My news is usually all things books and authors but I wanted to say something a little personal today. Firstly, thanks to every one of you who stops by and uses some of their precious time to read my blog. Whether you comment or not (love it when you do!) I appreciate each of you, more than you will ever know. While reading, reviewing and blogging is a somewhat solitary and time consuming process (see my thoughts on this on Jody Hedlund's fantastic blog) it is something I consider a real joy and privilege and meets my need to be doing something I feel passionately about.
Secondly, an apology! You may or may not have noticed but things have been a little quiet around here. My family and I have been going through a very difficult time over the past few months, a time that is forcing change upon us and challenging our emotional and physical energy in a way we haven't experienced before. God is calling us to make some hard decisions and I've been kicking and screaming a little over that call ;-) On top of the huge emotional and spiritual impact this has had on us, the drain of this time has affected my reading in an unprecedented way and I have been unable to read much at all. Given that reading is the way I debrief, take time out and recuperate from many of life's stressors, this has wearying. I know most of my fellow readers will get that, even if it might seem a little strange to some! The fact that this has consequently impacted on my ability to meet my obligations to some authors, publicists and publishers upsets me greatly and I appreciate their generous understanding.
A dear friend of mine (waving to you, Tracy!) reminded me that in years to come I will look back at this time and be grateful for what the Lord has taught me through the pain and heartache. I know Tracy's words are so very true but I will be even more grateful when that time actually arrives - LOL! I also know that God has placed into my life some amazing people to help me through this valley ~ my devoted husband, who surrounds me with love even though he has been jabbed by my prickliness numerous times, my gorgeous girls who are courageously trusting their parents to shepherd them through this time of upheaval and change, my loving parents, wonderful big sister, my caring in-laws and such giving friends in Tracy, S and J. If that wasn't enough, God has spoken joy and encouragement into my life from the love and prayers of two of the dearest friends I am yet to meet in person, Ronie and Kelli, along with invaluable spiritual wisdom and care from Laura, Julie, Jeane and MaryLu. My thanks to you all for willingly giving of yourselves in ways which brightened my life and blessed me immeasurably.
I'm hoping that life will return to normal, at least in my blogging world, soon! Thanks for sticking with me :)