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Enjoy Today ... Before It Slips Away) WON in the SHORT STORY CATEGORY for
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mothers Come In Many Forms ...

Mother's Day is almost here! I love this holiday because, even though I may not have my own mother here to pamper and celebrate, I get to pay tribute to all the beautiful women in my life who have been such great examples of love, service, and motherhood.

I am blessed with a wonderful step-mother who took on eight children when she married my Dad ... and she has stayed with us for 18 years! That alone is worth celebrating. She has been, and continues to be, a great companion to my father, a wonderful grandmother to my children, and a caring and loving step-mother and friend to my siblings and me. I don't know what we would do without her.

I am blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law. I am grateful for the mother she was and is to her kids and for the wonderful son she raised. I admire the friendship she has with her children and the relationship she strives to maintain with her growing grandchildren.

I am blessed with beautiful aunts who have always been so loving and supportive. They have always shown they love my siblings and me as though we were their own.

I am blessed with an "other mother". She was one of my mother's closest friends and she was always there with a listening ear and a helping hand.

I am blessed with my mother's dear friends. These women have remained close friends to my siblings and me and feel as close as family.

I am blessed with wonderful young women leaders from my youth who remain friends with me today. These women were great examples of how to serve those around you and be an example of Christ wherever you are.

I am blessed with sweet visiting teachers, neighbors, and friends in my neighborhood who are the kind of friends and neighbors I want to be. They love and serve with full hearts and I am grateful for each one of them.

I am blessed with sisters and sisters-in-law, whom I love and think of as my own sisters. I love the friendships that we share and the memories we have made over our years of being mothers side by side.

So, this Mother's Day, I want to say "Thank You!" to all these beautiful women in my life. Thank you for shaping me, influencing me, lifting me, and loving me. Thank you for your example and friendship. I feel very blessed that I have so many wonderful mother figures in my life to celebrate!
Happy Mother's Day!

(I want to thank LDS Bookstore for helping make this Mother's Day special for those who entered to win the Mother's Day Give-A-Way. We had a huge response and I know four lucky moms will be a little happier on Mother's Day. To find your mom ... or yourself ... something special, go to ldsbookstore.com).

Mothers

Saturday, April 30, 2016

And The Winners Are ...

Congratulations to:

Nola Child, Bracken Larsen, Allison Merrill and Christy Lillywhite

You are the four lucky winners in the LDS Bookstore-sponsored Mother's Day Give-A-Way! Now you get to choose from the four gifts listed below. Email me at stacyjcoles@yahoo.com and tell me which gift you choose and include your mailing address.

Thanks to everyone who participated! We had so many entries and it was great to read the tributes to the wonderful mothers. And a huge Thanks to LDS Bookstore for sponsoring the give-a-way. If you weren't a winner, you can still get great gifts for Mother's Day at LDSBookstore.com.
Nephi & Laban DVD
Temple Blossom Necklace
Piano Guys 2 CD
Enjoy Today ...
Before It Slips Away
Softcover Inspirational Book

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mother's Day Give-A-Way


Mother's Day is almost here. We all have someone we go to for advice, comfort, or a listening ear whether it's our mother, mother-in-law, step-mother, grandmother, aunt or sister. These women in our lives shape us into who we are. They set the example for the type of women we want to be.

To make this Mother's Day extra special, Say This Write is teaming up with LDSBookstore.com for a Mother's Day Give-A-Way! All you have to do is:

1. Share, Repost, and/or Pin the Say This Write logo box above, then
2. Comment (here or on Facebook) with one word that describes your Mother. That's it!

* If you aren't on Facebook or Instagram, Email me your contact info (name & email) so I can contact you via email if you are the winner. stacyjcoles@yahoo.com

It's that easy! The contest ends Saturday, April 30 when FOUR lucky winners will be randomly selected to win one of these amazing gifts for you or that special "mother" in your life:
Piano Guys 2 CD
Temple Blossom Necklace


Nephi & Laban DVD


Enjoy Today ... Before It Slips Away
Paperback with a coordinating
"To/From" gift tag




These fabulous prizes are for the Give-A-Way, but for other purchase options, just click on the LDSBookstore ad above for a bigger selection of clothing, art, jewelry and more.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

I Am Thankful For ...

Taking the time to count our blessings helps put into perspective how much we have to be thankful for. Even in times of trial and sorrow, being thankful can help us see the light at the end of the tunnel and gives us strength to endure.

It's so easy to be thankful for the sunshine on a beautiful day when life is going well and everyone seems to be happy, healthy, and safe. But, we also need to remember to be thankful for the rain and the stormy clouds. After all, if the sky were always blue, eventually we'd forget to look up.

I am so thankful for miracles that happen every day. Little things let us know we have a loving Heavenly Father who is watching over us and is aware of our struggles, pain, fears, and sorrows. I am thankful for a loving and supportive family, both immediate and extended. I am thankful for a hard-working, talented, devoted, (and handsome!) husband who does everything he can to take care of his family. I am thankful for my beautiful children who teach me everyday the importance of service, patience, kindness, and love. I am thankful for wonderful friends and neighbors. I am thankful for my testimony.

Now it's your turn. What are you thankful for?
I Am Thankful



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

When Children Teach

We recently took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Yellowstone. Our first night in Jackson Hole, my husband and I took our kids and sat around the fire pit in front of our hotel. We laughed as we told stories and jokes (that really weren't that funny!).

Then, our almost 14-year-old son said he wanted to have more of a fireside and talk about something spiritual. I told him to take the lead. He said the topic was families. He explained why he thought families were important and asked us to each take a turn doing the same.

When we made our rounds, a strange man (in his late 20s) came out of no where, walked over to the fire pit, sat down, and asked if he could join our party. He was obviously drunk and was swearing. My first instinct was to tell the man to watch his language in front of my kids, but I had a strong feeling I needed to stay quiet. So I did.

My son, who was standing, leaned in towards his dad and quietly asked if he should keep going. My husband said "Yes." As we watched his nervousness turn quickly into confidence, my son updated this stranger on our fireside and invited him to take his turn in telling us why family is important to him.

I fully expected this man to get up and walk away, saying this wasn't the type of party he was looking for. But, he surprised us all by participating. He looked uncomfortable at first and his speech was a little slurred. However, only moments into speaking, he seemed completely lucid, was fully into our fireside, and his language was MUCH better. Without sharing details, he informed us that his family didn't understand him and he often left home for weeks at a time without checking in. But he knew his family loved him.

When the man finished, my son wrapped things up by baring his testimony. Without hesitation, he said that we are all part of Heavenly Father's family and He will always love us, no matter what. He reminded us that we need to pray so we can know of His love for us. He also told us how important it is to tell our family members how much we love and appreciate them. He closed with, "In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

This man had moist eyes as he thanked us for letting him stay and participate with our fireside. He said it was something he needed to hear. Then he told us he liked our family values. We asked him his name and took turns shaking his hand as we said good-night and left.

Back in our hotel room, my son broke down with uncontrollable tears. It took him a minute before he was able to speak. He told us he had prayed for weeks for a missionary experience. We believe it was no coincidence that this man staggered into our "fireside" that night. Although we will probably never see this man again, we all witnessed, if just for a moment, how the Spirit can change people.

I am so proud of my son for having the courage to continue his spiritual message in front of this stranger and bare his sweet testimony with so much power. I am also proud that this mama listened to a prompting and kept her mouth shut (for once!). Had I let the protective mother-bear lose and told this man to watch his language, a great missionary moment for my son would have been lost.

We prayed for this man that night in our family prayer. We prayed that, if he was able to feel of the Spirit that night, he would hang on to that feeling and know of Heavenly Father's love for him.

What a great example our children can be to us. As parents, we need to know when to teach and when to sit back, be quiet, and let our children teach us. When we do, who knows who else they will teach along the way.

Has your family experienced a missionary moment like ours? If so, please share in the comments. We would love to hear about it.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Say This Write ~ It's NOT just a blog!

I've had a lot of people ask me when I'm going to publish another book. It's in the works, I promise! But, the last couple of years I have been so busy with the PR side of Say This Write, there hasn't been a lot of time for the creative writing side of things.

Yes, Say This Write has a Public Relations Business side! It's been a little overwhelming at times but I've loved every minute of it. I have designed billboards, brochures, posters, banners, resumes, thought box plaques, wedding invitations, and more. It's been FUN, to say the least!

Don't miss out on the action. If you have a company/business and need promotional material, check out what others have already discovered: Say This Write, Public Relations the Write Way. Just click on the "Public Relations The Write Way" tab above. It has all the links and info you'll need. But, feel free to email me if you have any questions.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Reading

If your kiddos have not started school yet, you might be wondering how to keep them entertained for the rest of the summer break. Keep them reading!

Reading to and with our children is one of the best ways we can help them continue learning throughout the summer. But it can be difficult to encourage if your kids don't enjoy losing themselves in a good book. So what can you do to make it fun and exciting for them?

* Read together and act out the story. Bring the book to life by reading the story, letting the kids pick out who they want to play, creating costumes, and acting it out.

* Find out what genre they enjoy reading. This can take some time. Try comic books, magazines, brochures, anything that might spark an interest. My husband didn't enjoy reading at all when he was younger. Once he realized he loved reading about money (making it, investing it, saving it, etc.) it opened so many doors for him.

* Talk about each chapter. I had one of my boys do this to help with his reading comprehension years ago and he continues to do it today because it helps. It gives the reader a break at the end of each chapter while reassuring he/she understands what they just read. It also presents the parents with the opportunity to ask questions like: "What do you think is going to happen next?", or "If you were the writer, is there anything about that chapter you would have changed?"

* Have an award for each book completed. Some kids work harder when there is an award at the end of the road. Let the child choose the award. You might be surprised by their efforts.

There are so many resources to help parents and children have access to reading material. The library and the web are obvious (and great) choices. If you want to try a new alternative for your younger readers, Bookroo.com is a company that delivers new books to your door each month. They are offering a special promotion in honor of John Newbery's birthday -- a "Buy One, Give One" deal. The creators of Bookroo.com want to share the gift of reading by giving the next 250 new customers a coupon for a FREE one-month subscription -- a gift subscription! Sign up and send a friend a free one-month subscription. What a great friend! I've also attached a $4 coupon below.

Whichever method you use and resource you utilize, keep your kids reading! Not only is it great for the development of these young minds, it also creates great bonding, quality family time. "The more that you read, the more things you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."


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Summer Reading