August 26th

I know, I know.  Another book post. We’ll get back to the knitting, cooking, traveling and the such soon. I need a couple more days of enjoying the after-glow.  Amanda — who edited the novel and took the back cover photo — also took a gorgeous collections of shots Tuesday night. How couldn’t I share these?


changing hands


new release


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Rex! My old running buddy!

mr green

Mr. Green — my 8th grade English teacher.


Clare, who I traveled with to Nicaragua and Bolivia. And, Duda, a friend who grew up in Mozambique.


My mama. This photo makes me a little teary.


Ms. Sunshine Cupcakes!


My boss, Joe.

mark and susie

Mark and Susie, parents to this adorable boy.


Alma! My world traveling buddy.

ms. st. arnauld

Ms. St. Arnauld, my 6th grade teacher.

rett + karen

Rett + Karen, who have been friends with my parents since high school. My dad tells a funny story of Rett giving him shots of whiskey right before he walked down the aisle to marry my mom.


Diane — a long-time family friend.

the tolars

JT + Kathleen — Mini’s parents and my good friends.


My minister + friend, Jeff.

the bennetts

The Bennetts! Kacey’s folks + my cheerleaders.

mariah and julez

Mariah and Julez, who among other things are my bowling buddies.


signing 2


Octavio, Ted + JT.


Pretty much the best night of my life so far.

Thank you again, Amanda, for taking these. See the complete set at:


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22 Responses

  1. What a fabulous night! Dreams fulfilled, surrounded by those who love you! I’m guessing this is the first of many to come! Enjoy the warmth that embraces you!

  2. I got misty just looking at the photos. How you didn’t turn into a puddle of mush with all that love surrounding you is a wonder. I can see how it would be the best night!

  3. Ok. I don’t even know you in real life and these images and your words make me teary. I am so dang proud of you and I can feel how proud every person in every photo is. So, don’t be alarmed that some random person from the blog-o-verse is super, duper proud of you. I’m not a weird stalker . . . just proud person from afar!

  4. I got my copy from Amazon on Monday. I can’t wait to read it and am kind of delaying the gratification by admiring the cover, strategically placed on top of my bedside table. Love the shoes. I am a lefty too. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment. I will happily read more blog posts about your book(s) – for the future.

  5. Congratulations! What an incredible accomplishment and a lovely event to celebrate 🙂

  6. Wow! I second everything dana from Old Red Barn said. Those pics are simply amazing. And HELLO Mr. Boss man! LOL I am so happy for you and proud! Live it up, you’ve earned this.

  7. These pics made me teary, too. (And April took the words out of my mouth. How can you form a coherent sentence when talking with your boss? 🙂 Whoo! I need a cold drink.)

    So happy for you. Dreams realized are so, so sweet.

  8. Mom Taxi Julie August 26, 2010

    Awww I’m all teary eyed!! So sweet!! I love how your teacher was there, I bet she is so proud! and everyone else too!!

  9. Step aside, Pioneer Woman — Kelli’s signing books now!

  10. What a testament to your kind & loving spirit to see so many supportive people at your reading! Congrats! I can’t wait to read the book…I will be ordering soon!

  11. Kick ass, Donk! I love to see all those shining faces there to cheer you on. Plus, hot shoes! Yes, girl – With style.

  12. I ordered a copy on amazon too… I have oddly come to love your blog and so I of course had to check out the book. 🙂 Um and I love that she took a shot of your shoes. CUTE shoes!

  13. I’m so happy one of your dreams came true! But you only deserve this, you know it, right? This evening must give you the strenght to go on and pursue all the other goals you have for your life. Go girl! XXX

  14. Kelly, Congratulations on your success! I’m so proud of you! I can’t wait to read it!

  15. Woo! Woo! Dreams do come true. 🙂

  16. Congrats! Looks like a fabulous night!! How can you not just soak this up?! Love the shoes and the book is at the top of my fall reading list!

  17. Mr Green! How fun, I never would have recognized him!

  18. i started reading your book yesterday afternoon, neglected dinner and laundry, stayed up until almost 2 and finished this morning! all i can say is WOW!!! i couldn’t put it down! it’s so beautifully written! i have all these words rolling in my head about how fabulous the book is; each character, the way faith in God or a higher power, trust and humanity were portrayed but i just can’t get it all out without extensive use of hand gestures! i was in tears for almost the last half! i can’t wait until your next book!

  19. Congratulations! I can’t imagine how proud you must feel. Also, you are rocking that dress!

  20. Congratulations! What a fantastic night you had the Changing Hands! Wish I could have been there. Photos will have to suffice. I noticed the title of your second book, Basket Baby. Funny – the opening chapter in my memoir is “Baby in a Basket.” … I look forward to reading “Under the Same Moon.”

  21. Kelli, I am so proud of you! Seeing all the people’s shiny, happy faces beaming your way on your special night makes my heart just overflow with happiness for you!! Congratulations again! What a wonderful night!!

  22. Me too, wiping my tears. Kelli we have never met, but I know I know you. You have inspired me and many others. Looking at these photos, I feel like I was sitting in the audience and cheering you on. So happy for you and a big congratulations. I am away now, but I am sure my book is in my mailbox at home, waiting to be read. I will have to send it to you to sign. Always, all the best and a big hug.