My, isn’t this weather just delicious? Sigh. It makes me feel like raking. Or maybe I’ll just sit here at my computer desk and look out the window at all the pretty leaves on the ground.
Satan’s back. And I’m glad. Gotta keep those fighting muscles in shape. Just so you know, I’m not trying to make light of the devil. He’s a powerful, powerful foe. But, glory to God, I have everything I need to pummel him into the ground–God’s Word, a Savior who gave His life for me, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Satan can’t touch me. He can mess, and he does, but I know in whom I have believed. It’s like watching an old football game on ESPN Classic. It may seem like your team can never recover from that 48-0 deficit, but you already know the ending, and you know the comeback happens. So, you still get the butterflies, but you aren’t scared. We win. We WIN.
A cool thing happened yesterday. First, a little background. Back in August, I blogged about shopping for school supplies with Ava. She wanted a Hello Kitty backpack. It was $15. I made her get a grey and lavendar one (character-free) for $8. She threw a fit, but we got through it. So, Livi’s backpack from kindergarten is a cute flowered Gap one that I got at a garage sale for $1 (then found $1 in the front pocket). I told her she needed to use it for one more year. We’d do new backpacks every other year.
Yesterday morning, Livi asked if she and Ava could trade backpacks for awhile. Livi’s is smaller and she has trouble getting her lunch box in it. Ava doesn’t take a lunch. Ava agreed to the trade. A little while later, Ava, Nina and I went to Target to get diapers and a couple other things. I warned her before we went that we weren’t getting a treat. She smiled and said (quite uncharacteristically), “That’s okay!” We were over by the food section when I saw a wall of backpacks–50% off. Maybe I’ll get a bigger one for Livi, so she doesn’t have to use her small one. But they’re all camouflage and black corduroy, and I know she’s not going to like any of them.
Then I see it. The exact Hello Kitty backpack Ava wanted 2 months ago. Black with pink stitching, big ol’ pink Hello Kitty head, lots of pink and silver sequins and sparkles. It’s $3.74. I buy it. Ava is beaming. We talk about waiting on God, about being rewarded for patience and good attitudes. It was very, very cool. And Livi was thrilled with Ava’s lavendar one. (“Wow, Mom. You got 3 backpacks for less than $12!”) And Nina gets the flowered one. And God is so good.
Have I mentioned the adorable 10-year-old girl who rides the bus with Livi in the morning? Her name is Sonja, and she is the sweetest thing ever. So, we’re talking about soccer yesterday–she plays on a select team here in town. I learned all kinds of cool things about her–her parents are from Serbia. Her dad played soccer. They lived in Sarajevo but had to leave because of war. Her older brother was born there. She was born in Germany. She’s lived in Ohio since she was two. This morning, she sang me a song she wrote about Fall. It was good!
I truly see Sonja as God’s gift to me as my little girl boards a great big bus every morning. The first few days, she got on at a different stop and Livi just looked so sad and lonely with all the boys. Now, she waits at the bus stop all happy and chipper and funny. Thanks, God! (and I’m praying for her salvation if she doesn’t know Christ already)
Shoot! I forgot to explain about my book. Reaaaaaally quick. So, a few months ago, my agent and I shopped around a proposal for a gift book 2-pack (one on pregnancy, one on baby’s first year). Howard Books wanted to do the pregnancy one. Harvest House wanted to do the baby one, but they wanted it to be a regular trade paperback. I accepted both offers. But as I began writing the Diapers book, I realized that I really didn’t want to write a whole book about baby’s first year–I wanted to put in some really good mom stuff that would apply to my friends whose kids were a little older. So, I changed my focus, changed the book and neglected to tell anyone at HH. My fault. But then I did tell them, and they said it would be no problem to make a quick cover change. They liked the new direction of the book.
Long story short, the publishing committee disagreed. They liked the original plan and they were sticking to it. So, basically, I’ve decided to resurrect my old material, use certain parts of the “old” book, and Changing Your World, One Diaper at a Time will in fact be Reflections on the Journey Through Baby’s First Year. I’m going back through all of your fabulous surveys, and you’re saving my buns! So, yeah, Lord willing, it will be done November 1. (This is a waaaay easier book to write than the other one.) And then I’ll have another whole book almost ready to shop around to publishers. All it needs is a new title. Again, God is good.
“Are you blogging?!” Gabe just asked me. “You don’t have time for that! You should be reading other people’s blogs!” I’ve already threatened twice to send him back to Hondros (his old company).
Oh! Last thing! My brother-in-law, Stewart, is feeling MUCH better. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord! You can read about it on Bethy’s blog.
Happy Hump Day!