It’s been a rough month, I’ve got no lies to tell.
I’m sorry for being MIA for so long without checking in here. I have been posting some on Instagram, but otherwise, I’ve been swimming in the deep waters of my book trying my best to finish on time. It’s due this weekend so your prayers would mean so much. Thank you for checking in on me, sending me notes and emails and texts. You so mean the world to me and I can’t thank you enough for the ways you’ve blessed and encouraged me. For the past 6 1/2 years that I’ve been writing in this space, you’ve seen the best parts of my life. My book will take you to some of the worst. In advance, I pray that the words I’ve struggled so hard to write will give you hope, that you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt to what extent your Father will go to see you redeemed. His work in my life has been nothing short of a miracle.
Going back to the hard parts of the past has been grueling and painful but freeing and necessary. But to be honest, I’m ready to write about cakes and boots and unicorns. AND? I do have a few great new recipes to share with you soon. I also have some super AWESOME stuff to share with you in my upcoming newsletter, which goes out at the end of this week. If you haven’t subscribed, you’re gonna want to. I’ve commissioned a friend of mine to do an awesome printable for us as a free download, along with the meal plan and a short writing sample from my book. Sign up here, dear friends!
To illustrate the current state of my mind, I went for 6 out of 8 days where I wore this outfit. Please don’t judge. I did shower and change other garments (ahem), but it just seemed to hard too hunt for different clothes when these were laying right there on the chair by my bed.
I may need to be supervised and possibly placed in assisted living for a short time after my manuscript is turned in.
On the bright side, I made the BEST EVER BEEF STEW, which you should totally make this week for your people. This is how I apologize profusely to my family for what they’ve had to endure the last few weeks and months. This is like love and forgiveness and absolution all in one pot. It’s the glory of October. It’s the one pot wonder of the world. But, I digress.
We either serve it with cornbread or with garlic toast. Either way, this is so unbelievably good. Is it the bacon fat? the wine? the cream? I don’t know but what I do know is, Stevie as much as asked if we could renew our vows after I made this. #trueloveeats
Coming soon to a blog near you when said blogger has turned in her book and slept for two weeks straight—braided bread or challah. THE BEST! Holla, challah! (as my Instagram friends pointed out). And it’s so fun to bake for company because it looks so fanciful and precious. Also, it’s one of my very favorite things in the entire world to make and eat.
In other news, I went to Allume last week and met up with my editors and some of my favorite people in the world. I slept very little, danced very much, was encouraged and inspired to keep on trucking, and hugged so many familiar faces that have made my life so full and rich.
It reminded me that we belong together. You and me. What we have here on these internets is pretty special. Sophie’s keynote will do your heart good because it will remind you what an honor it is for us to be a part of each other’s lives. I want to honor you. I want to honor my other writer friends. I hold you in the highest esteem and want you to know that I am cheering you on. Thank you for showing up everyday in the lives of your people. And thank you for showing up in mine.
Love you and see you soon,
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