Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Clubbing!

This month I am going to be rereading my own book. It almost feels like a homework assignment...but fun! And kinda weird! Will I find myself highlighting passages and turning down the corners on certain pages like I usually do in books that I love? We will see. 

My happy reason for this self assigned homework is that a local book club full of people I've never met is reading my book, WALKING BUTTERFLY!!! So excited!!! (I don't care that the use of multiple exclamation points is very bad form. This news deserves it!!!)

After the book club finishes reading my book, I will attend their meeting...Where they will discuss it!! Ack and double ack! 

The surprising bit for me is that I am actually looking forward to it very much. It is scary, but to be honest, talking about my book is my next favorite thing after talking about my grandson. So I am thrilled to have a whole new crowd to talk to and to hear their impressions of the words I sent out into the world a year ago. 

One of my wonderful new friends at my job recommended my book to her church's book club and I feel so honored. Walking Butterfly is a nonfiction story of my intimate relationship with God, so sitting in a room full of readers is going to be a pretty vulnerable place to be. I'm sure the nerves will come as the time gets closer, but you guys, I am so happy to be in a position to show women how much they are loved by God. I cannot wait! I have been praying for these 12 women since I first agreed to meet with them. God has stuff for them way beyond my book and I just hope I can be a worthy message carrier for Him. Pray for me? 

Thanks Gang, I love you!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Box of Rocks

Janey* had tears in her eyes on the first day of preschool. The tears stayed for days and days. Our fragile looking student is a fair haired, blue-eyed beauty who we call “Princess”. She did not want to be at school. 

The heart breaker was that she could look just fine from behind, sitting on the floor surrounded by building blocks. But then you’d look at her face and the tears were silently streaming. Janey cried quietly, not wanting to make a fuss. When we talked to her, she stared back into our eyes  with the silent tears falling. 

Two things were  important to her in the following days of school. She would smile through her tears and whisper, “My blankets in my backpack!”. The memory that it was close was soothing to her little heart. 

The other thing that could make our little blonde princess smile was collecting rocks in the playground. “These are for Nana!” she say with excitement and anticipation. We had to start limiting the number she could stuff into her pockets. She would carefully line them up with on the cement curb around the playground.

The quiet tears continued for a few weeks. But slowly we got to see a little smile emerge bit by bit. Janey has learned that we are safe. Recently that smile has grown big and full. Preschool is no longer a scary unknown place. Our Janey likes to be called a princess and loves to walk into the room full of friends. She has blossomed! 

The teachers and kids all had three weeks off over the Christmas Break and we worried about how some of the nervous ones might not want to come back to school. My co-teacher and I stood at the entrance to our class ready to give hugs as each student came in. 

Janey arrived with a big smile and two small gold colored boxes in her hands. She proudly offered them to us. She had brought each of us a back-to-school present! Inside the boxes were a little collection of her treasures, rocks. She pointed one out that was shaped like a heart! 

Now it was my turn for silent tears. 

* Not her real name. 

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