I usually sound shocked when I say it was a busy month, so I'll just skip that this time. The month was good, full of happy moments and reminders of what's most important. Tell your people you love them and remember... Jesus loves you!
What can I say about January? What a way to ring in the New Year? Yeah... that'll do. The month flew by way too fast but it was full of great visits with dear friends, family members and former students who worked around crazy schedules to spend some time with me and a few BONUS chance encounters the LORD blessed me with out of the blue.
Mr. Muscles got his cast off and got back on the mat. Metal Head started his last semester of high school EVER. I got back on the fitness train, or should I say boarded the train, I'm still not quite back up to speed but am working toward eating no bread again, and drinking 65ozs of water a day. I'm doing 2-3 WODs a week and working toward 2 3+ mile runs and one yoga experience a week. Yes! That means I'm still actively working on all my New Year goals (not just the fitness ones either).
I helped with planning for the "Ladies of the 50s" Party, the biggest CASA/ATEEM fundraiser of the year, and, with the help of my fabulous Ms. Racer Chick, gathered donations for the silent auction baskets and balloon pop. It is going to be a super fun night!
November was the launch of "Waiting on Justin" and was full of tons of book stuff. Most of the pictures have to do with celebrating the book but I threw some others in as well. In here you'll find pictures of the launch party and book signing as well as family photos from Thanksgiving. If you have any questions about any of them just ask. Enjoy!
Originally published 9.2.14
Can I just say that this month was a rush of emotions, good and bad, ecstatic to frantic, super stressed to blissfully peaceful. The last nine days were the biggest mix of emotion but really this whole month has flipped me out and given me ideas for posts for weeks to come! Here we go in mostly chronological order... try to keep up, I barely did!
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End of the month, that means it's picture time again. This month wasn't a race around Washington but it was full and busy nonetheless. The pictures are in no particular order because I can't figure out how to organize them but they're here.
I would have to say the highlights of the month were helping at Kinderfest in Leavenworth with my church and running the Oso Strong 5K. I loved quizzing the little kiddos on American History... you know America is 238, right? Most of them didn't. It is a joy and honor to help instill a little bit of American pride into the younger generation. And the race, what can I say about it? The best, most organized race I've ever been part of and it was put together by wonderful people I proudly call friends and and supports their community in one of its hardest times. I can't help it I have to say it... I'm Oso Proud of the community support I saw!
I promised a month of pictures so here it is. Best news of the month, the dream became reality. I signed! I signed into a contract with Booktrope for both "Waiting on Justin" and "11 Lives of Evelynne." I'm so excited for this next step in my writing journey and can't wait for it to begin! I am beyond happy but it feels like a dream! We're still looking at a 2014 publication though.
June was one crazy, wonderful, busy month to say the least. I feel like there was hardly a moment to catch my breath. It was truly one of the best and worst months of my life. So much good, and so much stress and sadness too. I know I wasn't always at my best but I gave it a good try. Nope, my life is not, nor will it ever be perfect but it is good, and I am on cloud nine with the writing developments. I couldn't ask to live in a better place than Leavenworth (and I'll add Wenatchee since I spend so much time there too). I love my home state of Washington and though I never intended to travel it from end-to-end last month I guess I did and I was impressed once again at the beauty of the area I live. The Cascades, the plateaus, even the coastal gray, it is all so special to me. Oso you make me proud to be a Washingtonian, stay strong!