Come On. Get Happy.

I'm so thankful for The Internet on a day like today, because without it I likely would never have heard about this dream let alone be able to share it with you in hopes you'll support it. You know I love a good opportunity to help make young people's educational dreams come true, and this is a good one.   

My friend Johanna (who is one of the best teachers I know) posted a link to Paris's Class Trip To Peru on facebook the other day and I was thrilled to see it/read about it/support it.

I met Paris last year when she joined me on the first book bake sale field trip. She was the one who sat next to me texting pictures of her food to her mom. I've never met her mom, but she seems like a pretty phenomenal woman. I would love nothing more than to see the two of them meet this fundraising goal and take the trip of a lifetime to Peru in June. 

Go read about Paris and her mom and scrounge up five bucks (or more!) to help make their dream come true. Do it now. Go.

For The Love Of Words: Denver Writes

Have you heard of Denver Writes, formerly known as Metro Denver Promotion of Letters (or MDPL)? This organization is one of my favorites in Denver and it is in a big time growth stage right now, which is really exciting.  

I volunteered with Denver Writes at a number of different weekend workshops over the last few years and I can tell you for sure they've got some good stuff going on. The last one I was at before we moved was a songwriting workshop and I convinced Dann to come with me. The kids were SO excited about their writing and when Dann remembered he had his snare drum in the trunk of our car, he became a little bit of a hero. We still occasionally listen to the songs the kids wrote and recorded that day, and they never fail to put smiles on our faces.

If you love Denver and writing like I do, this is the indiegogo campaign for you. You could even get a cool t-shirt or tote bag! More importantly, though, when you support Denver Writes, you help give kids good opportunities to grow as writers. What other reason do you need?  

Big News

I was hoping my next blog post would be about how I met George Saunders last weekend and told him how much of an impact his work and specifically his story Victory Lap have had on me as a reader and writer and person but alas, it didn’t happen. That one will have to stay on the bucket list for now.

Something I did get to do last weekend, however, was to have lunch with a couple of my best buddies in Denver, one of whom gave me that Broncos onesie as a gift because...

I’M PREGNANT!

That’s right, Dann and I are expecting our first child in April 2015 and I’m already amazed at the ways the little one has changed our lives. I’m certain this will be our greatest adventure and I’m humbled to receive such a miraculous gift.

One Last Bake Sale Update

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I'm so excited to share this little update with you!

Just before I left Denver back in June, I handed off a Tattered Cover gift card to my cousin Kelsey as the last step in this year's bake sale for books. Kelsey works as a NICU nurse at CU Hospital, and she sent me this update recently about the books she was able to purchase to help support the families with babies in the NICU.  

"In June, I purchased about 50 books and I have distributed 40 or so of them in the NICU...most of them are in Spanish (because that is what we were lacking). There are 2 book nooks in our unit and I was able to add about 20 books to each one. We encourage parents to read to their babies, especially when they are not able to hold them for whatever reason. There is tons of research that shows it promotes bonding between baby and mom/dad.  

I purchased 2 books (also in Spanish) for our parent lending library - we have a little bookshelf of books that parents can check out...all of the books are educational. I kept the other 15 or so children's books in my locker for nurses to give as gifts to specific families as they leave. I have already given one away...it was fun to write a little note in it and tell the family about how it was donated! THANK YOU again and again...my coworkers wanted me to communicate their thanks too!!!"

There you have it, folks. The final account of the serious good stuff you made happen. To those of you who helped (baked, donated, told your friends, etc.), thank you thank you once again from the deep well of happiness in my heart.