Well, it’s December 31st. The last day of 2017 and what an amazing year it has been. There have been some ups and there have been some downs but I have been incredibly blessed to have experienced more of those happy ups and less of those sad downs.
One of the most exciting milestones in my life came November 7th when my first book was published and released for sale. From the Premier Author Training event with Richard Paul Evans in March to actually holding my first book in my hand, what a wonderful journey it has been. It wasn’t all easy – not by a long shot – but the final results were worth all the concern, worry and fret that ensued during the editing, formatting and publishing experience. To cap everything off in the most perfect way possible, the book launch event for Jane Austen Celebrates was a singular success with a HUGE thanks to my family and friends who came to celebrate with me. I especially appreciate my family journeying from Abilene and Rockwall to share in the day as well as friends who came from as far away as Arkansas. Friends from church, the Jane Austen Society, work colleagues, the list can go on. I can’t begin to tell each and everyone one of you how much your coming meant to me. A BIG thanks too to Ann Dean who prepared the most amazing spread of food and it was so pretty and colorful too! Thanks to Cody Jolliff, Nash Farm Manager, for making sure the house and grounds looked their absolute best. The weather chimed in too and was absolutely stellar. I couldn’t have asked for things to have gone any better. That day will forever hold a very special place in my memory and heart!
And now it’s time to turn to 2018. Who knows what adventures this year might hold? I certainly never dreamed what would be happening in 2017 and the same can be said of 2018. I’ve started the research and preparations for writing, Fully Involved. It’s a very special endeavor to me and my goal and prayer is to bring the depth of the Fire Service brotherhood alive so everyone can gain an even deeper appreciation for these amazing men and women who define the heart of a servant. A continuing thanks to Abilene Fire Chief Larry Bell (my brother!) for his untiring willingness to answer questions and provide insights into the behind the scenes lives these public servants lead while on duty. I’m excited to really dive in and get started on the book as the author adventure continues.
I have been incredibly blessed with amazing opportunities and look forward to seeing what additional adventures the Lord has in store. The very best blessing are my family and friends and to each of you, the very Happiest of New Years with a 2018 full of love, happiness and the very best of adventures.
Until next time . . . see you in 2018!