I descended the stairs, immediately irritated by what was awaiting me with each scream originating from my 15-year-old son. Great, I muttered as the uninvited stench rose to greet my nose. Luke, my son with profound special needs, required yet another diaper change – a chore that was becoming increasingly able to grate my very last nerve over the past few weeks as his father recovered from shoulder surgery – a recovery period that did not allow for diaper changes.
I opened the door slightly and held my breath. The third of the day so far. My least favorite job in the whole world.
I did what was necessary – cleaned my big 15-year-old man child, and as I prepared to leave, he reached for my face, met my eyes and sang in his sweet jumbled way,
Oh God you are my God, and I will ever praise you.
Continue reading “A Holy Shift”
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This is a quick post – my kids are still home for summer break – to tell you all –
I HAVE A NEW WEBSITE!
This has been months (maybe even close to a year!) in the making. I officially went live yesterday, and I am so incredibly proud of how it all turned out. Lisa Delaney has been the epitome of patience as she has sought to bring my vision of rustic jessplusthemess charm to life, and she succeeded beautifully.
There are lots of changes you’ll initially notice as the blog is no longer the focal part of the website as I seek to expand my jessplusthemess brand to include: merchandise, speaking, favorites, and recipes to name a few.
So, go ahead – poke around a bit. The Favorites and Store tabs are still a work in progress but the store will soon offer super hip and inspirational “just keep livin” apparel and the favorites will be all of my favorite things in life.
Oh, and as you’ll also see, if you subscribe to receive emails from me – which honestly, will just be blog updates for awhile until I find time to create a newsletter, you will also receive the introduction and first chapter of Sunlight Burning at Midnight FOR FREE!
Thank you as always to all of you who continue to support me on this wild ride I get to call my life.
Just keep livin!
Today is Launch Day. The official day where twelve years of hard work and desire come to fruition. Desire to write through Luke’s diagnosis. Desire to write through Jason’s cancer. Desire to take all of those writings and turn it into a memoir of hope and call is Sunlight Burning at Midnight. Today is the day it all happens and honestly? It’s been a low key, quiet kind of day. There has been so much build up and hype – my heart and soul poured into this this whole process now for a really long time that today I took a step back and just was. By that statement I mean I accomplished things unrelated to the book or social media or marketing or anything along those lines, and instead, I cleaned the kitchen. I made homemade tortillas and coleslaw. I slow cooked a chicken curry for hours, the delicious smell tempting me back into the kitchen time and time again to stir and to taste, of course. I walked with my baby and met my other half for lunch. It was a good day. A day of doing for my family and not so much for me.
Launch Day is kind of interesting really. Many of you have had copies in hand for weeks now due to the books that I’ve offered on this site and my Facebook page. To those of you who have received and read your pre-ordered copies, thank you for the kind words and encouragement. Thank you as well to those of you who have graciously shared those kind words in an Amazon review (those reviews really help new authors!). Thank you from the bottom of my being because it is oftentimes (like always!) a frightening thing to put your soul on paper for the whole world to read, and thank you for being gentle with my soul.
The significance of Launch Day? Well, I suppose this means that the book is now available in most places (the ebook will be available this weekend). I suppose this also means that the book may start to reach people who might not be as gentle with my soul because they haven’t been along for the whole journey so maybe I need to brace for some of that (sorry, I have a bit of pessimism left in me). I suppose it also means that my story might reach and touch and encourage a whole new audience – a whole new group of people might begin to turn their gaze to the Heavens for answers and Lord knows, we need people to turn their gaze in this direction more than ever before.
Launch Day is really just a simple day for this mom of eight. It’s been quite the ride getting here, and I think now that it’s finally here, I might rest a bit. I’ve got babies to raise and students to teach and teenagers to help through their issues (and they have a few) and a husband to love. I’ll put down my phone more often, close my laptop, and try to be just a little more present for my family until God pricks at my heart to pick up my pen once again – and I will – I just need to live it first.
Just keep livin!
(P.S. I will continue to autograph books that are ordered on the website and the Facebook page).