Dear Melissa Graves,

One week ago at around the time I am composing this post, the unimaginable happened to your family.  I have been thinking and praying for your family since the news broke that evening that your son had been taken by an alligator at Disney.  I prayed harder than I have in some time.  And as hard as I was praying, I am sure it could not hold a candle to your pleas with God.

Here we are, one week later.  I am angry at God for your son not being found healthy.  This is one of those times that make me question so much.

Many times this week I found myself tearing up for you, a total and complete stranger.  Words truly cannot convey how so sorry I am for you and for your husband.

I wondered a few times this week why this was affecting me so differently than so many other horrific stories brought to us daily by the media and I realized, it hits close because it could have just as easily been me.   We were in Disney just a few short months ago.  I remember the joy I had in telling our children we were going to the most magical place on earth.  I remember being excited myself as a 39 year old woman because I knew- at my age- that it really is a magical place where dreams come true and good always wins.

I have tried to think of ways to help your family.  Some small token to let you know that my family felt your loss.  Across this great country of ours, we have felt for you.   We still do.

I have decided to donate several children’s books (classics and new releases) to our local libraries in Lane’s name and honor.  Inside each book, I will have a label explaining that the donation was made to honor Lane Graves, a little boy taken from his family and encouraging the adults reading these books at bedtime to snuggle a little closer and love a little harder.

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I encourage everyone reading this blog to please do the same and comment to me that you are.  I hope this small gesture brings you a smile during this unimaginable time.  To know that your boy is remembered.  He is being thought of and his life is mattered.  That because of your little boy, libraries across the USA (hopefully) will receive numerous donations and that countless parents will read the donation label and will give their little(s) an extra squeeze.  Hug a little harder.  Appreciate a little more what we all take for granted.

Please know that your little boy will be remembered and thought of in Maryland.  And so will you.  I will continue to pray for you and I will forever be sorry this happened to you and your family.

XOXO

Simple Joys…

Someone near and dear sent me these two photos today with the best compliment to go along with them, “Saw this today and thought of you.”   I have to be honest but to some (heck, maybe many of you) that would seem nice and then you’d move on with your day.  To me?  I grinned from ear to ear because there is just so much to love in these pics.

Of course, the main thing, its a free library!  They have to be the sweetest and most fun things I have seen.  Its as though they are little nuggets of innocence scattered over our wild and not-so-innocent world.   I also adore the quite that was painted on the side, “The more you read, the more you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  Not a truer word has been written.  And you all know I love the painting.  I think the more colorful these bad boys are, the better.

I definitely feel that being the steward to one of these is in my future.  As I mentioned before, we don’t really get much traffic my way…  But I still think it is doable.  I have to work to convince my handsome husband that we should build one.  What do they say, “If you build it, they will come.”?

Thanks to my beautiful sister for sending this to me.  Thanks for seeing me when you saw it.  That tells me I am living an authentic life as my authentic self and that you see me.  🙂  Isn’t that what we all want?

XOXO

 

Announcing Sale!

Hey there!  Lots of exciting things are happening as we get ready for SUMMER!  My blog is going to get some much needed attention and posts so I hope you are ready!  Many fun activities for the kiddos that I will be sharing, some updates on me and my weight loss/gain journey, some information on the planner I have been using and how it is helping me organize our family of 6 and of course, updates on the book and its tour and special launches!  I am also looking to have some guest bloggers/writers on here for you guys so if you have a great story to tell or a message you want to get out, send me a comment and we will try to work something out!

Today I wanted to just check in real fast to share some exciting news!  No Cheese Please is on SALE from today until June 30th!!!  This is super exciting and is happening to make room for… wait for it… the launch of No Cheese Please in PAPERBACK being released in July!!!  I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am to be sharing this news today!

Hopefully you will all act fast to get your hardback copy while it is being offered at this special rate.  Please note there is some issue with Amazon shipping and it the combining of shipping is not working.  If you want more than one copy (and I hope you will), feel free to go ahead and purchase on Amazon and I will refund you the shipping.  🙂  Or of course, you can always email your questions and orders direct to DarnWritePublications@gmail.com.

The sale price for the hard back is $17.00 and will be good for June only.  Then it will return to its original cost.

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