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The Do-It-All Mom? Who me?

Welcome Cara Putman. I've heard people call you the Do-It-All-Mom.Watching you at the ACFW conference taking care of all of us and your children with a smile on your face makes me think the name applies. How did you get that nick name?

My friend Nicole O’Dell has dubbed me the Do-It-All-Mom among a sea of really qualified columnists. Do-It-All-Mom? Me? It's a wee bit intimidating. Ya know? 

So I've been thinking about it. Do I do it all?
Yes, I'm a mom to the four amazing kiddos in the picture. I am forever grateful that God has entrusted them to us. 

Yes, I'm an attorney, but I'm definitely in a season of slowing that down. I stay involved in a couple areas, but I'm not doing litigation, my favorite area, because it doesn't fit with my life right now. A choice I'd make again -- even though I love litigation. 

Yes, I'm a contract lecturer at a University and adjunct faculty at a community college. I LOVE teaching and am so grateful God opened these doors. Lest you think otherwise, remember this too is part time. 

Yes, I'm a writer -- between the hours of nine and midnight most weeks...because that's when my kids sleep. 

Yes, I'm a homeschool mama -- it's a joy and honestly frustrating. If I can be real, I love watching my kids learn. But there are times I long for them to join the school bus crowd. However, God has made it clear this is for us right now, so I do it willingly. Even if it means teaching algebra to the oldest and reading to the 3 year old. I don't know how one room school teachers did it. 

Yes, I serve at our church. It's the least I can do for the body God has planted us in and for God. He's given me so much. I'm more than willing to tithe my time and talent for Him. Besides, I've long known I learn more when I teach. 

Yes, I do a lot. But I hope you're getting a sense of season. There are ebbs and flows to each of these. I love my class at Purdue, but right now it's not a year round commitment. Maybe some day it will be. I love the law, but it's no where near full time right now. How do you balance it all in this do-it-all-right-now-life?

Cara, I had three sons and didn't home school. Most of the time I would have to say my nick name would have been Let-It-Slide-Mom.  Thank you for a glimpse of how you balance everything. 
And as Cara asked, " How do you balance it all in this do-it-all-right-now-life?

Here's my review of Cara's book.

A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island by Cara C. Putman

A delightful tale with surprising twists and turns. I've been to Mackinac Island and wondered
what it was like for residents. Did they dislike having the tourists? Did they really bike, walk or take
a horse drawn buggy taxi? Putman answered all of those questions for me.

A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island is what I call a nice bathtub read. The story is engaging and at times gets your heart rate up, but not so much that you
want to run while looking over your shoulder.

I enjoyed returning to Mackinac via the pages of this book.

Back Cover Copy

When Past and present Collide, God Still has a Plan

Attorney Alanna Stone vowed long ago to avoid Mackinac Island. although it may seem like the perfect place to heal, for Alanna it holds to many memories
of a painful past.

But an exhausting high-profile case and an urgent plea from her parents has brought Alanna home. Moving into the cabin next to Jonathan Covington doesn't help her.  Jonathan may have been her first
love, but he was also her first lesson in betrayal. Now Alanna must protect her privacy and her heart.
Then secrets and a murder intersect, an she's thrust into controversy again as tragedy turns public opinion against her and potentially her family.

For years, Jonathan has stubbornly resisted the urging of his family and friends to date, believing he's already found the perfect woman. With Alanna's return, he begins to wonder if he's waited to long for someone
who isn't the right one after all.

Will Alanna and Jonathan be able to lay aside the past and let God heal their hearts?

If you want to know more about Cara check out her website.
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