It has been a few weeks since I have entered this blog space. The last several weeks have been a whirlwind of fun, anxiety, and activity. After my formal launch of Adopting Grace on September 12, I then turned my heart and mind toward a book launch celebration. This required me to speak in front of quite a few people, mostly family and friends. I would rather write than speak...but I am getting more comfortable with the latter. Our daughters, coached by their dad, introduced me at this event. It almost made me cry. I worked hard on my "author talk," and all went well. I actually enjoyed it!
My husband Mark had several surprises for me during the week leading up to this Sunday launch affair. Way back in the spring, he huddled up with our neighbor and musician extraordinaire, Jim Crew, (check out his work!). Jim read Adopting Grace, clearly internalized the deepest meanings within and then began to write a song that beautifully captures the essence of my story. He recruited Valerie Wood to sing it. My heart was overwhelmed, and I was completely surprised by this beautiful gift from my husband. Apparently many years ago I commented on a thoughtful man that commissioned a song for his wife, and Mark filed that away for another day. I was so very touched.
And then to top it off, on Friday night before the big launch, our grown kids started rolling into our home. I am sure this surprise required a great deal of effort and secrecy in the months leading up to this event. It was amazing to have them in our presence for such an important weekend. I think Mark is definitely gunning for husband of the year award. And he certainly gets it from me!
Part of the story in Adopting Grace is how Mark and I have negotiated, struggled, and loved each other through difficult and challenging times. These days, he does a lot more cooking, shopping, and carpooling than he did in our earlier days of parenting together. He has been gracious and humble as he steps away from a demanding career and makes space for me to pursue my passions. A healthy marriage requires hard work, deep commitment, and the willingness to speak truth and listen with an open heart. Today, I am most grateful for this man, and I excitedly share with you my song, Adopting Grace.