Today I want to point you in the direction of a fabulous blog. The blog itself doesn't have a whole lot to do with writing, although the blogger is a writer. And a funny one, at that. She has authored a small gift book titled, 101 Ways to Celebrate the Ordinary, which offers a look at the ordinary things around us that we often take for granted. On Friday, you'll have a chance to WIN a copy of her book, so be sure to watch for that. But I have to say, if there's one thing Diane Loew is NOT, it's ordinary.
Besides a writer/author, Diane is:
- A dairy farmer's wife
- Mother of 4 adult sons
- Grandmother of several adorable "Wigglies"
- Former cookie shop owner and fabulous cook/baker
- Church bookstore employee
- Radio host
- A talented photographer
- and...most importantly...one of my very best friends!
Diane and I met a couple years ago and have since become great buds. We co-wrote our church's Christmas production, How Christmas Saved the Grinch (attended by over 14,000 people last year and projected 20,000+ this year). Diane is an amazing woman, who juggles more bales of hay than I can count. I seriously don't know how she does it all.
What she's best at -- and perhaps the coolest thing about her -- is despite maintaining a ridiculously crazy schedule, she is always willing to drop what she is doing to help someone in need, meet a friend for coffee, or babysit her "wiggies." She realizes that spending time with people is much more precious than anything she "has to do."
I strive to be more like that!
Diane has recently revamped her blog, which she calls A Farmer's Wife (www.afarmwife.com). There is lots to see there, so grab a cup of coffee and start browsing. There really is something for everyone! If you want to be encouraged (Between You and Me), get a few laughs (Farm Funnies), view some amazing photography (Nature Photos), find a great new recipe (Country Grub), learn some fascinating facts about farming (Out in the Barnyard), or simply celebrate the ordinary (Daily Ordinary), click on over!
Diane Loew has been such a blessing to me. And I know her blog will bless you, encourage you, and leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.