Anything I Missed?

***Thank you for all of your great questions-I knew you weren’t going to let me down. Keep ‘em coming!!!! I am taking notes and they are really helping me process some things I think I will add…I so appreciated hearing your voices in all of this!!! Thanks…***
First off, the quote thing is rocking my world. I started to write them out with a pen and then I decided there were too many so I’m going to print them all out. If you need some motivation for the day, or you have a great quote to share, please go to my last post…so great. We were sitting outside and I kept going, “WOW,” and “Oh that’s good.” Todd made me read them out loud :)
And because you all are so helpful, I want to ask a favor of you. As I have been writing the book, I have really been telling my story but I feel like so many other people were a part of it. Some of you have been with me from the beginning, and many of you have been through a similar situation. I want you all to be a part of what I am doing now as well, and to that end, I would love to ask you to send me any questions you may have that I have not addressed on my blog.
I’m sure there are many gaps I have left, and I would really love to get a feel for the largest ones so that I can add them into the book.
I hope this makes sense. I haven’t had my coffee yet.
So, feel free to leave your questions about my pregnancy/family/life etc. (whatever!) here or in email if you prefer.
I said yesterday that writing a book is like a marathon, and I am really grateful to have you all running with me.
Not that I run. Ever.
Maybe I just answered your question…
:)
Ang

Writing a book is a marathon

And I am discovering that I am a sprinter.
I write for a bit, cry for a bit, drink more coffee, and twitter. Sometimes I also read the important news updates, because there is a lot going on in Hollywood.
:)
I’m taking a break to say hey to all of you out in blogland, and give you a couple updates.
I mentioned recently that there was a situation going on at my house, and I wanted to give you a few more details so that you can be praying. I hope you understand that I will be a bit more vague than normal out of a desire to protect someone I have grown to love.
She came to us with her two children after driving through the night, away from a situation she needed to be away from. It is complicated, but she was braver than I could have been, and it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to have her and her kids in our home. She was a stranger when she came, but she is now a kindred spirit (yes, that was intentional :) ).
Yesterday she moved out (but not too far from us, thank goodness) and I closed the door behind her and tried not to bawl my eyes out. In a very short amount of time, she became so dear to me. Morning coffee and nights on the deck, talking about life and hurt.
And the Lord Who gave her unspeakable courage.
So, I have been absent from the blog a bit, because I felt like she needed me to be present. Trust me when I say I learned more from her than she did from me.
After the toddler beds were packed up and gone, and her voice had left, I reflected on who she was and why it was so hard for me to watch her go. I felt so protective of her, and must say I was ridiculously relieved that she chose to stay close to us instead of moving an hour away where she had intended to go.
I love to blog, because I get to meet people I might not have otherwise met, and I get to share the corners of life I haven’t visited in years.
The truth is, I spent the last few weeks ministering to a girl who I used to be.
And I am so glad the Lord chose to give us the courage to trust Him more than this life.
I am crying as I write, because I am blessed to have been entrusted with such a sacred part of someone’s life, and I don’t take it lightly. As she left, we gave each other a quick hug to get the goodbye over with, and Kate protested her leaving. Just before she walked out, she went to Kate and whispered something to her, placing something in her tiny hand. She curled Kate’s fingers around it and told her to take care of it. After she left, Kate showed me the ring I had grown accustomed to seeing on our guest.
We put it on a necklace today so Kate could wear it all the time :) That was right after it got sucked up by the vacuum and I spent more time digging through dog hair and dust than I care to recall.
Please pray for her and her children, and for wisdom as she seeks discernment in God’s calling on her life.
And for those of you who have been (or are) where she has been, I want to tell you that you have a Father Who wants you to be safe. He has not forgotten you, and He loves you more than you know. That last sentence could not be more trite, and as a writer, I am tempted to go back and come up with something more clever.
I won’t.
Sometimes it just needs to be left alone.
Anyway, I have to run and get ready to head to a local church.
There’s a girl who is going to be there tonight and I am dying to see her.
:)
As a sidebar, I have been loving finding old quotes in books I haven’t read in years. They are all marked up with memories, and there is nothing like a good quote. Some are from fiction books, and others are religious or biographical.
I have been twittering today about a book I just finished (see right hand lower sidebar) and LOVED. It had so many great lines, and as I was writing this, I decided to ask you all to join me in a little inspiration.
If you are game, do me a favor and leave a quote you love as a comment on this post. It can be from a book, a movie, a song, whatever. I have long wanted to start a book club on here so that we could all grab some hot drinks and have a chat online, but I will have to wait until I am done writing to do that :)
In the meantime, I would love to hear from you, friends.
Thank you for praying and for loving me so well.
And if you were the sweet girl at the concert last night with the t-shirt that my hubby signed on the back, I would love for you to email me your address so I can send a little thank you to you. It made me feel so special, and I am honored you took the time…you know who you are :)
I can’t wait to hear your words! I need the inspiration…
Blessings,
Angie

You Have GOT to see this.

Seriously.
Could this kid be cuter?!?!?! I have seen it before, but I realized I had never put it on the blog, and OH MY WORD.
Selah has never sounded better.
:)
If you know Zoe or her family, could you have her contact me? We would love to send this angel a little gift of love.
ENJOY!!!!! And have a great weekend… (don’t forget to mute the music at the bottom of the blog before you start!)
Love,
Angie

I agree. This is cryptic.

Well thank you to all of my precious blog-land friends who check in on me when I disappear…I just had to stop in and let you know that while I am not in a position to go into great detail, my time has been very occupied lately. I am hoping that at some point in the near future when things have settled down a bit, I will get back on a more regular writing schedule.
And the book.
They have decided to bump up the release date by about three months, which means I believe the release date will now be in April. No worries-I don’t have to turn it in sooner, but it shifts things a bit. I do want to just take a brief moment to let you all know that there have very rarely been times in my life when from dawn until dusk, I feel in the very presence of what the Lord has called me to do. I would love to ask you to continue to pray for me as well as my editor Jennifer, who has become a dear friend and kindred sprit. I feel so protected by the Lord, and awoke this morning for the providence of a God Who revels in being known in the details. His mercies are always new…what a treasure to all of us.
On another note, we have received many, many requests for the Selah CD, and if you are one of the people that has already written me, you will be receiving the CD as a gift from us (and when I say us, you must know that we are just the hands and feet, so please know there are no thanks needed). Could you please send your address if you are one of those people? We have budgeted as much as we are able at this time (I do wish we could get a bit more discount on the CD’s so we could send a million!!!!), but if you are still interested and just don’t have the means right now, please write anyway and I will keep your name on a list, having faith that the Lord will provide a way for us to get those to you. We wholeheartedly believe that what Todd does is a ministry, and are grateful to be able to share with you all…in addition to the CD, know that I have appreciated reading every single email and being able to hear your stories. It is a time of difficulty for many people, and I feel honored that you feel safe enough with me to share where you are. We need to be a family, and I consider you one :)
So, this is the post written in 5 minutes, and I know it’s all over the place, but I really would love your prayers. Without going into too much detail, we have a situation at our house that we are honored to be a part of, and the Lord has asked me to be focused on it and unplug a little. There is a family involved, and they need your prayers. So, I know this sounds vague, but would you pray for what we are walking, with the full knowledge that the Lord knows where to direct your prayers? Thank you, friends.
And in the meantime, there are two sites that I have discovered through you all, and I would love to share them here because I have just fallen in love with both. If you want to add a little beauty and a lot of Jesus to your reading life, click HERE and HERE. Absolutely incredible women with hearts that seek the Lord in powerful, creative, inspiring ways.
I will be back soon…I guess you could say I have been hibernating in prayer:) If you have prayer requests, please leave them here. The beauty of the commenting system is that others can respond directly to you and you will be able to develop community with others who are where you are.
OK, again, this is all over the place and I apologize :) Thanks for being who you are and allowing me a place to come and sit with you for a while. I will check in a bit later and see if there are any prayer requests from you all…
MUCH love.
Angie

Her Eyes

***Here is Kate’s caring bridge site in case you want to keep up there…thank you so much for all of the prayers…***
I received an email from my brother in law Greg a few minutes ago, and I feel a sense of urgency in sharing it with you…Sunday’s, will you be on your knees with me for sweet Kate? I hope nobody reading has walked this road, but I know that the reality is that several probably have. I am broken for this family (they are friends of Greg and Nicol’s), and her eyes, well they speak volumes.
i think that’s all I can say, other than that I am fighting emotions of just being angry that emails like this have to exist….if it were not for the body of Christ, I would feel hopeless.
Please pray. If I didn’t believe it mattered, I wouldn’t ask. CLICK HERE to meet Kate and her family…and feel free to leave them your prayers and love.
Much love to you all.
Angie