"We are all wanderers on this earth...our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams." ~ Gypsy proverb

Friday, March 15, 2013

Meet the Marks, a giveaway

I don't talk about him much, mostly because he is extremely private. So when I started the blog over two years ago, it was on the condition that I don't discuss family or our private lives, show any faces, and especially, absolutely never ever ever, show his face.

Since I have broken every single rule, except the last, I figured I might as well go all in and not only show his face, but talk about this wonderful man I call Hubs.

Okay, okay, not fair. Sorry, but that's as close as he will let me show....sigh....

"To HONOR and OBEY!!!" he yells to me from upstairs...hehe...it's a good thing I can get away with almost everything else :).

Truth: If it weren't for this man I would know very little about creative passion. He was the very first person to ever tell me, and show me, that a creative life is only achieved by pushing ourselves past all the voices that want to hold us back. The voices that tell us that we aren't talented enough, imaginative enough, creative enough, ambitious enough, good enough---enough enough enough.... And the voices that tell us we need years of instruction, fancy equipment, loads of time, time without kids, more money, more studio space, more more more....The voices that tell us "well....maybe some day when..."

I think you know what I mean ;).

From day one, I have watched my husband's creative energy run and race as if a pack of wild dogs were chasing him. Sometimes he spun in circles, and other times the wind carried him far ahead of where he had ever hoped to be. His own dreams of living a creative life and earning a living based on that creative life have haunted and flaunted with him since we've known each other. And despite the heart aches, set backs, disappointments, he never quits. Never.

In 2007, in a fit of inspiration, he wrote a story for our children who were 5 and 2 at the time. He called it "Meet the Marks", about a family of punctuation marks who speak according to their designated marks. And then the story went away, stored among the masses of inspired yet forgotten files on his computer.  Well, it's back, and it's printed, and now it's on Amazon here.

To birth something like this, to expose something that you've made and just put it out there for anyone to see, to judge, to hate or to love....this takes faith, courage, years of practice, and this takes creative passion. I can't tell you how proud of him I am.

Today, I will be giving away two copies of his little children's book, appropriate for ages 3-8 years old. Just leave a comment and we will choose two winners randomly next Wednesday March 20th.

Thank you for letting me shine on about my husband.....

Happy Weekend to you



  1. This is simply wonderful MJ, congratulations to your husband. I know you are so proud of him.
    I would love to be entered in your giveaway, I think Emerson would benefit greatly from reading Meet the Marks!
    Have a great weekend.

  2. What an accomplishment. The book looks adorable

  3. Congrats to the hubs. A great way to show how proud you are. Have a lovely weekend. Chey xo

  4. What an ingenious way to use punctuation! I'm so impressed!

    Your husband sounds like a wonderful man! You are blessed. Thank you for the opportunity for the give-away! I'm hosting a give-away too on my blog ; )

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  6. Congratz to both of you my friend! What an exciting adventure!

  7. That is awesome! Your husband's book looks fantastic and my girls would love to read it.
    You guys are such a lovely & creative family and it makes me smile to hear you gush a little bit about him :)

  8. I so hope to read this to my wee one someday soon!!! xoxoxo

  9. MJ, how wonderful!!! I'd love to win a copy for my grandson. He loves books. Thanks for the chance. I think you and your hubby were meant for each other.

  10. How wonderful, congratulations!!! Would love to have a copy adorning our bookshelves :)

  11. This is so so cool! Congratulations!!

  12. Such a sweet post MJ. Your pride and love comes out in every sentence. What an accomplishment. Congrats to the hubs!

  13. Hello and congratulations! (lease don't enter me into the draw as I am not commenting for that reason and its been ages anyway!) Just wanted to say hey x

  14. so beautiful MJ
    I am smiling from ear to ear!!!

    I love a good love story

    love and light

  15. wow, congratulations. that's wonderful news. you're very lucky to have someone like this on your side! xxx

  16. I loved this post. So filled with love. The book looks amazing. Great work by the husband. I had to laugh, mine has the same rule, no mentioning of names or photos.

    Beautiful post!

  17. He sounds really inspirational. What a crack team you must make! And the book is beautiful.

  18. Congratulations to le husband! ;)

  19. So proud of both of you. I look forward to getting to that point on my blog sooner than later :) www.throughthespicerack.blogspot.com

  20. Congrats to your hubby! What a great idea for a book!

  21. Wow! What a great creative milestone!
    Isn't it funny how the spouses of blogger friends can be pretty elusive?! But such a big part of who we are all the same!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  22. Persistence in creativity is vital and it's so wonderful to see the fruits of someone's effort in this. Congrats to your hubs!

  23. hahaha, honor and obey. it's always so fun to get a glimpse of the guys in our lives. if only they weren't so shy! meet the marks looks awesome! you can tell him i said so.

  24. Wow. Looks awesome! Kudos to your hubby! I would love to be part of this giveaway, and if I'm not chosen, well...I'll just have to buy one on Amazon!


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