So last week was a big week.
My step son came home from his annual two month visit-his-bio-mom-in-Australia trip, my book was released August 5th, and I was on TV for a book interview for the first time.
(Ok, it was just a small network in So. Bend, but it was still exciting.)
Here’s the link if you’re interested… (the interview starts at 14:07): http://www.harvest-tv.com/video/dsp_playshow.cfm?showid=1812
So what am I doing this week?
Heading to the Mountains with my family for a week long retreat.
I realize in the publishing world this may be bad timing. But it’s exactly where I need to be.
The “real world” of my life is being a step mom and co parent of a precious boy who has to negotiate two worlds in his life.
And it’s always a big transition when he gets back.
I’ve been hopping on planes and interviewing on phones and burning up social media and it’s time to hunker down and do my biggest job.
The job I don’t get paid for, but was graciously given by God to do.
To be the second mother in my little boys life.
He needs me right now.
Let’s be clear, he doesn’t always articulate that now that he’s eleven. Rolled eyes and “can you really be that stupid” looks are coming much more frequently than I would prefer.
But last night after a whirlwind week he silently slipped his arms around my waist and snuggled into my shoulder while we were watching a movie.
And I knew next week was exactly what our family needed.
So we are off to Mt Hermon in the Santa Cruz mountains. It’s been a long time since I’ve paid for a conference instead of speaking at one. But we need this.
To get away and help our boy get a bigger glimpse of the One who is at work in his story.
For my husband and me to be reminded of this truth ourselves.
Each of us with our broken road past. And our patched-together-with-grace future.
And the boy God gave us to raise.
So books can wait.
And busyness can wait.
We’ll be fuller and better when we get back.
And in the meantime, if you have read the book and want to review it, I’d love to hear from you on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Laurie-Short/e/B00IKAGCDG
Love this blog! Thank you for the reminder that our wonderful children, in my case one great boy, are gifts from God. That He has entrusted their care and upbringing to “broken road past” people like us. Wow!
Hope your weekend is relaxing, fulfilling, and reconnecting as a family.
You are so right, Laurie! And thank you for the reminder as we move our family out of the area to a less mold environment so I can become healthy, and homeschool our daughter going into high school and plan for this move across the country to be a vacation/learning experience/family adventure. While marketing plagues me and my new novel needs an agent/publisher home. We need God first and the family ministry he’s given us and when we seek first his kingdom, he will add all these other publishing, marketing, speaking things to us. As he deems rightly timed and needed. Breathing a sigh of relief in my heart to read your words. Enjoy your family building break! 🙂
We did Laura! it was exactly what our family needed. All the best to you in your move!! God is with you-