Laundry Tales…a lighthearted look at the ups and downs of doing everyone’s least favorite chore?laundry.Forty authors share their insights, tips, and humorousmoments from the laundry room.
Read Sandra’s story about her “squeaky dryer” and how it relates to being a parent. Also meet the other celebratemoms.org team and their parenting stories gleaned from doing the laundry.
Below is my interview with Sandra Stanford, one of the forty women who wrote, Laundry Tales: To Lighten Your Load.
1)Tell me about yourself.
I am 48 years old and have been married for 19 years to a most wonderful man. The Lord has blessed us with two children, ages 17 and 13. They are blessings to my husband and me. I am a Bible Teacher who is passionate about teaching the Word of God. I am a CLASS graduate and a team member of Celebrate Moms.
2)You have a story in a book that was written by 40 ladies called Laundry Tales.
Tell me about your story, and what did you like the most about it? My story is called “Squeaky Clean” and is about my noisy dryer. That dryer is crying out for attention. I equate it to my children and how I listen to their different cries for attention. I write about the ways I spend time with my children as they make noises in my direction. I like my story because it is heart warming about how precious my children are to me.
3)You are part of a organization called celebrate moms.
Tell me about it and what has the site set out to accomplish? I love this group of women! Celebrate moms (www.celebratemoms.org) began in the hearts and minds of Melissa Howell and Angie Peters. They came to the realization there are moms out there who need a conference, but may not have the means or time to attend one. So, they started an online conference center, available to moms 24/7. These moms can be of any financial status, and in any stage of mothering. The team of 9 women contribute articles to the site and audio seminars. These can be downloaded and listened to many times.
By the way, we will be hosting our first “live” conference, bringing the website to life, in Waxahachie, TX on November 3rd. There is more information available at our website. I hope some of your bloggers can join us! We will be giving away a free washer/dryer.
4)Tell me about your publication journey.
Many years ago I attended the Florida Christian Writers Conference because I had a desire to write. Somehow, it got put on the back burner. (Can anyone relate?) When we adopted our daughter about 17 years ago and I saw the challenges we had in parenting her, I knew one day I would write a book about that subject. (It is in the process of being written right now).When the Lord put me in Celebrate Moms, they were in the process of writing Laundry Tales. I was able to submit a story for the book. It is very exciting to see myself in print! I also write for my website and for a weekly devotional to my email subscribers. And, of course, speaking and writing go hand in hand.
5)What would you say was your biggest obstacle in regards to getting published?
How did you overcome it? Since my first publication came through the CM’s team, it is hard for me to answer this question. I am co-writing my adoption book with Kathy Firkins and she will be presenting it at Glorietta in October.
6)How do you balance your writing with your every day responsibilities?
When I need to have something turned in, I make time to do it. My children are in school all day, so that opens up plenty of time for me to write. With the adoption book, someone loaned me their timeshare for several days and I was able to write my chapters there.
7)Who or what is your greatest inspiration to write?
I love to read Christian fiction. Lori Wick and Dee Henderson are my favorites. I have not tackled fiction yet. I feel I have some fiction in me to write. So, we’ll see.
I want to thank Sandra for taking some time out of her day to let me interview her. I hope you all enjoy Laundry Tales: To Lighten Your Load. If you would like to visit Sandra and learn more about her you can visit her website at http://sandrastanford.com/Home_Page.html.