A Healthy Baby

In the past, whenever I heard someone say something like “I don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl, I just want a healthy baby”, I was a little bit annoyed. Okay, a lot annoyed. You see, I wasn’t nearly that mature. I cared a lot. Of course, I wanted a healthy baby, but I also wanted a girl. For some reason, I had always envisioned myself being an all-girl mama. I’m a girly-girl. I know about dolls and ribbons and hair and clothes and know nothing about trucks and cars and spiderman. So when I went in for my first 20-week ultrasound, I was certain–without a doubt– that I was having a girl. I was wrong. I confess, it took me some time to get used to the idea of having a boy, but once I held my son, I didn’t care anymore. I adored him. Then, I got pregnant again. And, just because I adored my son didn’t mean my yearning for a girl was any less. In fact, that time, I was terrified. I had nightmares about having quadruplet boys and ending up getting pregnant 17 times and has 17 boys. The day before I went in for that ultrasound, I wrote an article for Nickelodeon about how badly I wanted a girl that still rankles people when they read it. Just look at the comments! But I didn’t care. I desperately wanted a girl. And when I found out at my ultrasound that I was pregnant with a girl, I was ecstatic. Fast forward almost four years and I have both a boy and...

My 2011 Blog Theme

I got an email from Jody Hedlund the other day. She was responding to a comment I had made on her blog about blogging themes and asked me (very nicely) why I wasn’t blogging about pregnancy and parenting and life as a Christian mama…since that’s what my books and life are all about right now. I read her email and wondered the exact same thing. And then I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it first. I mean, my books are about Christian parenting. My life is as a Christian parent right now. So why am I spending some much time blogging about other things? So, I called my agent Rachelle to discuss the change with her and she also agreed that it’s a great idea. And with that, it’s final. Starting next week, I’m officially a Christian mama blogger. Complete with the cute kid pictures and fingers sticky from doing crafts. Thanks to Jody and Rachelle. You two are amazing. See you...

Back to Life, Back to Marketing

Happy New Year! I’ve taken a loooong break from blogging…but I’m back in full force, ready to blog, blog and blog some more in 2011. I’ve also made a goal to read and check all of my favorite blogs more often… I’ve been feeling distant from y’all and I really want to start reading and connecting more often. So get ready to see my name in your comments box! As I get back into blogging and work and life, my main focus right now is my book release. It releases next month so it’s really getting down to the wire. I’m really excited but I’m also nervous… I really want to do a good job with author marketing but I confess I don’t really know where to even start. Which is where you guys come in. I’ve been scouring your blogs and author pages trying to figure out exactly what I need to do as a new author to build a marketing platform. Here are a few things I’ve learned: 1. Author Jody Hedlund wrote this great post on marketing without making eyes roll. I love what she has to say about marketing through relationships. 2. My agent Rachelle Gardner wrote this post on the basics of marketing, which has given me some great ideas to get started. 3. I’ve been working on planning a book release party, and I confess, I totally copied Jody Hedlund on this one. She wrote this post on a successful release party and I’m trying to follow her advice to a T. That said, those of you who live in Austin, be on...
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