1. Holy cow… I have no idea how you have been keeping up. You have had a ton going on. I totally understand the house stuff. It's emotionally draining, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. God is always in control!

  2. Living here in Russia has opened our eyes to a more freeing view–of—we could live almost anywhere! Well, on that I must say —we don't have it bad here, but it is different than our dear old Texas! Our views are a bit stretched here and that is what I know we are learning! God is so much bigger than we imagine.

  3. Hi Sandy!

    God has been teaching me that really….I have nothing to be dramatic about – compared to other people's problems and such.

    I've been known to blow things out of proportion ever once in a while (or all the time)….look at the negative in things…and throw thankfulness out the window. (Don't I sound like a lot of fun?) It's ridiculous, really.

    Over the last few weeks…the Lord has TOTALLY been showing me that I have A LOT to be thankful for and that I should complain and gripe less. It's true.

    House hunting can be crazy can't it? We bought our first home (the one we are in now) on a 2 day relocation trip, too. While I'm grateful for the big yard and all…. I'm pretty sure we will be moving again within the next few years – into something that fits our family a bit better. So we have been remodeling and rearranging and painting – all in a way that will help us sell it. And like you….all the while, I'm trying to not get emotionally attached 🙂 Whew!

    And I'm so sorry that rejection letter landed in your mail box:( Especially after having such a stressful day! How crazy. Please know…I'm still praying about your book and everything 🙂

    Have a wonderful week, friend!
    -Kate 🙂

  4. Sandy, it's like we're walking parallel lives right now!

    House drama. Got it. Moving our family of 7 to a new city – new house, new schools, new church, letting go of ministry…

    Book drama. Yup. Me too. One email rejection from a publisher. One rejection letter (just on Friday, sigh) from a publisher that I thought really loved my proposal. Also good news – no word from the one agent I'm pinning all my hopes and dreams on (LOL).

    Lessons in the midst of it abound.

    Luv ya!

  5. That's what I love the most about you Sandy— you are so willing to allow God to use you, your life, and your circumstances in any way, shape, or fashion He chooses, even when it is hard for you.

    Love you, and I love how quickly you align your hopes and dreams and disappointments with God's plan for you.

  6. Be not discouraged… many books out there now survived several rejection letters first! That publisher just wasn't smart enough to see the vision.

    God is teaching me these days to be content to be me… who I am… finding out who that is. Who HE made me to be. To stop trying to be someone else with someone else's blessings or trials.

    Might sound silly, but it's a little like breaking out of a cocoon. One day at a time.

  7. Sending hugs and more hugs after that you opened that "letter". I hate those…
    After one such letter (which was only for a magazine article) I put away the story and haven't looked at it since.
    Anyways, I just wanted to offer the hug. Putting time, effort and your entire heart into something is daring. It’s big, but I’ve also learned that God gives when it's just right.
    There WILL be a point when it is just right/write 🙂

  8. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to meet you through blogging know that you already ARE published, that you ARE an author and as for me (and I know I speak for many others), I'm thankful for the way God uses you to speak to me. It WILL multiply to the many. You're awesome.

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