Thank you so very much to all of you who participated in the writing contest. I was a little discouraged at first at how few were participating, but once I extended the deadline and upped the ante when it came to prizes, the entries came in, and they were just what I hoped for. Women sharing ways that motherhood has been a blessing to them, ways that the Lord has whispered peace to their hearts about mothering, ways that they have been changed forever because they are mothers. I posted links to most of our contributors a few days ago, so please take the time to read them and leave a comment so they know how many they have touched by writing about such personal moments.
I will get the entries off to Myrna, our distinguished judge, without the authors' names showing so that she can't be swayed by personal bias. We'll have a winner announced in a few days. As for me, I need to start burning CDs for you! If you participated in this contest, please shoot me an email with your snail mail address so that I can send your CD cookbook. My email is sleepymumATgmailDOTcom.
In the meantime, I am bemoaning the tragic loss of the 435 photos I took over my two week trip. Photos of sunrise in Provo, UT, a hot air balloon launch, of cousins frolicking and loved ones gathering, photos of parades and dinosaur museums, photos of Temple Square with our kids, photos of work projects at my mom's . . . GONE. I'm really not sure what happened, but somewhere between importing my photos and accessing them they disappeared without a trace. I'm really hoping to pray them back so that I can properly regale you with tales of our odyssey.