The past couple of weeks have involved bittersweet farewells to people I won't see again until I reach Glory; I've also gotten a glimpse (thanks to the marvels of technology) of my newest grandchild (who is due in August). Emotional highs and lows can be exhausting.
As for writing, a package plopped on the porch by a FedEx driver resulted in celebration--it contained the fourth book in the Katy Lambright Series, Katy's Decision (which my oldest daughter said should have been titled Katy's Nervous Breakdown with all the troubles Katy faces LOL). I confess I did quite a lot of jitterbugging when I held that book. My twentieth release since June of '06. Woofta. Sometimes I still pinch myself, amazed that WRITING is really truly my occupation. I also did a little sniffling, because Katy's Decision is the final book in the series, which means goodbye to Katy. I really enjoyed my time with her, and it's kind of hard to bring the series to a close.
While I'm saying goodbye to Katy and her friends, I'm saying hello to a brand new cast of characters. As you can see from the picture, my cat Clyde is intrigued by the new story, which is an historical that starts in New York but will end in northeast Kansas. There will be quite a few hellos and goodbyes in the story, too...because life (even for fictional characters) contains both beginnings and endings.
When the angel appeared to the virgin Mary and told her she would become the mother of God's Son, the angel gave this promise: "...of his kingdom there shall be no end." I find that so comforting. In this life, we'll face goodbyes--the end of books, the end of series, the final breath of people we hold dear...but HE is forever. And someday I'll be with Him. Forever. That will be an eternal hello.
May God bless you muchly as you journey with Him! ~Kim