I want to use this post to express my sincere appreciation for those who have supported me and my family during our journey to (self) publish my first book.
It started with a clear calling to write (and eventually publish) a book that chronicles the parenting experiences of my family and share the insights attained (eventually) over the 20+ years of raising my girls. From that point I wrote what I believed, but it was the candid feedback, frank commentary, offering of ideas, editorial critiques, encouragement and prayers from family, friends and my Christian brothers and sisters who carried me through the last 6 years to ultimately publish my book "officially" on August 17th, 2019.
I cannot account for all of the people who poured their energy into me. Those who I have known for years and immediately when told reinforced the value of doing it, as well as those who I didn't but welcomed the opportunity to offer their experience in writing/publishing without expectation of financial compensation.
I have met so many people who simply want to make their community better, to improve the lives of others, to share their insights so that others can be in a better place than they are now. And they continue to do what they do, without national fanfare, just contributing to the fabric of our society in a positive way.
I will not name names in this post, but those who have interacted with me, whether for a few minutes, several hours or multiple years know who they are. And to each, I am honored to have met you or know you; I am humbled that you believe the message I am sharing is of value for others to read; I am excited to know you are supportive of me and my family and have prayed for our success; and I am blessed to have you in my life. I am a spiritual person by nature, and I know God has a purpose for all of us, and sets a path for us to achieve that purpose to enrich and enlarge His kingdom. I believe He introduces people and circumstances to that end, but it is on us to trust in those indicators; it is on us to fully invest ourselves (mentally, physically and emotionally); it is on us to persevere when at times the course feels uncertain - because if/when we do, we are rewarded. When we actually adhere to the instructions, He delivers on His promise. And though we receive earthly benefits, it is the heavenly rewards that he holds for us that is truly of greatest value.
As earthly beings, we exist in this world and must share our space with others. How we choose to share that space, how we choose to contribute to our society, how we decide to offer our insights, our possessions, our very selves, is a personal choice. For me and my family, this is a path we have chosen to take. And it has not always been peachy and smooth, it has challenged us in ways unforeseen when we began, the very process of writing a book created conversations that would not have arose - but for it all, I am proud of "the White House" and truly believe that anyone who reads our story will be better after - if not simply because they laughed, cried or smiled in an instance that they otherwise might not have. For that, I am grateful. I also know that if you (those who helped, supported and prayed) had not done what you did, it may not have come to fruition.