celebrating life

EDIT: Gabe just designed a fabulous Valentine’s Day interactive e-card for my books. If you’d like me to send it to you, please message me your e-mail address. (Then you can forward it to all your friends!!) If we’ve e-mailed in the past, you’re already on the mailing list! Message me if you want taken off. (I’ll try not to take it personally.)

I have a heightened awareness this week of the precious gift of life. I’m praying it never fades. Death reminds me of how fragile and fleeting life is–yet I always seem to slip back into my routine and forget. Until God takes someone else home. Then it starts all over again. This time, I want the reminder to stay fresh. For always.

My sister Stephanie and her husband Daniel are coming from South Carolina to stay with us tonight through Saturday. What an unexpected blessing. Bethany is joining us on Wednesday and Thursday. And we’re trying to get Kelly up here as well. Oh, the stories we can (and will) tell about growing up with Grandma! As much as I miss her, I’m so looking forward to this stroll down memory lane! How sad that we waited until she was gone. We should take these strolls every time we’re all together. Well, I guess we often do. I’ve heard the same stories from Mom and her siblings over and over again and never get tired of them. And my siblings and cousins and I could write a book about our adventures at Grandma’s house. Thank you, Lord, for such a rich childhood.

Gabe let me steal the new header from his blog–thanks, sweetie! Nina turned 13 months old yesterday–it was high time to let her be part of the family. I love the pics of the girls, I could do without the pic of me, and I like it better when Gabe is smiling. But he was in charge, and he likes serious, intellectual pictures of himself better. Whatever.

If y’all don’t mind, I’m going to enlist your help this week in some promotional efforts for my books. I found out some happy/discouraging news while in Indy. Is That All? is selling quite well, but Blushing is lagging. My publisher is disappointed, because they say that Blushing is too good (that was comforting to hear) to be doing so poorly. Is That All? is off to a lovely start–surpassing Blushing’s 10 months of sales in just three weeks. (can you spell S-E-X??)

I look at these two books as sisters. We’ve got the smart, witty, shy older sister. Then there’s the cute, sassy, super-popular little sister. Little sis gets all the attention, but big sis has so much to offer if people would just get to know her. Sooo, Gabe is helping me get the word out–and you can help too! I got a “stern” talking-to by quite a few people in Indy about my hesitancy to “promote myself.” I have a message that I firmly believe God wants people to hear. I need to be assertive in spreading that message. My prayer is that I can do that with balance. That I can promote God and His blessings for marriage–and not promote me. Sooo, I’m going to keep the whole thing covered in prayer, do all I can, and trust that God will move as He sees fit. There. It’s all so simple.

In other news, my daddy turns 56 today. Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you! My Grandpa Yoder would have been 87 today, but he’s spending his 3rd birthday in heaven with Jesus! I’m sure Grandma Figley is helping him celebrate! My dad was born on his dad’s 31st birthday, and my sister Bethany was born on my mom’s 31st birthday. Thankfully, I had no children born on my 31st birthday. For that to have happened, I would’ve had to have gotten pregnant when Nina was about 5 days old. Anywho, Happy 56th Birthday, Dad!!

30 thoughts on “celebrating life

  1. shannahhogue

    You don’t know me, but I wanted to say thanks for the book (Kimberly put me on your list for a free one) – I’ve enjoyed it so far.

    I’m sorry about your grandmother. My mom’s mom passed away 10 years ago, and my mom still misses her dearly. Enjoy the time with family reminiscing…that is the best tribute to her life anyway!

    About your books…I’m in a small group of young married couples (most married 0-4 years). Would you ever consider doing a one-day “conference” of sorts to share some of the info live and promote the books?

  2. gtaviano

    The reason you couldn’t see Marla’s new header was because your computers were holding onto the old header in the cache. If you lower the cache settings you can know that you are seeing the newest images on all websites.

  3. gtaviano

    Thought I would help all the “friends of Marla” with the clearing your cache issue.

    Cache is what happens when your Internet Explorer or Firefox internet browsers keep the images you’ve seen on the internet on your computer for a certain amount of time. They hold onto the images so that pages load more quickly onto the screen and you don’t have to download them again. This benefits people who are on slower, dial-up connections the most.

    You can do this in Internet Explorer by selecting Tools – Internet Options from the top of the program and under the General tab on that screen you will want to select Delete Files under “Temporary Internet Files”. You can also adjust the Settings beside that so your computer doesn’t hold onto as many images (reduce the file size in there). Once you press Apply at the bottom these settings should be ready.

    If you are using Firefox as your browser you can do the same thing by selecting Tools – Clear Private Data from the top of the screen. Hope this helps!

  4. KmHunsberger

    I am so glad others could not see the header bc I thought I was going crazy…when my dear husband gets up here I will have him “Clear my cache”…or something like that 🙂

    I just handed your book to my neighbor and recommended it to another. I will continue to look for more opportunities. I feel cool knowing someone who writes books as you do! 🙂

    I hate the circumstances, but I know that you and your family will have such a blessed time being together this week. Family truly is irreplaceable and time spent with them…priceless.

  5. hcole86

    I love the new header. It’s so cool!

    I forgot to mention this because I read your book signing post at the same time as your grandma post. But you looked beautiful in those pictures! Such an amazing smile 🙂

    I will pray about your books.

  6. gsowell

    Thank you…new header is great. Even the “serious” Gabe!

    And you are too kind…your kids have a fantastic mom, tailored by God for their needs, even if you don’t feel like it today.

  7. bensmomshelly

    Marla, enlist me for any promotion you want to do.  I mentioned on my blog yesterday that your new book kept me up all night reading at the ladies’ retreat this weekend.  I’m happy to spread the word!

  8. tonialynn59

    As you know, death touched our family last week and life seems very precious right now and I want to hold onto that.  my mom told me last night that Bev’s husband got the death certificate and it was 24 days from the day she was diagnosed till she went home to Jesus.  For her that is a good thing.  She didn’t suffer.  But for the family that is tough and yet really is it any easier if they linger?

    I love the header!  Just such a cute family!

    I want another copy of each one of your books for a gift.  Do I get them from you or a store or what helps you best?  I’m going to message you and explain why I want them.

  9. ladymiss3739

    I just read now about your grandma’s homegoing…so sorry to hear it and yet so grateful to know she is with Jesus.  I will definitely be praying for you and your family – especially over the next couple of days.  Thanks for sharing all your thoughts with us.  I was near tears before I even got to the end of your post. 

    On another note, I definitely will tell people about your books (and I love what faithchick did^).  Too funny!  I love organization, but to promote a good book…I’ll rearrange your books to best display them, too.  🙂   

  10. YoYoYoder

    I feel as though I am in the twilight zone. I do NOT see your new header!! I see your new profile pic, but I only see your family of FOUR at the top! What in the world?!?!?

    Kelly is COMING!! I’m so excited!!! Hooray!!!!!!!!!!

  11. kissabby

    I love your new header!! Your girls are beautiful!
    I’m sorry to hear about your grandma, it just lost mine a couple months ago and it still makes me sad when I think about her. She will be missed here on earth.

  12. bekisue

    I just read your sister’s site about her horrible childhood. You guys sound like a great family. You will enjoy your time together I’m sure.

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandma. Good to know she’s in Heaven though.

    I’m reading the first book still. It is fabulous. I just happen to be in a women’s Bible study. I will pass this book on to them. You have such talent. I’m thankful that you have the courage to go out on a limb to share this with us. Thank you so much.

  13. ryans1babe

    I love the header… 🙂

    I bought the last copy of Is that all? at our local Family bookstore (I saw it in a mailer at another bookstore too), and I wanted to buy several copies of Blushing Bride too.  BUT they didn’t have any at our Family!! I am going to order 4 copies (for all the girls getting married this year that I know), and I will STRONGLY recommend they order more to put on the shelve. 😉

  14. ch1pch0p

    Look, it’s kind of hard for single me to promote your sex and marriage books when I’m not doing any of the above. But I’ll do my best…. *shakes head and sighs*

    Those pictures reflect your girls’ personalities SO well. Amazing.

  15. gsowell

    I am praying for you what Paul asked for in Colossians 4: that God may open a door for your message, so that you may proclaim the mystery of Christ…and proclaim in clearly, as you should. Be bold!

    Thanks for the glimpse into your private family celebration and grief. I appreciate it.

  16. jennikim

    beautiful pictures!

    i will be talking to my women’s bible study ladies tonight about the book again because our leader got her copy in the mail! she was thrilled to receive it. thank you for allowing her to be blessed! 🙂

    enjoy your family time together! sounds wonderful!

  17. faithchick

    I forgot to tell you this:  A few weeks ago, Matt & I went to Books & Co.  We moved some of your books face out (instead of spine out) at eye level, and put one in the middle of the empty table.  I did it at first, but then Matt jumped on board & did some strategic relocation of his own. 😉

    we saw a sales girl fix everything about 3 mnutes later, so now we have a better plan for next time.  But…just wanted to let you know that we’ll continue doing our part. 😉 (and keep trying to evade (right word?) those neat-freak sales people. 😉

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