If you follow my blog, you may have read a couple of my posts titled "A Homeschool Mom's Devotional #1 & #2". That was the beginning of a new project, and I'm now ready to jump in feet first and put some hard work into said project. So my not-so-big announcement is...I am writing my second book. My first book was a 6-week Bible study for homeschooling mothers, available as an e-book or in print edition. This book will be a devotional for women who homeschool, and I hope to make it available in print and for the Kindle.
Now that I have officially made the announcement via my blog that I am writing another book, I should probably ask myself if I have misplaced my mind. After all, I'm a busy homeschool mom who will have 3 high school daughters and 1 middle school daughter next year (plus my son will be a college sophomore). Oh, and did I mention my husband and I head up our church's youth group...and next summer the youth will take a mission trip to Mexico...which we need to plan from start to finish? (Having done this before I know EXACTLY what it takes to prepare for this mission trip.) And I will have a senior in high school next year...and pulling off a homeschool graduation is a daunting task, as mama who is already teacher also becomes guidance counselor. Those college applications are actually a lot of work, and not just for the student!
After thinking about it for a moment, I have decided that I have not misplaced my mind. In fact, the most sane thing for me to do at this point in my life is to write another book. Because the Lord is calling me to write this book, and the safest place to be, the only place I ever want to be, is smack dab in the center of His will.
So here is my plan (which may or may not pan out, since I'll leave the final plan to God): I am kicking off my book writing madness today on my blog with a fun giveaway. This giveaway doesn't have a million conditions, I don't expect you to follow my blog or like something on Facebook or Tweet about my book, etc. (Not that those are bad things; they are simply not things that fit with the purpose of my blog). The only condition is that you leave me a comment containing your name (so I can contact you if you are the winner) and something that has been a source of encouragement to you as a homeschooling mother, which is fitting since the purpose of my blog is to encourage moms who homeschool! So tell me about a book, a favorite Bible verse, a speaker you heard at a convention, a fellow homeschooling mom, etc. and you will be entered for a chance to win a copy of Ann Voskamp's terrific book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. If you haven't heard of Ann Voskamp, she is a down-to-earth mother of 6 who also happens to homeschool. And her book will open your eyes to things you haven't seen before.
This giveaway will end on May 17th, 2012, so leave me a comment!
Watch for further updates on my progress and for more fun giveaways. And I will give away a second copy of One Thousand Gifts when the book is finished - and I hope to be finished by the end of August.
To see a fellow homeschool mother's Ann Voskamp giveaway, click HERE.
You can read my post "A Homeschool Mom's Devotional #1" HERE.
And devotional #2 can be found HERE.
Good luck and happy homeschooling!
Day 179 done :)
Jan L. Burt