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WRITING & WORDS :: Issue 10 of Babiekins Magazine

Babiekins Magazine Issue 10

I haven’t actually blogged about this yet (although if we’re connected on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you’ve already seen this).

I had the honor of appearing in four separate spots in the latest digital issue of Babiekins Magazine

Aven Clothing: Designer Interview [pages 45-48]
Madeleine P’tite: Artist Interview [pages 49-52]
The Pie Pixie: A Childhood Memory of the Tooth Fairy [pages 57-58]
The Unbreakable Bond: What I Want my Daughter to Know [pages 247-248]

I’m incredibly grateful to my editor, Priscila who believes in me and has handed me this huge opportunity — and to my mom, who has always, always encouraged me to keep on writing.

Big thanks also goes to Mitch from Aven Clothing and Madeleine of La p’tite Madeleine for being such wonderful interview subjects, to the talented Maia Chavez Larkin for illustrating my Pie Pixie story, and to Deb Schwedhelm Photography for the photograph of Aveline and I that I’ll treasure forever.

Interview with Mitch Harris of Aven Clothing by Gina Munsey for Babiekins Magazine Issue 10
Interview with Madeleine Petite by Gina Munsey for Babiekins Magazine Issue 10
The Pie Pixie by Gina Munsey for Babiekins Magazine Issue 10
The Unbreakable Bond by Gina Munsey for Babiekins Magazine Issue 10

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WRITING & WORDS :: I’m back from vacation with a story in the Summer Issue of Babiekins Magazine, and more!

Toddler standing in front of rainy windowIn case you couldn’t tell from the photo, Aveline and I are back in Florida. We enjoyed a few glorious weeks in the California sunshine with our incredible family. I love them so and it certainly was hard to leave them all behind again (but wonderful to be back with Josiah!)
Virtual Travel Series - Summer Blog Tour hosted by Oaxacaborn
I want to give a huge shout-out to all the bloggers who filled this space while I was gone! Thank you Sylvia (Hamburg), Annika (Finland), Corrie (Dallas), Alyx (Frankfurt), Natalia (France), Igor (Paris), Tina (Costa Rica), and Kate (London). The Summer Vacation Tour was very well received and I plan to continue to feature locations from time to time as I receive submissions. So if you want to show off your part of the world, check out the requirements here and then email me!

Alright then, so what else has been happening across the interwebz while I was away?

Mini Street Style - Baby BlackbirdWell, Aveline was featured on Baby Blackbird’s Mini Street Style! Check it out and leave some comment love. :)
Babiekins Magazine Blog - Get the Look SeriesAlso, I’ve been continuing my weekly series at the Babiekins Magazine Blog, in which I show you how to dress your little one just like  (a stylish version of) a story book character. Here are the  most recent books and looks:

Annnnnd….I’ve saved the best for last. :-D The summer issue of Babiekins Magazine was just released a couple of days ago, and I’m thrilled to say that not only have I joined the editorial team as Copy Editor…I’ve also written a little something about my childhood adventures! To read my summery piece in Babiekins Magazine Issue 9, scroll through to page 112, or go to the Table of Contents and click on “Fort Building”. I’m still giddy over seeing my work illustrated by the talented Gigi Rose Gray.
Babiekins Magazine Issue 9 Cover and Excerpt from Fort Building by Gina Munsey

Be sure to scroll through all the lovely photography and editorials in this issue of the magazine, you really don’t want to miss it.

Whew, that was a lot to catch up on, and doesn’t even include my California adventures! I’ll be sharing some photos in the days to come. Ah, it’s good to be back.

So, what have I missed in your lives? Any blog posts from the past month you want me to see? Leave a link in the comments! xo

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WRITING & WORDS :: Morning, in Which I Pull Letters into Words so you can Read Them /or/ The Humble Beginnings of a Magazine Article

Guatemala Coffee Sack of Burlap 150 lbs

It’s a rare morning, this. Up earlier than the baby, and unable to fall back asleep, I pull the lace-trimmed sheets back up to my chin.

I roll over and reach for my iDevice, and touch the screen to open the YouVersion app. I will my eyes to focus, and read out loud quietly.

“When the Cloud lifted above the Tent, the People of Israel marched out; and when the Cloud descended the people camped….It made no difference whether the Cloud hovered over The Dwelling for two days or a month or a year, as long as the Cloud was there, they were there. And when the Cloud went up, they got up and marched. They camped at God’s command and they marched at God’s command.” -Numbers 9

“I like that the longest time listed is a year”, says Josiah. I smile.

“I’m serious,” he continues. “It’s nice that it doesn’t say, ‘…ten years’ or something.”

I nod, and look back at the passage. I don’t always know why we are here. But I know God’s presence is here. I like that. I like knowing that. He leads us.

I get out of bed, sleepy but happy.

“Let’s have coffee?” I ask hopefully. He always makes the coffee.

I stare out the window, watching the light at the toll booth turn red, green, red. Every so often, a car speeds through without paying and the light stays red.

Words tumble in my mind, as I mentally start sorting sentences for the magazine articles I am working on. I sit down at the table, and start to scratch out words the old-fashioned way, with a pen. I move words around with a ink-drawn arrow, not a virtual one.

Drafting Article for Magazine

Slowly, the words begin to flow. I feel a sudden surge of excitement; I might actually be able to knock these articles out this morning! And then, just a few sentences in, I sneeze involuntarily, and my sneeze is echoed by Aveline’s sudden cry.

I can’t help but smile, even as I shake my head in disbelief.

I close my notebook.

“Good morning, Aveline!” I call out as I walk through the sunshine to her bedroom door.

Until I sit down again, these sentences will be calling to me, waiting for me to pull each of these letters and words into living stories so you can drink them in.

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WRITING & WORDS :: My Story “Little Miss Green Thumb”, Published in the Spring 2012 Issue of Babiekins Magazine

Have you read the gorgeous spring edition of Babiekins Magazine?  I definitely squealed when I saw the fantastic illustrations Rosy Designs did for my story “Little Miss Green Thumb”!

Little Miss Green Thumb - Illustrations by Rosy Designs - Story by Gina Munsey - Babiekins Magazine Issue 8 Page 151

Little Miss Green Thumb - Illustrations by Rosy Designs - Story by Gina Munsey - Babiekins Magazine Issue 8 Page 153

Thank you, Babiekins Magazine! It’s thrilling to see my name under the “Writers” heading. I’m ecstatic for what this year will bring. (Have you heard, readers? The Fall issue will be in print, like, IN BOOKSTORES!

So, so exciting.)

To read my story, which is located on pages 151-154, go to Babiekins Magazine, click on “Table of Contents” in the upper left hand corner, then click on “Little Miss Green Thumb” in the fourth column.