Giveaway Friday | Shawni Pothier

I’m excited about today’s giveaway. I love Shawni. I discovered her blog through our mutual friend Sara, became a regular reader, and was thrilled to find out that I was going to have the chance to meet her as a fellow TOFW presenter last year. She’s as kind and as wonderful as you think and I really admire her as a person and a mom.

(I love this picture I took of Shawni because she’s looking at her mom Linda while she is presenting at TOFW in Phoenix, and I can see how much she loves her mom as she’s laughing. Even though apparently Shawni doesn’t love this picture. *grin* So, here’s another cute, more serious one of her.)

One of the things I most admire about Shawni is her love for her kids and the work she has been doing on behalf of her youngest daughter, Lucy.


Lucy has a rare syndrome called Bardet Biedl which will cause blindness. But a lot of research is being done, and Shawni and her mom have published a wonderful book to help raise funds for the cause.

From their Deseret Book product page:
Lucy Pothier, who is Shawni’s adorable youngest daughter pictured on the cover of this book, was recently diagnosed with a rare syndrome called Bardet Biedl which, among other things, will cause blindness between the ages of 9 and 15 unless new research finds a way to intervene. In her behalf, the authors, Shawni (mother) and Linda (grandmother), will donate all royalties from the book to the Foundation for Blind Children and other research organizations that are working on her issues.

If you haven’t read Shawni’s blog, I wanted to do a little interview with her to give you a chance to get to know her a little better. So, without further ado – here’s Shawni! (questions are from my awesome TableTopics box!)

1. When you want to laugh, who or what do you turn to?
I guess my first response would be my husband. He somehow knows how to make me laugh even when I’m mad-as-a-hornet mad.

2. What foods do you remember most from childhood?
The foods I remember very most were the ones my mom would make. Family dinner was a huge priority in our family so she seemed to always whip up something. My favorites were chicken divan and turkey steaks.

I must say I also remember the chocolate chip cookies I made every single Sunday growing up. Mmmmm.

3. What makes a person exceptional?
Oh man, there are so many different kinds of answers to this one. But the quality that stands out the most to me in making someone exceptional is how that person gives love. Unconditional love for people in every walk of life, especially those who may be so very different, is a quality exudes “exceptionality.” I know that’s not a word but you know what I mean:)

4. What is the best thing you’ve learned from your mother?
It’s interesting that this question comes next because she’s one who has that pure unconditional love just naturally. I so admire how she always puts others first, has so much empathy, and sees the “big picture” in life. But I guess that’s not really a real answer to this question because I haven’t really “learned” that yet! One thing that has rubbed off on me is her love of newborn babies. I cannot get enough of them. It makes my heart ache for one every time I hear that sweet newborn cry.

5. If you’re feeling low, what’s your trick to feeling better?
Make a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Or go out on a date with my husband. Or watch my children sleep. Or take pictures of them when the light is at it’s “golden hour.” Those things sure make me happy.

Isn’t she a delight? Today, you have a chance to win Shawni and her mom Linda Eyre’s book, A Mother’s Book of Secrets!

All royalties from the sale of this book go to organizations fighting blindness, and Shawni and her family are doing their annual Vision Walk in the Phoenix area on March 31 to help raise funds as well.  You have the opportunity to help spread the word about the Vision Walk to enter today’s giveaway.

For more information about the Vision Walk or joining Shawni’s team, click here.

Here’s how to win this week – you can enter up to TWO times by doing one of the following:

1 – Choose one of the questions I asked Shawni, and answer it in the comments.

2 – Share the link to Shawni’s Vision Walk team page on your Facebook wall or on Twitter, and then come back to leave a comment letting me know that you did it.

Here’s the link to copy and paste:

http://www.fightblindness.org/site/TR/VISIONWALK/VisionWalktr?px=2096622&pg=personal&fr_id=4440

While you’re on Facebook, check out the Vision Walk Facebook page and see if there is an upcoming event in your area.

UPDATED TO ADD:

Though this giveaway officially ended on Monday, I‘m starting a new one. Shawni’s team is close to meeting their fundraising goals, but I think we need to go the extra mile and really overachieve here. If you’d still like an opportunity to win a copy of Shawni and her mom Linda’s fabulous book, please click here to go to the new giveaway.

  • ellen patton - March 23, 2012 - 10:01 am

    When I’m feeling low I try to do something for someone else. OR I bake myself happy.

  • Freja - March 23, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    My hubby is hilarious. He is constantly making up random words, rhymes his sentences, and just makes me laugh all the time. :)

  • Freja - March 23, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    I’ve posted the link on my FB page. What a great cause!

  • Tiffany L - March 24, 2012 - 1:25 am

    When I want a good laugh I sit down and talk to my 3.5 year old son. He says some of the cutest things, and oh boy can he tell stories!

  • Tiffany L - March 24, 2012 - 1:27 am

    Shared the link on FB.

  • Shaun - March 24, 2012 - 6:07 am

    My mom taught me how important the “details” are! She passed away this January and in writing her euology I realized how all those details were put in place to make people feel special! I will always remember the details!

  • Kara L. - March 24, 2012 - 8:37 am

    1. When you want to laugh, who or what do you turn to?

    I always go to my family. No matter what, at least one of them can put me in a better mood and give me a good laugh! It is usually my husband but it can also be my little boy. He is a toddler so you never know what he could be doing! Ha! :)

  • Kara L. - March 24, 2012 - 8:38 am

    I also shared the link on my facebook page.
    I love reading Shawni’s blog every day and I hope and pray that one day they will find a cure for the disease that Lucy has. :(

  • janie - March 24, 2012 - 9:57 am

    My mom taught me to have an eternal perspective. There are some things that really matter and some things that don’t. Spend your time worrying about the things that matter.

  • Elizabeth - March 24, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    The best thing I learned from my mother was to be home. I just had my first baby six months ago and I’m so grateful I had an example of what a wonderful stay-at-home mother looked like. Babies need their mothers.

  • Jenna - March 24, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    If you’re feeling low, what’s your trick to feeling better?
    Eating chocolate or cookies, if the hour permits it, and doing my devotionals in the morning, I love spending time in the Word! Makes my day start off right!
    Shared on twitter and facebook![:

  • Brittany M. - March 24, 2012 - 7:15 pm

    When I’m feeling low I like to take a nice long run around this beautiful island that I call home or do a little retail therapy!

  • Rebecca l. - March 24, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    I Love Shawni’s blog and her upbeat attitude. I only discovered her a few months ago, but had to read every post!
    Q 1: I turn to my hubby as well. Everything in life falls apart if we are not taking time to connect- and with 5 little ones (the youngest 2months old) we don’t get a date night out of the house so we treasure every moment we have- even if it is a quick glance into each others eyes as we walk across the kitchen :) lol- Rebecca

  • Hollee - March 24, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    When I’m low, I snuggle up with my puppy and a good book!

  • Emily Dixon - March 25, 2012 - 12:53 am

    I agree with shawni Love is so important. Another thing I thought of was ‘Willing’. Most people who I see as exceptional are those who are willing to do anything for anyone. Willing to Help, Willing to love, Willing to listen, willing to talk, willing to serve.
    One day I hope to be an exceptional person.
    xx

  • Mary Elizabeth - March 25, 2012 - 8:40 am

    If you’re feeling low, what’s your trick to feeling better?
    My trick is talking to my fiancé (who will be my husband in one month and one day!). He’s the best listener and gives outstanding advice. I figured out the best thing for me to do is talk it out as to why I’m feeling low and he always puts me in a better mood.

  • Jolene McCoy - March 25, 2012 - 11:39 am

    When you want to laugh, who or what do you turn to?

    My 11-year-old daughter. Every once in a while she drops a line that makes me think Jerry Seinfeld masquerades as a middle-aged comic. He’s really a quirky young girl with impeccable timing and a dry wit that leaves me shaking my head. I can’t help but laugh, even when the joke’s on me.

  • Jolene McCoy - March 25, 2012 - 11:44 am

    Shared the link on my FB page!

  • Stephanie James - March 25, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    When I feel down I try to work out, or put on movie or something that makes me laugh hard, also a good work out!

  • Stephanie James - March 25, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    Shared the vision walk on facebook!

  • Jenny - March 25, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    Shawni, her mom and her daughter are all BEAUTIFUL!

    I most remember the smell of fresh bread when I would come home from school, and one of my favorite treats was my mom’s homemade gingerbread with lemon sauce. MMMMmmmm.

  • Jenny - March 25, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    I shared their Vision Walk team page on my facebook page.
    I just hope they can help find the cure for Lucy.
    XO

  • emmie - March 26, 2012 - 4:28 am

    4. What is the best thing you’ve learned from your mother?
    Service. Give, give and give. The more you give, the better you feel. It could be to your own family members or to those not in your family. A clean house never makes me feel as good as service makes me feel.

  • s - March 26, 2012 - 7:16 am

    to feel better, I try to get outside for a walk or hang out with the kids outside. baking is also a nice pick me up or reading my youngest a book, snuggled together

  • Hilary - March 26, 2012 - 9:04 am

    If you’re feeling low, what’s your trick to feeling better?
    I love to run to get my mind off of things. It gets rid of everything! :)

  • Chelsie - March 26, 2012 - 9:51 am

    When I’m feeling low, I bake- and then eat- usually chocolate chip cookies is the best- or i get down and play with my girls (2 and 8 months). :) love shawni’s blog and hope to read her book soon!!!

  • Johanna Markworth - March 26, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    The food I remember most would be homemade cookies, everyday after school! My mom was the best!

  • Allison - March 26, 2012 - 5:50 pm

    When I’m feeling down…which lately tends to be more than I would hope for…I talk to my husband or if he’s not right there, my sisters or my good friends. I always feel better after sharing what’s going on in my head/heart. Nothing lifts me up like connecting with those I love. :)

  • Haley Jolley - March 26, 2012 - 9:52 pm

    I hope the giveaway is still going! But even if not, I love Shawni’s blog and her example, and yours too! In answer to one of your questions, whenever I’m feeling down and trying to be happy, I love to watch America’s Funniest Home Videos clips on youtube. You can’t stay mad for long when you see things like kittens, kids hitting their parents instead of the pinata, you get the picture. :) Thanks for the giveaway!