EDIT #2: The interview went great! Thanks for praying, guys! Uh, would you believe me if I said “pics coming on Tuesday?”
EDIT: I meant to mention this earlier, but I have a radio interview for Is That All? at 6:00 pm. If you see this before then, could you pray that God will give me the words to say, that it will go well, and that it will impact some women He’s hand-picked to listen? Thanks!
Today has been the most relaxing day I can remember. I stayed in bed until 9:00!! for the first time in forever. My kids slept in until almost 8:00, and then my sister Bethany and cousin Kelly got up and played with them while I slept. It was like a little taste of heaven after three nights in a row of about four hours of sleep or less.
This week was such a special one. Bethany, Stephanie, Kelly, and my brother-in-law Daniel stayed with us from Tuesday night until about two hours ago. Grandma’s viewing was Thursday and the funeral was yesterday. It was so good to see all of my aunts and uncles and cousins. We talked and talked and played games (has anyone ever played True Colors? hilarious!) and watched home movies from 1993. (oh, the humiliation!)
Grandma’s funeral was beautiful. I got to share for a couple minutes about how she always made each of us feel like we were the most important person in the world. She was so proud of me–just for being. It reminds me of Jesus–He loves me because I’m His, not because of what I have done. We’ll miss her, but we cousins have enough memories (and home videos) to keep us smiling and laughing for 100 years.
When everyone left this afternoon, Nina went down for a nap, and Gabe took Livi and Ava sledding for an hour and a half. It was soooooo wonderful. The entire house is back in order, I’m getting caught up on laundry, the dishwasher is humming, and I feel so contented and relaxed.
As I type, Gabe is sending out the Valentine’s Day e-mail to all of you about my new book. Please forward it to all your friends! (and please tell me again if you’d like some postcards to hand out to people) A company Gabe has done work for in Franklin, TN gave us a special deal on a mass e-mailing–and it went out to 50,000 people yesterday. We’ve had 9 orders (18 books) so far and a big jump on the amazon.com rating. I’m excited. Click here to see the e-card.
From now on, if I have book news, I think I might just put a link where you can read about it if you’re interested. Then I won’t feel like I talk about my books all the time on my blog.
Thank you for all your prayers for my family this week! Pics coming on Monday!