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The Big Picture

Big Enough

A man approached me yesterday as I was climbing into my van in NYC. "Is this the airport shuttle?"
"No," I said, before he could toss in his bag.  Just my family car.
When you have nine kids, you are use to everything being big, both in number and in size.  Two hotel rooms, three car seats, four pizzas.  The list goes on.
Being in NYC, however, can make a person feel small.
I attended the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference (  Jane, my friend, writing coach, cheerleader, and Memphis Parent editor, suggested we go when I told her I lived so close to the City.
Going to NYC for a writer's conference made me feel big time.  Until I got there.  The place was buzzing with energy.  Swarming with writers. 
"What do you do for a living?" I asked one particularly chatty woman.
She looked at me quizzically. "I write."
Oh. You mean you can DO that?
The keynote, Jen Singer (,  is a pioneer mom blogger.  And a five time book author.  And a Huggies, Hershey, Pull-Ups spokesperson, as well as a guest on The Today Show, The Early Show, and practically every show in between.
By the time I left the conference, I felt, well, small.
Until I got into my van to go home.  There I was, The Big, Bad Mama, cutting my 12 passenger straight through the NYC traffic.  No matter that it was Sunday morning and traffic was minimal.  It still counted.
My van is just one representation of, for lack of a better word, the bigness of my family.  No, I am not a big time writer, but the mom of a big time family who has a little time to write. 
For me, that is big enough.

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Robert Sims on Monday, May 02, 2011 6:47 PM
Whoa! What a great blog! You were "big time" with me from the moment I heard about you, came to church to meet you. When I laid eyes on you, I was convinced that you were too much for me. And you are. How blessed our family is to have you. How blessed am I. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making us a priority. You have made us "more". Now that the world has read/heard your writing it is just a matter of time before the big time finds you. As Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote in his lyrics for the Phantom, the world "was bound to love you, when they heard your voice."
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margie on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 2:16 AM
Thank you,Honey. I love our life together!

Debbie on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 2:48 AM
Robert said it beautifully. You are blessed. I love you too!
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Kristine on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 5:40 AM
What a great blog! I LOVE it! I knew I liked you from the moment I saw your...bag! ha! Just like mine!! :) I also have a minivan... with only 3 kids in it, though! Hats off to you for braving the NYC traffic...I left my van at home for hubby to take all weekend! Way to go for zipping in and out of that mayhem!! It was great meeting you at the conference and I sure do hope we can stay in touch!
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margie on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 2:17 AM
So glad you spotted my bag! Otherwise we never would have met.

margie on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 2:17 AM
I love you, Dee Dee. Can't wait to see you!

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