Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday Slow Lane!

One year ago yesterday, this little stack of printed pages landed on Amazon. It has felt at home there for an entire year now and has made its way into hands, homes and hearts. Today I just want to celebrate God's faithfulness in bringing this to completion - there is no way it would be in print without Him for many reasons.

So let's have some fun!

First, I wanted to remind you that there is a great set of slow freebies/printables here!

There are several used copies available on Amazon for less than the retail price - so this is a great opportunity to get a copy if you are still looking for one for yourself or to gift!

Aaaaand, let's do a little giveaway! I would love to send one of you a made-by-me Slow cuff bracelet, set of little flags for your slow celebrations and a mini clipboard with slow prayer for display in your home or office! To enter the giveaway, please just leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you if you win! Winners must be within the US please for shipping purposes. Tell me your sweetest blessing in slowing! Comments will be accepted until Friday night!

One thing I had really wanted to do in the back of the book was an index of all the photos and some details behind them which ended up not happening. So, I'll attempt to get that into a couple of blog posts soon I hope!

I also have a printable for you today as we reflect on slow and where we need to hit the reset button in this area and this includes me!

Thank you, friends, for your support of slow! So happy to be on this journey of slowing with you! To God be the glory great things He has done!

* This post includes Amazon affiliate link.


Shelby said...

Slowing helps me enjoy the moment and cherish that my children won't always be little. I really lack in this area and need reminded often.

Shelby Cucchi

Heather said...

Congratulations! I must admit I haven't gotten the book yet, but I do love your posts on slow. I recently saw a quote that basically said that we will look back and either be glad we did or wish we had. I want to be a mom who is glad she did....glad she took time to read with her kids, to sit and watch them play in the sprinkler, who took all the nature walks, who didn't miss it all in the business of life. Your slow posts help me remember to take the time to savor all God has provided in my life! Thank you!
fuerniss at hotmail

Unknown said...

Blessings to you Monica and your willingness to share your wisdom on this subject with others! One of the greatest blessings that I've witnessed with slowing in my home is the appreciation my children have gained when our days are filled with fun activities. If, for example, we went to the zoo, a museum, or even a park every day, I have a feeling we would all begin to take these places and the wonder of them for granted. Having slow days gives us a reason to rejuvenate and get excited for activities that happily force us out of the home. I would be so humbled to receive a copy of your book. I can be reached by email for a mailing address. Thanks!

Chas said...

Slowing is something I have been very intentional about lately after having a very harried summer. I've been mindful as to how rapidly time is passing and have made a purpose to spend a little more time just "being" or "dwelling" for a little each day. Making sure the kids know I am here and present with them. Playing a game, reading out loud, etc. Being at home with them all the time, you wouldn't think that this would be an issue, but sometimes it can be with so many outside things wanting our attention.

Making sure I have time to READ the scriptures and spending some time in prayer, not just rush through them is also something I am making myself be more intentional about.

Slow is such a great word and a great reminder.
Happy Anniversary of your book. You are a wonderful encouragement to many.


my blog is
or instagram at joyfully.chas

alice said...

I am reminded about how fast our children grow as I realize that both of my children will be starting college next week. They still live at home and commute, but things are changing. By being intentionally slow, I gain rest and revel in the small moments that create the biggest memories. (By the way, you would love Melanie Shankle's book Church of the Small Things).

My email is wvalice at gmail dot com.

Agnes said...

Happy birthday! Monica, your book is wonderful and it really makes me slow.
Slow for me is just breathing and counting the blessing that God gives me every single day.
I hope you write more books for us to enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your book so much. I always try and have a slow day every Friday. My daughter also took a picture of a slow sign that is by our house. Everytime we pass the sign I think about "slowing". I also have the banner hanging on our school pin board. Michelle mothersnest5@

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Happy Birthday Slow Lane!!
Slow helped me plan and spend lots of quality time with my little nephews when they stayed with us last week. I had something planned each day, but also time allowed for anything that popped up and wasn't stressed about it.

Thank you for all you share with us on this blog. I don't post often, but I do read each and every one of them and am inspired and encouraged.

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Your book was such a blessing in my life. I needed it in the season of life I was in. The blessing of slow is just capturing the small things all around from a hug, smile, and nature.

Unknown said...

Slow helps me gear gods voice,and enjoy the beauty around me. I do slow in the mornings,reading my Bible and journaling in the backyard. The birds chirp and the flowers bloom. I'm a lover of beauty,and your blog has inspired me to create beauty for my family. Christina

Wendi said...

Slow is something I crave. Maybe even more then a good piece of chocolate. :) Slow helps me to feel refreshed, unhurried and in the moment. Taking the time to savor the slow moments with the ones I love is what life is all about!

Simply Handmade Farmhouse said...

I love the slower pace of life, as my mom use to say "what your hurry?''
It is hard to believe it has been one year ago since your book came out.
I have yet to purchase one or read it. It's in my wish list on amazon.


Anonymous said...

Monica, what a lovely giveaway! Happy Birthday to your book. Has it really been a year?! I think the biggest blessing to being in the slow lane is feeling God's presence more. When my life is not frenzied, I am able to breathe and be aware of all God's blessings.

angie said...

I'm still slowly making my way though your book. My nature is to plough through everything , even books read for pleasure, because I like to check things off of my list. But the study and reflection that you built into your book forces me to s-l-o-w down. Clever!
A benefit of slowing for me is to have more reign of my tongue. When in a hurry,I lash out without thinking. Yuck!

joeandkris513 said...

I love slow because the days and weeks last longer when they're taken slowly and mostly at home. I'll never wish days away with my children-
doing the mothering I've always hoped I'd be able to spend the strength of my youth on. Paradoxically, a more productive life happens in a slow and intentional one.

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Anonymous said...

I'm still slowing making it through your book too :) I've had a crazy summer with my daughter with surgeries and picc lines and now I'm feeling like I'm getting to SLOW with my family before we start back to homeschool after Labor Day. By having nothing on our calendar and reading good books and enjoying some Leave it to Beaver's together and I'm loving slowing by sitting outside with my coffee feeling our cool temperatures as fall is near for us :)

Happy Anniversary on your book! And I can't wait to hear about your next book :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, hard to believe it's been a year! Congratulations!

Your blog and book have been such a blessing on my journey of slowing down... I still have lots to learn but I am incredibly thankful for all I haveI love the aspect of enjoying every day moments and taking time to be in the moment... not just rushing on to the next thing. My children benefit tremendously and learning to do things like not answer the phone or text during school hours have set us up for good success. We are more thankful and see more of Gods created beauty!! This summer has NOT been slow, I look forward to it's return with a new season.

Today I am doing the BEST EVER kind of slow, cuddling my fresh born baby boy!! He arrived early this morning and we are beyond thrilled!! Amanda Heebner

*carrie* said...

Fun idea to do a one year party--proud of you!