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Martina McBride Lends Her Voice To “A Home for the Holidays” Adoption Special

December 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm , by

Photo: Randee St. Nicholas.

If you drew Martina McBride’s name in the country music superstar Secret Santa and you need a last-minute gift idea, I’m so about to hook you up. “Everybody always says I’m hard to buy for, and I’m not,” McBride tells me. “Just give me bath stuff and candles, and I’m happy!”

What would probably make the Grammy-nominated country singer even happier this holiday season, though, is if you tuned in to the 13th annual A Home for the Holidays this Wednesday, December 21, on CBS. “I was really honored to be asked to do this,” says McBride, who will be hosting and helping the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network shine a light on the more than half a million U.S. children in foster care in need of a permanent home. “It’s a really important show that is literally making a difference to future generations,” she adds, noting that some parents featured on this week’s show had been inspired to adopt from watching prior A Home for the Holidays installments.

The fact that McBride and her husband, John, are blessed to have a family with three beautiful daughters (Ava, 6, Emma, 13, and Delaney, who turns 17 this week) was specifically one of the reasons why hosting this year was important to her. “We kind of take family for granted sometimes,” she explains. “I mean, we decorated our Christmas tree last night and halfway through it I thought, think of all the kids out there that don’t have a family to decorate a Christmas tree with. And yet we take it for granted. We do it every year—it’s a tradition. It really makes you stop and think.”

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Tim Of All Trades: An Interview with Tim McGraw

February 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm , by

Tim_McGraw_mainAfter talking to the multi-hyphenate Tim McGraw, I started thinking I should probably be doing a bit more with my time. The man is amazing. He is a country music superstar, actor (in an Oscar-nominated movie no less!), devoted husband to the beautiful Faith Hill, father of three girls (ages 12, 11 and 8), cologne creator and author! Seriously, I need to step up my game…I get tired just thinking about what his schedule must be like.

Ever the Southern gentleman, Tim took time out of his (very) busy day to talk about his second children’s book, Love Your Heart—a touching story about a little girl and her father.

What do you get out of writing kids’ books that’s different from writing music?
Well, it’s probably the only thing that I do that my kids really care about or like. They certainly don’t listen to my music. They’ll listen to their mother, but they don’t listen to me. Since I’m not one of the Jonas Brothers or Taylor Swift, it’s not their cup of tea.

What made you decide to write a children’s book?
My writing partner, Tom Douglas, and I wrote a song called, “My Little Girl.” It turned out to be this really big record and everybody loved the story. (Watch the music video after the jump.) So, Tom came up with the idea of turning it into our first book.

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