I have been about to BUST to tell you my big news. But I waited, because patience is a virtue. Also because I am a person who holds in information in case it doesn’t actually happen. A little insight into my sad, sad personality.
If you’ve been around here for any length of time you know that I have dreamed of writing a book. In fact, I did write a short one last year and planned to turn it into an ebook. It was in the works when God, in His beautiful way, flipped that plan upside down and used that ebook to get the attention of a literary agent and then a publisher.
And now that all Ts and Is have been crossed and dotted I can tell you…..I am writing a real book. One you can hold in your hand and buy in a store. Even as I type it out I have to pinch myself.
I thought about waiting a while longer to tell y’all. It was a favor to you really. So you don’t have to keep yourself from asking me constantly, “Are you REALLY writing a book? Because I haven’t seen it anywhere!” It turns out that the process takes much longer than I ever thought….in my case about a year….before it will actually be on a shelf. But you all are amazing and kind so I overcame my hesitation.
My book will come out next fall, in 2015.
However, I have discovered that it is next to impossible to keep up with 3-4 blog posts a week AND write a whole book. I simply can’t do it without ignoring my kids and all efforts to eat healthy. So until my December first deadline I will be posting just once or twice a week and occasionally re-posting some content that you might not have seen before. I am also considering letting my girls write for The Pennington Point once in a while.
I didn’t ever dream this would be a reality….honestly I am blown away by God’s grace. He has been my guide and comfort all along the way.
If you get anything from my big announcement let it be this: Whatever He planted in your heart long ago, He will lead you to that. It will probably not happen the way you expect or even look the way you thought it should, but don’t ever stop going for that goal. I have dreamed of this since I was a child and here I am….about to turn 50 (another thing I can’t believe when I type it out) and it is just now happening. Never give up!!!!
My book doesn’t have an official title yet, but it is all about joy and gratitude and giving thanks in all things. I promise you will love it. As soon as I finish writing it. And we design a cover. And all of the other details that I can’t even think about or I start to hyperventilate.
It will be based on my most popular post called, “20 Ways to Reset When the Kids Are Having a Hard Day.” It’s a beautiful, freeing concept that I have a lot more to say about plus tons of very funny stories to share with you!
Our whole family is blessed by what God is doing through this. Despite my pitiful fear of shouting it from the rooftops.
What’s your dream?!