Hello, Ladies! It feels great to be back here chatting with you again. I have so much to tell you, I feel like Baby Maeryn when she gets hold of a telephone (usually mine -- her mom doesn't let her play with phones, but I am, after all, the grandma). Let's start with book activity. I have FOUR coming out all at the same time!
The new versions of Here's Lily and The Beauty Book will be in stores April 12. If you have younger sisters or cousins or tweens you babysit, feel free to pass that info on to them.
The new FaithGirlz Bible is already out, though the real launch will be on May 5 in Woodstock, Ontario, at a mother/daughter tween event I'm doing up there.
Of more interest to YOU: The Whole Guy Thing, which so many of you helped me with, releases April 23. I have a list of all those who will be receiving a free copy and I'll be double checking that in the next few weeks here on the blog to make sure I don't miss anybody. AND my virtual assistant (St. Leah, I have decided to start calling her) is going to set up a contest where you can win an additional copy to pass on to a friend, as well as some other freebies. That will involve writing a review on your own blog, liking the Facebook fan page, and getting friends to like it. Stay tuned for all the details to be posted here on the blog on April 22.
Speaking of the Teen Facebook Fan Page, the OLD version will disappear on May 1, and the NEW version is already up and running -- and I'm actually posting every day! It will be lighter stuff than we do here and there will be lots of opportunities to get into conversations. I know all of you are not on Facebook so not to worry -- you'll still get all the important news here and on the website.
And speaking of the website, it has been down for a few days while we change servers so if it isn't back up already it will be soon.
I'm still so jazzed about our How To Paint a Picture Without a Thousand Words book. I'm thinking that I'll use a lot of the other great titles you came up with as chapter titles. I'm also thinking that I might do this as an on-line course first and THEN propose the book. The cost of the course would be affordable and it would give you even more of an opportunity to have input on what the subsequent book would contain. Let me know how you feel about that, would you?
One more bit of news before we move on to our next topic: Jim (that's my husband), Guinness, Geneveve and I have gotten a kitty. After discovering a colony of mice which had settled in our basement (using bits of post-it notes sticking out of books that they'd chewed off to make nests for their babies) we went to New Leash On Life and brought home Arthur (short for King Arthur Kitty) For more on this new addition to our household, visit the tween blog later today. (You know you want to!)
Now, then: on to new things. Reading through your comments in response to our last post has been like turning a prism in the light. So many beautiful sides of yourselves ready to reflect the divine light. These are some you want to venture out with --
"open and curious" social
creative writer natural leader dreamer
big sister friendly prayerful nature girl
the crocheter horse lover child wonder the real insecure me
photographer the little kid side musician reader dancer
I loved reading things like, "I was sitting on the trampoline the other day, playing my guitar," and "I want to try figure skating" and "I want to know how molecules move."
I was so impresed with your insights: "Its so hard to remember to be your whole self when the whole world is only looking at the front side of you." And "When the most expression you can convey is :) it seems like all humanity is just sucked out of the conversation." AND "this beautiful chaos called life." (By the way, RACHEL, you must do something significant with your writing gift). Also very telling: "I'm beginning to think in LOL!"
I have several observations after immersing myself in your hearfelt comments and I think they can lead us to our next topic.
(1) No one said, "I would like to see my social media side come out more." It seems like we need to find ways to keep texting, emailing, IM-ing, and Facebooking in perspective because it's affecting our personalities and our ability to interact face to face with people.
(2) There is a great deal of frustration over not being able to nuture some very important sides of ourselves, and that needs to be attended to NOW so that good habits of balance and rhythm will become second nature in the future (because life isn't going to get any less busy)
(3) Some of you are struggling with letting go of the past.
I believe God would approve of our addressing any of those topics, so what do you say you all comment indicating which of those you would want to do first, second, and third. It can look something like --
First choice -- #2
But also feel free to elaborate on your choices. I don't think any of us ever get enough of what we all have to say. You are truly an extraordinary group.
And BTW (I'm doing it too!), MELODY we want to hear how your audition went, and those of you who are BRAND NEW to the blog, please tell us more about yourselves.
Why don't you take until Tuesday, April 3 to cast your vote? Give it some thought and please DO make suggestions on how you'd like to see these things addressed, questions you have, etc. This really MATTERS.