At the door were three overly-excited children and one exhausted (yet also excited) husband. They all screamed “SURPRISE!” when I entered, because yesterday also happened to be my birthday.
Balloons, cake,candles, presents–the works.
And, get this: they had managed to clean the house, the GARAGE (!!!) and my van while I was away. I’m thinkin‘ I need to sneak away more often. Though my daughter looked me straight in the eye and commanded, “Don’t you EVER leave me like that again!”
I don’t know about EVER, but I am on the “every four years I get to go to something girlie all alone” schedule…so maybe in like 2013.
I want to thank every single one of you who prayed for me concerning the publisher appointments. As far as I can see (which admittedly isn’t very far from God’s perspective), your prayers were totally answered. The two publishers I met loved the book. One of them said that, though she hears this idea pitched a lot, the layout and content of my book sounds like the strongest she’s heard so far.
I almost did a little victory dance right there.
And then I had the bonus of two not-so-chance meetings with literary agents who both encouraged me to send them my book proposal via e-mail. Getting an agent to love you is just as good as getting a publisher to love you…maybe even better. Because publishers pretty much love whatever a good agent encourages them to love.
Now I wait, and wait and wait…for them to get back to me. It could be months. But that’s OK. I’m actually happy to set this whole book thing aside for a little while so I can enjoy my family. I am in complete and utter shock that my children only have one week of summer vacation left. Complete and utter, I tell you.
On top of that, it was unbelievably refreshing to be in a hotel with 600 other women who speak my blog language. Usually, with my real-life-flesh-and-bone friends and family, I hear a lot of,
“What’s a blog?” or
“Blog??? How do you have time to do THAT?”
Not so at She Speaks…I was totally in my element.
And by the way, my blog friends also happen to have flesh and bones. I saw it with my own eyes.
I’m now full of fresh ideas, new perspectives and a ton of energy from getting to sleep three whole nights in my very own room with no one waking me up telling me they had night mares or had a potty accident. It was glorious.
With all my fresh perspective, I will be starting a series this week called “Freedom to Hear God.”
This will be great, as we will begin to discuss all the aspects of life and personality that hinder us from hearing God clearly:
2. People Pleasing
4. Poor Time Management
5. Lack of focus
6. Lack of discipline
8. And MORE
I have a sneaking suspicion this series will be a doozie, in both duration and impact. I can’t wait to write it!!!
Thanks again for all your support, prayers and friendship. I love you! Really, I do.