Sunday, September 16, 2012

Birthday Newsletter and Giveaway


"There is still no cure for the common birthday."                  ~John Glenn
 
Birthdays! That’s something you have to have once a year as regular as clockwork. And the clocks seem to work faster the older I get. My sister sent me a birthday card with the picture of a dog with his ears and fur all blowing back like a race car just went past him. Inside, it said, and so another year just zoomed by. And it ever more did.
A good year in ways. A hard year in other ways. But that’s how it is for most everybody. With the sunshine comes the rain. The rain is how Mom is declining especially in her thinking ability. The sunshine is my beautiful family and two more books published (Words Spoken True  and  The Gifted) plus another one written. (Small Town Girl – releasing in 2013). More sunshine is all the wonderful reading friends I have.
 
To celebrate those friends and my birthday, I sent out a reverse birthday card yesterday – a newsletter to everyone who has signed up to be on my e-mail list. If you’ve signed up and didn’t get a copy yesterday or today, you might check your e-mail spam box. I hate it if my newsletter is considered spam but I sometimes get things that aren't spam sent directly to my spam folder. I do have some people to add, so if you are on the list and didn’t get a newsletter or if you aren’t on the list but would like to be, just let me know.
At any rate, I’m giving away some books to celebrate my birthday. I love giving away books and what is the very best book in the world? The Bible, of course. So one of the prizes is a NIV Study Bible along with a copy of one of my books. Another prize is a devotional and journal combined along with one of my books. Last for those who say they never win, I’ve got a special prize of an autographed copy of  a Liz Curtis Higgs historical fiction novels, Mine is the Night along with that copy of one of my books.  Deadline to enter is midnight EST on October 15. You can go to my website to enter or leave a comment here with a way to contact you, should you win. You have to let me know you’ve never won anything from me to get in that drawing.
One of my favorite quotes to read on my birthday is something  Satchel Paige said. “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” Not sure I know the answer to that, but I’m thinking maybe around 35. I guess I could try to figure out an answer to Paige’s question from my mother. She no longer knows how old she is and when she thinks about it she usually thinks somewhere around forty or younger. She certainly doesn’t believe she’s all of ninety-two. No, that can’t be, because she’s planning to go home and visit her mother.

Every day she plans to do that. If only she could find her shoes. I told her tonight that it was too late. We couldn’t go anywhere so late and that we’d have to sleep here. She doesn’t like “here.” Said it was a bad place. But when I told her it was too late and we’d have to see about it tomorrow, she looked at me and made more sense than she has for a while. She said, “And in the morning it will be too early and later it will be too bright and then it’ll be time to eat.” I think she’s on to us, don’t you? If only she was onto the fact that this is her home. No such luck there.
Thanks to all of you who sent me birthday wishes. As I said on Facebook, I felt like the popular girl at the dance.  And a special thanks to those of you who came by the Patriot Quartet’s booth to talk to me during the NQC. This year my Scottish friends from last year returned to buy three more books to carry home with them. Then I met a couple from Sweden. Also talked to people from lots of different states – Iowa, Michigan, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, to name a few. A fun time.
Thanks for reading. Hope you have some fun times coming up for you. Oh, and how old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
 
 

33 comments:

  1. Great post, Ann! and the HapPiesT of BirthDay Wishes !
    i know those same conversations w/ my own mom :) when it's time for me to leave she's always good to go w/ me !!
    Thx for sharing your Birthday w/ us ~ your generosity MUCH appreciated! and such deliteful gifts... anticipation...;)
    faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Faith Hope. It's hard when our moms are not happy. I entered you in my giveaway. Good luck.

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  2. Is this like passing out chocolate cupcakes to everyone in your class on your birthday?? I would love to receive your book for sure~! And this intrigues me! "Another prize is a devotional and journal combined along with one of my books." I love devotionals and journaling! I did win The Gifted from Margaret Daley's blog Heroine Interview. Does that disqualify me for a different book and this contest? Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. That's a good comparison, Kathleen. It's a shame I can't get cupcakes out there to all of you. I've got you entered in the giveaway. You're not disqualified for the first two prizes, but you can't win the never won before prize. I appreciate you reading the heroine interview. I had fun with that. And thanks for reading my blog too.

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  3. I would LOVE to be 32 again! ...knowing what I know now!!

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    1. I used to tell my son 35 was the perfect age, but then he would remind me that since I was such a young mother that my kids were grown up or almost so when I was 35 and that was why I thought it was so good. I don't know about that. I loved having kids, but I still think 35 is a nice age. Old enough to know a few things but not too old to try new things. I don't know if you're ever too old for that. So we can be in our thirties together, Betty. LOL.

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  4. 35 if I didn't know! (wait! since I had our dear daughter when I was 43, a month before I was 44, I will pass that and go to 45, I guess ~ see that's why I immediately chose 35 ~ she has kept us young!) Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. You're agreeing with me on that 35, Kathleen. What it is, you felt 35 when you were 45. So it still works.

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  5. Happy Birthday Ann!

    I would love to win a copy of "Angel Sister"

    gamergranny64@aol.com

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    1. I entered you in the giveaway, Penny. Thanks for the comment and joining in my birthday fun.

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  6. I would be 32. would love to win. angelachesnut246@gmail.com

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    1. You're with me in those thirties, Angela. I think we're all going to enjoy dreaming of being 32 or 35 again. I've got you entered in the giveaway. Thanks for sharing in my birthday fun.

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  7. I would be 19 the age I gave birth to my daughter. I would do so many things over
    likesmusic2@consolidated.net
    you are ending this contest on my son's birthday!
    Happy Birthday to you!

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    1. 19! That would be starting over for sure. I was 19 when my daughter was born too. She has definitely been a gift to me as I'm sure your daughter is to you. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I entered you in my birthday giveaway.

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  8. Happy Birthday Ann...wishing you a wonderful day. Today is my husband's birthday and Friday is my birthday...he and I both turn 50.
    September is such a fun month...birthdays and the start of autumn.
    I would love to be in your give a way and I have never won anything. You are so kind to offer this.

    Blessings to you dear lady,
    Cathy

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Cathy. And happy birthday to you and your husband. You two get to celebrate together. Hope you're planning something fun.

      I've got you entered in my giveaway. Thanks for joining in with my birthday fun.

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    2. Thank you Ann!!

      We are grilling ribeye steaks out for a special dinner for us.

      Blessings,
      Cathy

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  9. I had those conversations with my grandmother when I took care of her. It helped to know that she was at least stuck in a happier time in her life, before my grandfather passed away.
    I would probably want to be about 9 years old again, just for a little while. It would be nice to revisit my childhood in a snapshot and appreciate that wonderful time that my parents gave to me.

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    1. I like your idea, Amanda. Just go back and be a kid for a day or two. I might want to pick my days and not pick one that I had to work on the farm. I'll take one of the days when my cousins and I used to play in the woods. I wish Mom could just be happy in her memories, but she is stressed all the time about going home. And she can't go home to her mama anymore, at least not while she's still here. It's a common problem with dementia patients, but that doesn't make it any easier.

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  10. Hug your dear momma for me; they are so precious.

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    1. I'll give her a hug for you tomorrow, Loretta. Thanks so much for your sweet thoughts.

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  11. Happy Birthday, Ann!
    I think I'd be 40 if I didn't know how old I really am. Isn't it funny how a few years changes our perspective? When I was really 40, I thought that was awfully old.
    Thanks for giving away the books to celebrate your birthday.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. You're right, Pam. 40 used to be old, but now it seems pretty young. Not a bad age to be at all.

      I've got you entered in my giveaway. Thanks for joining in my birthday fun.

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  12. First of all, Happy Bday to you!
    Please add me to your mailing list..lauranurseanne@yahoo.com

    Blessings!

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    1. I'll add you to my newsletter list, Laura. And send you the latest in case you haven't seen it. Always good to share the news with friends.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes.

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  13. Ann, if I missed your birthday, I'm very sorry. I don't remember getting your newsletter about this contest, but if it isn't too late, I'd love to win one of your books to go with the Gifted. Sorry about the hurt for your mom. That was a big fear my mom had, but GOD took her home first. I am getting so forgetful it seems that I worry alot about it too! I know it's so hard on the family. God Bless! Maxie
    ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. Hi, Maxie. Sometimes my newsletter must end up in people's spam files. In fact a few months ago, my newsletter service sent out a message to all the contacts who hadn't been opening the newsletter and if those people didn't respond, they were taken off my list. So if you want me to check, Maxie, I will to see if your name is still on my list. I can't really re-add it without your permission. I'm trying to follow the rules so I won't be considered a spammer.

      You know, I pray that for me too. I don't want to lose my ability to think and know my family. Mom doesn't know me a lot of the time now. I told her I was her daughter, Ann, today and she stared at me like I must surely be trying to pull the wool over her eyes. I'm too old looking to be the daughter she remembers. In her mind, I'm still a kid out in the yard playing hide and seek. May your memory be refreshed every morning, Maxie, and mine too!!

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  14. Happy Birthday Ann! Wishing you Gods Blessings always
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Mary. I do appreciate your kind thoughts.

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  15. Ann, belated Happy Birthday! I am just now going back to all your postings that I missed, I was out for awhile. I was thinking that if there was an age I would like to be, it would be when I was a preteen, and my parents and a lot of other family were still around and we had wonderful family time on Thanksgiving time & Christmas Eve and Christmas Day- such good memories!
    Ann, I have won on your contests before, but I would like to receive your newsletter, thanks!
    janiefreeman@live.com

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    1. Thanks, Janie. I appreciate you looking back at my postings. And what a great age to pick. The carefree time of youth when family wrapped love around you and every holiday was such fun because you got to enjoy them with the innocence of youth.

      I'll sign you up for my newsletter. Thanks.

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