EDIT: (12:35p.m) Livi miraculously recovered this morning as soon as the bus picked up the neighbor kids and drove away. Daddy is headed to a lunch meeting and dropping Livi and Ava both off at school on the way. Today has been…bluh. EXCEPT for the man in a van who rang my doorbell a couple hours ago bearing FLOWERS from…a XANGA friend…who lives in a certain state that borders Missouri! The note attached was short and sweet from someone short and sweet. 🙂 Bless you, Gail.
So, I was thinking that this day is not going as planned. Then I read Jen’s blog where she writes about what God is teaching her through my book. She referred to pgs. 29-30 where I talk about writing my life plans in pencil, not permanent marker. Good idea. I’ll have to remember that. 🙂
My friend Jessica also wrote a really cool blog about the book. She’s “Jessica C.” in the book–the one on pgs. 55-56 who was paranoid about pooping on the delivery table. 🙂
I’m awfully grateful and humbled when you guys write nice stuff about my writing. And it takes a lot of pressure off of me to toot myself (how does one toot herself?). That age-old quandary–how to sell the book without being obnoxiously self-promoting? I’m sure I’ll never figure it out.
Livi is home from school. She had a fever last night. Nina is just getting over hers. I’m supposing Ava is next. They all have mild coughs/sniffing. We made it 45ish days between illnesses, so I guess that’s cool. And this seems like easy street compared to our bring-in-the-New-Year-with-a-bang fiasco.
Our friends Holly and Duey stopped by yesterday afternoon. Holly and the kids stayed in the van while Duey dropped something off. I invited them in, one thing led to another, and we asked them to stay for supper. They went home at 8ish. Thanks for the fun evening, guys!
This will sound “tooty,” but I was giddy about my spontaneous hospitality. I NEVER do this. People rarely just “drop by” and I never have enough foodstuffs on hand to feed an extra family. But I went to Kroger last night, and I was thrilled that God gave me a chance to live more like I know He wants me to live. Open hands, open heart, open home. Some of you are SO good about doing stuff like this (Amelia! and others!), and I so want to be better.
So, I learned something new this morning. Nina and I put together this huge state puzzle (her favorite) on the kitchen floor. I bought it for $1 at a garage sale, so I could get better at geography. (something I stink at but really want to be good at) She hands me states, I name them, we put them in together. After 32 years, I finally know where all the states are (except that all the N.E. states are on one puzzle piece, so never mind. I know where 40-ish are). ANYWAY, I did not know that Kentucky and Missouri share a border! Had no clue! Did you all know this? Krista? Gail? Terri? Maren? In my mind, Kentucky and Missouri are nowhere NEAR each other. Wow.
I’m doing my best to get your free books to you. Thanks for being patient. Gabe is going to create my e-mail blast tonight. If you could send it to everyone you know, that would be sooo cool.
Happy Snowy Wednesday!