I forgot to announce the July winners of my contest!

Sheila Wray Gregoire's storeHeather won the ArtonLeaf wall art and Hannah won $25 towards my store! Congratulations! They’ve been emailed already.

Many of you were mentioning that you didn’t know that I had audio downloads. I think most of you know about two of my products: The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex and 31 Days to Great Sex. But I have about 50 products in my store, including homeschooling helps, speaker training, and best of all, lots of inexpensive downloads where you can listen to a 45-50 minute marriage talk that I gave (or inspirational talk). So check out my store!

Feel Good Story of the Week

I just love this story: Woman gets wedding dress stolen out of the car right before her wedding. She calls 911. And the 911 operator pitches in and loans her a wedding dress, so the wedding goes off without a hitch anyway! So cool. Check it out.

Want to See Pics of My Vacation?

My daughter loves taking pictures (and blogging), so if you want to hear about our recent Pennsylvania excursions, check out her blog. She talks about the strange differences between grocery shopping in Canada vs. the United States; our fascination with Bill Murray movies; weddings; and having great Christian friends. And again–awesome (and funny!) pictures.

Don’t Forget My Tomato Contest!

I wrote a post last week on Things to do with Tomatoes so Kids will Eat Them–and the California Tomato Farmers’ Association is #sponsoring a contest where you could win some awesome kitchen stuff. Head on over to read about it and enter (it’s super easy!)

31 Days to Great Sex31 Days to Great Sex

I just have to share this email with you that I received recently. A woman who just purchased 31 Days to Great Sex from me says:

I just wanted to email you regarding the 31 Days to Great Sex book.

I’ll be honest, I was very skeptical. I was not looking forward to another self help book that would tell me how bad my sex life is. I know it is. My husband and I have worked together through Day 15 thus far.

And up until now, I was dreading each consecutive day as the challenges got harder and harder. On day 13, when you mentioned readers emailing you telling you it was IMPOSSIBLE, I was feeling the exact same. I didn’t want to keep going. It hurt and it was hard. I wanted to throw a 3 year old tantrum and quit.

My husband and I have been married a year. We didn’t take the time to figure out sex before marriage, but we had it! I used it to impress and please him. And once we tied the knot, I pretended to enjoy it on our wedding night, and then we stopped having sex. I relented a few times when his libido demanded it, but I never had any kind of bond with my husband in that way.

Day 15 changed that. We re-did Day 5, after discussing my immediate issues at hand that were stressing me during dinner. I felt clean, and open. I went and found my husband after we’d parted for “me time” and asked him if he wanted to try (I hadn’t done the reading – like I said, I was dreading each day). He asked me if I had, and I said no. He just laughed and told me I was on the right track. (He’s been my support and has kept me on track, even tho the book was my idea).

I had an orgasm with my husband for the first time without feeling like I had to, or to put on a show. And it was easy. For the first time it was easy!

This is a whole new world to me. I’ve only ever had sex when I’ve had to, or I was expected to. To be honest, the whole thing has kind of skeezed me out in the past. But now I think I can start to actually enjoy it. And my husband and I can learn to enjoy it together. Thank you.

Seriously, that’s the kind of email that totally makes my day! It is so amazing to see how God is using something that I’ve written. I know it can help you have better sex in marriage, too!

Marriage and Grief

On a totally different note, I was overwhelmed by the conversation on my Facebook Page about grief a little while back, on what would have been my son’s 17th birthday. If you haven’t read the threads, here’s the first, here’s another and here’s another. Do chime in! I think this is something we need to talk about more. So often when you’re going through a hard time it’s easy to think you’re the only one, and yet all of us have our own stories, don’t we?

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