Today marks the end of the two week Blog Book Tour for Abiding Hope & Love, and I want to thank each of you who visited the hosting blogs,and your lovely comments and support.
Also, I want to express my great appreciation to the blog hosts for the tour. Each one has a link you can click to visit their blog, and I'd like to encourage you to do that, as these are some great blogs to visit!
Valerie Murray, Simply 4 God
Joyce Anthony, Books and Authors
Karina Fabian, Virtual Book Tour de 'Net
Amber Stults, Book Reviewer and Author
JoAnne Bennett, Stories by JB
Marvin Wilson, Free Spirit
Katrina Wampler, Kaylen's Write to Heal
Julie Arduini, The Surrendered Scribe
Lynn Mosher, Heading Home
There were two drawings for a free copy of Abiding Hope & Love, and the winners are Mary Moss and Brenda LaVelle. The winner of a $10 Amazon gift certificate is Paula Hafner. Congratulations, Mary, Brenda and Paula!
Autographed copies of Abiding Hope & Love are still available at a reduced price from my website using PayPal or by check, or other online ordering options are included. There is still time to order for a beautiful Mother's Day gift!
Below is an excerpt from Abiding Hope & Love that was not used by any of the hosts that I would like to share with you. It seems appropriate with Mother's Day coming soon. May God bless you in reading it, and I hope you will continue to visit my blog here and the Inspirational Poetry Blog on my website to read more inspiring poems!
A Mother’s Love
A mother’s love is steady, enduring, strong and true,
She always loves her children, no matter what they do.
These little souls are given into her special care
To instruct, correct and cherish, to lift them up in prayer.
With loving heart and gentle hands this small life she will mold,
She will cherish and treasure more than silver or gold.
A mother needs great patience to bring a child up right
And a caring cheerfulness to make each day more bright.
It takes a special wisdom to know what must be done
To instill the best virtues in a daughter or a son.
A mother’s love is endless, unselfish and forgiving,
Her children sometimes bring her pain but also joy in living.
A mother is the one to whom God entrusts the keeping
Of these special little ones, when awake and when they’re sleeping.
The tender, sweet devotion does not come from any other
But from God, when he gives a child the love of a mother.
Abiding Hope & Love, Connie Arnold, 2008