Long Time, No Blog

Oh, y’all.

It has been a sweet forever, hasn’t it?

I have been working like crazy to finish the book, and finding writing time can be a tricky proposition considering that I spend the bulk of my weekdays listening to teenage girls talk about The Bachelor and what they want their dorm rooms to look like and that time they, like, got, like, so embarrassed when they were, like, trying to, like, TALK TO THAT, LIKE, BOY, OHMYGOSH.”

Seriously. Someday I’m going to just transcribe a week’s worth of conversations from work (the ones that aren’t confidential, of course) and call it I Couldn’t Make This Up and then see if someone wants to publish it. Or maybe I’ll just make it a series of blog posts. Because have mercy those girls are entertaining.

Anyway, on top of work stuff, Alex has started lacrosse practice, and I don’t really even know what lacrosse is but I know they practice a lot. Thankfully we’re in a practice carpool a couple of nights a week, but to all of you people who have three or four kids playing sports and basically spend every afternoon running practice shuttle, I would just like to say KUDOS TO YOU. You are heroes among us.

And that is all a very ramble-y way trying to tell you that I finished the book last Tuesday night. Since then I have taken a lot of naps. I have cooked a few meals. I have started to catch up on TV. I have watched a movie. I am about to start reading a new book. And I have wondered what in the world has gotten into Mr. Carson and considered telling him that maybe he needs to cook some food himself as opposed to making passive-aggressive comments to Mrs. Hughes, BUT MAYBE THAT’S JUST ME.

I should get edits back in the next couple of days, which means I’ll be back in deadline mode again, but by next week life will be back to almost-normal. I loved writing the book so much and can’t wait to be able to talk to y’all about the specifics of it, but until it comes out I am going to be the happiest homebody you ever did see. I very deliberately kept my speaking schedule to a minimum this spring; I enjoy it, but I want to soak up time with my family and enjoy my last semester with my senior girls. Plus, I am ready to sit in a folding chair at some spring sporting events with a large Chick-fil-A lemonade in the cupholder, amen. No kidding: the writing stuff is fun, but there is nothing better than sitting at a soccer / baseball / softball / lacrosse (granted, it’s new to us, but I’m optimistic since we tend to like all the sports) game and yelling my fool head off for some young’uns – whether those young’uns belong to us or to friends. It is quite possibly my favorite thing in all of life.

Can y’all tell I’ve been looking forward to spring sports? No kidding – they’ve been my light at the end of the tunnel. Well, spring sports and sleep. Sleep has been a very big, very glorious light.

So needless to say, this past weekend was delightful. There was lots of good family time, and there was the Bruno Mars part of the halftime show, which seemed to trigger an 8th grade part of me that liked to learn dance routines. Because no kidding: I sort of want to learn this one. And maybe participate in some sort of dance-off. It was like MC Hammer meets Michael Jackson meets Paula Abdul in that video where she danced with MC Scat Kat – yet somehow it was still very much its own thing. Glorious, Mr. Mars.

Today I actually drove to my hometown and spoke to the girls in my niece’s senior class. I felt super old just knowing that Melissa is four months away from graduation, but I loved being with her and her friends. My sister-in-law Rose and Martha were there, too, and it was just a sweet time all the way around.

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The trip was so quick that I didn’t even get to see my parents, but I did get to go to lunch with my cousin Paige, so it was still a big family day.

I like those days.

I feel like I have a thousand things I want to mention (new pants from Old Navy that I like, my friend Anne’s book, my newfound commitment to lip color, my new music faves, the hair dryer that has changed my life, etc.), but I probably need to ease back into the blogging before I start throwing lots of lists at you. However, I do want to be sure to share this song since it is all kinds of gorgeous (I mentioned it on Facebook last week, and I’m still listening to it like crazy) and really it’ll just help you relax before you go to sleep.

Happy Monday, y’all. It sure is good to see you again!

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Exciting News About People Who Have Actually Finished Writing Their Books

    Hi. I’m still writing away here in Birmingham. I actually went to a hotel this past weekend so that I could hunker down and put on head phones and write with no distractions, so that was helpful and productive and good and etc. I still have a few more chapters to go, though, so I certainly won’t refuse your prayers. I can already tell that this book is going to be a little trickier editing-wise than the other two, but I am kind of looking forward to that since I am a nerd and all.

    And since I still have a little ways to go with Giddy Up, Eunice, I wanted to be sure to tell y’all about a few ALREADY FINISHED books (fancy!), mainly because I think they are special and will enrich your lives in wonderful ways.

    1. Bronner by Sherri Burgess

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    If you live in the southeast and listen to The Rick and Bubba Show, you probably remember when Rick and Sherri Burgess’ son Bronner drowned eight years ago. He was two at the time, and the way Rick and Sherri ministered to others in the midst of their grief was astounding, really – one of those things that could only be explained by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in them. Sherri has spent the last seven years writing down what the Lord has taught her as she’s walked through what many people would call “worst nightmare” circumstances. The result of that writing is Sherri’s new book, Bronner, and y’all, it is stunning. If you’ve ever wrestled with grief and loss – or if you’ve struggled to understand how a good God allows suffering – I really do believe that this book will minister to you. Sherri is a deep thinker, and this is not a fast read. Honestly, I don’t know of a recent book more saturated with Scripture. Sherri is a woman who has clung to the Lord in the darkest of nights and found him so very faithful; this book will stay with you long after you finish reading the final page.

    2. Voyage to the Star Kingdom by Anne Riley, illustrated by Amy Grimes

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    My friend Anne and I taught in side-by-side classrooms for about five years. She’s a fiction writer, and I’m, well, NOT, but we talked about a whole lot of nerdy writing things during our years as teacher neighbors. Anne actually has a new young adult fiction book coming out in February, but in the meantime she and her cousin Amy have created the most beautiful children’s book to support a family that is loved by so many. This particular family has three beautiful girls, and about a year and a half ago, the youngest two girls were diagnosed with Batten Disease. Anne explains the girls’ prognosis in a blog post she wrote a couple of months ago, and when Anne heard that the girls aren’t expected to live past the age of 10, she prayed that God would give her a way to help this precious family.

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    That prayer resulted in Voyage to the Star Kingdom, and it. will. lay. you. out. Such an incredible picture of God’s loving, healing, providential care for His children. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the story is actually a great way to talk to kids about Big Topics like illness and death and heaven. The book is a true labor of love. All profits from Voyage go to a trust fund for the family.

    3. I Once Was Blind (Dating), But Now I See: My Midsadventures in Dating, Waiting, and Stumbling into Love by Stephanie Rische

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    I will wholeheartedly admit that I am a little partial to Stephanie Rische, and that is because she was my editor on my first two books. It’s a vulnerable thing to put your words in someone else’s hands and say, “Okay. Make all of this better,” but Steph has always been a safe place. Both books are infinitely better thanks to her loving care, and I have to quit talking about that or I’ll start to cry. ANYWAY, I am so thrilled to tell you that Stephanie has just published her first book, and it is DELIGHTFUL. In the the most tender, funny, and honest ways, Stephanie chronicles her adventures as a single girl, and she does so in way that points to God at every step along the road. There’s a whole lot of substance here and loads of perspective about how God sometimes does His very best work when He doesn’t give us what we think we want. This is a story of expectation, disappointment, surrender, and contentment. I think you’ll love it.

    Happy Tuesday, everybody – hope y’all are doing great!

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