wellness, gratitude, and a book

Jul 9, 2008 | Life in Progress

mom is on the mend and she will be just fine. breathing a huge sigh of relief around here as i was quite worried. still a mystery what was/is going on but she’s getting better, and will likely be back to work and craft in a couple of weeks. thank you again for all the wishes for wellness. don’t know what i would do without my mom. she is very much in the center of my (and my sister’s) life (in the best of ways). just like most moms and daughters, we’ve all been thru a lot together and are each others greatest fans 🙂

i will say, though, that the distractions continued today with more studio time, lunch with mati, a mini celebration with andrea, and several hours of reading my very own book, cover to cover. yep, you heard that right. the advanced copy of my book arrived today! people, it’s gorgeous. totally gorgeous. and i have all the people at northlight books to thank for it. yes i do. i am thanking my bootie off for so much today. for wellness. for moms. and for editors who i adore. for book designers and contributing artists and for indexers and copy editors and on and on. i was worried i might be too critical of it (we are, afterall, our own worst critics), but really i just loved the experience of seeing it in my hands, holding it close, and actually reading the words i worked so hard to write. and i cried at the end. the last paragraph particularly tugged on me.

so yes, the week is turning into thankfuls. i am so grateful for all of it.

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (23 comments)
  1. Jeanne

    so glad your mom is feeling better and way to go on the book!

  2. stephanie T.

    i tagged you for a ‘blog award thingy’ so more people come here to read your wonderful words…and buy your book!
    I can’t wait for it to arrive!!

  3. Vanessa Voss

    good to hear your mum is getting better, and big congrats on your book. must be an incredible feeling holding it in your hands.
    I adore your photo also 🙂

  4. asnipofgoodness

    Can’t wait to see the book! congrats!!!!

  5. Michelle

    Just pre-ordered my copy…cannot wait!

  6. Anonymous

    So glad to hear your mom is doing well. Can’t wait to get my copy–already ordered. I’m thrilled for you–must be so fun to hold your book!! Enjoy!!
    Penny in Missouri 🙂

  7. * mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella *

    Glad to hear your Mom is doing o.k. and you feel relieved.
    And the book!!! Exciting for sure and I cannot wait to hold a copy myself..

    Kudos to you, Kitten.

    xo Rella

  8. Serena

    Firstly, it’s wonderful news that your Mum is on the mend. I so relate to your sentiments on her being a focal part of your life.

    Secondly, congratulations on holding your published book in your hands! What an awesome feeling it must be! I am looking forward to receiving my copy also ~ 🙂

  9. Steph

    Wonderful! And thank you for the camera links.

  10. MeMe

    So glad to hear that your mom is doing better. (Sigh . . .) What a scare!

    And the BOOK! Can’t wait to get my copy.

    Blessed day, Kelly . . .


  11. Jenni

    I’m so glad that your Mom is doing better. I know that must be such a relief for you.

    And congrats on receiving the book! What awesome news all around! Can’t wait to receive my copy!

  12. christine

    So happy for you, Kelly. You deserve every last bit of thankful and joy. xo


    wonderful news all around !!!!!

  14. Lina

    SO glad that your mom is feeling better and on the mend. And i cannot wait for that book to arrive on my doorstep!!! I am so excited for you!!

  15. Jools

    Congratulations on your book Kelly! Your blog is always an inspiration. And good news about your Mum!

  16. nelda ream

    So glad to hear your mom is alright. I can hardly wait to see your book.

  17. Marilyn Rock

    Happy to read your Mom is on the mend. Still thinking good thoughts there. Oh; I cannot wait for your book to arrive at my door!

  18. Imelda

    Glad to hear Kelly.

    I’m soo looking forward to the book. Hope it come before I go away for 2 weeks. I’ve reccommended that my friend checks it out too. She has a side business making memory books so I think it could inspire her in the design and decrating process.

  19. cherry girl

    So glad to hear that your mum is going to be fine.

    I pre-ordered a copy of Taking Flight yesterday and I can’t wait to read it when it comes out! You really are an inspiration and once I read the book I know that I am going to feel that way even more!

  20. liz elayne lamoreux

    this is all such goodness. i am so glad that your mom is on the mend! and it is simply awesome that you read your book today and held it and that you experienced the joy that comes with creating something you love.
    bravo my friend, bravo!

  21. Carmen

    Great news Kelly! So glad you mom is doing better.

    Your book is in your hands? Woooooohooooo! I can’t wait to have it in mine! Congratulations again. I always leave your blog feeling so inspired.



  22. amy

    such a lovely feeling comes from your words.. and that gorgeous photo. i am so pleased for you.

  23. Dana

    Sounds like a great day overall. 😉

    I can’t wait for your book myself!


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