Hi Friends and happy Monday.

I know you typically expect some great findings from the internet on Monday and while I do have a great finding for you, I’m switching things up a bit. And it couldn’t come at a better time; more than ever we all need some soft landing spaces and that is just what this post and blog tour is all about.

I am joining  forces with 12 other bloggers to share with you a book of So Close to Amazing stories by our friend, Karianne Woods.  Karianne is the gifted writer at the blog Thistlewood Farms where she combines heartfelt and encouraging anecdotes with some fantabulous decorating and diy projects. She has a way of describing a fabulous idea gone wrong and then showing the lesson learned…and I’m not just talking diy projects gone wrong…but more like life expectations that didn’t quite pan out the way you had thought they would but ended up being just the right thing anyway.

Ever have one of those times in your life when you were feeling fairly invincible only to be reminded, in the most rude way possible, that not only are you not invincible but that your failings are such that they need to be lit up on the local movie theater marquee?

My difficult decision is choosing which one of these ‘Oh, I was so close to amazing’ stories to share with you today (because there are quite a few) so I’ll just jump in with a fairly recent event which not only reminded me of my failings, but also surprised me with a silver lining.

So, our son…like many young men his age, enjoys the world of online gaming; he has favorite teams that he follows and has the dates circled on his calendar when his favorite teams play in the ‘Superbowl’ of online gaming. Often times these events are held outside of the United States, but earlier this year THE BIG EVENT was being held just down the road in Atlanta.

Terry and I decided early in the fall that we would give Rob the tickets to the game for his Christmas present. We had it all planned out…as Kismet would have it, there was no school on the Friday of that weekend so he and Terry would head to Atlanta, tour Georgia Tech as a prospective college and then spend a boy’s weekend eating wings and watching Rob’s favorite teams compete in the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

The tickets were not crazy expensive, $75 each, so I bought them early fall and when Christmas rolled around we gifted Rob with a certificate I had made telling him about the trip…and for a teen boy who prides himself on not letting his mom know when she did something good…that boy was EXCITED! Terry booked the airfare and the hotel and they were set.

Two days before they were set to head out to Atlanta, Terry was getting all his travel docs together and asked me to print off the tickets for them. I pulled up my email and searched but couldn’t find the email with the link to the tickets which troubled me, but I remember setting up an account so I just went to the site to track the purchase there.

Nothing. 

When I say I was starting to sweat, believe me…

I checked every bank account and credit card I would possibly have used…nothing. 

BUT I KNOW I BOUGHT THOSE DARN TICKETS! I REMEMBER DOING IT!

After hours of exhausting every possible outlet, it began to sink in that in fact…I didn’t buy the tickets.  I can only think that I went through the whole process except maybe I didn’t hit that very final ‘submit’ button.

So…I go online and try to buy tickets…SOLD OUT! As in S.O.L.D.  O.U.T!! Are you kidding me!

I went to StubHub…a ticket reseller site and they had 6 tickets for sale…$350…each! Let me just say that at this point I really felt that my head was going to pop off of my shoulders. 

So…yeah…we bit the bullet and bought the tickets. I mean…it was his Christmas present… and he was so excited…and…

So, I mentioned the silver lining to this story…

Here it is…

My family has forever depended on me to book hotel rooms and flights, make reservations, buy tickets, etc…Guess what…

THEY DON’T ANYMORE! ?

Just like that my list of things that ‘mom does’ was dramatically reduced and I don’t need to worry about those things A.N.Y.MORE! While no one has come right out and said it, I kinda think they don’t trust me anymore…which I am so cool with.

So, while I was so very close to amazing and then so very closer to being a complete loser…in the end it all worked out…albeit a good chunk of $$$ more than we had anticipated.

So back to Karianne’s book …It is available on September 5, 2017, but you can preorder the book before September 4…if you do there will be goodies! Pop over to Thistlewood Farms to preorder.

Our So Close to Amazing Stories and Book Reviews Blog Tour will give all our readers the chance to share ‘So Close to Amazing’ stories or takeaways from Karianne’s book…and also give you a chance to escape into a kinder, gentler and more encouraging world for a bit.

So, share your Pinterest fails or your Facebook post or Instagram Story of a ‘so close to amazing’ moment and how you were able to laugh at it. Or, if you have a blog, we’d love to hear your story of a a project that didn’t quite turn out how you envisioned but how you embraced that imperfection nevertheless. 

At the end of the day, we all all need to be gentler on ourselves and find humor in our inevitable challenges.

These lovely ladies are my cohosts in this blog tour…pop by and visit their sites to read their ‘close to amazing’ stories. 

Botanic Bleu

Thistlewood Farms

My Creative Days

Little House Simple Living

A Delightful Glow

Kim and Ink

Not a Trophy Wife

Blue Sky Kitchen

Noting Grace

Not Just Paper and Paint

Sondra Lyn at Home

Evey’s Creations

And…as if all these lovely ‘so close to amazing’ stories aren’t enough, each time you enter a post, Pinterest Pin, Instagram Pic or FB link in the inklinkz below, you will be eligible to win one of two prizes…1)A $100 Amazon gift card and signed copy of So Close to Amazing or 2) A Signed copy of So Close to Amazing. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on September 17 on Thistlewood Farms website. If you need help adding your link to the Link Party, pop over here for some Link Party Help.

Wishing you an amazing day and and an even better week! I’ll be back next Monday with my regularly scheduled ‘Monday Musings’…

Until then…

 

Hugs, Lynn

 

And…as if all these lovely ‘so close to amazing’ stories aren’t enough, each time you enter a post, Pinterest Pin, Instagram Pic or FB link in the inklinkz below, you will be eligible to win one of two prizes…1)A $100 Amazon gift card and signed copy of So Close to Amazing or 2) A Signed copy of So Close to Amazing. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on September 17 on Thistlewood Farms website. If you need help adding your link to the Link Party, pop over here for some Link Party Help.

Wishing you an amazing day and and an even better week! I’ll be back next Monday with my regularly scheduled ‘Monday Musings’…

Until then…

 

Hugs, Lynn

 


 


18 Comments

  1. Stacey

    August 21, 2017 at 8:25 am

    The things we do for our kids! I am your friend who also wouldn’t have done the final submit button. I also would have pulled out my Visa card and bought those tickets when I realized my goof.

    Reply
    • lynn

      August 21, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Hey Stacey…and so glad to know another frazzled brain mom!

      Guess what I did just last week? I had a hair appt for the same time my son had a dentist appt. So I arranged for my husband to take my son…my son was not being as quick in getting ready as my hubby like…he is one of those ‘early is on time’ folks so they had skirmishes getting out of the house to the dentist, they were both a little frazzled. Anyway, they get there and tell the desk that Rob is there for his appt only to find out that Rob DID NOT have an appt…it was actually MY appointment and I was sitting downtown getting my hair cut and colored!

      Ugh…so I was not a real popular mom when I walked in from my appt…where they cut my bangs WAY TOO SHORT anyway!!!

      Oh well…at least it didn’t cost me as much as my last ‘mom brain moment!’

      Have a great day my friend….

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  2. Botanic Bleu

    August 21, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Lynn,
    Oh, no! You know your family may not TRUST you to buy their tickets and make other arrangements now, but this mix-up is proof they can ALWAYS trust you to be there when things go wrong and that you will always find a way to make things right again. In life, making a mistake is not the important thing; it’s what you do AFTER a mistake that is important. You are truly amazing in that you know what to do after a mistake.

    I am so glad to have met you through KariAnne and love being on the blog tour with you.

    Judith

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    • lynn

      August 28, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks for the positive spin! And thanks for all the organizing you did for us…herding cats!

      Reply
  3. KariAnne

    August 21, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Lynn,
    I can SO relate! I’ve “not bought” tickets before, too. Thank you for sharing your heart and being so authentic with your story!

    Happy day rock star!
    karianne

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    • lynn

      August 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      I’m sure that many of us have done the same thing. So glad to be in this group that supports our little foibles.

      Reply
  4. [email protected]

    August 21, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Lynn, I’m so sorry for your predicament, but I had to laugh. What a great mom. But al least you’re out of travel chairman duties.

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    • lynn

      August 28, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      It was laughable…after the fact. But yup, glad to be out of some of the duties.

      Reply
  5. Jen @ Noting Grace

    August 21, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Lynn- I love your heart for your son! What a sweet momma! It has been such a joy getting to know you better these past few weeks and I’m honored to be a part of this blog tour with you!

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    • lynn

      August 28, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Aw thanks Jen…it has been a delight getting to know each other and to support each other.

      Reply
  6. Deborah

    August 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Oh my! I can so relate to the frustration and the time spent searching and trying to recall the details about the purchase. Big hugs!!

    THAT is a silver lining though!!! Haha! Sometimes it feels like such a juggling game to remember all the things and schedule things and make appointments and purchases!

    I placed an order for my son for Christmas. He wanted a GoPro and had written down which one. I managed to get one close to what he wanted, but not the exact one. The names were very similar and I managed to confuse them and myself. He was very sweet about it and was fine with the one I’d ordered, but it was still frustrating to me. Just the simple few clicks on the RIGHT product would’ve given me what he really wanted. SO CLOSE. We could’ve exchanged it, I’m sure, but he didn’t think it was worth the hassle.

    Glad your son got to have a grand time!

    The blog tour is fun! Glad to get to join you.

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    • lynn

      August 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Deborah, we all are human…right? But it’s always good to look at the silver lining and to forgive ourselves.

      Reply
  7. Wendy Walker

    August 21, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    What a sweet mom you are and this is such a great post! Everything always works out in the end, doesn’t it? It may not be the way we design it, but “When things like this happen, I am left with the realization that I’m not the director here.I’m not in charge”. ~ KariAnne Wood

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    • lynn

      August 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      I am so glad that we did spend the extra money…really meant alot to our son. Thanks for swinging by and for sharing this journey.

      Reply
  8. Lora Bloomquist

    August 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks, Lynn, for hosting! Being a part of this book launch was so fun, and hearing all these stories is great!

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    • lynn

      August 28, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Haven’t these stories been so fun and encouraging!? I do love our little supportive group.

      Reply
  9. Dorothy Ensz

    August 22, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Some of our cringeworthy moments, out there for the world to see. We need to continue our faux pas support group. It’s encouraging, right? Which Karianne knew it would be, so she wrote the book. Yeah, for her. Am really enjoying this journey with you all.

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    • lynn

      August 28, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      So true Dorothy…we need all the support we can get for our little faux pas!

      Reply

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