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grateful

Today I am going to write a post about things for which I am grateful (why does that sentence sound wrong? is it wrong? can someone fix my grammar?). My good friend Brook does this almost daily on her blog and I love reading her posts. So here we go:

1. I am grateful for Emily Wing Smith and her kindness as an author and friend and person. She is the author of the book pictured above, Back When You Were Easier to Love, which has a release date of April 28th. In honor of Emily and her fantastic writing, I’ll be giving away a copy of this book on April 26th so be sure to come back and enter then. To tease you, here’s a little summary of the book:

What’s worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you’ve been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan-the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah-unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan’s former-best-friend Noah.

Congratulations, Emily! (And isn’t that a perfect spring cover on her book?)

2. I am grateful for my sister-in-law, Charlotte, who made me the awesome Xander-Cassia-Ky dolls (below). Do you love how the boys are wearing plainclothes? And how Cassia has a green dress? And how they all hold tablets? And if you get close you can see that Charlotte embroidered blue, green and brown in Ky’s eyes. They are beautiful. (My neighbors gave me a weird look when I was outside taking pictures of these dolls but I did not care, because if they had dolls like these, they’d be taking pictures too.) Charlotte is so talented. She is a health food guru, she does yoga, and she is an amazing mom.

3. I am grateful for April. It has to be better than March.

4. I am grateful for the flowers in our front yard. I planted none of them, and all I am really capable of gardening-wise is watering things and hoping they live–but in spite of me these plants continue to be beautiful and I love them.

5. I am grateful for kind comments and e-mails, telling me that you liked the book, that you want more of the story, etc. Although my response time is slow (my carpal tunnel has been especially aggravating lately) I do read each of them and I WILL get back to you.

Happy spring to all of you!

And just a reminder about the signing this Saturday in Cedar City…click on the Events page for more details.




+ comments (19)
  • becca
    April 14, 2011

    Those have got to be the coolest dolls in the world. What awesomeness. (Also, Emily’s cover – I love it. I used to work in a library, and I loved those rolly-step-stool thingies.)



    • ally
      April 15, 2011

      Becca, I know. Isn’t the cover adorable and quirky? It’s awesome. And I love the dolls too.



  • How cute are those dolls! Love the little pills (there’s a line I’d never thought I’d say).



    • ally
      April 15, 2011

      Kathryn, that made me laugh. I love those little pills too.



  • Kylie
    April 14, 2011

    Those dolls are UBER cute!!! LOVE EM! *want*



    • ally
      April 15, 2011

      Thanks, Kylie! She did such a great job!



  • Meredith
    April 14, 2011

    I just got a free copy of Back When You Were Easier To Love, today at TT4L (TLA Teen Day) and am so excited to read it. It was absolutely fantastic meeting you today at TT4L! You were so nice and had great answers to our (many) questions. Loved seeing you in the Teen Room!

    -Meredith
    Mint Tea and A Good Book



    • ally
      April 15, 2011

      Meredith, it was so fun to meet you too! Thanks for the great questions and for making me feel like a rock star. 🙂 I hope you enjoy Emily’s book!



  • Charlotte
    April 14, 2011

    The Dolls! You posted the dolls! I’m so glad you like them. I am so excited for your new book, I ask myself every week how much longer I can wait. And I may have to pick up a copy of Emily’s when I’m in town next week, I am intrigued.



    • ally
      April 15, 2011

      Charlotte, OF COURSE I posted the dolls! I LOVE the dolls! Thank you again for making them!! And I bet you will love Emily’s book. It’s really quirky and fun.



  • Erin
    April 14, 2011

    I, like Meredith also got this book at TT4L and although I haven’t started it yet I can tell it is going to be wonderful! I also had a great time meeting you! Thanks for coming to see your Austin fans 🙂



    • ally
      April 15, 2011

      Erin, it was so fun to meet you too! Thank you for taking the time to come talk with me. I really enjoyed it!!



  • Alejandra
    April 15, 2011

    I don’t really know, but isn’t it:
    Today I am going to write a post about things which I am grateful for.
    Forgive me if I’m wrong.



    • ally
      April 15, 2011

      Thanks for the help, Alejandra! You would think I’d know these things. 😉



  • Aoife
    April 15, 2011

    I would have said the same as Alejandra, but I’d leave out the ‘which’.

    Those are gorgeous dolls – do they stand up? They’re beautful. (I want some, lol)



    • ally
      April 15, 2011

      Aoife, they don’t really stand up. You kind of have to prop them. But they are really fun. And thanks for the grammar help!



  • warnagirl
    April 15, 2011

    I also love the dolls! And “being thankful” is one of my favorite subjects. Taking the time to be extra thankful each day, has transformed my life. I am thankful right now for your wonderful posts Ally!



    • ally
      April 15, 2011

      Oh, warnagirl, what a nice thing to say! I am thankful for YOU and your kind comments!



  • Jeigh
    April 15, 2011

    I love the cover of that book! Sounds like a great story. And how awesome of your sister-in-law to make those dolls for you!




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