Tuesday, May 15

Giveaway Winner and the Beauty of Honesty

Morning Friends,

     Hope you all are well in whatever neck of the woods you hail from! Buffalo is sunny and warm and birds are chirping everywhere today...a good day to tackle life.

    It's a good thing too, because I needed an extra boost today. Ever feel like the stuff of life is just coming at you left and right?!  I was talking to an older mom at a women's dinner at our church last night. She was recalling life when her kids were younger (they're in their 30's now) and said,

    "Boy, some days, the pace, I felt like I was almost hyperventilating"

     Yes. Yes. Yes!  Thanks for being honest!

     That's what I love about honest stories from honest moms about their real lives.

     That's why I always try to be pretty honest here...

     So yes, between family get togethers and Ava getting sick (the flu which turned into an ear infection, pneumonia and a trip to urgent care where the poor kid got stuck with an IV (and mommy almost passed out!), on top of a busy season in which I spent many hours on a devotional project for our church (which turned out beautifully and was handed out to 2,000 women on Mother's Day...something I could have never done without the support of such a great church!), all added to a husband's busy job, Bible studies, spring yard clean up and the other stuff of life...

     Phew...I'm ready for a trip to the tropics and a big frozen strawberry beverage with an umbrella and a straw handed to me by wait staff (Not happening any time soon...a woman can dream, can't she?!).

     But, as I mentioned in my last post as I was talking about Tracey Bianchi's book Mom Connection, I think so many of us our in this same boat together...the marathon of motherhood! I don't know about you, but I've only run 1/2 a marathon and I was tired, but exhilarated at the end.

     I think the same thing goes for our parenting...it's hard work, it's hard to breathe sometimes, we want to check out of the race and into tropical paradise, but we must keep pressing on and it will be worth it in the end. 

     And, as the book says, it's important we slow down enough to make deep connections in the process...something I'm consciously working on after having read that.

     Which leads me to my next thought...a winner for the giveaway!

     You should know this winner was picked VERY scientifically...

     I wrote everyone's name on scraps of paper, multiple times for those of you who followed me on google, or FB or twitter, I put all of the pieces of paper in one of our Dollar Store popcorn buckets and viola...

     Ava picked Amelia Rhodes!!! 

     Congrats Amelia! Sending the book your way! 

     Thanks to the rest of you for taking the time to leave comments...and, I had so much fun with this giveaway that I picked up a few other fun prizes to give away in the weeks to come....keep a look out!

     Hugs to you all on your marathons of motherhood!!

      Keep up the honesty...it's the only thing that keeps us all (or me, anyways!) sane!!!

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