Amy Lanham

finding beauty in the middle of the mess

The Wait Is Over!

 

 

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One Mom Can Change the World is no longer a figment of my imagination. As of August 17th, it made its official appearance into the world after many painstaking hours had been put in by numerous people.I am not ashamed to admit I shed a few tears when they placed it in my hands. It was quite the relief to see all of those hours of labor have a tangible outcome. If my husband hadn’t given me a swift kick in the pants at one point, it might never have seen the light of day.

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Because I have some awesome friends, we celebrated with a party. My friend, Jen, runs a baking business out of her house called Corporate to Cupcakes. Her treats are beyond compare. She made lovely cookies and cupcakes to match the colors of the book cover. Can you even?? Additionally, I had this crazy idea to make bracelets to go along with the theme of the book, and she did those for me, too.  I would love to list everyone here who helped with the endeavor, but I’m afraid I would forget someone. Let’s just say that even my friend’s daughter came to help, and she admitted she was exhausted afterwards. From social media, to babysitting services, organizing, and playing hostess, a wealth of gifts were used for the evening.

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The project has demonstrated love and gifts in action in so many ways.

I have to share two of my favorite stories so far. First, we offered a buy one/give one opportunity the night of the launch. People could buy two books, keep one for themselves, and gift one to the Hannah Center, our local crisis pregnancy organization. We managed to collect 8 books. The organization runs a home from women in crisis to stay in, and guess how many residents they currently have? Yes, indeed, 8!! So good to know the message of grace will be extended to women who are truly in the trenches battling the disfavor of friends and family.

My second story is a little closer to my heart, but only because it has to do with my son. At the end of the evening, when he noticed there were books with bracelets still available, he asked if he could take two of them to his junior high teachers that are moms. I hesitated for a second, wondering how they would be received since the book is faith based, but I just couldn’t tell him no. The day after he gave it to one of the teachers, I came home to a message on my answering machine. It was one of the teachers he had given the book to calling to say how much she appreciates him as a student and that she had already started reading the book, and knew it was going to be very helpful. In a follow-up email she even said she would probably buy some for Christmas presents! I just love the faith of children. Maybe I’ll let him be my agent!

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If you click on the One Mom tab at the top, you’ll see a link where you can order the book. This is mainly for people who are outside of my hometown. Otherwise, you can now purchase books at the Sherwood Oaks Bookstore which is open Mon-Thurs from 10-4, and on Sunday mornings.

Please, please, please spread the word. We have about 520 of these books to sell and the entire purchase price goes to support Monroe County United Ministries. This book can feed a mama’s soul and a hungry belly at the same time!!

Blessings,

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2 Comments

  1. Amy—-

    So glad I dropped by the book launching party…I am already halfway finished with the book and enjoying it immensely. And, Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment and kudos for dedicating your efforts to help others….Stephanie O.

    • Amy

      September 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks for the feedback! Glad you are enjoying it. We had hoped it would be relevant to moms of older kids, as well as moms of littles. So glad you joined us!!

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