The idea of writing a children’s book started almost 9 years ago while rocking my then few month old son. He had the hiccups and I started making up a story about a little boy with hiccups and how he tried a few ways to get rid of them, but nothing seemed to work. I won’t share details or how it ends because I want you to read it for yourself (and to your kids) when my book is finally finished with all its illustrations and published. That same day I thought to myself, “I should put this in writing and publish a book!” This stayed as an idea until just a few months ago!
I had made a lot of excuses, but I’ll admit now that I simply allowed fear to cloud my mind. I didn’t think my silly idea of a book was even worth putting into writing let alone attempt to get it published. I was way too caught up in its success or worse yet – its complete failure. Add to all of this anything and everything that has happened in my life these past 9 years. I had convinced myself I was either too busy working, too stressed and tired of being a stay at home mom, or simply too distracted with other things that I felt I needed to get a handle of before starting anything – even a short and very simple kid’s book. What a bunch of excuses!
Fast forward to the end of 2015 when I FINALLY got myself together (shout out to God) PHEW. All those excuses – out the door and out of my heart. I also realize now that because I had been SO back and forth in my short adult life about SO many things, I am relieved that it’s now when I took the step forward to start writing and publishing this children’s book. It wasn’t an immediate call to action, but it’s been a steady and consistent path forward. I have a lot of ideas for more children books, and it’s exciting when I sit down with a good cup of coffee (or tea lately since I’m prego with baby number 3) and start putting those ideas into writing.
It all comes down to this: No matter the outcome, I am focused on how much I genuinely enjoy writing and sharing, and I’m thankful to God be in a place in my life where I found a way to do both. That place in my life is as a happy stay at home mom and wife whose free time looks very (very) different than it did just 2 to 3 years ago. After having dedicated my time to my home and my family my free time is now spent praying, reading, and writing. It all fell simply into place – not a chaotic mess of a place – when I prioritized my days and my goals the right way – according to His will. The first part of Ecclesiastes 3:11 sums it up perfectly, “He has made everything beautiful in its time …”