A BIG FAT THANK YOU and a tiny little giveaway.

So, this post may be a bit personal, but I don’t really care.  I just want you all to know what a difference you’ve made in my life.

I married my high school sweetheart (been with him since I was 16) when I was 20.  We had our first child *ahem* five months later.  You do the math.  I was in college and we both worked full-time jobs.  We lived paycheck to paycheck for the next four years (yes, it took me six years to graduate college) and in the meantime we had two more boys.  So…three children and six years later, I finally had a degree.  Little did I know, I picked the lowest paying career out there.  I think my first post-degree job paid about 27,000 a year.  (Social Work, go figure.)

So, we struggled some more.  And some more and some more and some more.  Everyone with children knows how tough it is to get by.  It’s butterflying TOUGH!  Anyway, we finally bought a “house.”   I use that term lightly, because it’s a single-wide mobile home that is really quite ugly.  The decor looks like a 1970’s porn movie with black and gold trim everywhere.  No joke.  UG-LY!

We have lived in this house for SEVEN YEARS!  That’s a long time to raise three children in a house that is barely over 1000 square feet.  And not to mention HOT.  It never gets below 90 degrees inside during the summer, no matter what we set the A/C on.

What the hell is my point to all of this?  I’ll tell you.

We moved today.  Into a REAL house.  A house with doors that work and an air conditioner that cools and electricity that doesn’t shut off if you run two electronics at the same time.  My boys are 7, 8 and 11 and this is the first time they’ve had a REAL HOUSE.  And granted, it’s a rent house.  We decided to move while we work up plans to build a house within the next year.  It’s surreal.  Seven months ago, we were struggling to make ends meet.  Now, things are finally coming together and it’s all because of you guys.  Every single person that spent a few bucks to buy a book that I wrote deserves a big THANK YOU from my whole family.

It’s hot and I’m tired and we’ve been moving all day long, but I’m soooo happy.  I get to sleep in my bed tonight for the first time without worrying that a gust of wind will blow our house over.

If you made it to the end of this post, I’m sorry.  I just had to get that off my chest. Now, in return for everyone making my dream come true,  I’m going to give away a CRAPLOAD of signed books.  I’m serious.  I’m picking ten winners.  No…TWENTY!  Okay, fine.  I’m about to give away thirty signed copies of Slammed.  That’s right!  All you have to do is comment here and tell me your SWEET for the day.  No sucks!  This is all about the GREAT things in life.  I’ll pick winners at random in a few days.

Oh, and I guess I’ll give away another kindle fire, too.  You guys seem to like those!  ;)