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Make-Do Mondays Participants
- Gravity of Motion (My Time)
- My Practically Perfect Life (Impromptu Cake Plans)
- Sunnydaytodaymama (More toy storage in a small space)
- Feels Like Home (kid sushi)
- Rancho Ruperto (Squash Plea)
Make-Do Mondays with Ann
This is a big week. Saturday marks the official release date of my book, Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families.
August 1, 2009.
It’s a date I’ve looked forward to for two years.
So where will I be on this momentous occasion?
Finishing up family camp.
We’re at a simple, low-tech, minimally programmed (no speakers, no big events, no concerts) family camp that is the epitome of relaxation. We are in the slowest of slow zones here.
This includes Internet access. Slow, slow, slow.
What the camp provides are things like canoes, kayaks, and small sailboats. We can hike through the woods. We can sit on Adirondack chairs in front of the lodge and stare at Lake Huron. We can read, pray, write, think, reflect, chat, or play cards or Scrabble. There’s a beach for sand castles and a game room with ping-pong, carpet ball, Foosball and pool.
The kitchen staff makes our meals. I’m turning into Pavlov’s dog: when the bell rings, I start to salivate and walk briskly to the dining hall.
This is a place where families know how to slow down. They are, in fact, encouraged to slow down in a space and environment where unplugging and slowing down is possible.
And this is where I am for the release of my book.
With the beauty of technology, slow as it is, I can be with you, too, wherever you are on the world.
And I want to say thanks for sharing this journey with me.
Thank you for listening, reading, thinking, and wondering with me, as I ponder, research, pose questions, seek solutions and commit to my own slower lifestyle.
Today I want to share with you several endorsements for the book. What an honor to have positive words from Lee Strobel, Steve and Misty Arterburn (Misty wrote the foreword, too!), and Mary DeMuth:
Jill Savage, Phyllis Tickle, Mary Farrar, Holly Miller, Susan Alexander Yates…
And Michelle Cox.
Also, I’m delighted to organize a giveaway: you could be the winner of two copies of Not So Fast. I’ll explain how I’ll be giving them away later this week.
Keep an eye open to join the fun!
As I make-do with incredibly slow Internet access, I wonder…
How do you make do?
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Jane Anne says
I’m looking forward to reading your book. Oh, how I’d love to win the giveaway! I’ll be back later to read the endorsements. I recognize several of the authors.
Enjoy your time at camp!
wow…Lee Strobel…wow, wow….
you are in the big leagues with those cool reviews…
I am so excited for you! Looking forward to reading your book soon….
deb@talk at the table says
Oh how thrilled you must be!! And soak up all that quiet… before the fame 🙂
I look forward to reading your wise and inspiring words… contest or no.
Your book looks fantastic! I’ve put it straight on my Amazon wish list 🙂
Rachel Anne says
Just got my copy today and nearly hugged it outright. Your words and thoughts are beautiful and timely. Can’t wait to s-a-v-o-r it slowly, but it’s hard not to just gobble it up. Might gobble first and then go back and savor. Great job, Ann.
Yay! So good to see your book in hand. I’m really looking forward to getting a copy soon. And I have a feeling it’s going to be one that I end up getting for several friends, too. Happy almost-release-day!
Thank you so much! It’s so fun to share the fun with you and also live with these families. Can’t type much on this slow Internet, but just wanted to drop by and say you made my day!