EDIT: I posted the back cover copy of my new book on my website if you’re interested. If I get the time, I may post a couple sneak peeks of the book on occasion until March 1.
I got a letter from my grandma yesterday. Mom tells me she spends soooo much time each day writing letters. Here’s how she started it out:
Dear Marla & Co.,
I have a top favorite book that is precious to me. You folks may already own it. It is Don Wyrtzen’s book, A Musician Looks at the Psalms.
Grandma loves, loves, loves music. And books. And words. She went on to explain that she and Grandpa donated some $ to Dallas Theological Seminary many years ago and they sent them that book in appreciation. (I assumed she lost the book and wanted a replacement.) She enclosed a $5 bill, said she hoped the book was still on the market, and if not, I could keep the $5.
I checked Amazon. The book she had was written in 1991. Reprinted in 2004. One used copy available–$30. New edition–$16. I decided to buy her the new edition for her birthday (Valentine’s Day) but called her just in case she was partial to the 1991 one. Turns out she wanted me to get the book for myself. Now, that wasn’t going to fit in with my “don’t buy anything until you’re out of debt” plan, but I decided to get it anyway–for Grandma.
Looked up a couple more used book places. Found some used copies less than $30 but more than $5. Then voila! I found a copy for $3.48. And free shipping. And it’s even the 1988 hardcover edition. Thanks, God! Whatever will I do with my extra $1.50?
I wrote her a thank you note and made her some return address labels. She had stuck labels all over my letter (she likes stickers too). She has a thing about return address labels–doesn’t want to use her own name. They have to say “Mrs. Harold J. Yoder.” So I made her some like that. (Mom, don’t tell her.)
And yes, my mom and sister share the same birthday. Bethany was born on Mom’s 31st b-day. My dad was born on his dad’s 31st b-day. Mom is 15 days older than dad. And all Mom’s kids married people younger than them. 🙂
Grandma asked me last night if I remembered when our electricity went out when I was in high school, and I went over to her house to take a shower. When I got out, I ran up to Grandpa, hugged him, and said, “You saved my life!”
“Such drama,” Grandma said last night, with a smile in her voice. Drama? Me? Hmmm…
One last praise, then I must skedaddle. Opened the mail yesterday and found a $25 Lowe’s gift card and a $55 rebate check from our new dryer. There should be another rebate check coming along soon for our washer. Woohoo!
I also got the cover of my new book. An actual cover, not a picture of it. I don’t love it, but I do like it, and I’m excited about the possibilities. I think you mamas are really going to like the book. I only step on toes every now and again, and you’ll forget about that when you see your name in print. 🙂
That’s all for now. Cubbies tonight. If you’re bored today, pray for me. 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
Okay, quick p.s. Gabe is over at his desk singing, “Wonder Pets, Wonder Pets, we’re on our way!” Then he turns to me and says, “This is something you couldn’t do if you worked in an office.” Now, there’s a perk of working from home.
Then I start laughing and say I’m going to blog about it. “Sure, go ahead. Take all my blog material. I was going to blog about it. Whatever.”
Never a dull moment.