How’s The Book Going?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years, you may remember I started writing a book in 2016.

I picked away at it in my free time over the past few years, and I’m literally so close to being done with the first draft. I’ve been saying that for months because I haven’t worked on it in months!

Life has been busy, but I haven’t given up on my little writing adventure. I recently took a peek at the document and saw that I was a little over 81,000 words into the book.

I didn’t think I could just jump back into writing without rereading the whole book since it had been a few months since I last wrote so I took a plunge and had my draft printed as is.

I ordered from a website that binds and publishes books for a great price, so I didn’t feel too bad spending $10 (including shipping!) to have a copy of my almost-finished book printed, coil bound (for easy editing!), and shipped to my door.

Girl holding first draft of novel

Jimmy and I were leaving the house and there was my book in our mail slot! I had him take a picture to commemorate the moment 🙂

Now I can have the book physically in front of me as a hard copy to read and edit. After I do that, I’ll work on finishing this baby up! I can’t wait. At the same time I’m crazy nervous and also dreading the editing process. I have all kinds of feelings about this, basically 😉

As I mentioned before, I’m not sure if I’ll pursue publishing it. It just depends on whether or not I like the story line and how I wrote it. I’m okay with that because it has been fun to explore different topics through the creative outlet of writing. We’ll see!

Just wanted to give an update since I’ve had a few people ask if I’m still working on it!

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A Busy Weekend + Sick Sadie

I knew the day would come, and I’ve been dreading it. Sadie has her first cold and it’s breaking. my. heart.

Our little gal woke up with a scratchy throat and some congestion. She’s just the most pitiful little thing when she cries. There’s not much we can do to treat a cold besides try to alleviate her symptoms, watch for a fever, and snuggle.

Family picture with baby on mom's shoulders

She seems to be in good spirits despite the sickness, so that’s good news! I think this is harder for mama than Sadie, but that’s probably the way tough things will go as she grows up 😉

Our weekend was a fun and busy one! It kind of felt like it started on Thursday because we were able to see my parents and hang out for a bit! Here’s the rundown of our fun!

  • Thursday: my mom and I took Sadie to the mall (we had a great experience in Altar’d State–they were super accommodating and let me nurse Sadie in the dressing room and even gave my mom and I bottles of water!) and my dad came over in the evening and we ordered pizza. After they left I wrapped up a work project, which was a relief.

The Christmas decorations were up at the mall!

  • Friday: Sadie and I visited Jimmy at work! This has started to become a weekly occurrence and we’re loving it. My father-in-law and his wife came over in the evening to visit and they gave Sadie a bath. So cute!
  • Saturday: I worked a little in the morning and we went shopping with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and swung by our favorite grocery store to grab some chocolate. Amy recommended this brand, so I had to check it out!

My sweet sister-in-law walked around At Home with Sadie in her carrier!

  • Sunday: we went to church and our friends from church (Hi Miss Laura and Mr. Dave!) graciously baby sat Sadie while Jimmy and I visited our friend in the hospital. After evening church, there was a fellowship and we also trained my sister and her husband to do some church duties.

Jimmy and Sadie before church!

It was a great mix of family time, getting out and about, and even a little bit of productivity sprinkled in between!

I’ve been back into the swing of real estate work, though my schedule looks different these days. It’s a balancing act of fitting in work here and there, but I feel so thankful to have such a flexible schedule and the ability to work for my family’s business. God has been so good to me.

Sadie was reviewing my work 😉

We also did some reading over the weekend, which included Sadie’s first sign language book, this book that I can’t read without crying, and the first draft of my book! More on all of that in another post, though!

Tell me about your weekend!