It's been a doozy of a year. Difficult, in many, many ways. I kicked it off at the start with the release of one book (Plain Jayne) while being waaaaay behind schedule on another (Simply Sara, the little snot). I got my first taste of book signings, radio interviews, and publicity campaigns. Danny had a promising job offer, which was very exciting until it fell through.
We continued by getting Danny done with graduate school, me turning in Sara (she redeemed herself), and flying out to the East Coast so Danny could properly matriculate, which he turned out to be very good at. I was supposed to be working on galley edits while we were out, which I turned out not to be very good at.
During the summer, Danny and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. I taught at Oregon Christian Writers; Danny recovered from graduate school. By the end of that week, both my grandfather and Danny's grandfather went home to Jesus. We traveled to one memorial and wished that we could have been at the other as well. Simply Sara released, looking a little out of breath. Short weeks later, not only had the previous job offer been placed back on table, but it was backed up by an interview in Memphis while I attended my first ACFW conference.
As the weeks progressed, we prepared ourselves for a move to the Mid-South when the company came back and offered Danny a job in their Richland, Washington office, a move that stunned us both but felt like a grand idea. We tidied, we donated, we packed, we moved, we relied on the kindness of others and later drove across the country so Danny could do his engineer training in Memphis.
It's been a tricky year. We've had a lot of loss, change, difficulties, both personal and professional. It's been hard some times to choose joy, to choose to examine the beautiful parts while giving mourning its due.
During our trip to the East Coast we got to see some of the best-looking ceilings in the country
|The Library of Congress|
|The National Cathedral|
...and some of it's prettiest architecture. We've gotten to visit children we love...
...and enjoy the simple beauty of God's creation near our home.
We've had adventures, and we will have more. We visited 19 states, made new friends, visited old ones. It's been a big year for us, and I don't have any reason to think next year won't be just as crazy.
So I'm embracing the crazy. As long as the Father knows what He's doing (and He assures me He does), I eagerly anticipate what the next year has in store for us.