Okay, high-five for whoever gets the title of this post. Sometimes I crack myself up. Especially when it's 2:29 a.m. and I'm awake on a caffeine high, blogging (thanks a lot, Lipton Decaf, you lied).
Several months ago I submitted a few photos of Lily to Woodbine House for the new edition of Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome that is coming out next month. I heard back from someone at Woodbine shortly afterward, saying they would most likely use at least one of the photos of Lily for the book. Last week they wrote to me saying they were considering using one one of the photos for the cover. Tonight I got an email from my friend Missy, telling me she saw an ad for the new edition - she recognized Lily's photo as well as my friend Megan's daughter, Ellie on the cover ! The link above sends you to the old edition, (and I can't figure out how to paste the email Missy sent me here), but I can't wait to order a copy next month. We're pretty proud of our little princess, but she told me to tell you all she promises to not let it go to her head.
|photo used for the cover of Lily signing "cat"|
Kidding, people. We don't get any royalties from Woodbine, but how cool would that be if we did?! Just think of all the orphans I could rescue ! :)
In other news...if you know of a house for rent (or sale that is owner-carry) in Corvallis or Philomath...that would fit our little family...preferably one that feels like it's in the country... where my kids can run around like the
|yes, just like this one|
|view from our current backyard...did I mention how much I love sheep???|
....could you let me know? Okay, so Sam says the sheep are not a must, but I prayed for them eight and a half years ago and I'm praying again. I'm a little spoiled when it comes to my prayers being answered - I don't need a mansion, because I know mine is coming one day when I open my eyes and find I've woken up in Heaven....but I do have a little list of hopes for a home. We need a place by the end of July, and Lily wants me to mention that something scenic where she can hold her daily photo shoots would be wonderful as well.
But on a serious note- we are looking for a new home, and if you know of any that come even close to my description (must be in Corvallis or Philomath, sorry Nicole) please email me. If Craigslist was a blog and it had a site meter, the blogger would be freaking out right now, wondering who in the world had visited their site 54 billion times a day the past few weeks....so don't send me links to houses listed there; believe me when I say I can recite the past 800 listings to you backwards and forwards. I know God has a house for us out there, and while it may not have sheep, I do believe there is one that will feel like home.
I so appreciate all the emails and comments from friends who've been praying for us. Sometimes when you're going through something, it just helps to know there are people who love you and care. It seems like the past two months have been a season of trials for us, but the good thing about seasons? They do have an end. And the nice thing about trials? God can turn them into gold.
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:6-7
Happy Friday !