Blog Tour #4 – My Adopted Parents and Me

Guess what I get to talk about on the Blog Tour today? My adopted parents*! Yea! And in honor of that, I thought I would share some more fun stuff here, because really, one post can’t come near to covering it all! To see the Blog Tour stop for today (which I must say is quite interesting!) Click here.  
(*I’m going to drop the word ‘adopted’ for the rest of this post)

My dad and I working on fiber-glassing our newest dinosaur model. – May 2013

 My dad is so extremely talented! I can’t even imagine having as much artistic ability as he does. Watching him build the dinosaur model and getting to help with it left me pretty much in awe. He would just look at it and say “This doesn’t look quite right” and next thing I knew he’d have the problem fixed until the beast actually looked as if he were alive! Not only can he build dino models, he’s also a great taxidermist, can paint absolutely beautiful pictures, does amazing drawings, writes songs that are stunning, can play instruments crazy-well, built his own log cabin, and… I think you get the picture. 🙂 He’s also so nice and a totally great people-person. Kids absolutely love him, well, just about everyone does, actually!

My mom and I all happy when getting to see a proof copy of our book for the first time! May 2013

I have so much fun when I’m with my mom! When we’re at the Museum I have the best time hanging out with her. Mom and I laugh together a whole lot, it seems we can always find something funny. She’s also a great cook, I have fun sitting in her kitchen and watching her when we’re at the cabin. She makes one of the best-looking cakes ever called a chocolate-mayonnaise cake. She’s extremely adventuresome, I get to hear all sorts of tales of her doing things like kayaking through the Everglades, journeying across the USA with dinosaurs, camping in Alaska and that kind of stuff. She’s also amazing with taking pictures, something which was very evident while trying to find pictures for this post because I have hardly any of the two of us together! She and Dad work together as such a great team. I can’t imagine keeping track of everything like she does. She is amazing!

Me almost crying with joy while holding my books the night of our book debut. There had been a problem with the printing and we hadn’t known if they would be ready in time. – June 2013

 They both have been very supportive and helpful with me as far as my writing goes. They’ve encouraged me, mentored me, co-authored a book with me and everything in-between. I’m so thankful to have them as my parents!

My parents and me the night the book was released, after everything was done. We’re all exhausted! – June 2013
I love getting to stay with them, being with them always gives me new ideas for books! 
My mom and me at the Mega Answers Conference. – July 2013
Whether going to a conference, building a dinosaur model, staying at the Museum, being on live TV, camping out in a cave or just being at the cabin, life with my parents is very fun and adventure-filled! I thank God for them each day and feel so blessed to have be able to call two of my biggest heroes my parents. 
My dad and I being interviewed on live TV. – August 2013 

What about you? Does this sound like an exciting life to you? And make sure you don’t miss out on today’s Blog Tour post!  And, remember, you can still enter this giveaway!

Cricket and me driving to the Museum after they picked me up at the airport. – October 2013

Please Note: I only talk about my ‘adopted’ parents in this post, not my other family, because that’s what this Blog Tour is about. Just know my other family is totally, 100% amazing as well and I could go on and on about them! I’m so very, very blessed to have two families!

**Please Note: I do not necessarily endorse everything on the blogs during this tour**

Finally! Mega Conference Week

Ah, yes. So here I am, finally getting ready to tell you some stuff about the conference from last week. It was epic. The end. No, I’m just kidding, cause yes it was epic, but that’s not the end, that’s just the beginning, and if I’m not careful here, this post is going to go on way to long, so I will shorten it.

a cool thing from a neat store nearby

We left our house at 5:47 Monday morning. (Yes, now y’all realize why I say I’m going to have to cut out some info.) ::Insert big chunk of information dissipating into thin air right now:: ….So, after the most exciting car ride of my life we were at the conference center by 4:00 p.m. to get set up.*

Setting up the sound and all for my adopted dad’s** music was a lot of work, and so we didn’t have time to go get supper before the meetings started at 6:30. Plus there were  lots of people who wanted to meet dad and kept coming up to the stage (while he was doing his soundcheck) to get him to sign stuff and get pictures. It was sweet. There was even one guy who wanted Dad to sign his guitar.

When Dad was finished with his singing, he was telling everyone about his DVD’s and CD’s, and he told them about my book as well. He was like “My daughter, Lydia (Note: That’s the name I published the book under), just had her first book published and…” And then he told them a little bit about it and had me stand up (I was in the front row) and turn around and wave to everyone. It was pretty cool.

I asked for green beans instead of
noodles at Red Lobster. Boy was it yummy!

So people started buying my book. That was a wonderful feeling. Now depending on who you are, this may or may not seem like a lot to you, but between Monday night and Thursday morning, I sold around 80 books. I was maybe a little bit happy about that. (That seemed like a lot to me, in case you were wondering.)

All throughout the conference I had people coming up to me wanting to talk to me, have me sign their books and even get their pictures taken with me. I was somewhat in shock by how many people actually knew who I was by the end of the meetings, and how many of them wanted to talk with me. And goodness! They wanted to get their picture taken with little ol’ me! That was about beyond my comprehension. Oh yes, and one of the crowning moments of the week: A family came up and wanted me to sign the t-shirts they were wearing. No joke. It’s like “Wow, I think I really am an author!”

The whole week… It was seriously a dream come true, but I didn’t realize it would be coming true this soon. Plus, for some odd reason, I always thought I’d feel different or something when I finally was a published author. I thought… Well, I’m not even sure what I thought. Maybe I thought that I would feel like I had ‘arrived’ or some such thing. Now I’m realizing that most likely, I’ll always be striving to reach the next level and I’ll never actually be ‘satisifed’ where I am. Not that I’m not happy with where I am, just that I feel the pushing and tugging and yanking to do more. To climb higher. To accomplish what I was born to do. Yeah, major bunny trail, right there ^ folks!

a group of kids wanting to talk to dad

There were also some people who wanted to take us out to eat throughout the week. Ok, so they actually wanted to take my parents out to eat, and since our family is a package deal, I got to tag along. Most of the time I didn’t say much when we were out with other people, it was more interesting to just listen to the conversation instead of joining in.

On Wednesday was my dad’s birthday. Ken Ham had him come up front and everyone sang happy birthday to him. That was cool.

One day during an afternoon break, we drove up into the mountains so we could savor the beauty. It was really peaceful and I enjoyed it immensely. I’d heard my parents talk about the Smokey Mountains for several years (they’ve been at the same conference center before, I’ve just never been along with them), so it was nice finally being able to experience them for myself. Plus, just being in the car with the windows down was wonderful, because I can’t even describe to you how much I like having the wind blowing in my face… It’s just amazing.

in the Smokey Mountains 

Sometimes you meet someone and you’re like “Wow, we just connected really quickly and you’re so much fun and I just want to talk with you and meet up with you again and goodness, you’re a very interesting person and whoa, we’ve got stuff in common, why can’t we live closer to each other and that is one of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen, can I hold him?” Or, maybe you’re not like that when you meet up with certain people, but I am. Or at least I have been like that once.

I met Susan a couple of weeks ago when I was down at the Creation Museum with my parents (actually, I met her when we were over at her in-law’s house for supper). She’s amazing. Therefore, I was totally thrilled when I found out that she was going to be at the conference along with her adorable kid:

Yep, that kid. ^ Adorable, right? I know, now y’all are wondering if I really did meet him, or if I just googled “top five cutest kids in America” and his picture popped up. Well, deep breath everyone, but here’s proof: 

Getting to hold him

 See, so he really is my friend. And not only did I get to hold him at the conference, but I actually got to take care of him for a little while. No joke, peoples. This little guy was in my specific care for probably about 45 minutes. Yep! That’s right folks, aren’t you wishing you could have been in my shoes now? I had a whole lot of fun. (Alright, in all reality he was sleeping the whole time, but it was still cool!)

Wow, I’ve got a ton more to say. Like a ton. But, I realize this post is getting overly long, so with this happy note, I will end my saga of how I survived the conference.

*The car ride wasn’t really that exciting, only it did rain most of the time.

**For the rest of the post I’m going to drop the ‘adopted’ before I speak of my adopted parents, since it should be obvious who I’m talking about.

Answers Mega Conference

Guess where I get to go next month? Answers Mega Conference! Yikes! Can you imagine how much fun that’s going to be? Me getting to sell my books? Fun, fun, fun! It will be a really amazing experience, because I’ll be able to learn so much. I love learning about Creation and other christian apologetic type thingys…
Goodness, I must have worn off some on my puppy, Novel, because she even likes that kind of stuff. I kid you not. Look at her. That’s a DVD of Ken Ham giving a talk. Novel’s got her head resting on the computer so she can see better. Crazy, right? 

Maybe Novel likes all the references Mr. Ham gives to the different dog kinds. Or maybe she likes it because she got to visit the Creation Museum when she was a little bitty puppy (not that she was ever actually that small). Or maybe she figures that since her name is Novel and she belongs to a writer, she should try and be interested in the things that I’m interested in. Anyway. Maybe the real answer is that she doesn’t understand of think of any of those things and she was just trying to figure out what was going on. That explanation sounds boring though, so I think I’ll go with one of my other ones.

So, are any of you going to be at the Mega Conference? It would be great to get to meet some of y’all there!