to check it out. This book features Shawni's extraordinary photography and her down-to-earth perspective on mothering. I began flipping through its pages, taking in a big whiff. I really love the way new books smell. I continued thumbing through, reading bits and pieces of each chapter. I started wondering if I had enough cash to purchase a copy. Just as I decided that I'd better hold off until my next payday, I recognized one of the pictures. My heart started soaring and twirling as I realized Shawni had sprinkled a few Jean Kate pictures into her new book. I could just kiss you for doing that, Shawni.
I took the book to the register counter and smacked-down my remaining cash wad. Never mind that my car's gas gage was on empty, or that we were out of toilet paper, I was buying that book. As luck would have it, I had a 5.00 credit left on my account (the book was more than that but is well worth the C-A-S-H, every cent). I got into my car and called-up mi Madre. I told her about the pictures. She immediately called her local bookstore and placed a copy on hold. "I'll go down there and take a look. How exciting," she said. "It's totally exciting," I said.