Ta Da!

Finding Joy in Being a Mom by Linda Ann Crosby 

Here she is.  My magnum opus.  :o)

My Book!  And my bougainvilla that is going crazy! 

My book and my prolific bougainvilla.

Yesterday was the day I have been waiting for for over 3 years.  My books arrived at our door.  WOOooooo HOOOooooo!  It is titled Laughing in the Midst of Mothering: Finding Joy in being a Mom.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t home when the truck pulled up and Austin called me to give me a moment by moment account of the driver getting out…. getting the dolly…. loading the cartons… Larisa opening the garage door….  So, two hours later I arrived home to see them for the first time.  My kids had already openend a box and looked at them.  How could I blame them? Their picture is on the back too.  The books are cute.  I mean, really.  It’s pink and has a cute mama on the front.  And my name is on the cover.  I can cross “Having a book published” off my bucket list.  They will be available on my website SOON! 

AND…. I’m 42 today.  So I actually held my first book when I was 41.  What a fantastic birthday gift!  We had birthday dinner at my parent’s house last night (because tonight is church) and mom made her famous Russian Kulebiaka loaf.  It’s my favorite and I’m heading there for lunch today for leftovers.  Skip the cake, bring on the loaf.

Today, more than ever, as my ringtone loudly blasts by Rachel Lampa, “I am blessed.  I am blessed.  From when I rise up in the morning ’til I lay my head to rest.”  I feel very blessed, thankful and full of joy.  Tough days come, but today is a day I will remember for a lifetime. 

Oh, and did I mention that my kids made me breakfast in bed?  Yes,  I had to lie there until 10:00, but it eventually came!  Swedish pancakes with powdered sugar, a cutie orange, sliced apples and Larisa’s specialty, crunchy fried garlic potato cubes.  I was in heaven.  THEN I got cards from my boys and Austin wrote the most words he has ever written to me, including “Thanks for being my mama for 11 years.”   Ahhhhh.   AND my dear husband wrote on our bathroom mirror in barsoap a lovey birthday greeting.

Thank you, family and friends, for loving me!  XOXOXOXOXOXO


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6 Responses to “Ta Da!”

  1. merlotmudpies Says:

    congratulations on getting your book published! what a wonderful accomplishment! one that many set for themselves as a goal and never complete. okay so i have 12 more years….LOL congratulations again, one blessed mommy to another. and happy birthday.

  2. Michele Says:

    I am so excited. I was just wandering yesterday at a book store thinking about your book. I can’t wait to get it!! And Happy Birthday!!!

  3. Jill Says:

    I am so happy for you and proud of you! And…….. pretty excited to actually be in one of the stories (I’m honored!) Your book is setting right next to my Horse Stories book.

    *********** C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! *************************

  4. The Informal Matriarch Says:

    Congrats!! Will you sign my copy?? :)

  5. LaVonna Says:


    Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday SUPER MOMMA! Happy Birthday to you! Glad to know you are celebrating your 24th… :)

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BOOK! Can’t wait to get my hot little hands on one.

  6. dgarman Says:

    Happy birthday, and congradulations on your book! I always wanted to write a book, but when I was in college I had to choose between my love of writing, and my interest in computer science. Laregely becouse of my father, who I have always looked up to, is a computer proffesional, I ended up choosing the latter. Your story has inspired me however, since I am only turning 25, that maybe I can still persue writing some day when I am older, and have more life experience to draw upon. Perhaps I can even combine both interests and write a book about my chosen field some day. Thank you for your inspiration!

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