My cup runneth over…I don’t know any other words that better describe yesterday. It was the release celebration for my first book Threads of Grace…A Survivor’s Journey.
The last eighteen months has been an amazing journey. It has been a roller coaster ride of every kind of emotion you can imagine. Excitement, fear, awe of God’s goodness, doubt, satisfaction, unworthiness….you name it, I have experienced it!
It has been up and down depending on the day and whether I let my own humanness rule or I chose to rely on God. In this last week leading up to the celebration, I was bombarded with emotions!!! And I have to be honest and tell you most of them were fear and doubt. Satan just loves to steal our joy, doesn’t he?? However, the only one stealing anything yesterday was the Lord! In fact, He stole the show!
Caleb sang and played the guitar with Sam Connor, and Avery sang a couple of times as well. I was surrounded by people who love me and have supported me throughout this process.
I was told the line to get a book was all the way outside! How crazy is that? Only God can do something like this! I feel incredibly blessed.
A special thanks to all who came out and spent their afternoon with our family! And to the ones who weren’t able to be there…you were truly missed!! I want to share some of the pictures from yesterday because a few of these people are mentioned in the book.
This first one is my amazing mom! Isn’t she beautiful!!
This next one is of my wonderful daddy.
Below is Sandy, Rob’s sweet mom!!
This next one is of Bette Gunderson, my manager at the time I was pregnant with Leighton.
And this is the infamous Adrienne, Leighton’s nurse. ( Alexandra in the book).
And this is Alyson, my niece, all grown up! She is still that same sweet angel!
Below is a picture of Carole Nunnally….the amazing woman and dear friend who painted the picture of the breast cancer symbol for the cover!
I hope to add more pics as I get them. Unfortunately, I did not get one with my sister!
I received so many kind words of encouragement and there were countless memorable moments, but the sweetest moment came at the end of the day.
Just as Caleb and I were making one last trip into Wrexham Hall, my 6’3″ son put his arm around my shoulder and said, “I am so proud of you mom.” I can’t begin to tell you how that made me feel!
He went on to say, “I have watched you work so hard at home, but seeing you here today was different. I realized just how hard you have worked, and I wanted to tell everyone that’s my mom.” They were the sweetest words I think I have ever heard.
I told him that’s exactly how I feel every time I hear him play the guitar or sing…actually that’s how I feel about him and Avery every time I look at them.
God is faithful and it was evident yesterday as we sold 188 books! It was an awesome culmination to a lot of hard work and prayer.