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Monday, May 6, 2013

Have a H.E.A.R.T for Your Kids Bundle, a GIVEAWAY! Ends 5/12

Have a HEART for Your Kids book bundle GIVEAWAY @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds ends 5/12

Welcome to giveaway #1 in honor of Release the Butterflies and celebrating our kids and all their lovely quirkiness!  It’s amazing how things seem to come together when I listen to what God is telling me.  I think this is about the perfect book bundle for moms who want to help their kids to be all they are meant to be, but not get mired in the getting there.  And the opportunity to give it away to one of you just sort of happened.

My thanks go to Apologia, main sponsor of the 2013 2:1 conference, for providing the books for this giveaway, and to Michelle Eichhorn (Apologia’s Director of Marketing), who took a personal interest in Peter’s story.

I have my own copies of these books---I think you’re going to love them!


Giveaway Details

One winner will receive this great bundle of books, which includes one copy each of:

Overall retail value of this set:  $44

If more than 50 people enter, I’m going to add a little something extra to the prize package, so please share this giveaway!

017I’ll add 3 copies of Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas:  Colossians 3 by Pam Forster, courtesy of Doorposts (a 2:1 partner).   This paperback retails for $8, so that’s an added $24 value! 

These would make wonderful gifts, or start a Bible study with a couple of friends.


Ok, now to the nitty-gritty.

Deadline to enter:  Sunday, May 12, 2013 at midnight est.  A winner will be drawn on May 13 or shortly after.

Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received, a new winner will be selected.

Giveaway is open to residents of the U. S. A.

Must be 18 to enter and my relatives are not eligible (sorry Mom!).

I am responsible for fulfillment, however, I can’t control the postal service!  Books will be shipped with insurance and carefully wrapped, but I can’t bar against delays or loss in the mail.  I hope you understand and won’t come after me if your package disappears into a black hole or gets run over by a truck once it leaves my hands.  I will accept responsibility if something happens to it before it arrives at the post office.

To enter, use the handy dandy Rafflecopter widget and follow the instructions.  Those who fail to follow the instructions are not officially entered.


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Disclosure:  I received all the books listed in this giveaway from Apologia and Doorposts.  I was not required to review or even to giveaway these books.  I received no other compensation.


  1. Thank you for your post. I loved reading it and it really made me think. Being a mom of four kiddos a lot of times they are all bunched together and all expected to be the same and think the same when in fact they are all very different and amazing people when they stand a lone. The one that seems to blend in more than others is my five year old. He is an amazing little boy with amazing faith and a big heart, but he is also very quiet and shy. We have been encouraging him in all that he does and we are going to continue doing this. I really want the world to see what I see in him.

  2. I have two daughters, 15 months apart, and while they look like sisters, they are the complete opposite in every way...if one choses to do 'A' you can guarantee three other will choose to do 'B'. I can allow them to be themselves, and celebrate their differences, no matter how much extra work I think it will give me to do. I need to are them to flourish in their own little ways.

  3. That's beautiful, Samantha!

    Yes, we, as a society, seem to expect all kids to be basically the same and when they don't fit into the right mold there's somehow something wrong with them. This is simply false.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and good luck on the giveaway.


  4. Teacher@Home,

    You are so right! I love seeing what new and different things my kids come up with every day. And each of them approaches life quite differently---the world wouldn't be nearly as interesting if we were all the same, would it?

  5. I have two kids and I've been praying that God will show me how He created them uniquely and how I need to help them be fruitful in the areas that are their strengths. I need to leave my preconceived notions and embrace them for who they really are, not who I want them to be.
    Thank you for the giveaway and your beautiful posts.

  6. Thank you for entering, Fibia!

    The more I talk to other moms, the more I come to understand that this is a real challenge for most of us. You are not alone. {hugs}

  7. By telling them and showing them scripture of how God made them special and unique

  8. I love the idea that we are releasing butterflies! Thank you for that visual of what I strive to do with my children. I have always been amazed that I have three children who could not be more different but alike. They all have their quirks and specialness. I do my best not to ever compare them with each other or with other children. I tell them that I enjoy being with them and never tell them I wish they were someone other than who they are. I make sure they see me smile and I make sure I smile and laugh with them and do my best to understand their viewpoint, how they see the world and others. I tell them words like different, unique and even weird are good because it means that others can see they are special individuals as well. In homeschooling, we set our goals and priorities and course schedule based not only on what must be studied but what areas of interest each child has. I try to help them see that the differences with their siblings and others enhance our family and the world and help them overcome the struggles on dealing with someone who is the exact opposite of you at times because the beauty of uniqueness can wear on a relationship at times, especially in a close family.

  9. I have a kid who always seems to be swimming upstream. Reading this post challenged me to help him focus on his strengths and successes rather than his struggles.

  10. I have one daughter named Alyssa. God has given me this unique little girl to raise. My hope is that she'll understand that we are all one of God's children no matter what are differences may be and that each person has their own strengths and weaknesses. It is important to me that she likes who she is regardless of her weaknesses. I need to remember that she is also different from who I am. She needs to blossom and develop in her own direction where God leads her in order to become the person He desires her to be. Too often people focus on what she is capable of doing and they forget to see any other characteristic. She is a cheerful child of strong faith and determination. She is a lover of dance, theater, music, art, poetry, and gymnastics. She has a kind and helpful heart with an ambition to lead others closer to God. I need to reassure and embrace her needs as she grows. Thank you for sharing this post and helping others embrace their children's uniqueness. We need to embrace our treasures - these gifts from God.

  11. My oldest is 3 and he has Apraxia of speech and it is sometimes hard to see him through all the therapy work and the acting out due to communication frustrations, but he has come so far in a year and I am determined to focus on that rather than all the work we still have ahead. Blessings, Lara

  12. Wow, this can be difficult for me cause I'm a just do it this way and let's be done with it kind of a person. Often I struggle with just letting my kiddos express who they are (whether good or bad in "my book") because I just want it done my way. I could release these precious five little butterflies by simply saying, "Lord, they were yours to begin with. Just help me to move out of the way so that you can mold them how you desire." I just need to move over and trust Him.

  13. What a beautiful analogy, of releasing the butterflies. each of my 4 boys are so different. God has a beautiful plan for each of them, I need to remember to celebrate their differences!

  14. Kris,
    I know exactly what you mean---I experience this most keenly when my 4-year-old insists on doing something herself. ;) In fact, I'm writing a blog post on just exactly that topic. It really is challenging to let go and let them be, isn't it?

  15. Lara,
    Yes! Sometimes I feel utterly defeated when it comes to my special needs kid---it seems like the road ahead of him is impossible, it's too full of obstacles. It helps me sometimes to read some of my old blog posts, because I can look back and literally see how far he's come. He really has come so far.

  16. Wendy,
    Sometimes I want to walk around with a sign on me that says "I'm weird." Because I am and I think that's a good thing. As a society we spend so much time pointing out the similarities and stomping out the differences. Differences can be a beautiful thing.

  17. Ladies,
    Thank you all for sharing your stories. You are all beautiful and so are your children. {hugs}

  18. i , but my first is the one i am currently trying to find how to release him. he is unsure about his faith and is annd is very angry. i hope to see God give him a dream soon that he can fullfill.

  19. it cut off the first part of my comment, i said i have 4...BUT

  20. I've been thinking about this ever since I read your first post. I have three girls, each with distinctly different personalities. It's a joy to watch them develop and see what God has planned for each of them. I hope to blog about it and link up with your series.

  21. Sara-
    I'd be happy to have you link-up with us, Sara!

  22. Mandy-
    Oops! Technology can be so finicky! I'll pray for your son. It's so hard to stand by and watch them struggle. {hugs}

  23. As a mom of 4, all adopted with 3 different birth families, and very different circumstances, I have had to work hard to make sure I'm meeting the needs of each of my kids. I loved your post about releasing each of our kids to be their best unique self! Thanks for this great reminder!

  24. Thank you for asking us to read your post. I had never heard of this disease until today. I am "releasing the butterflies" by using a virtual school for my children. I know that all of my children are different and cannot be put in a box.

  25. I'm preparing my mind to homeschool two of my three kiddos next year. Seeking to combine as much as I can while still letting them be the individuals that they are.

  26. my boy has the cocoon of ADHD. by helping him learn to self-govern, I can release my butterfly.

  27. Kate,
    Congratulations on teaching your kiddos! I think you'll find that certain subjects work really well for "togetherness" and others have to be approached more independently. Wishing you luck in feeling your way around.

  28. Marcy,
    Your boy has a wonderful mama.

  29. I can give them more time in their day to be themselves and pursue their own interests. I can also give them more freedom to pursue their school interests instead of what I think they should study.

  30. I have 7 children, 3 of whom are out of the house now, 4 of whom are really young. I feel I didn't do a really good job with the older 3 and really want to make sure I am allowing these 4 younger ones to be individuals, especially trying to make sure I realize this as we are homeschooling these little ones.


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