a preview and a thank you

[image via my iPhone]

Hi friends!

Man, it's been a crazy few days. So after my last post we found out that the seller, somehow, will be able to cover the cost of the theft! Hooray! And then we were approved for our loan! Hallelujah! Sweet relief. Oh, and someone went over to the house and mowed the lawn. They must have read my blog.

The rest of the week was wonderful. Here are some of my favorite things that happened:

1) I finally got an iPhone. And it was free. WHAT?
2) My niece, Laci, FaceTimed me twice. We read stories together and did a mini Bible study and she told me her favorite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because "it has lots of big words, like flabbergasted." Is there anything better than that? Can I just stop right here?
3) I had coffee and homemade pumpkin rolls with Emily and Allison from my small group. So blessed to know them.
4) I took a pregnancy test. It was negative; however, there is evidence to the contrary, so blood work is most likely in order.
5) I went shopping with my dear friend Rosalie. I found some Minnetonka boots for $20. Still kind of can't believe it.
6) I visited my friend Amanda's yard sale and we had great conversation. She's moving to Uganda in January and I will miss her so.
7) I finished my homework on time.
8) I volunteered on the Inside Out Host Team and got to see my high school girls again! I've missed them so much since I stepped down as their small group leader, but with grad school and the house stuff, I just wasn't able to invest my time in the group the way I wanted to...so hugging their necks and hearing their sweet hellos was another bright spot in my week.

And, last but not least...

9) I turned in all my materials for the Atlanta Writer's Conference in November. I'm getting a personal critique on the first twenty pages of my novel (by Jessica Sinsheimer with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency) and I'm pitching my book to a panel of agents. George from the Atlanta Writer's Club is submitting those materials this morning, so it's very likely that before the day is out my top agent pick will be reading my words. Oh, Lord. I really hope she likes them. I worked hard, I did.

Here's the summary I submitted along with my manuscript pages and my bio:

In high school, secrets don’t really exist. Everyone has them and everyone else knows them. Tenth-grader Emma Leigh has heard enough secrets to last a lifetime, but that doesn't stop them from coming her way. After her best friend Andy confesses he lost his virginity in the backseat of a car, leaving Emma virtually alone in the V-Club, it feels as if suddenly all her friends have become strangers. And the secrets that once seemed so innocent start to look a whole lot more dangerous. Because just when Emma thinks she has high school all figured out, she stumbles upon a secret so terrible, a secret only one other person knows, it leaves her wondering if there are some secrets actually worth keeping.

I hope that, in the future, when things start to look bleak, I'll remember this week as evidence of how God can turn any situation around and make it even better than it was before. I am overwhelmed at how He cares for the smallest details. I even cried a little when I got my iPhone. I know that sounds silly, and it wasn't because I was so happy to get it or because I care that much about technology. It was because it's this crazy awesome gadget that, to be honest, is really kind of gratuitous as far as what it can do. And who really needs one? I get to have an iPhone for free?! And I get to enjoy it? Just because? It's hard to explain, but I just felt so spoiled and undeserving.

 The issue with the house, as frustrating as it was, did not mean the end of our world. And who am I to be upset? If stumbling blocks on the way to getting our dream house are the worst of our problems, we're doing pretty darn good. In fact, I'm glad it happened. Of course, I hate that our seller has to pay for something when she's struggling financially, but I'm grateful we're in the position to buy a house (!) and that, soon, we'll be able to take it off her hands and give her some relief. I've seen family members go into foreclosure, and it's not something I would wish on my worst enemy.

Thank you all for your prayers and sweet words. Thank you for reading this silly blog. I'm more happy than I can say that we are blessed by the seemingly insignificant things in life. Because, sometimes, those things are what bring the greatest joy. 

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