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I’m not making a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference about the meaning of life. I am simply stating my age, as my daughter is more than happy to remind me nearly daily. Not to say that I am old, because she is also quick to say that she is not saying I’m old, she just knows how old I am, and she has decided she needs to tell me so, every day.

So, when I opened her backpack this morning (I never get around to it on Friday afternoons, particularly not now that it’s May and we are counting down the days to the end of the school year), I was not all that shocked to find an “All About Mom” sheet in there with my age plastered right across the top.

First line: My mom is *blank* years old. Yes, we get it. It’s so cute when they say “13” or “100” or “cupcakes” or whatever. Somewhat less cute when they’re accurate, though.

But, I have to admit there is something rather endearing about first-grade spellings. I know these words come from her heart, and I don’t mean to poke fun, so I am sharing this in the spirit of adorableness, not in the spirit of let’s laugh at my kid’s terrible spelling. She did great, and I understood all of what she was saying (I am her mother, after all), but there are a couple that may be confusing if you’re not me: The best thing I cook (according to my seven year old) is sammy patties, aka salmon patties. And, I am special because I am awesome.

Not a bad way to start the week, that’s for sure.

Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!All About Mom



The First Rule.

The first rule of blogging is you do not talk about bloggingblogging club. No, wait. That’s fight club.

The first rule of blogging is consistency. Or, maybe it’s the second rule, but it’s up there, I’m sure of it. Anyway, back to the rule. Consistency. I recently attended a meeting of our local writers’ group where I facilitated our session on blogging. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m not exactly a pro at this. I usually just write about what I’m thinking about at the time, and I write as and when I think about it. I’m far from consistent. But, I like rules, so I’m trying to follow this one by posting now. I want to engage you, the reader, consistently and often, so that you’ll be interested in me, the writer, and maybe one day buy my stuff. If I ever have anything finished and for sale.

Speaking of buying my stuff…

(Cue cheesy music and game-show announcer voice) Mother’s Day is coming up – Sunday, May 14th, here in the US – and have I got a book for you! (and the crowd goes wild!)

Last year, I was honored to be part of the second volume of Lisa Ferland’s Knocked Up Abroad series, titled Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists and turns around the globe. It’s a series of anthologies with stories of parenting joys and challenges while living in a culture foreign to one’s own. The locations may not be familiar and they may have their own specific cultural nuances, but the feelings evoked by these experiences are shared by parents the world over.

KUAA Ch 12 PicMy contribution consists of my first-born’s birth story intertwined with my experience of being pregnant in Abu Dhabi. As with most of my writing, it’s told through the lens of humor. There are several heartwarming and engaging stories of love, loss, and parenting in unexpected ways told within by talented authors whom I’ve come to know and enjoy over the last twelve months.

If you’re looking for a heartfelt gift to give to your mother, or someone else’s mother, or anyone who enjoys stories about parenting, for Mother’s Day, Knocked Up Abroad Again is a great choice. You can find links to the book and ebook by visiting my Amazon author page.

So, that’s today’s thought: consistency and self-improvement through self-promotion. I’m going to do what I love and attempt to be more consistent about it. I’m also going to try not to get so bogged down with following the rules. So, who knows, maybe I won’t be very consistent. You’ll just have to follow me and see.



Gratuitous and Shameless

So, all this recent talk about the Kickstarter project for our upcoming book, Knocked Up Abroad Again, has got me “feeling all the feels,” as the kids are saying these days (if you haven’t checked out the Kickstarter page yet, go do that now, then come back and finish reading…I’ll wait *cues hold music*).

I started going through some pictures of when my kiddos were just little (I mean, they still are, but I’m talking about when they were really little). So, I thought I’d share some snapshots of their overwhelming cuteness from back in the day.

Here are a few of J’s first year and a bit:

And now, here’s Boots:

And here they are together! Cuteness overload!

So, there you have it. A gratuitous display of the cuteness of my children designed specifically to get you to feel all the feels.

And, now for the truly shameless bit. We are in day three of our Kickstarter campaign for Knocked Up Abroad Again. It’s all or nothing. We need to reach our goal in order for this book baby to make its way out into the world.

We need your support to make that happen.

“We” are 26 mothers who have fearlessly and proudly written about our experiences of pregnancy and motherhood around the globe. I know many of my friends and family can relate to the fears and excitement of the prospect of bringing a new baby into the world, wherever that may be. The 26 women who’ve contributed to this book want to share our stories with you.

There are many rewards available for those who pledge an amount to support our cause. You can even get your hands on a pre-release copy of the e-Book for just $10!

You can easily share this information with friends and family that you know who may be interested as well – remember, the holidays are coming, and people love a good book to cozy up with!

Finally, thank you to everyone who made it through that. Your time, your support and your clicks mean the world to me.

It’s Time

Knocked Up Abroad Again is LIVE on Kickstarter! Please click the link and check us out!

Watch This Space!

Coming soon on Kickstarter!


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