I have fallen off the blogging truck & it has backed up & run over me about five times! It has been so busy here, but yet I have not accomplished much of anything worth telling about! Do you guys get that way? I've been really trying hard to simplify life at our crazy house, but I don't feel like I'm doing a very good job.
I am WAY, way behind on sharing adventures so I am going to just jump in here and pick one HUGE adventure to start with!
Early this spring I filled out an online application to serve on a "launch team" for Sophie Hudson's newest book, Giddy Up, Eunice. If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know my undying love & devotion for the hilarious Sophie Hudson, her blog and her books.
Knowing this, you can understand completely how I came out of my chair in excitement the day I received an email saying that I had been selected to be on her launch team!
Team Sophie!! Yasssss!!!!
I was invited to a private Facebook group with roughly 250 other delightful women who all love Sophie's blog & books (which was a masterful move on Sophie's part & I'll explain what I mean by that in a minute) and about ten days later in the mailbox I received an advance copy of Giddy Up, Eunice (Because Women Need Each Other).
Well, as excited as I was for being a part of the team...I was completely unprepared for how excited I would be after reading her new book!
Like her other two books, this one was filled with tons of funny stories about family and life. But this book was a little bit different because it was also filled with references to scripture that touched my heart and really made me think. This book is hands down the best book I have ever read about women, friendships, mentoring and community!
Here's the little summary off the back cover:
It’s easy for women to focus on what seems to separate us: differences in age, parenting styles, career goals, or maybe even core beliefs about whether leggings can adequately serve as pants (the struggle is real, y’all). The reality, though, is that we have far more in common than we realize, and since Scripture shows us the blessing of friendships across generations, it’s high time we step out of our same-age, same-stage silos. Life is so much better that way.
Sophie Hudson, in the delightfully quirky Southern style her readers have come to know and love, sends out a rallying cry for women everywhere to open our eyes and see the people God has put in our lives—whether they’re behind us, beside us, or in front of us. It is such a gift to love one another, walk with one another, and soak up the blessings that flow across all generations.
Saddle up, sister. This is going to be fun.
Saddle up, indeed!
As I read through this wonderful book I found myself reaching again & again for my highlighter and mini post it notes, because I ran up on five hundred things I didn't want to forget!
Every time I checked Facebook there were new posts & pictures shared in the Giddy Up, Eunice group. The excitement for this book was growing & the group was filling up with pictures like these (actual photos...cough, stolen from the launch group):
Eunice was by the pool...
Out on the porch for quiet time...(those note cards tho!!!)
and even out on the beach!
Can you even!
Pretty soon, the girls in our launch group were sharing stories, sharing advice, sharing links to uplifting posts they had read, and eventually planning up meetings in their area in honor of Sophie Hudson's book launch!
At a time when our country has never been more divided, this team of women became united...which was exactly what Sophie had hoped to do with her book, bring women together! (well played, my friend) ;)
And I am so honored and grateful that I got to be a part of it.
Reading this book has made me really think about how I have been living my life. In a time where there are so many distractions from what is really important. I WANT stop being so distracted and have stronger relationships with the women in my community!
God has put these women in my path...they are there for a reason!
Just like Sophie says in her book, younger women need older women and older women need younger women...just like Mary needed Elizabeth and Elizabeth needed Mary...and Ruth needed Naomi and Naomi needed Ruth...we are meant to walk through this life together, NOT compete with each other!
Let's be the ones to TOSS this competitive comparison game in THE TRASH CAN!
Imagine how much richer and wonderful life would be if women of all ages were cheering for each other, high fiving, fist bumping and basically just hugging each other's necks tight saying 'YAAAASSSS, WAY TO GO'!!!
Wouldn't it be great!
It would be SO great & I am just going to come out and be honest here...
I am having a fit for you to have a copy of this book!
SO, I am giving away TWO copies for one of my readers...one for YOU and one for a woman in your life that you think would enjoy this book (& I bet you already have someone in mind).
I know we are all super crazy busy, so you only have to do ONE thing to be entered to win!
Leave a comment right here on this blog entry and let me know that you would like receive a copy of this book for you and a copy for a friend.
A winner will be announced next Sunday and I will be in touch with you that day about where to send your books.
Did I mention I am having a fit for you to have a copy of this book!??!
You are going to love this one, I promise!
Thanks so much for stopping in here (after weeks of crickets on this sad, neglected blog). I hope that each of you are doing well and I also hope that you know how much I appreciate having the opportunity to be a part of your life with this Craztowne blog!
Love you, friends!