SAHM I Am

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Steeple Hill, Feb 1, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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For the members of a stay-at-home-moms' e-mail loop, lunch with friends is a sandwich in front of the computer. But where else could they discuss things like…

Success: Her workaholic husband is driving Dulcie Huckleberry around the bend. It's hard to love someone in sickness and in health when he's never home!

Art: Let the children express themselves, opines artistic Zelia Muzuwa, and then her son's head gets stuck inside a kitty scratching post…

Health: Surely aches and pains are normal in an active little boy, yet those of soccer-mom Jocelyn Millard's son don't seem to be going away.

Motherhood: Teen-mom-turned-farmer's-wife Brenna Lindberg can deal with the mud and the chickens, but what about her husband's desire for a child of his own?

Indiscretions: However youthful, they can come back to haunt you, learns pastor's wife Phyllis Lorimer.

Amends: These could stand to be made between officious list moderator Rosalyn Ebberly and her pampered sister, Veronica. Perhaps the other SAHM I AMers can teach these two something about sisterhood.
 

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Meredith Efken has experienced much of what she describes in her debut novel, SAHM I Am. From cleaning up smelly diaper wall art and surviving temper tantrums to displaying innocent bouquets of half-wilted dandelions and being covered in slobbery toddler kisses, Meredith enjoys the life of a stay-at-home mom--despite the challenges. She and her husband, Jason, find that parenting and homeschooling daughters Jessamyn and Catrin keeps their lives entertaining, interesting and busy. They live in a tumble-down fixer-upper Victorian in Omaha, Nebraska, where they are jail wardens for Tadi and Tara, the Houdinis of Siberian huskies who make an art form of escaping the backyard.

Meredith struggles with how to be an attentive mom and a productive writer. Housework? Gave up on it long ago. In addition to writing and homeschooling, she's a student in the Vineyard Leadership Institute, so she's pretty much insane. But she hides it by doing nearly normal stuff such as playing keyboard and singing on her church worship team, co-founding a local Christian writers group and drinking a lot of chai. Meredith also hangs out with other writers in American Christian Fiction Writers, where she's fooled them into thinking she is sane and rational enough to manage their email loop and web forums. Shh…don't tell.

Meredith's writing tends to have themes about personal identity and becoming who God designed you to be. This often makes her characters collide with what their culture or even their churches or other leaders say they ought to be. And then she discovered she can write humor. She's been declared by fellow author Randy Ingermanson to be "funnier than Erma Bombeck," which she often questions, but hey, it's a great quote. You can decide for yourselves if it's true.

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