The first blog, besides my sister's, I ever really looked at and got into was Shawni’s… it’s handle? 71toes.blogspot.com! I mean, who wouldn’t really be intrigued by that name.
Looking for a good photographer, I began asking around. A friend gave me Shawni’s contact information and blog. I looked at her stuff online and contacted her for a photo session.
Since our photo session (amazing pictures BTW), I have been lurking over at her blog. In our own little blogging world, sometimes it is hard for me to remember that her sister-in-law is in my ward and this is another one of those “virtual-meets-reality” type of things. When I do remember that, I feel “oh so very cool” because frankly, this woman is amazing!!!
Not only does she have a gift with the camera, she is a published author. She and her mom have just published a book called “A Mother’s Books of Secrets” which is being distributed at Deseret Book and online booksellers. Shawni and her mother give priceless mothering guidance while scattering gorgeous photography throughout the book (and I am not just saying that because B is in it :-))
This book is meant to lift mothers; help them while they drag themselves through the daily trenches of motherhood. I was at the bookstore THE DAY it came. The bookstore hadn’t set out the shipment yet, so I made them go get it from the back for me… and I am so glad. This is so inspiring!
But the coolest part? The part that inspired me to blog about this? It’s Lucy!
Lucy is Shawni’s youngest daughter and is on the cover of the book. I featured post by Shawni on Real Angels, Real Life. A post about her baby girl. If you have a minute, I strongly urge you to go read about this little angel. Get the tissues! She is precious beyond all measure and even though I have never met her, I feel so much love towards her.
At the tender age of two, Lucy has been diagnosed with a rare disease. One that will leave her, among other things, blind in the next few years. I am not the only one who has been touched by the story of Lucy. So many people have shown an overwhelming response of support and love. Among those has been the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and Foundation for Blind Children. And Shawni and her mom want to give back. So, a portion of the proceeds from their book, A Mother’s Books of Secrets, will go towards this foundation.
You will not be disappointed. My little B loves looking through the pictures of the children in the book. I love the wisdom I find on its pages. Everybody knows a mother somewhere who would love this… and it will help little Lucy.
A Mother’s Book of Secrets: $18
A box of Kleenex: $1.39
Helping Little Lucy: Priceless!
Take a little glimpse into this family’s life and support a noble cause at the same time.