1 Year Blog Anniversary and a Giveaway!

This past Saturday marked the 1 year anniversary of this little ol’ blog called Motherhood Is An Art.

I do believe that calls for a woot! woot! and some appreciation to everyone who reads and follows me. I am very sincere when I say that I am very thankful to people who stop on by and take their time to read. I have met some of thee coolest people through blogging.

To show my appreciation I am not only sharing a recent children’s book I wrote for my children (based off an event that actually happened that I greatly exaggerated) but I am also giving a copy away to one lucky reader! All you have to do to be entered to win is leave a comment at the bottom of the page indicating that you would like a copy. The other option is to leave a comment on my Facebook page which you can join by clicking on the Facebook “like” button on the right hand side of the page! In one week I will announce the winner!

Without further ado….here is the book I wrote and illustrated:

cover page

page 1 copy2

A mom and her three kids were driving in their van one bright, sunny day. They had the windows rolled down and were singing along to their favorite songs on the radio.

page 2 copy

All of a sudden, Mom heard a low grunting noise coming from the back seat. The noise grew into louder growls and roars. The mom found herself slightly panicked that her three children had been replaced by lions…

page 3 copy2

or bears…

page 4 copy

or wart hogs.

page 5 copy

After a quick check in the rearview mirror the mystery was solved when she discovered that the two older children were bickering and arguing at an escalating volume. She turned down the radio and that is when the girl exclaimed, “Brother is emptying my bucket!”

The mom quickly fired back in a panicked tone, “What bucket? Who brought a bucket in the van? What was in the bucket?”

page 6 copy

Mom knew how much her kids loved to put stuff in buckets. She began to imagine hundreds of worms being spilled into the van…

page 7 copy

or possibly hundreds of roly-poly bugs…

page 8 copy

or a bucket full of ants.

page 9 copy

Would they have brought a bucket of water in the van…

page 10 copy

or gooey mud and leaves?

page 11 copy

After trying to steal glances over her shoulder and not seeing anything; the mom asked again about the contents of the bucket that the brother emptied.

The girl explained that in her Life Skills class at school, her teacher told them we all have an imaginary bucket inside of us. When someone does or says something mean to us; it empties our bucket.

page 12 copy

The girl said her bucket was getting emptied when her brother told her that she had dragon breath.

page 13 copy

The mom immediately told her son to apologize to his big sister. He also had to come up with one compliment to help fill her “bucket” back up.

He told his sister he was sorry and then he told her she was as cool as a two-headed frog. In other words he thought his sister was pretty awesome!


59 responses

  1. This is exaggerated? How? I don’t get it… πŸ˜‰ Hee hee! This is an adorable book! You are so talented! Congratulations on your Blogiversary-here’s to many more (for both of our blogs)!

  2. Congratulations Melissa on both your first book, and your first full year of blogging. Great ending! Believing for your success. Be A Blessing because you’re Blessed. I look forward to more sharing. Mtetar

  3. Congratulations on your 1 year Blogging anniversary …. Boy time flies … so quickly … !! I have loved every minute of your Blogs … and am so proud of who you are … your multi – talents and most of all your actual wonderful art of Motherhood !!

  4. Congrats on one year of amazing blogs, Melissa!! This book (like all of your blogs) is amazing! So witty and so great – the writing and the pictures! Our crazy family would love to win a copy of your crazy family’s book πŸ™‚ take care and hope to see you soon!

  5. Congratulations on your first month anniversary! =) Here’s to more years of successful blogging! =) (Would so love a copy of your book). All the best, Dean.

  6. That artwork is astounding Melissa! The colours are vibrant and captivating! My personal favourite is the wart hogs… Gorgeous! Happy, happy anniversary to you and your amazingly witty blog Melissa! I would be honoured to own anything you created!

    • Thank you Lidia! The funny thing about those warthogs is that after I wrote that in the book I realized I didn’t even know what a warthog looked like! I had to type it into the google search on our tablet and look at a tiny picture of them to try to figure out how to draw them! It was Bency’s favorite picture too!

  7. Happy Anniversary! that’s awesome that you’ve made it to the year mark, and I hope you have many more years left in you! And – yes! put me down in the drawing! I have a 3 yr old nephew and a couple week old niece, so it won’t go to waste! (Of course, they won’t get it until I’ve read it several times!)

    • Thank you Kate! I can’t believe I kept up with blogging for a whole year. Normally I get kind of bored with hobbies and jump around and do a lot of different things. I just really love blogging! And I have your name down!

  8. Yayyyyy! Melissa congratulations on your one year anniversary! I know I’m supposed to be wading in two feet of water right now, but I couldn’t miss this HUGE milestone. Plus, the book . . . Your illustrations are stunning. What a gift!

    Like I’ve told you before, you need to start shopping that book around to a publisher. One copy is not enough. Big HUGS~ Anka! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much Anka! I hope you are enjoying your time off! It seems like everything has been such a whirlwind the past few months. As the dust starts to settle I will sit down and see what my options are! Can’t wait to see you back full-time in the blogging world!

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  10. Oh my gosh girl, Millissa…..so so talentened, that creativity went far beyond the lesson, and me smiling all the way through………I write and draw childrens books too……so, I can totally appreciate all the work and effort you put into this……simply wonderful !!! (no, I am waiting for a better project before I decide to try at publishing) Gee, ……. I sure hope you get some sales !!! Thats a worthy kids book, right? πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much Ellie! I just did it for fun for my kids. I am not publishing it! I didn’t know you wrote and drew children’s book too! That’s awesome! I would love to see some of the ones you did as well! It’s a fun hobby!

  11. Melissa, I am so sorry that I missed this! But, happy blogging anniversary. You’re one of my favorite people and I’m so glad to get to know you!

    Have you ever thought of becoming an art teacher? You seem incredibly gifted with both art and kiddos.

    • Thank you so much Joyce! You are one of my favorites as well as you know! As for the art teacher gig; I really think that would be a fun job but I truly have no idea what I am doing when it comes to art. Maybe someday in a volunteer capacity!

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