So here's a few of the "ups!"
1) My brother got married in April and we had a wonderful time as a family. I'm so glad that he found someone to spend the rest of his life with.
2) My book, Nebraska POW Camps, came out! I did several book signings and sold lots of books (though not enough to make much on the royalties!). It was great to meet so many people interested in this topic.
3) This is perhaps the biggest "up" of all:
I GOT AN AGENT.
I think I've been waiting for 10 years to write that sentence! It was so surreal how the entire thing happened, and I plan to write up a "when I got the call" story that we writers always dream about. Suffice to say that I am thrilled. I look forward to working with her.
For this year, I decided to pick a word that will shape the course of the coming months. And that word is: determined.
I am determined to work hard.
I am determined to lose this 15 pounds I gained over the last four months.
I am determined to pray more and to grow in my faith.
I am determined to quit whining and feeling sorry for myself.
I am determined not to let my health become my identity.
I am determined to listen to what God wants me to do instead of blithely doing my own thing.
Here's to a new year!