Bloom (in)courage, What Women Fear

My Book on Bloom!

Well friends, today is the day! So exciting to have some of my girlfriends join me for the videos over at (in)courage. Today’s is the intro video with Brandi, and you will LOVE her.

Click here to watch it:)

And since I’ve already been asked a few times about my shirt in the video (I love the easy questions!), I thought it was from the Limited but it’s actually from Ross I believe. It is precious and was cheap…the best combo ever.

There’s actually a ton of great conversation already happening and we would hate for you to miss it, so please stop by and make yourself welcome. One of the things a bunch of people are mentioning is that they really like the analogy I used about the tightrope. That made me smile because for weeks I was convinced that the cover of the book should be an old fashioned looking photo of a woman on a tightrope from behind while she balanced with a long pole…kind of like a vintage”Water for Elephants” vibe. I searched and searched online and could never find what I was looking for. But somewhere in the searching I ran across the photo that turned out to be the cover and I loved the feeling of trying to balance. So, we tracked down the rights (a random man in Germany) and voila! But I got the biggest kick out of that being something that barely made a dent in the actual writing but was so pivotal in my thinking, so it was cool that others liked it 🙂

There are a lot of behind the scenes things that I’ll be sharing as well as we go through the book, including photos from many of the stories I tell…and some of them (6th grade school photo, IF I get the nerve) will certainly, umm, enhance my stories. I’m loving the opportunity to share this side of things with you all and I really hope you’ll pop in and say hey.

Much love,


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  • Reply Anonymous October 6, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I’m there, like a fat kid on a cookie.

  • Reply Amanda October 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I am so excited about this 🙂 

  • Reply kasmith03 October 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Already loving it!! And YES the photos are a must…the bowl-haircut, pom-pom photo was the only thing I felt was missing when I read it through the first time! 😉
    Blesings, Kristin

  • Reply Jen October 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    You know, sometimes I don’t think it’s a tightrope… more of a balance beam. Not the tall, competition one. The small one you learn on, that’s only like half a foot off the ground. But I think the fear either blindfolds us, or tricks us into believing we are higher and in a more precarious situation (and alone!) than we actually are. God is never far away.  And He’s not a net.  He’s the solid ground 🙂

    Can’t wait to really dig into this with everyone, Ange. I’ll be late all the time though, since Adam has to take the computer to work, so I may not be able to participate in the conversations. That would be awkward… I’d be all like, “oh yah! what she said! 5 hours ago!” 😉

  • Reply Vght October 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    is there a way to privately email you?

  • Reply Joyfulmom4 October 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Angie,
    This is my first ever book club.  I had to take a break during the first chapter as tears were streaming down my face….wow, someone I can relate to….and who can relate to me.

    I have dealt with the “what ifs” most of my life- I used to have nightmares of something happening to my little brother…and I was the one who watched him full time in the summers starting at age 10, he age 5….and one of my first memories is of my other brother dying of crib death when I was 3.  I am also dealing with a regret in regards to a recent miscarriage (my 5th – a whole long story there) – laying it at the cross. This first chapter is a whammy! Thank you! 

    I just read your blog on homeschooling – this is our 6th year homeschooling, but my 1st year home full time with 4 kids – k, 3rd, 4th, 6th grades.  (We had participated in a co-op in previous years as I worked 4 days.)

    Here are some curriculum ideas that have worked for us:  (I apologize if these are all in previous comments!)
    I am trying to do as much as possible as a group so that I don’t have to teach the same subject 4 different times….and I have also found that all but my oldest need my (almost) constant help.

    Sonlight – literature based – my kids loved the readers!  It is a great place to start!!!
    We did 1-4 (my oldest did them combined in 2 years – 1+2 and 3+4 using the condensed option)  Sonlight switched to A,B,C,D…. this year.

    We used Sonlight for history, geography, read-alouds, readers, and Bible  – it is multi-aged.  You only need to do 1 core at a time for everything but the readers.  It is wonderful!  It also comes with a teachers guide that shows you what to do for each subject each day – and you can write in your own subjects as well.

    This year we are doing the Mystery of History – and really like it.  We jumped right in to Vol 2. which bothered me, but it is what I had peace about after praying.  My daughter (6th grader) had already done Vol. 1.  Poor girl – when she was in 3rd grade she did Sonlight 1+2 condensed World History with the 2nd graders and Mystery of History 1 with the 5th graders.  I made her do both!  She survived and did great – but seriously what was I thinking?  Well, there were no 3rd graders in the co-op and I wanted to make sure she learned what she needed.  Oh well.

    I like Horizons math for the younger grades.  We transitioned to Teaching Textbooks for the older 3.  However, I am having to help my 2 boys – 3rd and 4th grade.  They are doing 2 grade levels ahead though, so that is probably why.  I also REALLY like Life Of Fred as a math supplement.  They just came out with an elementary line.  Google life of fred – the author is Stanley Schmidt (sp?) with polkadot publishing.  The books are inexpensive and fun to read!

    For Science, we REALLY REALLY like Apologia Young Explorers Series by Jeannie Fulbright. 
    You buy 1 textbook and then can purchase notebooking journals for each girl.  They have some junior notebooking journals that are great for the younger ones.  We started with Astronomy, then botany, Zoology 1….This year we are doing Anatomy & Physiology.  (My 4th grade son was distressed that we didn’t go right into Zoology 2, but I wanted my 6th grader to take Anatomy this year before she goes on to Apologia’s general science next year.  And, I admit, I wanted to learn Anatomy this year too!)

    Handwriting – totally depends on the child.  We have done Handwriting Without Tears for all 3 boys.  Daughter – who has great fine motor skills – A Reason For Handwriting.  Son in 4th grade who loves to play sports (including tackle football) but would complain about his hand hurting – and had atrocious writing – we are using Getty-Dubay Italic.  He is a transformed boy!

    Institute for Excellence in Writing – something new for us this year.  Absolutely amazing.  We are doing their writing program, and hope to do their Spelling.  It also is multi-aged.  I wanted to try their new Phonics and Writing program for my kindergartener – but it is rather expensive.  A friend loaned me her copy of How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 easy lessons (which did not work for me with my daughter) – and it is a wonderful fit for my precocious 5 year old son.

    Sorry for the loooooong comment!

    Hoping this is helpful.



    p.s. I will Carry You is an amazing book.  I read it when it was first released shortly after saying good-bye to one of mine in heaven.  Thank you for sharing your heart wide open in your books.

  • Reply Laura October 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    It is amazing! I’m loving being part of such a blessing!

  • Reply Connie L Amato-Mahle October 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Looking forward to the backstory, my friend!

  • Reply Egratz53 October 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Wow!    I just attended Women of Faith in Pittsburgh this weekend, where you were a “wonderful, cute, sweet, heart warming, funny, adorable” speaker.   I must confess that I didn’t know you or “of you” until this past weekend, but you really touched my heart.  I also must confess, that I didn’t buy your book,  but I have a VERY strong suspicion, that I will be buying it.   
    Since I didn’t know of you, today was the first day I visited your site.    And I was reading under your Sewing blog.    You said that most of the people would find it boring,  oh my gosh,  I LOVED it!!!  You talked of being obsessed with Anne and Little HOuse on the Prairie.    I am 51 years old, have 3 children, and my children grew up on these 2 shows, along with The Waltons, Road to Avonlea, and every other family oriented show I had.   
    This is the good stuff that children should watch today.     
    And I love to sew.    I dressed my daughter in the Little house type dresses, old fashioned lace up boots, and yes,   I made her bloomers that stuck out the bottom of her dresses.  
    I probably gave her a complex, because, she HATES getting dressed up in dresses and make up today.     She does blame me for  the way I dressed her.
    Angie, you have a beautiful spirit, and I thank God that you are using it to touch women in a very vulnerable place.    God has truly blessed you.   
    So I am looking forward to reading your blog, now that I have gotten to know you.
    Thank you for being one of the newest members of the Women of Faith team.   I truly envy you being there.   I think that would be one of the coolest things to be a member of that team.    
    God bless you and your beautiful family.

  • Reply Karin Allison October 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Hi Angie! Just like Egratz53 I saw you at the Pittsburgh WOF this weekend and loved you instantly. You are an amazing blessing and encouragement – a living specimen of how God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. Your fierce love for Audrey (and all your kids) and the journey you’ve been on, and that you’re sharing it with us, is such a gift, I can’t even adequately express it. Thank you. God is working thru you mightily. 

  • Reply Lynn Worley October 10, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Know that you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!
    Psalms 86:5-7 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
    Prayer Bears
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  • Reply Courtney October 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Hey Angie! I sooo enjoyed hearing you at the dotmom conference. I thought you were amazing and witty. I LOVE a funny gal. I attempt to be funny myself and quite dry – so I got every joke and face and loved it.  Here is the photo you said graciously took with our group. We are all big fans and wish you all the success with your speaking tour. We know you’re probably already 6-8 feet from that podium by now. As I mentioned, I followed God’s lead and jumped out scared to death and launched my first business today. I told you I’d send the link – thought your girls would enjoy.

  • Reply Linnea October 11, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I just heard you at Women of Faith this past weekend, and LOVED you!  I purchased your book, and am so encouraged by your vulnerability to the reader, and the reality that you share.  I think we may be the same person… hahaha… (I also have red hair).  If you’ve never read, “Free From Worry” (put out by Women of the Word Bible Study Series), you should purchase it.  I am in a Bible study with some of my friends and we are all loving this book.   We serve a good God, and may I encourage you with one of my favorite verses, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you.  He will be be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  ~Deut. 31:8

  • Reply Lynn Worley October 12, 2011 at 6:29 am

    The Lord is going before you, too, and will not forsake you! Praying!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
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