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!!