One month from today, A Good Way Through will be released into the world.
On February 18, 2014 I awoke at four o-clock in the morning with the sudden knowledge that there was a book I needed to write. Many of you were there at the beginning, when we successfully funded the Kickstarter campaign that made the writing of the book possible. Nearly three years later, I am blown away by the grace upon grace that has come my way. As the birth of this book rapidly approaches, I feel many things--excitement, stress, anxiety, joy--but covering all of them is a blanket of gratitude.
The blog has been quiet for a while as I have turned my attention elsewhere--the fun and not-so-fun aspects of marketing, polishing the production of the book, and ordinary living as a wife, mother and friend. I am enjoying the tasks of life that keep me grounded. Playing "Christmas morning" with the boys like it's Groundhog Day. Doing dishes and listening to music while Dave takes the boys for a neighborhood walk. Sitting on my front porch in the rain. Vacuuming. Though sometimes it feels like I can't afford the time it takes, I am committed to spending a few quiet moments with God every day--sitting in silence, reading a verse or two, and often responding with colored pencils or paint or a tiny collage. Those quiet moments make the rest of life feel manageable and good.
I wonder sometimes about "life after." Will life after the book is released feel exactly the same or completely different or somewhere in between? I am about to let go of something I've been building for three years, and I don't know what it will feel like when I'm not working toward it anymore.
What are you working toward? What are you waiting for? And what are the things that ground you in seasons of anticipation?
Thank you, friends, who have been following this unfolding story. Thirty-one days to go.