Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day and 101 Posts!!!





Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

I was standing in the Mother's Day card aisle yesterday, frustrated that no card said exactly what I wanted to say to show my Momma how much she means to me. Then I realized it's no wonder none of them could sum it up--there are no words that can. I thank God for my mom.
Mom loves us at our sweetest . . .

. . . and our craziest.
On a somewhat related note:

This is The Sweet South Blog's 101st blog post! Thanks to my mom for making it all possible. ;)


GIVEAWAY:
In celebration, I'm giving away a surprise package of 3 Christian romances (trade paperbacks published within the last couple years) to anyone who comments on this post! To enter, simply comment. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL. Other wise I'll have to hunt you down on Facebook, and knowing me I'd accidentally find the wrong person and give your book away to someone else lol! Follow the blog and mention it in your comment for an extra entry. If you already follow, mention it for an extra entry.
If you refer a friend to this blog, and they follow, write the name they followed with in your post to get 5, yes that's FIVE, extra entries. Giveaway ends Sunday, May 17 at 9pm. Winner will be announced in a post on Monday, May 18.



Don't forget: if you haven't looked at my Improvement Questionnaire, take a quick second to click on the "I Need Your Opinion" button on the right sidebar at the top, under "Reader Survey." With your feedback, I can make this blog a funner place to hang out. Thank you so much for following me on this fun blogging journey. I'll do everything I can to make sure the next 100 posts are even better and brighter!


Hugs. :)
Natalie

P.S. I leave you with these gratuitous pics of adorable rabbits and a parting question:


What is one thing you're grateful your mother taught you?

57 comments:

Deanna Stevens said...

I loved your pics today! My mother taught me that giving is also a gift to yourself. Nothing better than to see someone's face light up when you give, & your heart is fuller when giving :)
dkstevensneAToutlookd OtCom

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Deanna! What a beautiful life lesson. Thank you for sharing! I'll enter you in the giveaway!

Amy C said...

Aw! What a fabulous post. Thank you so much!
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Amy C! Love your profile pic! Best wishes in the giveaway!

Diane Estrella said...

How to communicate in a healthy way. Trying to teach my kids the very same thing.

karenk said...

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

agboss said...

Love on your children: tell them you love them, listen to them, affirm them, and give them lots of hugs.....you can never give too many!

agboss said...

Oops! I forgot to put my email. It is: nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

The Artist Librarian said...

My mom passed down a love of reading and showed me what a life following Christ is like. :)

Thanks for the chance to win and congrats on 101 posts, Natalie!

Jafuchi7(at)hawaii(dot)edu

Amada Chavez said...

Sounds intriguing! I'm curious now as to what the books are! :D I had to enter! ;)

Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

Heidi Robbins said...

My mom gave me a love for a balance of responsibility and enjoyment :)

colorvibrant at gmail dot com

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Diane! Thanks for coming by! Great skill. Our society desperately needs that!

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Karen! Gotcha! Best wishes in the giveaway!

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, agboss! Sounds like yours is a wonderful mother!

Natalie Monk said...

Thank you, The Artist Librarian! :) I just love that handle. :)

Love that your mother lived a godly example and pointed you to Christ! That's all that will matter one day! Plus, loving to read helps. :)

Natalie Monk said...

Amada! Hey, girl! Great to see you here again! There's just something irresistible about a mystery package, isn't there? Haha! Best wishes in the giveaway!

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Heidi! What a valuable thing to impart! Thanks for entering the giveaway!

Anonymous said...


Hello Natalie. Surprise packages always gets me. I always loved to buy the little grab bags to see what surprises they held. Mostly at school carnivals. My mother taught me how important being a christian is, and how important family is. I was 1 of 8 siblings. I loved that. loved that GOD put me in a christian home with the most wonderful parents. She also taught me responsibility and how to be a good wife and mother. Would love to win. Congrats on your 101 posts. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Courtney Ballinger said...

My mom has taught me SO much! One thing that stands out is her selflessness--she'll do anything for anyone. I'm still working on being more like her.

Gotta love surprise books!

Library Lady said...

I love surprises and I love books !!
What a great combination !!
Janet E.
von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

Natalie Monk said...

Thank you, Maxie! Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman. I love those little mystery bags, too. I'm just curious person.
Best wishes in the giveaway!

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Courtney! If your mom is anything like you (and she probably is), then I know she's a super sweet lady! :)

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Janet! Welcome to the Sweet South Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes in the giveaway!

Joan Arning said...

Beautiful bunnies! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

David E. Owen said...

My Mom was the first one to teach me about God and His Word. She taught me what it means to be a believer. By her example, she showed her children how to live, and now she is showing us how to die.

Martha Sturm said...

My mother taught me so many things. One thing that I am very grateful for now is her modeling perseverance. I am fatigued all the time, like she was, and hold on to the Lord to get me through.
josieringerATgmailDOTcom
Martha

Judy said...

I love to read and my favorites are christian fiction, in fact the only fiction I read.

cathylykens said...

My mother taught me ( and my 4 sisters) to be open and welcoming to everyone. No one who came to our home felt like a stranger, and was soon considered one of the family.

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Joan!! Great to see you again!
So glad you like the bunnies. :) I'm quite partial to them myself. I've entered you in the giveaway!

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Bro. David. Thanks so much for coming and commenting!

What a beautiful testimony about your mother. I'll be praying for her and y'all during these days.

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Martha! Thanks for coming by! I'll be praying for your health that God will give you strength. Thanks for entering the giveaway! Best wishes on winning!

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Judy! Isn't Christian fiction the greatest?! Thanks for entering!

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Cathy! Thanks for coming over and thanks for sharing about your mother! What a loving lady!

Julie Waldron said...

My Mom taught me compassion, something I also teach my daughters. <3

Elma brooks said...

My mom taught me to treat people the way you want to be treated.

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Julie!
What a Christ-like quality and wonderful thing to pass down generationally. We could use a lot more compassion in the world today.

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Elma! The Golden Rule! Yes. A beautiful way to conduct our lives. Thank you for sharing!

Natalie Monk said...

ATTENTION:
Please leave your email with your comment in some form if you want to enter the giveaway.
Otherwise I'll have no way to contact you if you win. Thanks! :)

Elaine Manders said...

Congratulations, Natalie, on your 101 post. Such an uplifting post on Mother's Day, although I'm a little late. Your blog is beautiful.

I'm not qualified to say whether surprise giveaways work better or not. As a writer, I read blogs for the information, not the giveaways, but either way sounds like a great way for a reader to find new books.

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Elaine! Good to see you, lady! :)

Thanks for commenting!

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

I'm grateful that my mom taught me to love reading. She read to me all the time when I was little and started my lifelong enjoyment of the written word. :)

Thanks so much for the giveaway! writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

Tonja Saylor said...

To always treat others the way you want to be treated.

T. Saylor
Tissakay at aol dot com

Tonya Robinette said...

My mom taught me to believe in myself.

grace_soo_amazing at yahoo dot com

I also signed up to follow your blog.

Carrie said...

My mom has taught me so much - and continues to - but probably the best thing she has taught me (outside of a love for Jesus & His Word) is how to be a daughter. I watched her care for her mother through the long horrible goodbye of Alzheimer's Disease and as I watched I saw the beautiful demonstration of loving when you expect nothing in return. carriemschmidt(at)gmail(dot)com I also follow your blog :)

Anonymous said...

My mom taught me to love Jesus above everything else and then to love myself. Sometimes I have a hard time with the later due to mistakes and such but we have a heavenly father that cares for us. I only have to please Him. That is my goal. Thanks so much for your post. I have such sweet memories of my mom.
karen@reeceweb.com. I also am going to follow your blog.

shirley johnson said...

My Mo taught me commitment! Love to read, thankful for Christian authors that write clean books. sdjchurch2010@yahoo.com

Cara Putman said...

Great post, Natalie. And congratulations on your 101 post! That's a great accomplishment.

cara at caraputman dot com

Becky Dempsey said...

Congratulations on 101 posts! I am grateful my mother gave me a godly example to follow. dbdempsey98(at)gmail(dot)com

Natalie Monk said...

Hey, Anna! Great to see you here!!! Love that your mom read to you! What sweet memories you must have together. :) Got you entered in the giveaway.

Natalie Monk said...

Hey, Anna! Great to see you here!!! Love that your mom read to you! What sweet memories you must have together. :) Got you entered in the giveaway.

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, TONJA! Welcome to the Sweet South Blog! Thanks for entering the giveaway!

TONYA! Best wishes in the giveaway! So glad to have you here at the Sweet South Blog! Got you for two entries!

What a sweet testimony, CARRIE! True love in action. Best wishes on winning the books! I've got both your entries!

Natalie Monk said...



Hi, Anonymous! (KAREN)
Moms are one of the purest pictures of Christ's unconditional love for us, aren't they? So thankful for moms. I've got you down for a double entry! Best wishes on winning!

Hi, SHIRLEY! Wow, that's a good one. And a rarity these days. As a Christian reader, I say "amen," as a Christian writer, I'll say we're grateful for Christian readers who read clean books, too! :) Best wishes in the giveaway!

Natalie Monk said...

CARA! I totally feel famous, now, because I can tell people "Cara Putman commented on my blog!" Great to see you here, friend! Thank you so much, and I've got you entered in the giveaway. :)

Natalie Monk said...

Hey there, BECKY! Thank you! Your mom sounds like a wonderful lady! Best wishes on winning the books!

Pamela Lunsford said...

I am trying to figure out how to sign up to follow your blog. I know I am too late too enter this giveaway, but it sounds like so much fun. I hope all 3 of my comments don't show up if so I am sorry.
My mom is truly my best friend.
pam1lunsford ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Pamela!

Oh, I love that your mom is your best friend!

I'm entering you in the giveaway just for commenting! Welcome to the Sweet South Blog, and thank you so much for coming over!

Pamela Lunsford said...

Thank you Natalie for signing me up for your blog and entering me in the giveaway. I really enjoyed reading your blog.