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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Meeting One of My Favorite Authors!

I get this question A LOT...
How do you stay sane raising five boys?

First thing, I am not sure I am sane!
Second, I work at it, it takes a conscious effort to keep focused on 
my five blessings, gifted to me, to us, and not let the outside noise in.  

One of the ways is by being grateful for all of the moments,
even the smallest most ordinary, plain jane (ok jack in my case) 
moments...the ones that are so easy to miss.

Every week I link up to Ann Voskamp's Multitude on Mondays,
{I call it Our Wonder*filled Week} 
the author of the beautiful life-changing, 
 One Thousand Gifts and today I got to MEET HER!!! 
She had a book signing about 30 minutes from here.  

I didn't mention it sooner because I wasn't sure I could make it happen.
I had to take E with me, after karate and religious ed.

Matt encouraged me to go even though it meant he was alone 
again this week in the dinnertime/bathtime/bedtime routine.  
He is so good at that time, lots of giggles and roughhousing.  

Ethan was super good waiting in line to meet the amazing mama of six. 
Being his ever competitive self he said..."aww she has one more kid than us."
Only he would be upset about not having more brothers!
{One Thousand Gifts:  a dare to live FULLY right where you are}

We chatted with her manager? about a One Thousand Gifts for Kids.
after I told him Ethan and I talked about the foundation of the book on the way over.  It's a good idea!

E of course talked to her probably more than I did.

Of course she was as wonderful in person and just so special.
She was so sweet with us.  Told E having quadruplet brothers
was such a big deal compared to 6 kids!

I thanked her for writing words that I have held on to,
words I need to hear.  
She encouraged me immensely in such a brief interaction.  
This woman has a gift that's for certain.  

Thank you Ann for sharing your life with us so we can live FULLY too!  

{for more info watch this...}

my favorite...
receiving every moment for what it really is holy, ordinary, amazing grace



  1. Lucky!! :o)
    I popped over from Ann's blog. She is a gifted lady.
    Your son's are beautiful.
    God Bless you,

  2. So great you got to meet her... I've slowly been reading through her book... She's one amazing gal - and you are too!

  3. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I STOOD BEHIND YOU IN LINE!!! I am hopping over from Ann's blog, and I never would have guessed that this blog would be belong to my "line buddy!" I love seeing all the faces of the brothers I heard about. They are adorable!!! I'm so excited to keep up with your beautiful family! :) Say hello to my fellow oldest sibling, Ethan! I'm definitely giving thanks for meeting and talking to both of you. :)


I so appreciate your sweet thoughts and thank you for sharing. I always try to reply whether it be to your email or on one of your blog posts! Wishing you a wonder*filled day! Michelle

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