This morning I’m trying to write a post for a blog I’m guest posting on. My problem? I really like this blog. It’s the most helpful and inspiring writing blog I’ve ever seen. Therefore, I feel kinda like someone who’s going to go and talk with their favorite celebrity or something and I want it to be perfect. And y’all know me. I’m passionate about what I do, but I don’t generally consider my writing perfect. (“Don’t generally” as in never…)
And, it doesn’t help any that I lost track of time and didn’t answer the blogger’s email until five days after she sent it. Ooops. When I looked back at the email this morning I kinda got this sad, sickish feeling and set to work right away on the blog post.
I’ve been feeling continually behind recently and I don’t like that feeling. I’ve decided there is no way I can possibly do all that I want to do, so I pick and choose what to focus on. Only, some times the stuff that is important falls through the cracks and it’s not very cool. I’m guessing y’all can relate to that.
Over all though, over all, life is great! It really is. I’ve been able to hang out a lot with some really great friends and my amazing family so that really fills up the memory bank quite fast. Plus, I have a fantastically busy week at work, but it’s fun work and I feel so blessed to be able to do it! And, of course… Autumn.
What about y’all? What have you been up to?
Actually, it’s about the animals of the Ice Age. I learned so crazy much during the week. My lovely parents had already done all the research for the book and it was my job to help decide how to tell the story. Plus of course I threw in my cool (< haha) little ideas about the book having a cave bear showing up throughout the book and doing things like drinking hot chocolate. (Really, you’ll just have to read the book for yourself when it’s released…)
WE SIGNED THE CONTRACT FOR OUR ICE AGE BOOK THIS WEEK. Um yeah, I think that just might be the reason. Can y’all believe it? I’m so excited! (And goodness, aren’t I good at not telling the news until I’m allowed to?)
So, who’s publishing it? Master Books, which is a part of New Leaf Publishing and also the world’s largest creation-based publisher. Master Books has been around since 1975 and has published a lot of Answers in Genesis books. I’m so very happy about this!
I can’t hardly wait to share the title and the cover of the book with y’all. The book is supposed to be released sometime next year, but we’re not sure about the exact dates yet. My dad did the illustrations for the book and they’re really cute! Here’s one, just to kinda tide you over until I have more I’m able to share with you. 😉
*I’m dropping the ‘adopted’ for the rest of the post. 🙂
|Me with an armload of books for the first time. Pure joy, right there, folks!|
|Signing my first book with my bro cheering me on. 🙂|
|My adopted parents and me getting a picture with our new book after a long, tiring, exciting day.|
|The beach in Hawaii the morning I found out my book was going to be published|
For those of you who don’t know who the Ten Boom family is, I’ll give you a quick overview:
The Ten Boom family lived in Holland in the town of Harlem, in a narrow house over a watch shop that had been in their family for several generations. During WW2, Corrie ten Boom, who was in her 50’s at the time and a watchmaker herself, became very involved in the underground work. At this time she lived in the Beje (their nickname for the house, pronounced bay-yea) with her father, and older sister, Betsie (I actually have a sister who was named after Betsie ten Boom). Their house was a kinda in-between house where Jews would stop on their way to some safer place. Eventually though, they had a group of Jews that stayed with them because they didn’t have anywhere else to go.
One day the Ten Booms were betrayed by a fellow Dutchman and the Beje was raided. the family was taken to prison and eventually to concentration camps. Thankfully, they had built a hiding place and the Jews and some underground workers were able to hide there (more about this tomorrow).
After the war, Corrie traveled all over the world, sharing about God’s love and forgiveness. She even went as far as to turn the Beje into a home where Dutchmen who had betrayed their fellow countrymen and turned them in to the Nazis could come and stay. She also found out who it was who had betrayed them and wrote to him when he was sitting in prison, about to be killed for his war crimes. She told him what he had done to her family and how she forgave him and then she told him about Jesus’s love.
We left our cars quite a ways from the Beje, and were walking all over Harlem, trying to find the house. I hadn’t realized we were so close to the Beje, until someone said “There it is!” And I realized I was standing just across the street from this history and loved filled building. I had been recalling and telling stories to my younger brother about the Ten Boom family during our car ride to Harlem, and it felt so amazing to be standing on the very street corner where these accounts had taken place. The watch shop is a jewelry shop now and they had watches displayed in the windows, which made it feel almost as if time hadn’t really passed. It was a marvlous experience.
When we first went in, we were in the dinning room, and my first impression was “Wow, this is so small!” How they able to fit so many people in there, I have no clue. I remember how Corrie often mentioned how crowded the table would be when everyone was gathered around, but I hadn’t realized just how crowded it really was. There were so many of us in the room I didn’t get many good pictures, and then after we left the room, they said we weren’t supposed to take pictures, so sadly I don’t have many.
I was standing there, looking at the table, then I looked out the window and I saw how we were about nine feet up from the street, and that’s when I was suddenly like “OH MY GOODNESS!” Because I could very clearly see in my mind the scene where they were sitting around their table with all their Jews and suddenly they saw someone’s head right outside their window and they kinda freaked out since generally people couldn’t see in the window and hence it being safe for them to have the Jews eat with them. Right away they had begun singing happy birthday and acting like they were having a party so the person wouldn’t think anything unusual about so many people being there, then they realized that why he was so tall is because he was on a ladder, cleaning the windows. It turns out he had gotten the address confused and was cleaning the wrong windows, but they were still scared for a while that he was really spying on them.
I can’t describe how it felt to remember that part of the book while standing in the very room it took place in. I wished I could have just spent all day, or all week, walking around the house, reading the books and imaging them taking place there.
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Check back tomorrow for the next part of my trip to the Beje! And don’t forget to get more entries for our European postcard-tour giveaway! As always, when you share about the giveaways it really helps me! Thanks so much for passing the word along, y’all are great!