August 2011-
I am starting a 29-Day Challenge to give one gift each day and see how it affects my life. I have always considered myself a giver, but I feel this challenge will challenge and focus me on giving more. I was inspired by the book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving can Change your Life. I ran across it 2 years ago in a bookstore in Springfield, MO, and I titled a piece of paper 29 Gifts. I found that same piece of paper the other day, and I saw it as a sign to start the challenge. You can learn more about the book and challenge at

After 1 month of giving, I have continued this challenge in giving and sharing the stories with others. Hope you enjoy reading about my adventures with giving!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Day 42: E-mail to Children's Author

Today my gift was sending an e-mail to a Children's author.  As I prepared my thematic unit for class over Thanksgiving, I absolutely fell in love with the book The Curious Garden written by Peter Brown.  It was such a cute story and literally made me laugh out loud at parts.  I really connected with the book and googled the author.  I then decided to write a small note of appreciation to the author Peter Brown.  He was brave enough to share his talent for writing children's literature with the world.  We all share ourselves with the world when we share our talents and special gifts with others.  All too often we don't take the time to express our gratitude and thankfulness for other's gifts.  Sometimes we may feel like our thank yous may be insignificant or we say we are "too busy" to take the time. My e-mail and Peter Brown's response are below.

"We never know how far reaching something we may think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow."  – B.J. Palmer