TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT!!! ;)

Hi everyone…. I have some questions & comments…. goooood afternoon!! 🙂 

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So, you may have heard…. we’re planning a book tour…. not like planning to lose 60 pounds or planning the perfect wedding… this is happening!! So we have gotten tons of followers on this blog, which is awesome! BUT…. we still haven’t found all of our venues and we have never had a comment on the blog. SO… what should we do? Those of you who are following us, what would make you comment??  I mean, I am perfectly capable of writing something controversial to get people talking, but that’s not really what we have in mind…lol.  So, if there are topics you want hear about, think about, talk about…LET ME KNOW. Thanks!!!

We have thought long and hard about having a Paypal “Donate” button on our blog. What do you think?

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We are totally ready and willing to rough it, eat Top Ramen, sleep in the car, etc…. but we have to have gas right? Yes, our husbands are on board, but we really don’t know what types of expenses may pop up out there on the open road. We both have houses full of kids and I’d hate to take away from them, so we see people putting donation buttons on things all the time and we are simple girls! What if every person who thinks we rock gave $1?  That’s easy right?   Anyway, we thought the button can’t hurt….. so there it is. If you can spare a buck, great! If not, we still love you…. and we understand you’re saving up to buy books!! 🙂

Image  We are not going on a pleasure trip…. although we will have a great time!

 

Image Hopefully, we sell books along the way!  🙂

 

Image I am ready to go!!!!!!!!!!!!   But we need places to go to!!  If you know of a venue that seems perfect for us, please let us know! Coffee shops, book stores, church groups, etc. 🙂   Locations in or around San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, New York, Dallas, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Boston, Chicago….I’m missing some…. where’s my map?! 🙂

Possible blog topics for the future….

Who would be interested in a thirty-day exercise in anything; writing a book, losing twenty pounds, redecorating a room…etc?

What to do when your child disowns you

Who wants to get their Masters in Creative Writing WITH me??  There’s still time….

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I just got some final sketches on The Quiet Republican today from my illustrator Lindsay Schaub Graves!!!  How will I wait??!!!!!   So excited!!

ch

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Being A Mother… Is HARD.

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My title may seem to be an understatement, an obvious piece of rhetoric that could be mistaken for sarcasm. But what it really is, is a cold, undeniable, fact. Being a mother is hard. 

I have an idea, let’s be responsible for another human being. Wait, say again, let’s be responsible for several other human beings. But let’s not just see that they survive, let’s really ingest their every whim, their pain and their passion, their mistakes and their successes. Let’s, we mothers pretend we can control and that we in fact are in control of everything. Every. Thing.

Every time they cry or fall or swear or take a breath, let’s feel it, hear it, breath it in with them and cry harder and louder and longer.

Let’s try a billion things, a billion times and fail. Let’s try again.

Even the good things, the poignant memories, the fantastic accomplishments, are soul crushing and bittersweet, because they are all steps taken away from us, against us, without us. Their new friends are not us, their favorite teachers are not us, their new babies and new houses and new jobs are all not ours or even with us in mind. But these are our babies.

So let’s watch, during the 86,400 instances in each day, let’s watch and wait and worry and wonder and weep, forever. Not for five years or twelve or eighteen or twenty-one years. Forever. From before they are born until after they may be gone, the ache, the draw, the magnetic tug on our ankles in the sand will always be our children.

Near or far, good or bad. On the very best of days, being anyone’s mother, is hard.

ch

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