What are you feeling grateful for this year? Sitting around my grandmother’s “Friendly Village” china (Johnson Brothers), piled high with her turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy, we’d always finish dinner by telling each other what we were especially grateful for that year. Family and friends usually topped the list, but it was always good to say it out loud (Still is–my siblings and I still call to ask each other what we were thankful for the past year!). The fact is, no matter what manner of trials or illnesses or sources of anxiety there might have been during the previous year, there is always something to be grateful for. Usually lots of things!
This year, as I face the news that my lovely British publisher, Sunpenny, is changing its business model and will be returning the rights for the Sophie Topfeather series back to me at the end of December, I am sad, but still so grateful. Grateful for the two and a half years of being in relationship with them as they put out two beautiful children’s novels, with my name on the cover! Grateful for third grader who just this week checked out Sophie’s Quest for the third time. Grateful for the Muslim student who asks me weekly how many more pages I’ve written on Sophie #3 (six more this week, perhaps half-way)! Grateful for the opportunities to share with women’s groups how to pursue a God-given dream, as I did last Saturday at a nearby church.
I’m also so grateful that Jeff, my husband, believes in the series and won’t let this change of events be the end of Sophie and friends! Together, we’re seeking God’s leading, and together, we will work out this new “chapter.” What a thrill to put out our first book together this year, too–Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges feels like the icing on the cake of our 25th wedding anniversary, and shows me that we really can do something special together in the coming year for Sophie.
Apart from the usual family and friends and book-related gratitude, I have to add that I am also very grateful that a little friend named Michelle has made it out of the hospital after a scary and uncertain three weeks. When a child is in the hospital on Halloween, you know they’re SICK, and when they are still in the hospital weeks later, you start praying non-stop. Seeing her walk into school today made my heart jump with joy. Look at the beautiful bracelet she made me while in the hospital!
Finally, thank YOU for helping me work out my anxieties of this political season through this blog. Your comments and likes and shares have helped me remember that we are not alone, and we have a great God who is with us and sovereign over all. I appreciate you!
May you also have a long list of things to be grateful for this holiday season!
Stay tuned for the return of the series, “Why I am Feeling Hopeful Today.”