First off, let me just thank Y’all for bearing with me as I’ve tapped out my words on the itty-bitty screen of my cell phone for the last two weeks. This move has taken a toll! 😉
|Lisha and I at FCWC|
So, what I’ve been wanting to write all week is this about this awesome little blog hop. About two weeks ago one of my sisters of my heart, Lisha Epperson asked me if I would be interesting in sharing my little piece of cyberspace on this blog hop. As so very much as I wanted too, I was smack dab in the middle of moving (que packing tape and pizza boxes) and had to decline. But then I was blessed to be asked by the awesome Kerrilee Aggatte to jump in and this time I was better able to say YES!! Little did I know that my new internet would be such a little bugger to get going, but none the less, here I am! Now, not only am I lucky enough to be asked to join in, but I met BOTH of these amazing women at the Faith Culture Writing Conference this spring. Let me tell you, my world was a happier place!
So, the joy of this little hop-a-long is to tell the world a skoshe about your blog and share the blogging love to some of your fav writers (that’s the best part!). Below you will find some pics an a little info of some women how have made an impact in my life and on this great big web. Stop by their sites and give ’em a bit ‘o love, would ya!
Okay, so a few questions I’ve been asked to answer. Here goes!
1) What am I writing or working on?
Well right now I’ve been taking a bit of a breather. Last fall I published my first book, No Maybe Baby, which is a bit about our journey through infertility and foster-adoption. This one was a gut-wrencher. It’s honest and truthful, and a bit raw, but that’s what infertility is, you know? Then just a couple weeks ago I made a switch from big publishing and self published my second book, Fearfully Made. This one is a novel that, as my favorite reader review says is “chic lit with substance”. I love to write about women’s issues, especially revolving around faith, motherhood, infertility and adoption. I’m always working to make this site a better resource and hopefully a breath of fresh air to those that stop by and visit.
Other than writing, I’m working on being intentional, in everything I do. To pray first and follow my heart. To live by faith and embrace myself in grace.
2) How does my work differ from others in it’s genre?
Hmmmm, that’s a toughy. I think the biggest difference is I tend to talk about things that may seem a bit taboo. I’m okay picking through the tough issues and laying it all on the line. I’m a BIG believer in grace, grace and more grace. When you sprinkle a bit of faith in there and a whole lot of prayer, I think you can find where you need to be. I talk about my struggles in hope that other’s can know they’re not alone and I talk about my crazy world because who doesn’t need a laugh now and then?
And I’m not good following the rules. In fact I’m pretty sure I’m doing everything wrong when it comes to this whole blogging thing. Every. Single. Thing. *Sigh* Oh well.
3) Why do I write about what I do?
I write about life. What I live, what I see, what I hope and what I dream. I (try to) write about things that others can relate to because when it all comes down to it-we’re in this mad-dash of living and breathing together. Sometimes my words get ahead of me and I hit that publish button too soon. When I started writing it was to build a better resource for other women struggling with infertility and it has grown from there. What began as personal account of my journey instead turned into a book and this place became an opportunity for me to stretch my faith and figure out what exactly it is I’m doing with this life I’ve been given. And really, when it all comes down to it, writing is cheaper than therapy. (And with 4 kids, there’s not enough therapy or chocolate in the world 😉
4) How does my writing process work?
Remember when you were in high school and you had to write an outline for your papers? I’m the girl that wrote my paper first and the outline last. Hence what I said about following the rules. My process is fluid. And by fluid I mean that I may be dry for a few days and then suddenly the words just pour out of me. Or I may write three posts in one day and then take a bit of a hiatus. I’m not good at scheduling out my posts. I don’t sketch out a story line for my books. I just write. When I am, where I am, and (mainly) no regrets. I don’t do rough drafts. I do sitting cross legged on my couch with kids running in and out and the TV on above the chaos. I do propped up on pillows by the light of my cell phone because there’s something rolling around in my heart that just needs to make it’s way onto the page. I don’t do pencil. Never have, never will. Don’t ask me why.
Okay, now for the cool part: here’s a few amazing bloggers that you really need to check out!
Kim Adam is like my twin across the country. We share so much of the same story when it comes to adoption and I have had the absolute pleasure of co-leading an (in)Courage group for adoptive mammas with her. Short story: she’s the bomb. Here’s a little bit about her:
Christ-follower, wife to my sweetheart, 3 amazing daughters to call me Mom. Bookworm, Just Dance champ, blogger-in-training writer, recovering perfectionist/control freak, and procrastinator extraordinaire. I write about my journey through this thing called life here in my little corner of the blogosphere.
There are few people you jump up an run across the room for. The cool thing is that I did just that for not only Karrilee and Lisha, but also Rebekah Ellis. This woman has some pretty stellar writing also. And she’s a swim mamma who can spell out faith in her words. Here’s a bit about Rebekah:
is an artist with words, a complicated but content wife, and a joyful Mama. She is
a report developer, finder of Start Buttons, and slayer of computer malware by
day and a
photographer, determined gardener, knitter, and mischievous rule-breaking cook
She has a deep hunger to know the heart of God and continually finds herself at
feet asking for more patience and endurance to run the race He has set before
hopes her life will be a testament to the wonders that God has done for her.
her family live on the rainy side of the Pacific Northwest where she writes
with the desire
to help others find joy and grace in life’s deserts at Three Bees in a Blue
Bonnet – her accidental
blog named after one of her first cars. You can also find her gallivanting
other social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
My final (I know, sad) awesome blogger is another woman who shares a similar story to mine, this on the infertility side. Jennifer Kostick is a mamma who has suffered great loss and knows great joy. She’s also just released her first book, Nothing to Hold But Hope!! Give her a round of applause, yes? Here’s a tidbit about Jennifer: