Do you remember the television series Get Smart? The main character Maxwell Smart would say, “I missed it by that much”, as his response to a silly blunder. He would hold his thumb and forefinger up showing about an inch of space between them? He would shrug and move on. I know it is silly to compare my life to a sitcom, especially one from the 1960”s. But, isn’t it true, we all go through our lives doing things to our fullest abilities only to fall short sometimes, only to miss, “Amazing”, by that much.
Please walk with me metaphorically as we jump into the “wayback machine” and take a little time capsule journey through some of my memories. I believe this will show my solidarity with KariAnne’s, So Close to Amazing life. Let’s start with my friend Lydia who said, “Wow your cupcakes look amazing, how many did you bake?” I replied proudly,” 100.” “Why so many, Lydia asked? “for the school bake sale,” I replied. Lydia smiled and said, “Ummm it’s next week…” so close to Amazing”
Streamers are hung, balloons are blown up, coordinated hats, plates, napkins and gift bags await the little ones who will come and celebrate year eight with our daughter. Among the semi chaos, a leaking faucet in the kitchen has changed from drip drip to splash splash just 10 minutes before guests will arrive. How amazing am I, I just stopped a leaking faucet with a tube sock and some scotch tape. …”so close to Amazing.”
I kiss my daughter on the forehead and tell her to rest and that I am proud of her and that I love her very much. I follow the nurses as they congratulate me on being a Grandma. I watch as they put ink on the bottoms of our granddaughter’s tiny pink feet and press them onto paper. They measure and weigh her and then they step back and pass me a box of, soft as a cloud, baby wipes. I gently wipe away the evidence of her home for the last 9 months then swaddle her in a sweet pink blanket and carry her over to our daughter’s bed.
Happy tears show proof of what is truly Amazing.
In the book, “So Close to Amazing, stories of a DIY life gone wrong…and learning to find beauty in every imperfection”. My lovely bloggy friend, KariAnne Wood from the blog Thistlewood Farm shares her humorous and truly Faith filled life’s adventures honestly and openly in her memoir. She shares how you can still be Amazing even when it’s just so close, “So close to Amazing “. If you’ve visited her blog Thistlewood Farms you know the enthusiasm she shares and that the, “have an amazing day” attitude and sentiment are true and straight from the heart.
KariAnnes infectious humor and Faith are on every page of her book.
You will discover instructions for DIY projects from her stories of renovations, decorating and life’s chaos too. Wait until you read about the skirt! You will find so many quotable’s in her book you will want to invest in a bumper sticker machine. KariAnne is the total embodiment of Faith and foibles and the kind of friend anyone would be blessed to have. She has been an Amazing bloggy friend to me over the years and for that I am truly grateful. I’m excited for her success (watch for more of KariAnne’s books and special surprises )and I urge you to follow her and purchase her book, you’ll read it in one sitting, I did. Most of us try all we can to bring Amazing into our lives. We fill our hearts with love of family, friends, accomplishments and our Lord and Saviour and it is without hesitation, that I declare that to be truly Amazing! What I really think you will take away from KariAnne’s stories is, you will find comfort in knowing we are all Amazing and that we can all relate to also being “So close to Amazing” at times. We can find comfort and laughter in unlikely places. But most importantly, with all our Faith, frailties and knowing God has a purpose for us, we can move mountains one stone at a time in an Amazing way.
if you missed my previous post about KarieAnne you can find it here
It has been my pleasure and privilege to be part of KariAnnes book launch team and I’m celebrating her official book release day today with a giveaway!
Please leave your “So close to Amazing” story in the comment section. I’ll assign each comment a number then I will use randomdraw.org to pick a winner.
The prize-A signed copy of the KariAnne’s book and some pretty jewelry from yours truly. This will end on Sunday Sept 10th
I’ll see you all back here on Thursday for the TFT party and please make sure you are a subscriber so you don’t miss the new giveaway announcement on Friday!
Go out and have an Amazing day!