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@ Home for the Holidays [Secure eReader]
eBook by Meredith Efken

eBook Category: Spiritual/Religion/Self Improvement
eBook Description: Sitting by the fireside, humming carols and knitting mittens ... not! For these stay-at-home moms, the weeks before Christmas are anything but mellow. How can you balance housework, home crises and the husband without losing your mind? Plug in your laptop! Meet Dulcie, Zelia, Jocelyn, Rosalyn, Veronica and the rest of the women of SAHM I Am. An e-mail loop of stay-at-home moms, they've seen each other through months of domestic drama: babies who won't come, bills that won't leave, kids who won't listen and spouses who won't talk. Now, as the yuletide approaches, the SAHMs are on hand once again, bearing gifts of sisterhood, sanity and the real Christmas spirit.

eBook Publisher: Harlequin/Steeple Hill
Fictionwise Release Date: November 2006


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From: Rosalyn Ebberly <prov31woman@home.com>
To: SAHM I Am <sahmiam@loophole.com>
Subject: [SAHM I AM] We're in the newspaper, Ladies!

Dearest SAHM I Am'ers,

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I asked for volunteers to be interviewed by Farrah Jensen, a reporter for our local paper, the Hibiscus Herald, for an article she was doing on stay-at-home moms? Well, it's been printed at last. I thought you all would like to see it, and Farrah said I could reprint it for the loop, so I'm cutting and pasting below. But as always, please DO respect the noble copyright laws of our land and don't abuse this privilege by forwarding this e-mail to anyone else. I've always felt strongly about upholding our nation's long tradition of protecting intellectual property rights, and the Internet and e-mail have really eroded those rights. So resist the urge to forward! I know those of you mentioned in the article will probably want to show your friends and family, so just e-mail me and I'll be glad to mail you as many photocopies as you'd like!

Blessings, Rosalyn Ebberly

SAHM I Am Loop Moderator

"She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness."
Proverbs 31:27 (NASB)
From: The Millards <jstcea4jesus@familymail.net>
To: SAHM I Am <sahmiam@loophole.com>
Subject: Re: [SAHM I AM] We're in the newspaper, Ladies!

Wow, great news, Rosalyn! But…you forgot to include the article!

Jocelyn

From: Rosalyn Ebberly <prov31woman@home.com>
To: The Millards <jstcea4jesus@familymail.net>
Subject: LOOP GUIDELINES

Dear Jocelyn,

According to our loop posting guidelines, you really should have sent that reply to me directly instead of the entire group. As it turns out, I really didn't "forget" to include the article. I meant to send it separately, so as to keep the loop messages from getting too large. I really did! It's never a wise idea to jump to conclusions, you know.

Much love, Rosalyn

"She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness."
Proverbs 31:27 (NASB)
From: The Millards <jstcea4jesus@familymail.net>
To: Rosalyn Ebberly <prov31woman@home.com>
Subject: Re: LOOP GUIDELINES

My apologies. I must have misunderstood what you meant by "I'm cutting and pasting below." :)

Jocelyn

From: Rosalyn Ebberly <prov31woman@home.com>
To: The Millards <jstcea4jesus@familymail.net>
Subject: Re: LOOP GUIDELINES

Jocelyn Millard wrote:

My apologies. I must have misunderstood what you meant by "I'm cutting and pasting below." :)

Of course. That makes perfect sense. That comment was for the benefit of our good women on digest mode. You know they read a group of 20 or so loop messages by scrolling through one long e-mail, and I wanted to make sure they knew to keep reading farther down for the news article.

You are completely forgiven. I know you are just overwrought with excitement about the article. You'll LOVE it—it's a great article. I'm going to have my original framed and signed by Farrah herself.

Oh, Jocelyn, it's such an amazing responsibility to be in the public eye! Now that we have media attention, I imagine our loop will grow at an even faster rate. We'll need to all work together to maintain the high-quality interaction these new SAHM I Am fans will be expecting when they join.

What a privilege and honor it is, don't you think?

Rosalyn

"She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness."
Proverbs 31:27 (NASB)
From: The Millards <jstcea4jesus@familymail.net>
To: "Green Eggs and Ham"
Subject: Fact Hunt, anybody?

I'm offering the reward of undying friendship and eternal gratitude to the first one of you ladies who can find out for me what the circulation is for the Hibiscus Herald out of Hibiscus, WA.

Love, Jocelyn

From: Brenna L.<saywhat@writeme.com>
To: "Green Eggs and Ham"
Subject: Re: Fact Hunt, anybody?

What, you can't Google that yourself, Jocelyn? :) It took me like thirty seconds. The circulation is exactly 526—with two pending, apparently. Why did you want to know?

From: The Millards<jstcea4jesus@familymail.net>
To: "Green Eggs and Ham"
Subject: Re: Fact Hunt, anybody?

Brenna wrote:

Why did you want to know?

Oh, no particular reason. Just curious. 526, huh? Wow. "Privilege and honor," indeed.

Jocelyn

From: Rosalyn Ebberly <prov31woman@home.com>
To: SAHM I Am <sahmiam@loophole.com> Subject: [SAHM I AM] The Hibiscus Herald Article
A Woman's Place Is…In Front of the Computer By Farrah Jensen

Hibiscus, WA—Over fifty years ago, housewives, wearing their high heels and pearls, gathered at each others' homes to bake chocolate chip cookies and exchange tips on how to keep their husbands' work shirts stain free and well starched. Politics were left to the men while the wives' pursuits consisted of weightier matters such as making sure a hot supper was on the table when hubby got home and seeing that the children finished their homework. The term "stay-at-home mom" was unknown—what other kind of mom was there?

Fast-forward to the twenty-first century. In a world where most women have now embraced the financial freedom and personal fulfillment of a career and have even outnumbered men in many universities, there is a growing number of women who have chosen to trade in their suits and PDAs for sweats and a cookbook, to follow in their mothers' and grandmothers' footsteps. Instead of hosting dinner parties, however, they gather in front of their computers for some old-fashioned female bonding with a technological twist.

Local "domestic diva" Rosalyn Ebberly is one such stay-at-home mom, or SAHM (pronounced "Sam"), as they call themselves. She and best friend, Connie Lawson, also of Hibiscus, operate an e-mail discussion loop called "SAHM I Am" where SAHMs across the nation can exchange e-mails with each other. Ebberly regales the rest of the loop with her sage advice on everything from exercise to where to find organic cotton diapers and lectures the women about having the proper "Godly" attitude toward typical SAHM trials such as potty-training and cleaning the oven. According to Ebberly, "SAHMs need a way to support each other in this highest of all callings—being a full-time mom. It truly is an art, and I use the gift of technology to help each woman aspire to ever-greater levels of domestic and parenting skills."

Copyright © 2006 by Meredith Efken.


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