Gratituesday: Almost Finished!!!!!!!!!!!! (And My For Real Confessions)

I have the best editors, the best designer, the best friends, and the best family ever. My new book is almost finished – only because of the wonderful people in my life who have encouraged me, helped me, and spent countless hours working with me. My book would be pitiful without them, and that’s no exaggeration.

And let’s just be real, because that’s what we do around here, and because that’s what this book is all about:  The real me – when under pressure, when feeling the stress of a deadline, when seeing the light at the end of a tunnel too many miles away, when short on sleep – is not pretty. Sometimes I didn’t even like being around myself. (And unfortunately, I have found that getting away from myself has been extremely difficult.)

Let’s not even talk about what my house looks like. Okay, fine – let’s do talk about it. Can I admit to you that aside from basic laundry and dishes, I haven’t cleaned anything in my house for several weeks? (Eek!)  The boys have kept up with their bathroom, bedroom, and living room chores, so that has helped tremendously. But do not ask to see my desk, my bedroom, or the kitchen floor. I could write my name in the dust on the piano (and on the hardwood floor in our office). It’s scary.

But hey – the book is almost finished. ;)  Maybe I’ll celebrate by having a party with my mop bucket. 

Messy self and messy house aside – I have to share how thankful I am for all of your encouragement about this book. Your enthusiasm as you wait for its arrival has kept me going. My family has been awesome and then some. When I’ve told the kids, “Just go warm up leftovers again.” – they haven’t complained. I can’t even begin to tell you how much Matt has done to make this book happen. I am so thankful for him!

Now that we’re so close to being finished, I am so excited that I still might not sleep! When a project this big comes together – it’s hard not to jump and scream throughout the house. Shucks, I should really use that energy to wash the butter splatters off the mirror in my kitchen. 

God is good. He has made this book come together. It doesn’t get any more real than that.

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  1. Tammy says

    You can write “God is good” in dust around your house!


    Lori Reply:

    Mine too! I am hoping for a rainy evening on Friday and all day Saturday to clean house while hte kids are with their dad!!


  2. says

    It’s all about priorities, right? This book is more important than some dust. The cleaning can wait. Put this baby to bed first! God wouldn’t want it any other way…


  3. says

    We just had a massive cleaning party because we got to host 7 college age girls from ABC college (…. we hosted their chorale in our church and oh man what a blessing… their is a time for cleaning and a time for putting cleaning behind you…. it will wait for you sadly :)


  4. says

    Congrats and thanks for hosting! What’s a little dust? My mom had a small saying that hung in her kitchen:

    My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

    Blessings, ~Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley :)


  5. Kim says

    Blessed to have my daughter in the kitchen helping me make bread and do chores, while my two boys are out cutting wood to heat the house. This is what homeschooling is all about, teaching life skills. Thank you for sharing, sometimes we feel like we are the only one’s out there struggling, but look at all those blessings!!!


  6. says

    I am so excited and looking forward to the book. Congratulations on the joy of seeing a long-labored process come to fruition!


  7. Charlotte Moore says

    CONGRATULATIONS on this big accomplishment that is almost over. Yes, unfortunately the dust, the mop, and all else will wait. )-: Wish it would go away on its own. Hahaha!!!

    BLESSINGS!!! So proud for you!!!


  8. Stephanie Leslie says

    God IS good! About a year ago, I decided to go back to school for teaching and have done wonderfully..GPA 4.0! It is not always easy, my husband will soon enter the seminary after graduating with a BA in business management. We are in our late 30s with an 11 y/o and 14 y/o daughters, we have a busy life. On the days we feel defeated…we pray and pray hard!! God always gets us through!!


  9. says

    Hi there! This is my first time joining in. I haven’t been actively blogging for a while, but I’m trying to do better, and thought this was a good way to start! And it’s an excellent reminder to be thankful more often. :-) I hope everyone is well in your neck of the woods!


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