We are a week into the new year and I haven't posted anything yet. That's not because I've been twiddling my thumbs. I did take one day off this week and pretty much slept all day due to a bug my husband generously shared with me, thank you very much. Otherwise, I've been trying to cram as much into this month as I can.
Normally, I have a list of things I want to accomplish during the winter, start on it in October, and try to finish by April. I don't have that luxury this year as I am scheduled to speak in 13 schools in February and March, beginning February 1 and then one more to finish up on May 10. I'm scrambling to get my 2016 pictures scrapbooked this month. If I can get those done, updating the family and friends books can be worked in later in small doses. There are also other things to take care of this month such as getting the papers filled out to file taxes, a writing project to work on, and a dress to sew---if I get that far. These all have to be fit in around the usual housework, volunteer and babysitting days, and other appointments. I'm not sitting around getting bored!
Sometimes I wonder if I've done anything worthwhile with my time. Sure, I wrote some books but have they done anyone any good? I get a report twice a year on the sales of my books but hear from very few readers.
I was blessed at the end of last year to be forwarded two letters that came to the publisher. The first one was from a lady in Cuba who wrote (in Spanish) after reading the Spanish translation of Sandi's Anchor of Hope. She enjoyed the book and was introduced to the Mennonite church through it. She called it "a beautiful book."
The second letter came from a man who read Aaron's Civil War. I don't know where he lives but he said he saw the book in the gift shop of a restaurant in Lancaster and was attracted to it because of his interest in the Civil War. He wrote that he did not realize until he began to read that this was a true story of a real person and he was moved to tears at the end. He was touched deeply enough to write a thank you note for the book.
I don't expect or even want to hear from everyone who reads one of my books, but it is nice once in awhile to know someone was touched deeply enough to come back to say thank you. I was being tempted to say it's time to retire. But now I'm encouraged to go on doing what I can to spread the Good News of hope and salvation. I'd rather wear out than rust out.