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INDIE-giving – Thankful for the small things. (And a giveaway)



When we were first planning this INDIEgiving blogfest, I said to myself easy peasy – I can do this. I’m thankful for so much. But it was really hard to narrow down.

I’m thankful for the option to self publish, for readers, for the Indelibles and the wealth of knowledge within the group. I’m thankful for all my blogging friends, critique partners and beta readers.

But that feels so insignificant when compared to the fact that I have a friend with 3-6 months left to live. Yet, he and his family are finding ways to glorify God through this tough time.

So I’m thankful for life. I’m thankful for health and a place to live and the food on our table. I’m thankful that I believe in a God who is all about grace and mercy, even when our prayers don’t get answered in the way we’d like.

But I’m especially thankful for the little things.

My son’s smile and the hug I get every day. My daughter’s teachers at school, who totally impressed me. My sister, who called yesterday.

The fact that my husband is pushing me completely out of my comfort zone with this huge Thanksgiving party. Gulp. **breathes into paper bag**

For the friends in my life who show me grace and still invest in my friendship even when I’m not the perfect friend.

Small things.

But small things add up, and together, they bring a smile to my face every day.

And for the giveaway!

This is really simple. The sequel to A SPY LIKE ME will be out in the next couple weeks. Yay!

If you haven’t read A SPY LIKE ME yet, use my contact form or leave a note in the comments with your name, email, and preferred file (epub or mobi) and I’ll email it to you!

Here’s the sequel. 🙂

Offer is good until my next blog post.

Make sure to visit everyone posting in the INDIE-giving blogfest. Click here for the links.

For all my friends in the States, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 



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How to survive a traditional thanksgiving.

I’m a fan of parties. I love parties. I love hanging out with my friends.

I especially love them when someone else is hosting the party!

Well, no more.

My dearest husband who I adore has wanted to throw a traditional Thanksgiving for years. And I’m usually like, seriously?

I guess this year he’s serious. It’s actually happening.

**Laura breathes into a brown paper bag**

The invites were sent out and they were hilarious. I keep trying to convince him to write middle grade nonfiction…maybe someday.

He’s all romanticizing the whole ordeal.

I’m like how do we feed forty people? You know how much turkey that is? Have you thought about details? Like drinks? And the fact that it might be snowing? Or raining?

He’s like no problem.

Well, everyone we invited responded enthusiastically. Some will be trying out recipes from the Plimouth Plantation cookbook. That got my husband excited.

I’m thinking. What if we run out of food? Should I have the Chinese Take out on speed dial? How do we keep food warm? I only have so many outlets for crock pots.

**Laura grabs the brown paper bag again.**

So what’s on the menu?

  • Turkey cooked over a fire hanging from a string. (Yeah, we tried it today and only the bottom half cooked. Thankfully I’m the detail person and told him to experiment! So on the big day it will be two small chickens cooked over the fire from a string.)
  • Turkey on the rotisserie.
  • Fish.
  • Venison.
  • Clams/mussels.
  • Butternut squash and apples – my one addition besides cleaning the entire house.
  • Sweet breads.
  • Baked Beans.
  • Clam chowder.
  • Pies/cookies.

Thankfully, we’re not providing it all. Just the turkey, chicken and venison.

I’m not freaking out yet because I’m in denial. I’m pretending it’s not really happening. And I told my husband that he’s in charge.

I’ll let you know how it goes after this weekend!

And in other news, have you signed up for the INDIE-giving blogfest? You do not need to be a published author or self published to participate. It’s for anyone.

And in other other news, How To Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings is releasing next Wednesday! Eek. And the blog tour starts December 3rd.

So does anyone know of any pilgrim Thanksgiving games to keep the kids from tearing my house apart. Specifically outdoor games?

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