In the past 10 minutes, I have:

1. Scanned Facebook and clicked on Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Artificial Food Coloring, realizing after reading it that the only safe things to eat in the world today are tree bark and air. And the tree bark might be questionable in some states.

432x3242. Then I clicked on this post from Shannan, saw a house for sale in her Indiana neighborhood, scrolled through all 26 photos of said house (three times) and decided maybe we need to move there because gorgeous hardwoods and Stars Hollow.

3. After reading that post, I clicked over to Tsh’s blog because any minute she will be revealing her new design/blog name and that’s just fun.

4. Then I shook my head and came back here, having things to tell you but not knowing where to begin.

5. Then I started to get on Twitter but made myself stop because I’m a grown up and I can do this.

By “this” I mean get back into the swing of writing.

John and I have had hours and hours of conversation about the state of our souls lately – about what is true, what we most deeply desire for our family, our marriage, and the art we make together.

I want to share so much of it with you but I haven’t had the white space to put it into words quite yet as much as I desperately want to.

It’s only been 43 days since A Million Little Ways released and I’m feeling a little thin (unfortunately, I don’t mean that literally). It has been a great month, a fun month, a month of celebration and relief.

It has also been a full month. For example, here is a stack of all the books I’ve received in the past 30 days – either from an event where I’ve served as a speaker or in the mail from authors or their publishers:

October 2013 booksIt’s a great representation of how this month has felt for me: stacked up high with good things, but a little overwhelming at the same time. (This is also one of the reasons I love what I do – lots of beautiful books on my doorstep).

I don’t think I can adequately thank you for your kind support of Million – but I’ll try anyway. Thank you for reading the book I wrote. Thank you for sharing it with your friends and family. Thank you for offering thoughtful reviews, blog posts, and tweets. Thank you for buying tickets to The Barn (what I know will be my favorite event of 2013). Thank you for wanting to buy tickets to The Barn. Thank you for eye contact when we meet in person, questions around event tables, your presence in the comments of this blog. Thank you for following along for 31 days of Living Art. Not just following along, but sharing your own art and living it, too.

It’s lovely to watch.

I will continue to try to keep you updated on where I see the best prices being offered on the book (right now it looks like DaySpring is the cheapest at $9.99).

If you’ve been wanting to follow along with the Bloom Book Club but have been falling behind, I’m working on getting all the videos on one page here on the blog so you can watch them at your own pace. They already live on the book club page over at (in)courage, but I thought bringing them here might help you out.

I also wanted to let you know even though we missed sharing Things We Learned in October, I want to bring it back at the end of this month so start taking notes on the things you’re learning and prepare to share them with us at the end of the month!

In contrast with the stack above, here are the books I actually had to pay money for this month:

books I paid money for this month

The Gift of Being Yourself by David. G. Benner – Picked this one up at the Renovare retreat last week. I loved another book of his, Sacred Companions and have heard good things about this one.

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey – Been meaning to read one of his books for a while now and saw the kindle version of this one is only $2.99 right now. Great timing!

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink – Ordered this one to read out loud with the kids. We’ve read two chapters and really enjoy it so far.

But you must know the majority of my reading time has been spent with my nose in one of these two books:


I know. This is my life.

This, and picking winners. Well, having Jamie pick winners, anyway.

We have winners!

I’ve hosted a few giveaways on the blog over the past few weeks and finally have some winners to announce.

Hannah wins Reeve Coobs new release What Love is All About. If your name is Hannah and you entered the giveaway, you’ll know you’re the winning Hannah if you have an email from Jamie in your inbox.

Rachel Franklin wins the $100 Barnes and Noble gift card!

Andrea Noles wins 10 copies of A Million Little Ways! Christmas gifts, book club, so many options for you and your 10 books, Andrea.

That’s all for now, friends. Glad to get the writing wheel spinning again.