There have been an amazing number of events in my life that felt surreal. When Sarah drove the food truck home the 90 miles from Brown City Michigan to Brighton Michigan - that felt surreal. When Maddy and I moved into our very first apartment alone and safe, that felt surreal. The first time Sarah and I were interviewed on the radio - surreal. Seeing our pictures in Woman's Day magazine - ULTRA-surreal! And now this book. The fact that I actually saw it through and it is being published - feels surreal.
So, why do so many things feel surreal? I think because they are miraculous events that have happened to a very ordinary woman. They are resounding proof that, no matter how much I know I don't deserve to be loved and cared for by God, I am loved and cared for by God. I have lived a life in which the evidence of His presence has far outweighed any doubts I might have harbored in long ago days.
I don't take these things lightly, either. I am awed and hushed and overwhelmed sometimes by the magnitude of the miracles I have seen. Every single time I have a need - God fills it. Just this very week, we had to end an unfortunate partnership that had seemed so promising. We had a few good months, then realized it was not going to work out. We were sad and began the process of moving our supplies out of the building we were sharing. We were very much feeling a need and desire for our own space where we could continue teaching and working for our nonprofit, 180.
On September 9, the day before we had to have our belongings out of the building, I received a call from a friend about a potential new location. On September 10, we moved our stuff out. On the 11th, I called the gentleman who had a building, and he was delighted to talk to me and very eager to see how we could work together. It could potentially be a far stronger partnership than what we had in place before. Surreal. Even if it doesn't work out - I know there will be other opportunities for us to consider and grow.
I am so blessed. I am so excited at the thought of the new adventures that will accompany becoming a published author. I am so happy YOU are along for the ride. It's gonna be amazing!