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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Humble Thank You. And a Giveaway.

Wow. I just firstly want to thank y'all, from way down deep in my heart.  To each and every one of you who read my Dear Mom on the iPhone, I Get It post, commented on it, shared it on Facebook, linked to it on your blog, emailed it to your friends, read it to your small group, told me your own Mom-on-the-iPhone stories, or just said Thank you or Well done or Bravo!, thank you so, so much. I've been completely blown away by your response.  If I never write another thing anyone ever reads again, I'll still die happy that so many of us found a bit of freedom in those words.

Secondly, I want to share something else exciting that happened last Wednesday, making one of the most rewarding days I've ever had as a blogger even better.

Last week, something I wrote got (wheeze) published. In a book, y'all. A book with a cover.  And by cover, I mean an actual cover, not my usual one made of folded construction paper with staples in the crease.

Yes. My words and my name, in a book.  This book.



In Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms, fifty mothers -- from new moms to seasoned moms, one of them being, um, me (gulp) -- share their most memorable moments. From the hilarious to the heartbreaking, these stories reveal the depth of a mother's love and her delight at wearing the title of Mom.

Also featured in the book are stories by Sophie Hudson (BooMama) and Melanie Shankle (BigMama) and many other notable bloggers, authors and fellow moms with whom I'm delighted and humbled to share space.

(Listen y'all, to be honest, I was a little shocked when author Nancy Kennedy emailed to see if I'd contribute to the book, but I thought it best not to ask too many questions lest it be discovered that I'm, you know, me, while the rest of these women are actual writers and stuff.) (And lo and behold, the book's been published and no one is apparently the wiser, because I've checked a couple hundred times, and my piece is actually in there.) (Exhale.)

Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms 
Book Giveaway

And so, to say thanks for everything you did and said and shared with me last week, I'm giving away two copies of Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms. To win one of the books*, please just leave a comment telling me what to feed my kids for breakfast this morning, because I'm flat out of ideas.  Or anything else you'd like to tell me, I'm not picky.  You can enter until Sunday, March 17 at 11:59 PM.


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Good luck, y'all, and thanks again.

*These books are coming directly from the book's publisher, Leafwood Publishers, and I have not and will not be compensated for reviewing or contributing to the book. Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms is also available for sale via Amazon.com.

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48 comments:

  1. Cinnamon rolls. Because that is what I fancy right now too, now you got me thinking about food and all. I live over the ocean, of course, but PLEASE let me enter because I really want to see you in print! I am SO PROUD of you all!

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  2. SOOOOOooooo excited for YOU! I know exactly how you feel--I have a piece in a collaborative work--a book with a cover, too!--and it is a beautiful step in our blogging evolution.

    Proud of you, your voice, and the way you twirl words together. <3

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  3. p.s. Grits. Feed 'em grits. With butter and cheese and maybe a drip or two of milk. Southern roots and all ;).

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  4. What an awesome, awesome honor to be in a book! Congrats!!! :)

    If I were child, I would want French toast! ;)

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  5. What an awesome thing!!! Congratulations!!! :) Thanks For the wonderful giveaway!!!

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  6. Breakfast burritos! We made up a whole bunch of them (eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, salsa, etc), put each one in an ziploc, froze them all. Pop them in the microwave and YUMMO!

    But CONGRATS on the book - wouldn't Mizzz Rivers' be proud. I mean hand on her hips proud??? Well I am proud of you, me!

    Hugs Marie

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  7. LOVE when words make a book!!! yay you!! and that iphone/mom post? EPIC my friend!!

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  8. Congratulations to you!!!! Loved the compassion of that post, and the good news about one of your pieces being published!
    Nancy

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  9. Cinnamon roll pancakes. I haven't tried them yet but they look pretty delicious!

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  10. I am so proud of you. Beyond proud.

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  11. Megan ... Oh my word. Your story about Purse-zilla in the book is priceless! You don't need to enter me in your drawing, as I'm holding one of my own today over at my place, but I couldn't resist waving hello and telling you how much I appreciate you, your writing voice and your heart. I'm so glad God made you.

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  12. String cheese, because...why not. :) Loved your post and so glad to be here now. Congrats on your inclusion in a Real Book! I'd be giddy, too. Go ahead on, girl.

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  13. Waffles with Nutella spread. . .mmmmm. . ..

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  14. Whatever you can get them to eat in time before you have to leave the house. At least, that's me most mornings. :)

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  15. I'm not surprised at all to hear your wonderful news - your writing is simply beautiful and a pleasure to read! Congratulations!
    How about vanilla yogurt & granola for breakfast. No cooking required. :)

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  16. congratulations! So very happy for you! clap, clap, clap!
    and for breakfast Belgian waffles with honey, with a side of rasberry yogurt.

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  17. Peanut Butter toast and banana slices with iced cold milk to drink.

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  18. Scrambled eggs and toast. Easy, fast and tasty!

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  19. This morning we had eggs with spinach and waffles with maple syrup. Greens and sweets. All sides were happy.

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  20. My kids love oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes! Or dry cereal :)

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  21. A great fall back quick breakfast is frozen waffles spread with peanut butter and jelly. Makes a good afternoon snack too.
    And, WOW! So excited for you to be published. That's awesome, and you definitely are worthy. You darlin' are a REAL WRITER! Love to you and yours...

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  22. Pancakes smothered in peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and bananas (or chocolate syrup and bananas if you're feeling extra indulgent) rolled up into a convenient, easy-to-carry package. Done and Done. :)

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  23. Cheese quesadillas are quick and easy and portable, The kids like them even when they are not steaming hot anymore so they can be made up as the little ones sleep and then they're good to go when they get up.

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  24. Thank you SO much for your Iphone post. Breakfast ideas: English Muffin with jelly or apple butter, Nutri Grain Eggo with peanut butter, oatmeal

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  25. That is AWESOME! SO excited for you :)

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  26. Well, I don't have kids yet (due in July!), so I really don't know what to suggest as breakfast food. My husband's favorite breakfast from childhood is soft boiled eggs and toast, so maybe that? But that book sounds amazing, congrats!

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  27. Well, you can be like me and offer dry Life cereal in a to-go cup. :)
    Might have felt guilty about that, but I just read your post to the cell phone mom, so I'm all good :)

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  28. My new fave right now is Baked Oatmeal. Seriously, so easy! Prepare the night before, cut into squares and get Dad to hand 'em out in the morning while Mom gets extra shut-eye!

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  29. Bacon and muffins. Or bacon muffins. Or just bacon.

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  30. Congratulations! Isn't it exciting seeing your name in a book!!! We have self published our own book "4x4 Routes of Western Montana" take a look at our web site at www.montana4x4trails.com. I'd love to win a copy of your book.

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  31. Turkey bacon and waffles. Always a hit in my house! Congrats on being published! And I just found your blog through a friend sharing your iphone post, and I am so glad I did!

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  32. Bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel is a treat in our house! Congratulations and I loved the post you were talking about!

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  33. I pray that now you REALLY realize how good you are...and that it is time for you to write your own book...everyone will love it just like they do everything you write. It is time, even if you can only do a paragraph a day. Trust me.

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  34. My girls love pancakes, it's the ultimate favourite that thy actually all agree on.

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  35. Cottage cheese pancakes! They sound strange but they're delicious and packed with protein!

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  36. Krusteaz pancakes - they cook up in the microwave in 1 minute. I'm sure they're not the healthiest option, but with a side of fruit they make my kids very happy:)

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  37. I found an awesome recipe on Pintrest that I have not made yet. If you children love oatmeal and apples... Place sliced apples in the bottom of slow cooker, add cinnamon, cover with two cups of oatmeal (I bought steel cut), walnut if you like nuts, four cups of water. Cook on low overnight and breakfast is ready when you get up. Yum.

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  38. My daughter's fav is Cheesy Grits!!!!

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  39. Let's see, I would serve them fried egg on toast with a good bit of butter and cut up tomato on the side. This is John's current favorite!

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  40. It's gotta be chocolate chip pancakes with real maple syrup! Congratulations on finding yourself in a book. I know that I would be thrilled!!

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  41. When short on time, refrigerator biscuits rolled around in cinnamon sugar then baked. My boys can't get enough of them right now. Or, when you have more time and because no one in my house likes eggs and I have to sneak them in, oven pancakes. (Betty Crocker) 2 eggs, half cup each milk and white flour (doesn't work as well with wheat,) and half a tsp salt. Mix it up, pour in a pie plate that has had a tbsp of butter melted in it, and bake for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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  42. My kids love these scones:
    http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/11/dream-a-little-dream-of-scone/
    except I use whole-wheat flour for half of the flour 'cause that's how we roll.

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  43. I woke up with every intention of making pancakes, but the boys said they wanted Cocoa Puffs. So the cereal won!

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  44. Homemade waffles! That's my son's favorite :)

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  45. I'm doing my usual Friedokra catch up and I see that so many great things have been happening in such a short amount of time. Congrats, my friend. Looks like I have a new book to buy...totally awesome!!

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