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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Have you ever had a really big project? And you had a long time to complete it? And then you waited till the relative last minute to finish it up?

I've been working all year on a book project. I've done intervews, read books, and finished many chapters. I have put my heart and soul into this book. It has been a labor of love for my Savior, my children, and children around the country (their parents too).

A few months ago I thought I was "almost" finished, and so decided to start finishing up the chapters. It was then I realized I had more to do than I thought. A year sounds like such a long time. But it really isn't.

So these past two month I've focused on the completion of my manuscript for Harvest House. The book is called "When Your Child is Hurting" and they will release it next fall. On Thursday I submitted the manuscript via e-mail and did a ceremonial dance at the post office when I put the CD in the mail.

It was a joyful completion to a year-long project. Now I have the nervousness of waiting to hear what they think of it. This is actually more nerve wracking than having them decline or accept my proposal. They put their trust in me, and I hold that trust with the greatest respect. I love Harvest House and want them to succeed in publishing solid Christian books. So it is one of my biggest prayers that this book not only advances the rule and reign of Christ, but advances the mission of Harvest House.

But for a few weeks, I'm going to relax and have fun. We started this weekend by going to the movies and out to dinner at Sweet Tomatoes. Tomorrow we are going to Slide Rock, which is just outside of Sedona and the beautiful red rocks. Then a week of catching up. And next Sunday, my husband and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary (which was 8/12) with a 10-day trip to England. This is a dream trip for me. I'll try and post some photos when I get back.

After we get back, I will be focusing on my next project, which is organizing some long-forgotten areas of my home. I'll share some before and after photos.

So if you don't hear from me for awhile, that's why. I think I need a few weeks without anything to do, except enjoy my husband and kids. I sure would appreciate your prayers. Specifically for my five kids - that God protects them from any illnesses, harm and bad judgement. Also, pray for Tod and I to be safe as well. We've never both been this far away before.

With great love,



Kate said...

Congratulations on finishing your book...and on your anniversary!! Hope you enjoy the trip. :D

KelliGirl said...

Congratulations on sending off our manuscript! I can only imagine how exicted you must have been!! I'm a procrastinator and always think I have WAY more time to finish something than acutally exists, so I can really relate to your story.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery you're blessed with! I pray your time with your family and especially your trip to England are restorative and filled with wonderful memories.

Joyful said...

WOW - Congratulations on your book accomplishment. Praying you will hear positive feedback.

Also, congratulations on celebrating your 25th anniversary. Enjoy your trip to England. My grandparents came from Bognor Regis, Sussex, England.

Enjoyed your devotional today. Praying that God will create in me a pure heart. Your writing reminded me of a Keith Green song:

"Create in me a clean heart
Oh God and renew a right spirit within me (2x)

Cast me not away from Thy presence, o Lord
And take not Thy holy spirit from me
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation
And renew a right spirit within me."

Seeking His cleansing,

Joy in The Truth (Sharon Sloan) said...

Praise the Lord! Enjoy this time with your Savior and your family! Arizona sounds so beautiful (it's on our "places to go on vacation" list!).

Be refreshed in Him! (Philemon)

Hugs and happy dances,

MrsProverbs31 said...

Thank you for sharing your life with us. You and your children are in my prayers.

Chatty Kelly said...

Hope your trip is wonderful and that your kids are indeed safe & sound. Blessings!

Cheri said...

Can't wait to hear about your book! Have a great trip and enjoy your relaxation!

Digging for Pearls said...

Hi Glynnis,
Hope you are enjoying a few weeks off. Congratulations on finishing your book. How exciting.

I feel like a weight is off me as well. I just finished writing an article I was assigned for a homeschooling magazine.

Hope you are well.


Rachel Olsen said...


Hugs ~ Rachel

argirl said...

Wonderful! Have a sweet and fun trip; you inspire me to get out my dictionary and thesaurus; I love to write!
Love and Joy!

Leebird said...

Congratulations, Glynnis! My youngest son has been hurting this week; third grade is turning out to be an emotional roller coaster for him. Enjoy some "just be" times with your family, and have a tremendous time in England! Oh...and we went to Slide Rock this summer for the first time...oh my gosh is that fun! I'll bet the water's going to be really cold because it was icy cold in July when we went. So...get tough skin! :)

Andrea Austin; austingibson@cox.net said...

Glynnis - I, too, am an Arizona girl! Congratulations on your new project - I can't wait to read it as we have "hurting" children, biologically and for whom we provide mentoring. God bless you and your husband on 25 years - Enjoy England! Yours, in Christ - Andrea Austin, Glendale, Arizona

Joyful said...

Hi Glynnis,
Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you and praying for you today. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.