It is 2am, and I am cross-eyed and exhausted.
I woke this morning planning to swim with the children, but discovering a rainy day that left me slow and quilt-craving all day. We spent the morning playing chess and doing puzzles until deciding that a rainy day was holiday enough to make homemade tacos. Then I had to pull myself away from the house at two in the afternoon to work until 11pm tonight.
Now I have spent the last three hours approving edits on the final proofs of Mary’s book. This is our next children’s book, and it’s her book about learning language. It’s a tricksy thing to write a book about deafness and cochlear implants because of the clash between cultures, and a tricksier thing to write a book about that when you didn’t get into foster care until you were five but you aren’t writing a foster care story. But I think we have pulled it off the best we can.
And it’s in Mary’s words, which is most important.
It’s her story, and no one can argue about that.
And she loves all the pictures of herself, naturally.
So finally, that one is finally done and ready for Nathan publishing. Whew.
Cross that off the list, even while we wait for Kirk’s book to finally drop on Amazon.
The next book is Kyrie’s G-Tube book, just because the toddler books go more quickly, and I finished my part on that tonight and inserted the pictures Kyrie chose.
Now Nathan will edit it and also work on the cover art, and it will go for proofing next.
The children are just so excited now that Kirk’s book came out, which was somehow more real to them than Kyrie’s ABC book, and so now they are all clamoring for their turns. We have each book outlined and in process, but we can only do one at a time! But we are pushing through – partly because the demand is so high, and partly because I need my part of these books finished before the group home work starts snowballing.
Because I promised.
And because the children really, really, really want to tell their stories.
They are super excited, and uber adorable.
And I am in awe at the lives they are touching, and the children and families they are helping!
I am so grateful, after so many have helped us so much, to finally be able to have a turn helping others.
Oh! Oh! Oh! And we have a huge opportunity for that!
We found out tonight that we received an offer from a sponsor who will MATCH all donations of books to children and families, and we have collaborated with several groups to receive these donations: The Parker Lee Project (sends medical supplies to children in need), Ronald McDonald House, foster and/or adoptive families, and special needs children and families. This is amazing! We have such a waiting list for children who want copies of our books but their families cannot get them because they are as overwhelmed by medical expenses as we are, and this will give us a way to send the books to these families for free… and for agencies like The Parker Lee Project and Ronald McDonald House and some local foster agencies to pass out the books as well. When people donate books, 100% of the money will be used directly for donating books directly to these waiting children and families. This is huge! It’s a wonderful gift, and we are so grateful.
People giving to us so that we can give to others… it feels so very Acts chapter two, so very Zion-ish.
CLICK ON THE RED BOX on our book page to see how to donate, or share the link so that we can spread the word!
… and now, as ye are desirous … and are willing to bear one another’s burdens,
that they may be light;
Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn;
yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort,…
And now when the people had heard these words,
they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed:
This is the desire of our hearts.
~ Mosiah 18:8-11
Also sleep. Sleep is good. Even if tomorrow is on its way.