"Wherever men have lived there is a story to be told." Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mother's Day Book and Candy Giveaway

























Mothers are often overlooked, underrated, and underestimated, but my mother is my hero. She has gone about her life quietly, never boasting or bragging. She has always done her job as a wife and mother without asking for, or expecting, any special praise or credit. When you ask her if there is anything she'd like to have for her birthday, or Christmas, or Mother's Day, she'll say, "I can't think of anything. I have everything I need." She is the rock of our family, although she probably isn't even aware of it. When my dad was alive, he always credited much of his success to her because she stood by him, supported him in everything he did, and never complained when times got hard. (Gosh, how I wish I could be more like her!) He also said that he believed women were stronger than men. He had a great deal of respect for her too. If you were to judge a person's success in life by their friends, then my mother has been wildly successful even though she still lives a very simple life.

Well, I could go on and on about my wonderful mother. What I really set out to say is that in honor of Mother's Day, I am giving away an autographed copy of my latest novel, The Last Rodeo, and a box of chocolates. If you'd like a chance at the drawing, which I'll hold on May 2nd, here's how to enter:

1. Make a comment on this blog post that you are entering your name for the drawing.
2. Make sure you have a blog or facebook email where you can be reached.
3. Be a follower (not a requirement but I'd love to have you).

This will be a drawing, not a contest, but I'd love to hear why your mother is your hero. You may post this giveaway on your blog.

Thanks for participating!

37 comments:

Amy Tate said...

Oh, Linda you are so blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with your mother! I would love to enter your contest - your book sounds like one I would enjoy!

B.J. Anderson said...

What a beautiful post! Please enter me! :D :D

B.J. Anderson said...

Oops, I forgot to say why my mom is my hero. Because she encourages me to keep writing, even when it gets discouraging.

Bethany Wiggins said...

What a lovely blog! I am glad I found it. Here is why my mother is awesome. She is the most giving person I know. She is a teacher, yet she gives away every penny she earns--to her children, to people in need, anyone she thinks needs a boost. I hope to be just like her one day.

Angie said...

What a nice tribute to your mom and a great giveaway. My mom is my hero because she is so outgoing and friendly that everybody loves her. She treats everyone like her best friend. I wish I could be more outgoing like that! I'm glad to have discovered your blog.

Kimberly Job said...

I would love to read and blog about your book.

Nichole Giles said...

I'd love to enter your contest as well. I'm a follower and can be reached at writenichole at gmail dot com.

My mother's a hero because she loves us all, even though we're far from perfect.

Melony said...

Hi Linda....My Mom is my hero because she has been through so much in her life and she has emerged stronger for everything. She is a great woman! Please enter my name in your drawing!

Nicole Zoltack said...

What a beautiful post! My mom is my hero because she always pushes me to be better.

~Nicole

Suzette Saxton said...

What a lovely tribute! Bethany sent me here. (She's my sister so we have the same mom.)

It took me having three kids to truly appreciate all my mom did and does for her six children. I try to be more like her every day.

Linda Sandifer said...

Suzette, one of my grandmothers was a Saxton. I wonder if we're related. :)

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

Wonderful giveaway! My mother is my hero because she had the strength to walk away from an abusive marriage in the eighties. I am so glad I saw this giveaway posted on facebook! Consider me entered. :)

Nikki said...

Oh, what a sweet way to honor your mom!
My mom made sure I knew that no matter what decisions you've made along the way, you can always change your life. She became an artist at 50, an acupuncturist at 58... so cool. She's my hero.

Angela said...

What a beautiful post about your Mom. She sounds lovely, especially through your eyes. I'd love to enter your contest too. I'll follow your blog.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Linda--Your lovely words brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful to live your life with such a warm feeling towards your mother (and father). Beautifully said.

Have a lovely Mother's Day!

Molly said...

What a great blog/blog post. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Kristi Helvig said...

This is such an inspirational post. I'd love to enter the contest - thanks! :)

Embee said...

I love to see positive mother-daughter relationships! A lovely post, and even if I don't win your book here, I'm putting it on my "to-read" list!

Falen said...

My mom raised 4 children (4 of them less than 2 years apart in age) all while working the night shift at a nursing home. She still managed to be the perfect Mom for us.
What a great contest! Sign me up!

Michelle H. said...

Mother-daughter relationships are the most blessed, and yours sounds like one anybody would cherish to have. A meaningful post. I do hope your mother has a spectacular Mother's Day.

Jenn Wilks said...

Your book looks really good! I'd love to win a copy.

I agree with your dad - women are stronger than men! My mom is a very strong, independent woman. I admire her more and more as I get older and go through more things.

One of the things she did is take five kids across the country on her own. My dad couldn't or didn't want to come with us, so she just packed us up and went anyway. And this was in the day before car DVD players and Nintendo DS's and even iPods. We must have driven her nuts!! :-D

Oh, and you can find me at lifelongbookworm dot blogspot dot com.

theartgirl said...

I'd love to read your book. Please enter me. : )

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Angela McCallister said...

Your feelings toward your mother must be the best Mother's Day gift you could ever give her. I hope that my children still have that same kind of love and respect when they're grown up. Please enter me in your drawing.

Lydia Kang said...

I'm happy to be a follower! I also have a blog at http://lydiakang.blogspot.com
and my email is lydiakang (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Your book looks wonderful!

Linda Sandifer said...

Thanks to everyone so far for sharing the reasons why you love your mother. There are some very special ladies out there!

Susan Fields said...

My mom is my hero for all sorts of reasons, but the one that comes to mind first is that she taught me to give to each child what they need, not exactly what all the others are getting. I know I didn't put that too eloquently, I hope you get the gist.

Margo Berendsen said...

It took me a long time to realize it (40 years) but I've started telling people my mom is my hero, too. She is has a great zest for life and is one of the most unjudgemental people I know.

I'd love to win and get your book! Regardless, I'll see if I can find you at my library.

Jamie Burch said...

This is a beautiful post! I'm so happy that Bethany mentioned your blog.

Thanks for the contest and I look forward to reading more!

My mom taught me about believing in myself and never giving up. She also passed along her creative nature to me.

Best wishes!

Andy said...

Of course I love my mom, but now that I have two young kids myself (0.75 yrs and 4 yrs old), I am constantly blown away by my wife's mothering skills. The patience and love I see from her on a daily basis earns her at least two Mother's Days a year!

Please enter me in your contest too! I had to use my Google account (acoleman81@gmail.com) since I don't have a blog...

Koala Bear Writer said...

My mom has that kind of "you can do anything" attitude that has given me the freedom to do just that. She does things a lot of women wouldn't - like going hiking by herself or participating in shooting sports - and is now back in university, pursuing her dream of an education. She inspires me in so many ways. And we both love chocolate and a good book. :)

Janet Johnson said...

I'd love to enter your drawing as well. :)

My mom is my hero because she never gives up. She pushes through the hard stuff to reach her goals, and manages to be everything to everyone else at the same time. Love my mom!

Ruth said...

I'd love to enter your drawing. My mom passed away in 2004, but she was my hero because of her kindness. She always looked for the best in everyone ... and found it.
--Ruth (new follower)
http://readatouille.blogspot.com

Jackee said...

Beautifully put!

My mother is my hero because she's the strongest woman I know. Recently she has relapsed into Stage III Ovarian Cancer and I can't help but think how most women could not endure like she does and has. (She's only 53.)

Last week I blogged about her impact on my life, if you're interested:
http://windedwords.blogspot.com/2010/03/impact.html

So here's to mothers! And to a great drawing! Thank you!

asabourova said...

I love your book. I have several copies! I've read it several times!! :)

But, the real reason I'm here is to tell you how absolutely wonderful my mother is. She is my inspiration and hero. She works so hard and has succeeded so much, even while raising kids and running a ranch and sometimes working. When things in my life get rough, she's one of the first people i call for advice and consolation. I'd be lost without her.

Lola Sharp said...

I loved this post. You are indeed blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with your mother. (not all of us are as blessed with regard to parentage)

Please enter me.

Happy Weekend,
Lola

xollinzolox said...

1. This is so great. I love my mom too :)
2. xollinzolox@aim.com
3. Add your name to my followers (not a requirement but I'd love to have you).

Robin said...

Please enter me in your Mother's Day giveaway! My mother is so wonderful, that several of my friends with not-so-wonderful mothers have convinced her to "adopt" them. From 60 year old Marlene, to 23 year old Denise, my 75 year old mother is now mother to all. It is her calm attitude, the way she can always see the best in everyone, or perhaps the way that when she doesn't she keeps it to herself. My mother, who was a mother herself at age 17, somehow, without being liberated or educated, convinced three daughters to strive to be successful, independent women. Thanks Mom.