But never fear, it was not a sad or negative post! Because I do believe that the path my life took is exactly the one God had mapped out for me. I know that writing success is not measured in dollars, at least not in God's eyes.
And what a bonus blogging is--because even if I don't have another novel in me, I have this marvelous writing outlet. If nothing else, dear readers, I can still come here any day I want, write up a post, and push the "publish" button. I am so grateful for this blog--which has brought so many blessings into my life over the years. I have "met" people here whom I would otherwise never have known, and these connections have enriched my life in countless ways. (One of these people is Kari Burke, author of a lovely pro-life novel called The Life I Dreamed. If you can get your hands on a copy of it, do!)
So today, I am doing a very writerly sort of thing--the sort of thing I used to do when I was writing my second novel, Erin's Ring: I am sitting at a table at Panera, with my laptop plugged in and my stomach way too full after a pretty awesome lunch (comprised of half of a Bacon Turkey Bravo sandwich and a cup of tomato soup--is that TMI?). And I am blogging--which is writing...right?
I've been meaning to reply to some lovely messages that were left in the comboxes of my last few posts, but I've been so busy that past few days with family events and activities that I haven't had the opportunity. So that was the first order of business today. And hopefully, while I'm sitting here without all the usual distractions of home (my favorite place to putter mindlessly), I'll also be able to type up a second installment of the "Refections on Theology of Home" series I started here.
If I was at home, I might put blogging on the back burner and instead find a piece of furniture to paint--like a sweet little antique table that my mother-in-law gave me decades ago. This humble pine beauty started its life with us as a side table in our NH family room, with a honey-colored stain and a country-style stencil treatment. Then it was painted black and used as a bedside table in the guest room. It's been languishing in the basement storage area of our new house for the past few years, still black but nicked-up and looking a bit worse for wear, until just the other day--when I decided it should have a new home in our VA family room and gave it a chalk paint makeover.
|My favorite hue for giving a room a "pop of color" is red!|
I love that when I look at this little red table, I am reminded of Mom. Because of that, I could never part with it.
I am an incurable homebody, and I can always find a thousand little projects like that one to work on in my endless quest to make my home as cozy and comfortable as it can be. And don't even get me started on baking. (Does anyone else out there find baking to be a deeply therapeutic activity?)
Luckily, with a family as big as ours is now, there is always a birthday cake that needs baking--so Grammy's Bakery is always open for business.
Well, that's it for this post, which is seems to be about nothing (like Seinfeld--remember that hilarious episode?). It's kind of all over the place.
But hopefully I'll be back next time with more cohesive thoughts inspired by Theology of Home--a book that is beautifully written and filled with gorgeous photographs, a book that I highly recommend.