asthma attack recently. My friend Becki was the one who first gave me some of the oils, and she and her husband are a big part of Benosh, helping families enjoy the outdoors together.
So, for this giveaway, I am going to give one $25 gift certificate to LC Creations and one Introduction to Essential Oils kit from DoTERRA with lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils. You have 3 ways to enter: leave a comment here on the blog with your favorite peaceful parenting quote, get on Facebook and "like" LC Creations, Benosh (and me, if you haven't already! :p) and come back here and leave a comment letting me know (one for each page). Leave your comments by 11:00PM CST Sunday, March 6, 2011. Winners will be selected randomly and announced on Monday, March 7. After all, who doesn't need some happy news on a Monday morning?
Many thanks and much love to you all!