I have some exciting news! I'm not sure if I have shared this before - but I have had a small piece published in a magazine! I am excited! It's wild to see my name in print! This is not something I ever would have imagined. My sweet friend Tami told me earlier this year that she was writing a piece for The Old Schoolhouse magazine (it's a homeschooling magazine). She was writing about Five in a Row quilts and was looking for others to share their story. I told her that I would love to participate and she allowed me to co-write the article with her. She is a delightful and encouraging friend.
I know that I've shared this before - I don't consider myself a "writer". I've never had much confidence in my skills and only started this blog as a means to communicate with others about Eliana. It seemed a great way to share news and photos. I never realized that it would become so much more. It has become a place for me to share the ups and downs of life with a special needs child in an open way. It has become a place of encouragment as many reach out to pray for our family. It has become a place where God is declared. At times too, I'm told that others are encouraged by my words and I can only credit God. I continue to be humbled that He would use anything I say to bless someone else. Truly, He is good!
I thought you might like a peek at the piece that I wrote and a picture of the quilt to go along with it. I actually have another quilt too - but don't have a photo of it at the moment. Maybe I can add that tomorrow. I've added the photo. This is a quilt that has been pieced for YEARS - but I haven't gotten around to doing anything more with it. It does with Before Five in a Row. Each square represents a different children's picture book.
I've had to remove the article. I didn't realize that the writers have an exclusivity agreement not to post or share in print or digitally for 180 days after the magazine was published. Sorry about that. If you are interested in reading it, let me know. A friend is sending a few extra copies of the magazine. Or, if you are really patient - I'll post it again in 6 months.
Maybe, just maybe I can do something with my writing. I'm not sure. I'm just trying each day to walk the path that God has layed before me. Sometimes I'm not even walking it - I'm being carried. I'm thankful that I'm not alone.