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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The UPS Man Came Today . . .


. . . And guess what he brought??

I've been waiting my whole life for this day, it seems. And it met my every expectation. I cradled the books in my arms, counted them, inhaled the scent of new paper, read each and every endorsement (thank you lovely friends for your amazingly kind words), wiped a tear as I read the dedication, checked to see that all the pages were there (288, in case you're interested), then I spread them out, stacked them, letting my fingers linger on the beautiful matte covers.

No matter how you look at it, it was a lovely day. Thank you, Jesus, for your grace and your blessing. Thank you, FaithWords, for believing in this book. Thank you, friends, for all your support. Thank you, family, for putting up with me on this long journey.


And thank you, readers, for this glorious indulgence.

7 comments:

Vickie McDonough said...

Yahoo!!!! I can remember getting my first box of books. I oooed and ahhed over them, and then it hit me, "Oh my goodness, people are actually going to read this!!

Enjoy the moment!!

Julie Garmon said...

Fun! Fun! So happy for you, my friend.

Delia Latham said...

They are LOVELY, Carla! I'm excited and happy for you.

carla stewart said...

Vickie! I had the same thought about people reading MY book. What if they hate it? I'm pretty sure I'll cry the first time someone says my "baby" is homely. Or ugly.

Thanks, Julie! It's fun to celebrate this occasion with cheerful friends. You've been a huge encouragement to me.

And thank you, Delia. You know what a thrill it is. Bless you.

Erica Vetsch said...

YAYAYAY! I hope you took some pictures of YOU with your book!

carla stewart said...

Um, Erica, actually I didn't. I was home alone with just the pup, so maybe I should have Max take one, huh?

Donna said...

Definitely have a pic with you and the books. I can only imagine how it feels to hold your own book in your hands - seeing your name in print! I am so proud of you! Dreams do come true!