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Friday Giveaway: Blessings-Counting Edition

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Happy Friday, everyone!

On Friday mornings, my husband takes Kidlet to preschool and stays away from the house to work until it’s time to pick him up — which means that I am alone in the house from about nine until twelve-thirty.

I am almost never alone in the house, because Kidlet is almost always home, and when he’s not, it’s usually because either (a) he’s at preschool and I’m at the coffee shop (I do the Tuesday/Thursday dropoffs) or (b) he’s with his dad but it’s my turn to exercise, so I’m off on a run or something.

It’s so quiet. These Friday mornings — they’re really great.

I’ve noticed a lot of people counting blessings this month on Facebook and Twitter. I’m not sure what they’re up to, but I appreciate the reminder to be grateful. Here are a few of mine—

I had a great week. I’m revising my current manuscript and feeling grateful that the book is coming into clearer focus, and that it’s starting to seem more like a book and less like some random scenes I plunked down on the page for no particular reason.

Library Journal chose About Last Night as one of their year-end “Best of E-Book Romance” picks, which is a real thrill.

One of my favorite people established a relationship with one of my other favorite people (and I got to play matchmaker).

I got final formatted files on my April novella release from Samhain, a final cover on my January novella with Loveswept, and I think two of my 2013 books are going to go up for preorder in the next few days.

I’m grateful for all that. And also for how quiet my house is right now.

And also for photos of attractive men with pudgy babies. They’re not so bad, either.


What are you grateful for this week? Comment to enter for a chance at a $10 gift certificate from Amazon, B&N, or iTunes. I’ll choose one random comment tomorrow morning and notify the winner by email.

14 thoughts on “Friday Giveaway: Blessings-Counting Edition

  1. I am grateful that my heel spur is gone. I can WALK again. Just in time for the holidays, cuz I know I’ll be walking a lot. I am really thankful all my family is healthy this year.

  2. I’m grateful for the IDF- Israel Defense Forces that are trying to keep us safe in what looks like another war here.
    I’m grateful I don’t live in the south part of Israel since rockets are being fired at them all day long.
    I’m grateful I have so many books to read in order to take my mind of all the problems here and most of all I’m grateful my family and friends are all safe and I hope it will stay this way.

      1. Thank you so much 🙂
        I’m lucky I live far enough (for now at least) from the rockets but I still worry for friends and family that are in the army and live in the south part of Israe.

  3. I’m nearly always thankful for my family, friends, and of course, books. And this week I’m especially thankful for DH because he’s walking the kids to school this morning, in the rain. And he took care of the dead rodent on the driveway… That’s love 🙂

  4. I’m grateful for having a roof over my head and soon will have food in my fridge (need to go shopping). I grateful to have a good book to read. I’m grateful for my children, because they are highly entertaining. I’m thankful for good friends who can calm me down when there is a crisis. I’m grateful for my husband who is full surprises.

  5. I keep a gratitude journal…in the bathroom (I have my own private bath in my bedroom). Its the only room where nobody barges in on me and there’s one of those fans in the lighting fixture that drowns out any sibling bickering going on down the hall. Its truly like a separate world when I go in there and I can actually hear myself think in the quiet. And in those quiet moments I can think about what I’m grateful for:

    -my amazing, creative, genius children who I thankfully can’t hear arguing over the TV
    -my job (I teach screenwriting at an art college) where I get to inspire and be inspired by the next generation of media makers
    -and the fact my job (which is only 20 hrs/week full time!!) allows me to afford my lifestyle while pursuing my passion, which is writing children’s media
    -and finally, that I have the best sistah circle of talented, brave, awe-inspiring women surrounding me. One of whom told me earlier this year that I just had to read this eBook by this new writer Ruthie Knox!

  6. I’m grateful that my husband and I are still in love, that I’ve managed to stay off sugar for over two years, that I have a wonderful child who gives me great hugs. Also that there are no rockets going off near me. 🙁

  7. I am always thankful for my family. We are always there for each other. I am also thankful for my pets. They can make me smile with the silly things they do. I am also thankful daily for the maker’s of my blood thinners the prevent me from having more life threatening clots.

  8. I am thankful that my DH, who has Stage 4 Lymphoma Cancer, is still alive and going. We have been married for almost 39 years, and love each other more every day. I am also thankful for our 3 dogs (girls) who are like our kids, and my brother and his family.

  9. What wonderful comments! Some really touching thankfulness above.

    My thanks this week is not nearly so profound. We had some toddler-related water damge (bath time got a little out of control for 3yo while I was averting disaster with the 17mo). Our wonderful insurance company is COVERING the damage!

    HUSB: you’re sure? You cover toddler-related water damage? (really, he just called as a formality, not expecting they’d cover anything).

    LIBERTY MUTUAL: Yes, we’ll cover all the damage minus you’re deductible.

    HUSB: Uh, okay. Awesome.

    After a full week of fans and dehumidifyers running on both levels of our house, we are all dried out and ready for restoration work. Insurance co. cut us a check, and we are feeling very blessed and praying that folks with Sandy-related water damage have equally helpful insurance companies!

  10. I got a great haircut today and I’m very grateful for it. I’ve been going to the same hairdresser for 20 years now so he’s an old friend and it always makes my day happy when I see him.

  11. I’m grateful to be home after a long trip, curled up in bed, listening to the rain fall, and cuddled next to a purring kitty.

  12. I’m grateful to be back home after an English teachers conference in Las Vegas — the whole time I was there, I kept channeling the Grinch: “The noise, noise noise noise noise.” I’m so blessed to live where I can hear tree leaves blowing and bird song!

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