Two fun bits of news from the Owlhaven.

  First of all, I have a new writing gig over at  I’ll be writing there once a month or so.   This month my article is Could adoption be right for your family?  Check it out if that’s something you’re considering!

 Next– this bit of news made my stomach all quivery.  My book – MY BOOK! – is scheduled to be released in stores nationwide and online in March of 2009.   I cannot tell you how pretentious I feel writing that– and what an odd feeling I got when I got that email from my editor.  It is freaky, like the day you get married or have a baby or get off a plane on the other side of the world and you feel so much like your normal self–but not– that you can hardly believe this is really your life.

 I can’t wait to hold the book in my hands.  When I do, I just know I’ll be afraid to open it, for fear that my “Can’t. Stop. Editing. Ever.” demons will leap out. This afternoon when I went over to see my article at workitmom, I was greatly distressed to discover two typos.  How will a whole book feel?  Eeeeeeeek!  But bring it on anyway, angst and all.  Whee!!!! Today I am celebrating! 

And now, since this whole post is already blatantly self-centered, I might as well finish it off with a few pictures of me (and my precious ones) at the Oregon Coast Aquarium last week.  Here are the kids and me, with the big boys trying not to look too self-conscious standing on a WALL with their whole family while many, many people walked by and Dad said, “Say cheese!” way, way too many times. (They’re good sports, aren’t they?)

Then we have this lovely being-eaten photograph of all of us together, thanks to some kind stranger offering her photography skills.

 Thanks for being interested in my chattering!

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  1. how lucky am i to be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! can’t wait to go to the book signing! xoxoxo

  2. What a wonderful family you have. congrats on the new book!!

  3. Congrats on your book being released. How exciting!

    My friend has just had her book about her christian journey through post natal depression (PPD) and anxiety, and I was at her launch and signing last week – I blogged about it.

    It was wonderful to see it finally in print.

  4. Fantastic news about your book, Mary! Congratulations! I love the photos too!

  5. Mary, that’s wonderful! Congratulations! And the pictures are beautiful.

  6. Congrats!

    Hee, I always count the people on your photos to see how many are there.

  7. Wow! Congratulations!

  8. I’ve not been reading your blog long. I don’t THINK I’ve commented before … But I just had to comment this time because I’m so excited about your book. Uh, no, I don’t know anything about it but I just think it is soooo amazing when anyone ( especially a MOM OF 10 !!!! ) gets a book published ! You go girl! Congrats. I’ll have to go back and see if I can find out what this book is about !!

  9. Congratulations Mary! I can’t wait to see your book when it comes out, and watch you talk to Meredith on The Today Show about it. Or Matt. Whichever. It’s just SO EXCITING!

  10. Congratulations. I can not wait to read your book. You are a super mom with 10kids and a new book coming out! YOU GO GIRL!

  11. congratulations- the world needs more positive voices and messages- love the picture

  12. 3kids2jobs1dog says:

    I usually just lurk here, but had to come out of the woodwork today for that awesome picture. That is a beautiful thing! You have the most wonderful looking family! And congrats on your book!

  13. YIPPEEE!!! I am so happy for you!

    Your family is beautiful!~

  14. WOOHOO!!!! All that hard word has paid off 🙂 I’m so excited for you, Mary!

    Those pics are great, and the boys don’t look too uncomfortable … LOL.

  15. That is so exciting! Congrats on the book and the new writing gig. You’re an inspiration. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is really neat, I’m glad you were able to enjoy it with your beautiful family.

  16. congrats, Mary! What an amazing family I have! Quite an inspiration 🙂

  17. Congratulations on all accounts Mary!

    That is wonderful about your book- I am curious, how do you go about finding an editor for your book? (did the publisher edit for you or did you hire an actual editor?)

    Can’t wait -what is your book about?

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

  18. Congratulations!!! And I must say that everytime I see pictures of you and can’t help but realize that you look exactly like my mom when she was younger–in fact, you have exactly the same smile as both her and my daughter. You don’t have family in Western PA do you?

  19. OH, oh, oh! I am so very excited for you!…and for me – I can’t wait to read YOUR BOOK!

  20. Mary,
    That is amazing. What a dream come true. You surely do inspire so many of us with your life, your experience, your wisdom…

    Your family pics are beautiful. Wow!

    Celebrate this moment!

  21. Dawn in OR says:


  22. wow, mary, congratulations. a book! that is such big news! i’m so excited for you 🙂

  23. kelli in the mirror says:

    Oh how awesome! Congratulations!

  24. congratulations. That’s really great.

  25. kimberly says:

    wow– that is great! Are you close enough to Portland to join our gatherings for families who have adopted sometime? We meet every other month…

  26. I really look forward to your book!

  27. I deeply admire you. I am very excited for you and your entire family on the upcoming publication of your book. Wow.

  28. Standing ovation! Can’t stop smiling. For you, for that beautiful family of yours, for our God who works wonders and blesses the works of our hands.
    Whooping it up with you and the angels, Mary….

    All’s grace,

  29. Mary's Mom says:

    How grateful I am that God blessed you with not only so much talent, but also the motivation to use it wisely. It’s a blessing to be your mother. “For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song.” Zephaniah 3:17

  30. texasknights says:

    Love seeing the pic of your whole gang. You have a BEAUTIFUL family!

  31. Felicidades! Is there a title yet? (so we know what to search for on Amazon….) 🙂 Blessings.

  32. Congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to get a copy…and maybe I can persuade my local library to get a copy, too. 🙂

  33. Congrats on the book deal! I can’t wait to read it!

  34. Congratulations! How exciting! I’ll put your book as my staff recommendation at my bookstore. Keep us posted! 🙂

  35. What incredibly beautiful pictures (especially that first shot, too bad DH wasn’t in it)!

    Huge, huge congratulations on the book news!! Can’t even imagine how exciting that must be (although I’d like to know someday, LOL)!

  36. Oh that’s so cool. Are you allowed ot tell us what your book is called, or is it a great huge surprise?

    And your family, as always, looks gorgeous. And you are looking skinny.

  37. I THOUGHT those ocean pictures looked familiar! I live about an hour from the Oregon Coast – I’ve even had my own picture taken with that shark jaw!

    I had always thought you lived super far away but now it sounds like maybe not. :o)

  38. Well THAT’S exciting news! Congratulations. And lovely pics, too.

    I know what you mean about the never-ending editing (which is why not editing is the path I too often choose…)