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Six days, two hours and thirty-seven minutes ago, I stood in a hotel outside of Chicago wearing red lipstick and a super cute outfit that involved the perfect combination of stripes and summer, frantically pressing the elevator button….

….and trembling in my new beaded sandals.

Nervously I pressed the lighted blinking button.

Again. And again. And again.

I think I read somewhere that when they design elevators, they maniacally add a feature where the elevator doesn’t arrive and the door doesn’t open when you’re late for something you really need to be on time for.

Even if you and your hair are looking super cute.

Even if you applied three tones of red lipstick to arrive at the perfect blend.

Even when it’s one of the most important days of your life.

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Finally.

Ding.  The door opened and my sparkly red-painted toes and I stepped nonchalantly inside as my phone started ringing.

It was my son.

“Mom,” he said.  “I’m so proud of you.”

“Today is all about you and following your heart and accomplishing something that you’ve hoped and dreamed and wished and talked about forever.”

“I hope one day I have a dream like that,” he said smiling into the phone.

“And I hope it comes true.”

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And right then and there, staring at intricately patterned elevator carpeting and creatively fauxed paneled walls….

….I almost cried.

I know my red lipstick quivered just a bit.

The elevator gently dinged and the doors opened and I stood there for a moment with his words ringing in my ear.

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He is so right, that incredibly wise son of mine.

Dreaming is a big thing.  We spend our days thinking and arranging and planning and hoping that one day it will come true.

And when it does it can be a little scary.

Can you deliver?

Can you create it?

Can you take the first step….

…through the elevator door?

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I’m stepping through elevator doors and stepping out on faith because I’m writing a book.

Wait.

Let me pause for a moment and type that again and all-cap it because I don’t think I believed it myself the first time.

I’M WRITING A BOOK.

{gulp}

Yep.

Me.

The mom of four who jumped from the city to the country.

Me.

The dreamer who started writing a little blog full of stories and projects and the occasional red lipstick moment.

Me.

The one who made pancakes with blue goo and wore a bobby pin to Wal-Mart and bought a broken scale at a yard sale and stepped in dog poop in my living room.

Me.

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The book is all about the journey and the jump and faith and trying to match up dreams with expectations and finding the amazing along the way….

….and the amazing that was there all along.

There are stories and adventures.

And mis-adventures.

And hand-drawn DIY’s.

It’s going to be published by Tyndale and it will be coming to a book store near you next fall.

And I wanted to say thank you.

To everyone who reads this blog and believes in me and follows along and encourages and lifts me up and shares their hopes and dreams with me every day.

I wouldn’t want to step through those elevator doors with any one else but you. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Rebecca Kalsbeek Rebecca Kalsbeek

    I am so happy for you! And so proud of your son for recognizing this gift to you. It will be a GREAT book!!! I can hardly wait for my copy, to see your funny, inspiring and real messages and the gorgeous photography. I am (almost) as excited as you are.

  2. Image for Jane Jane

    YES! I love your writing. Cannot wait to read your book. You two raised your son right. He clearly acknowledges other's accomplishments.

  3. Image for M mcdonald M mcdonald

    CONGRATS!!!!! We are here with you and can't wait to get more info on what you will be writing about and we look forward to taking this journey with you.

  4. Image for Michelle Michelle

    What a sweet, loving, encouragement from your son and what a wonderful dream come true for you! So happy for you, Karianne. (Don't know if you know this but I've been holding my breath for you in anticipation of this day.) You go, girl!!

  5. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    Oh, KariAnne....what a wonderment of excitement for you, your husband, your kids, your extended family....and all of us! There must be another, better word, but until I think of it: congratulations!

  6. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    WOO-HOO!!! Way to go, Karianne! Soooo super cool! And kissed with red lipstick! I'm so excited for you and excited to get to read it! May the Lord bless your new adventure! :D ❤

  7. Image for Dêbbie Dêbbie

    I am sooooo Happy Happy for You!!! I can't wait to get a copy of your book, I just love your passion and your stories. I am a Fan.

  8. Image for Jennifer Ozanich Jennifer Ozanich

    How wonderful!!! I am so happy for you!!!! Enjoy every moment of the journey..... and KariAnne, your son sounds like an amazing young man!

  9. Image for Patti Patti

    KariAnne! I'm not surprised - you are a wonderful writer! I am so happy for you! What a sweet, thoughtful son you have - The Lord has blessed you in so many ways. I look forward to reading your BOOK!

  10. Image for Robbin Robbin

    Most people are scared of their dreams. They convince themselves that they aren't worthy of their dreams, or that their dreams are too big for them to ever accomplish. And so they let their dreams die and they settle. Settle for ordinary days and ordinary lives when extraordinary is out there whispering "come on, you can do it!" I am PROUD of you!!! Proud of you for not settling. Proud of you for reaching and trying and not quitting!!! Whether the book is a success or not (and I'm sure that it will be :)!) YOU DID IT!!! You won't sit back one day and think to yourself "I wonder what would have, could have, happened if I hadn't been too scared!" I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR BOOK! Blessings from a farm girl in Missouri!!!!!!!

  11. Image for Jeanne @I Dream of Jeanne Marie Jeanne @I Dream of Jeanne Marie

    Good morning KariAnne, The way you tell stories, your new book is sure to be a best seller! I am so excited for you and can't wait to own my very own copy. Congratulations to someone well deserving of this honor! It's amazing how telling your stories can take you so far!!! Super duper excited for you and your family! Blessings, Jeanne

  12. Image for Yvette Yvette

    There are a TON of blogs out there. Most I scroll through to the pictures without reading. I read yours. You have something that keeps the reader engaged. you deserve this!

  13. Image for Kelly Buchanan Kelly Buchanan

    So very happy for you. I save my morning tea break to read your posts- you always write to us all like we are your dearest friends. Thank you for adding sparkle and can do attitude into my day!!! I'm sure your book will be an absolute joy to read!

  14. Image for Pam Kessler Pam Kessler

    Holy cow!!! That is amazing! And honestly why did you not write a book before NOW! I was just having a discussion yesterday about why blog readers seem to want just look at pretty photos now (ie instagram) and I was holding out hope that people still wanted to actually R-E-A-D a blog. Thank you for confirming to me that there is so much more to blogging than just a pretty picture (although you do have some pretty pictures, but you know what I mean)!

  15. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    I am a faithful blog follower -- enjoying your way with words and your attitude. More importantly you are a great mama -- to have a child call and share such a deep emotion -- especially a boy child -- testimony to your mama-hood! Congrats on the book -- well earned, well deserved. Hope we meet someday.

  16. Image for Pamela Reid Pamela Reid

    Oh KarriAnne! I have never written to you before, but I just had to put down how happy I am for you! Your sweet real life comments in your blog can't help endear you to all us readers. I knowHappy Father's Day! I hope you are having a great day! The weather was in the 20s today and should be all week. Thank you for the pic. I have never heard of anything like that before. Bizarre!

  17. Image for Leona Leona

    Well Now Ms Awesome, Have been waiting for this announcement for a long time now. Hurray, woo hoo, congratulations, yay, etc etc. You are the little engine that said: " I think I can, I think I can" Please put me on your pre-order list :) :) :) :)

  18. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne, I can't believe it has taken you this long! Hahahah, I knew you had a book in you....in fact I can see several on the horizon. I'm like everyone of your other adoring fans...I'm so proud of you! I have faith in you. We all do, so when you start to feel overwhelmed and doubt creeps in, just know that everyone who cares about you is lifting you up on wings! And your Heavenly Father is still carrying you, little one, and He's the best one to have in your corner. Can hardly wait to get your book!

  19. Image for Linda Miller Linda Miller

    Hooray! I have thought for years of reading your blog that you should do this. Your writing style is so wonderful...that's why we keep coming back for your posts! It makes my heart happy when sisters reach a goal that seems impossible. It's inspiration for us all. Love and best wishes from a farm girl in Illinois.

  20. Image for Marian@ Gathering Branches Marian@ Gathering Branches

    YEEEESSSSS!!!!!YES! YES! YES! I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!! And I really am yelling. My poor dog jumped when I read your post. In fact I have tears in my eyes for you, I am so happy! Oh darling girl, what a moment. How many Diet Cokes would I have to bring you to get a Reader's copy? I'll even carry one all the way from Target. But the ice might be a little melted by the time I get there. Yes, girl. I am so crazy proud of you. The Other Marian

  21. Image for Linda Linda

    Congratulations Karianne! Dreams really do come true!!! Can't wait to read the book. I love your blog, it's like having coffee with a good friend, I'm sure the book will be fantastic.

  22. Image for Lois Black Lois Black

    CONGRATULATIONS...........well deserved! Very exiting! I KNOW you will accomplish this and create a wonderful book. I'll buy it!!!!

  23. Image for Barb Settles Barb Settles

    Karianne, Wow! I want to give you a hug so bad! You are a great inspiration to anyone who reads your blog! Kind of like that song...."she don't know she's beautiful" remember? I thank God for the blessings he is giving to you and your sweet family! You are so real and honest and that is why you inspire the rest of us! Thank you! Can't wait for that book!!!!!!!

  24. Image for Shannon F Shannon F

    HOORAY! I am so proud of you for pursuing such a big dream! You are an inspiration to us all. You are an amazing, creative and refreshing writer. I love reading your blog and following along with you on your latest adventures (and misadventures). Congratulations and well done!

  25. Image for brocanteuserose brocanteuserose

    YAY!!!!!! So happy for you. I will be rushing right out to buy it when its available cause I believe in you! I love your work, your stories and the inspiration you provide. I may be just a drop in the ocean of fans you have, but all of us drops add up to an ocean! Thanks for stepping into the elevator for us!!!!! P.s I will be drinking sweet tea and wearing red lipstick when I read your book, cause I believe that is the only way your book should be read! :)

  26. Image for Kelly Shratter Kelly Shratter

    I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to read it -- you are a wonderful writer and many of your blogs stick out in my mind. My favorite is the one of your daughter wanting home baked cookies waiting for her after school. I was that kind of girl too, and then tried to be that kind of mother in a world where mothers don't bake much anymore. Sometimes I wondered if I didn't get the "that's not what mom's do anymore" memo ...... :( But my now 21- year- old daughter appreciated it -- and I still happily bake for her when she comes home from college. :)

  27. Image for Karen Karen

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I love your blog and look forward to reading your book. I know you will keep us posted about the actual release date.

  28. Image for Sheila Sheila

    This is so AWESOME! I'm so happy for you! You are an amazing writer but what is the greatest accomplishment is having a son who is mature, wise, and thoughtful. His words to you are the best gift a mother could receive. You are very blessed!

  29. Image for Toni Toni

    Awesome!!! “Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

  30. Image for Be Be

    What a wonderful gift you are giving to all of us, and we can share this gift with others. Enjoy the ride and remember to write like you talk. Don't leave out any of those cute Southern comments. The world needs to know YOU.

  31. Image for Cindy Brown Cindy Brown

    Oh, KariAnne, I am thrilled for you and look forward to your book! I love that you are having such success with fabric and now a book but with all of the success, please do not change that wonderful personality that is full of humbleness and kindness and love!

  32. Image for Debera Debera

    Hats off to you!! You are going forward where many of us only dream to!! I am sending an invisible push forward.....only the best to you and thank you for giving so much to all of us!! Debera

  33. Image for Lynn in Florida Lynn in Florida

    That's so wonderful, Karianne! I will be the first in line when they go on sale! You are the queen of "dreams really do come true if you believe in yourself and work really hard to make them happen"! You deserve every one of your dreams come true...so happy for you!

  34. Image for Kathy Kathy

    And you say we have to wait HOW long? Next fall? Can't wait! Alright, quit reading all these comments already and go start writing!!!!

  35. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Predicted your book six years ago while I was still teaching eighth grade language arts. I gave your posts many A+'s. Congratulations. We are so proud of you. Please come to Ohio for a book signing. I would love an autographed copy.

  36. Image for Terri Terri

    Whoooooo Hoooooo!!! Yipppppeeeeee!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! I am so excited for you .... I can't wait to read it!!!! I just know the whole book is going to be amazing!!!!!!!!! (Just like your blended red lipstick!!!! :) ) lololol.... You DO MEAN... fall of this year ... right???? Watching for "Pre order" options!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!

  37. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    Holy moley!!!! I am so very excited for you friend!!! I can't wait to read it. Such awesome news...and by the way, that son of yours? You raised him well. Love, Linda

  38. Image for Cindy Pierce Cindy Pierce

    That is absolutely AWESOME! Congratulations! Sons are the greatest to encourage us mom!!! Can't wait to read your book!

  39. Image for Chris Chris

    Congratulations! You go girl!! For a country girl, you sure don't let any grass grow under your feet! You should be selling vitamins with your energy. I am little confused if you mean THIS Fall or a year after? Cause the next Fall is only a couple months away and most books don't get published that fast, so I'm guessing that Next Fall means 2017? Have you already written a draft? Be sure to include how you balance all these projects in your life! There is nothing better in life than seeing a big dream come true and getting to live it. And having a wonderful family that supports your dream. Super proud of you!

  40. Image for Debra B Milam Debra B Milam

    I don't buy books anymore, I have become a library down load audio book fiend. I have a book playing all day long everyday, while I go about my day. HOWEVER, for the record I will be buying yours, you can count on it. Congratulations!

  41. Image for Dale Deacon Dale Deacon

    You have the ability to put words together that moves readers to tears, laughter as we sip our coffee and celebrate our humanity as we read your postings. Oh what joy, a whole book to lose myself in one day in the future, in my favorite spot, my pug snoring at my feet and yes...I'll be celebrating YOU with sweet tea in hand.

  42. Image for Charlotte Snodgrass Charlotte Snodgrass

    Congratulations to you!! You can write, and reading your adventures is fun and interesting. I am looking forward to your book!!

  43. Image for Kris Kris

    Aw, I teared up, too, when I read what your sweet son said. You done good, mom! Even before you stepped through the elevator door! You have raised a kind and thoughtful son. Your book is icing on the cake. :) You have already succeeded at your most important job of parenting. Of course you can tackle a book!

  44. Image for gail gail

    woohooo! I must say I am not a bit surprised, especially when I read wonderfully written blog posts lie this one. You have a gift for writing Karianne! You should definitely be writing a book. so happy for you, and I must say that I'm not surprised by your sons wonderful words, because YOU are his mom. gail

  45. Image for sekholm sekholm

    You ARE a good writer & I am very critical when it comes to writing. Wishing you all the very, very best as you move out!

  46. Image for Robin Wood Robin Wood

    Yeehaw and thank God for red lipstick. Blessings and hugs to your supportive family and friends. Can't wait to get your book.

  47. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Wow, Karianne That's such exciting news. You have a such a wonderful way with words and creative expression, it was only a matter of time. I'll definitely add to your book sales next year with a purchase. I look forward to getting my hands on a copy and also reading about the exhilarating process along the way. Good luck, best wishes and congrats.

  48. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    Oh my you just Melted my heart! What a sweetheart of a son. So so happy for you for going after dreams and encouraging others to do the same. Your stories have such voice and yes victory even in life's mishaps which are most often where our best lessons are learned. Keep sharing your heart and updates! Hugs from Hooterville but always home sweet home to me.

  49. Image for Jan Jan

    How wonderful!!! I am so excited for you! I can't wait to read your book! You make me smile, laugh and cry reading your words. I can't wait for the full version! Good luck to you on your new adventure!!!!!

  50. Image for Christopher Christopher

    Congratulations! So happy for you and so proud of you. You have worked so hard and deserve all of these gifts that come your way. Can not wait to read your book. What a beautiful young man, wishing his mother luck like that. You have done a wonderful job raising your children.

  51. Image for Peg Peg

    SO proud, SO fortunate and SO blessed, to have tripped upon your blog a year or so ago, and found one of the most amazing, positive, creative, funny and courageous women I've ever met!! : ) Congratulations KariAnne, well done.

  52. Image for Pamela A Pamela A

    Kari Anne - That's so awesome and so well deserved! A hearty Congrats to you for all you share along with your hopes and dreams. Dream big or go home!!

  53. Image for Susan Susan

    Oh KariAnne, I can't tell you how happy my heart is at this news and how very excited I am for you...but I can't say I'm surprised because, if anyone is a natural to write a book, it's *YOU*! After years of reading your beautiful, moving, funny, entertaining, and totally wonderful stories, this just seems like the natural progression! And you know what...I am happy for me and for all of your other readers, too, because we will get to read *YOUR* book and smile and celebrate you with our hearts, knowing as we always did how very talented you are and how very much you deserve this amazing opportunity! I sooooooooooo can't wait for your book...I hope you will tell us the very minute it's released...and I hope to goodness you will offer autographed copies for sale, too...I'd love one of those and I'm sure I'm not the only one! Many happy congratulations to you, KariAnne...please know in your heart that we will always stand by our favourite blogger, because we always knew how special you are, even if you sometimes didn't realise that yourself...you are the best and this is soooooooooo well-deserved!

  54. Image for Pamela Smith Pamela Smith

    Yippee! I'm so excited about your book! I already have it on my Christmas list! And your son's words made me cry! So amazing to hear that from any child. It means you have done well!!! Congratulations!!

  55. Image for Claudia A. Claudia A.

    YAY!!! Hooray Ho Hey Ho I live and die for Hip Hop This is Hip Hop for today I give props to Hip Hop so Hip Hop hooray Ho Hey Ho Sorry a little Naughty by Nature slipped in there. Lol

  56. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Yep!! I knew it all along. You are a born storyteller. It is you and we love you and I simply can't wait. Even if I heard the story before it always brings a tear to my eye, or a big smile to my face. In this big world of blogdom you were the first person I found. I am so happy to know you. Big, big hugs!!!!!

  57. Image for Sue Sue

    Many, many, MANY congratulations! You totally deserve this, as the outpouring of love in thipese comments will attest. So much love in fact, it's debatable if you'll ever get to this little outpouring right at the bottom here *waves frantically* "Helloooooo up there!!" :-) I'll be looking out for publication and whether I can get a copy across the pond. Sue x

  58. Image for Sue Sue

    Many, many, MANY congratulations! You totally deserve this, as the outpouring of love in these comments will attest. So much love in fact, it’s debatable if you’ll ever get to this little outpouring right at the bottom here *waves frantically* “Helloooooo up there!!” :-) I’ll be looking out for publication and whether I can get a copy across the pond. Sue x

  59. Image for Sarah Leimer Sarah Leimer

    Congratulations! Wait, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You are gonna ROCK this book writing thing- I adore your blog and you. Thank you for always being a bright spot in my day. Now you are going to be a bright spot on my shelf too! I love it! Big hugs!

  60. Image for Cathy@RevolutionaryRedesigns Cathy@RevolutionaryRedesigns

    Dear KariAnne, I am beyond happy for you - you are the epitome of what hard work, dreams, plans, and an ever-optimistic frame of mind can accomplish!!! Congratulations from the bottom of my heart!!!! You are an inspiration and deserving of all the happiness and successes that your natural abilities have created for you!!! I am so looking forward to owning a copy of YOUR BOOK!!!!! :) :) :)

  61. Image for Patty Patty

    I've been asking for a book and am thrilled it is finally happening. Will definitely be purchasing it! Doing the happy dance for you (and for me 'cause I'm going to be getting a great book). Can't wait to see your announcement that it is available for purchase!

  62. Image for Shirley Shirley

    I do so hope I can get your book here in England Kari-Anne. You are such a wonderful story teller (and Mother). So pleased for you .

  63. Image for Beth Treaster Beth Treaster

    Funny thing...as I read the 1st couple of paragraph, I thought "she should write a book", and then, lo and behold, I read on and discover you are writing a book. That's great! I love your style of writing...it's very creative. Congrats, and by the way, sounds like you have a very thoughtful son.

  64. Image for Beth keck Beth keck

    KariAnne, There's nobody who deserves this more than you! Day after day you deliver wonderful posts for all of us to read, not only for our entertainment but to inspire us and keep on after our dreams. A great big Congratulations to you! I can't wait to read it! Beth

  65. Image for Jean McGee Jean McGee

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! !!! Jean McGee

  66. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I'm so very proud of you, dear friend. Glad you are finally set and can't wait to read, cry and laugh through all the amazing pages that will flow through you onto the paper and unfold before our very hearts and eyes! Can you save me a signed copy please????!!

  67. Image for Rita C at Panoply Rita C at Panoply

    This should be a great book. I love your style and hearing your voice through your written word. If that's allowed to shine through in your published book, it will be a huge success. Congratulations, Karianne! Rita

  68. Image for Sharon C Sharon C

    Wow, this is such exciting news. You write your blog so beautifully, so I can imagine your book will be a huge success. Congratulations, it's so awesome and I'm so happy for you!!

  69. Image for Fabian Fabian

    Can't wait to buy a copy... You are the real deal Karianne! Your blog makes me smile everyday...really...no lie...#totallytrue

  70. Image for sydney85 sydney85

    Many congrats! Well deserved to one of the loveliest ladies I have never actually met but would put you on the top of my list.

  71. Image for Ellen Ellen

    CONGRATULATIONS! A dream is a wish your heart makes- hard work makes it come true. I am already anticipating curling up with my autographed BOOK!! Hope there are lots of photos with the stories. Thank-you for sharing this most exciting news. This BOOK will be a best seller for sure.

  72. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    Absolutely perfect. I'll be your very first reader. Some book publisher somewhere is definitely on their toes! They chose the perfect person for the job. Can't wait! So happy for you, my friend!

  73. Image for Beth Beth

    I am so very very happy for you! I have no doubt whatsoever that your book will be incredibly awesome! I will be first in line to buy it (along with a long list of others from the looks of the comments! :) ! I can't wait!

  74. Image for Terri Terri

    I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled to get to the bottom of all of the precious comments so I could leave my congratulations and best wishes also! So happy for you, Karianne! Can't wait to read your book!

  75. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Oh, KariAnne, dear girl ... I must say "Finally!" And send my huge Congratulations!" I'll bet that great, "smiling eyes" Hubby of yours is as proud as can be ~ I know in my heart he has supported and encouraged you all along the road to these many successes you are experiencing. As everyone has said, we KNEW it ... and were just waiting, however impatiently ... !!! And your Son's call ~ no words! Please add me to the list of those wanting to pre-order a signed copy?! Fondly ... kj

  76. Image for Valynn Valynn

    I never comment on any blogs, but I have to tell you that I can't think of anyone that could be a better candidate to author a book than you! Several times a week you make me laugh and cry in the same post. You are a masterful storyteller! I'll be one of the first in line to purchase the book! Good luck:)

  77. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

    KariAnne, Glad to be stepping through the elevator with you! Be sure to stock up on red lipstick for all your book signings. :) Are you, by chance, including a picture of a red-lipstick kiss on the cover of your book? I can see it in my mind already. Congratulations on achieving another goal! P.S. Remember to think about what we discussed in Texas as the next big challenge. Judith

  78. Image for jennifer farnes jennifer farnes

    SO PROUDA YOU, MY FRIEND!! That's my dream...has been for years. My problem is finding a publisher. You are one step closer to achieving your dream. If I can't have mine...I'm glad you have yours.

  79. Image for Glitter and Lillies Glitter and Lillies

    Oh so happy for you KariAnne, you write the best stories because they make all of us who read them laugh, cry, smile, and feel that we have found someone who understands how precious very moement is...Congratulations!!!!

  80. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    I smiled as I read your post today. I can't imagine a more perfect next step for you Karianne. Seriously, you have a gift for the written word and I can't wait to read it :) I am super excited...I'm in Texas...tomorrow I get to stop in a Magnolia Market, yeeeehaaa!

  81. Image for Bonnie Schulte Bonnie Schulte

    Wow, I am so happy for you..I am also happy for me, because I now know a famous author.Wow wow,wow, again, I can't wait to read your book,... oh great famous wonderful author!!!!!! Congratulations a million times X another million!

  82. Image for sue sue

    I whole-heartedly believe in you and I can not wait for your book to be published. All the best to you and this dream.

  83. Image for Karen Ploransky Karen Ploransky

    Dear, Sweet, Talented, Amazing, Funny, Entertaining, Karianne, I've been waiting for this very thing since the very first blog post I read! You've got this! Congratulations! Love ya Karen

  84. Image for Pat Pat

    You are an inspiration to many, good luck in your new venture. Look forward to reading your new book. Great to have our children recognize our aspirations and guidance to nurture their souls along the way.

  85. Image for Carol A. Wellein Carol A. Wellein

    What a wonderful opportunity for you and a gift for us. It's so much fun to share in your excitement, and what a thoughtful son you are raising.

  86. Image for Kerry Purcell Kerry Purcell

    Congratulations, Kari Anne. You are an inspiration. Blessings and best wishes as you pick up the pen and begin this amazing new chapter in your life!

  87. Image for Suzanne Melton Suzanne Melton

    Yay! Will there be author events? Where the AUTHOR (that's YOU!) reads from her book, takes questions from her FANS, and signs each book purchased? You should start practicing your signature now!

  88. Image for Rebecca Turner Rebecca Turner

    I just want to add my congratulations along with everyone else, because you deserve it KariAnne, and I know it'll be great! You're a born writer, and your blog is still my favorite for that reason. Because you have a style, a delivery, like no one else. You are funny, yet down to earth. Real! I look forward to opening your first book, and hopefully there will be others! Btw: I have written so many comments that didn't get posted because my stupid internet goes in and out all the time...usually just when I'm ready to hit the send button. Aggravating! Keep your fingers crossed it works this time!

  89. Image for Angela Angela

    Congratulations KariAnne. Long time reader first time commentor. But I had to come out of the woodwork, such beautiful beautiful mother-son moments there. Were I in your shoes, I think my little heart would just burst out. Sitting in a little corner far far away from your side of the world, I would love to read your book too. Keep rocking, ROCKSTAR!!! :)

  90. Image for Gail Gail

    I look forward to reading your blogs everyday and can't wait to read your book. I love your humor and your realness about life. You make me smile everyday you write! Thank you and best of luck!

  91. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    Congratulations, Friend!! That is wonderful news....can't wait to read it!! What a blessing and an inspiration you are to so many. Thanks for sharing the good news!

  92. Image for CJ CJ

    Did you see me jumping up and down with you? I have been a faithful reader for a couple of years now; don't know if I've ever left a comment or not before; I'm just that way, but this time I just had to do it. I have mentioned you more times than I care to say to my husband or even more to the point, I have shoved my tablet in front of his face and said "Just read this" because I just think you are so sweet and such a lovely sister in Christ. You're someone I could be friends with. Here is the big thing, my husband has worked at Tyndale for more than 25 years and when I started reading your blog I told him that Tyndale should publish your book if you ever wrote one because I and many others would love to have a book by Karie Anne in our hands! If you ever come to Tyndale, just ask for Tim or better yet, let me know and I'll take you out to lunch to celebrate one of the many ways God has blessed you, right down to that sweet son calling you and saying those dear words to you; be still my momma's heart!

  93. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    I have been waiting for this announcement to come, because after following you for a few years now I just knew that of course, you HAD to eventually wrote a book!!! I've been saying that for the longest time now! I'm so excited for you, and totally know you can do it! And I for one can't wait to read it!!! You are a fabulous story teller and I adore you and your blog! And what a precious moment for that sweet son to tell you how much he also believes in your dream!

  94. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    Are you through pinching yourself yet? I told you, you were destined for the BIG TIME! So very happy for all your success and I want an autographed copy of that book ('cause after all, I knew you "when")!

  95. Image for Maggie Maggie

    I'm over the moon excited for you! I only wished I knew you were in Chicago I would have loved to me you! Can't wait to read your book.. I know it will be funny, exciting and all around definite best seller... You r a great writer. You so deserve this. Maggie @ magsjag

  96. Image for Jan Jan

    How very wonderful!!! And your son - well you're obviously a great Mom! I would have been "ugly-sobbing" getting off the elevator after that call! Congratulations!

  97. Image for Toni Toni

    That son moment is what every parent dreams of. So glad you got yours. Can't think of anyone more deserving. Oh, and the book-pretty awesome!

  98. Image for Annie Annie

    I hope your book is written in a more straight-forward manner than your blog posts. You take forever to get to the point. Don't read your blog any more but for some reason this showed up on my Facebook feed. And there you were again, taking forever to let people know you're writing a book. Gosh, like no one has ever done that before...

  99. Image for Brenda Brenda

    I am sooo looking forward to reading it! You have brought us all tears and laughter (sometimes laughing until we cry). Very well deserved!!! Congratulations!

  100. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Congratulations for stepping into your glowy, beautiful light and shining it for ALL OF US!!! So happy for you. You continue to inspire me, Karianne!!! All the best!

  101. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Congratulations! Congratulations! CONGRATULATIONS! I am so excited for you! You are amazing and I can't wait to read your amazing book!

  102. Image for Linda Szymoniak Linda Szymoniak

    Congrats! And..... OMG! I want this house! I'm near Chicago, but I'm in Indiana - just five miles from the IN/IL border. Just 30 miles from the Loop.

  103. Image for Kaye W Kaye W

    Congratulations! I am anxious to read your book with your adventures. & misadventures. It looks like you raised a really good man & that must have been one of the greatest adventures you have had so far.

  104. Image for Stacey Keeling Stacey Keeling

    Karianne, you are a dreamer, encourager, story teller, decorator, photographer, mom and so many other things... We are all so proud of you and will definitely be reading your book!

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