May is the month to celebrate moms and show our love and appreciation for all they have done for us. Read on for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway!
My mom, Dorothy Swain, was a wonderful artist, quilter, seamstress, and writer. She enjoyed decorating our home and making it a special place. We used to joke about never trying to walk through the living room in the dark because Mom might have rearranged the furniture since we’d last looked. From the time I was a young child, she put a paintbrush in my hands and encouraged my creativity. I’m very grateful for that. Mom used to sew most of my clothes. I remember seeing her bending over the sewing machine when I went to bed and then waking up to find a new dress finished and ready to wear. Mom passed away before my books were published, but I know she’d be happy to have another writer in the family. In the photos below: Mom and I on Easter, I think I’m three years old. On the right: Mom and I at my cousins wedding when I was 21.
My Mother-in-law, Shirley Turansky, is a treasure. She continues what my mom started, encouraging me to use my gifts and talents. She is a huge supporter of my writing and often tells her friends about my books. I am very blessed to have these wonderful women in my life. In the photos below: My mother-in-law Shirley and I at the beach in Hawaii. On the right: Carrie, Shirley, and my daughter-in-law, Melinda.
Now I hope to pass on that blessing and encouragement to my daughters Melissa, Lizzy, and Megan, my daughters-in-law Melinda and Galan, and my granddaughters Hanalei and Sahlor. In the photos below: My daughters Megan, Melissa, and Lizzy. Bottom left: My daughter-in-law Galan with her daughter Sahlor and my son Ben. Bottom right, my granddaughter Hanalei.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away an audio-book copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall or A Refuge at Highland Hall. To enter the giveaway tell me one reason you appreciate your mom in the comments below. Giveaway ends Monday May 9th, 9:00 pm Eastern time. The giveaway is for US residents only. ***Update: the winner of the Mother’s Day Giveaway is Martha Artyomenko!
Blessings and Happy Mother’s Day!