We went for a drive on Saturday, just our noisy family in the grey mini-van. Brian drove one-handed, his other arm stretched back into the middle row because our Joseph likes to hold hands with him when we drive. Brian’s arm was numb, Joe was looking out of the finger-print-covered window, wearing his oft-washed Nebraska Cornhuskers football jersey. The sight of Brian’s lined and callused man hands holding Joseph’s meaty, dimpled little boy paw made me feel like God loved me, it felt holy, it spoke to me about the miracle gifts of family and love and human touch, it spoke to me about the hand of God, about God with us, Immanuel. Why is that most of my greatest revelations come here, in the daily stuff of life? The sky was heavy and dark, but we were headed out.

We drove over a bridge, through a rainstorm, the river was spilling over its banks. We drove through the mountains to a small mountain lake, we tossed rocks into the cold water, a bald eagle swung low over the water, swooped up and out and into the tall trees, alone, and I did not envy that beast.

I was bowed low, with gratitude, with humble thanksgiving, with the sense that God was – is – up to something much, much, much bigger than me and my small life, my small words, but somehow there’s an invitation to jump into the story. This has been my year of Fearless, my year of saying YES to the invitations of God, big and small, and I said another YES this week, even though my voice shook a bit, I’ll be honest.

I watched Joseph hold his little sister’s hand as she toddled along the lake edge, his big sister picked wild flowers, Brian stood behind me, we talked about what to make for supper that night, and every once in a while, when I fell silent, he chuckled, he knew exactly what I was really thinking about there at the water’s edge. I was tossing pebbles, rhythmic, one after another, just trying to wrap my mind around this new truth: I have a book deal.

[sarah]

 

In which you are not forgotten
In which I announce 10 Book Week
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  • Yay! Congrats on your book deal! I can’t wait to read it!! Also? One of the sweetest pictures ever.

  • Melanie Curry

    Awesome news! Congratulations!!!

  • Congrats! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

  • rayhollenbach

    Well, that’s the best thing I’ve read all day–and the news about the book deal is pretty awesome, too 🙂

  • Woo hoo! So happy for you!

  • Laura_InTheBackyard

    HOORAY!!!!!!!  I am so excited for you, Sarah!  Is it too early to pre-order?  😉

  • Tiffany Norris

    Hooray–can’t wait to read it!

  • hopejem

    You are priceless!

  • Jaimisue

    you deserve it! your writing is awesome!

  • hmmm shivers 🙂 of joy! 

  • lindsholifield

    So proud of you. Much love!

  • Of course you do! I’m with Laura, can I pre-order? I can’t wait to read it!

  • Congrats!  I knew it had to be coming. So excited for you.. and for us!

  • Still so beyond words happy and excited for you!

  • Michele Henter

    So very happy for you!  It’ll be fantastic, I just know it!

  • kidspastorwife

    Congratulations

  • Love, love, love this!!!!

    So happy for you, my friend!

  • A beautiful picture. Congratulations!

  • Alysa

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

  • I thought to myself the other night as I was up in the wee hours, remembering your phrase “those who watch and wait and weep in the night,” that I really wish I could just curl up and immerse myself in a book you had written. Can’t wait. Congratulations.

  • That is WONDERFUL! Congratulations!!

  • Congratulations!

  • Yes yes yes! Congrats, mama. Rejoice, be glad, celebrate, and then do the good work. Amazing news and so well-deserved.

  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Beautiful! And absolutely deserved, Sarah. I cannot wait to soak up a whole book of this. 🙂

  • hoooooooooray!!!! Very happy for you and congratulations. I know your words and book will bless so many people. Thanks for being YOU.

  • YAYYY!!!! So excited!!

  • Dearabbyleigh

    YAH YOU DO

  • Marnie Johansson

    We all knew you would!  Can’t wait to read it, girl.  

  • Tara_pohlkottepress

    oh those holy moments ancher us so we can delight in the big ones, no?   CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

  • Congratulations! I can’t wait to buy that book! 

  • brenda shaw

    Hooray !!! I had no doubt this would happen for you !! surely you must know that i have been moved to tears once again..what a lovely life you and yours have !! Congratulations !!!

  • The best part about your story is the way you can so clearly give God the glory for all of the things he’s doing through you. I trust this book will be a blessing to many. Write on!

  • couldn’t be happier for you, sarah!  VERY excited to see where the process takes you.  congrats!

  • Congrats!!!! 

  • Lindsay

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂 So well-deserved.

  • How completely wonderful!  Congratulations, you deserve this.  Of course, you’ll keep us updated?  Because I can’t wait to read it!  I’m proud of you for saying this big YES.  It feels like the beginning of a new season for you, can’t wait to read about how it challenges you and the things you learn along the way.  And remember, it only seems impossible until it’s DONE.

  • Chrissy

    Hooray! So so wonderful!!! It is such a joy to watch God move you, with your shaking, trembling heart…and to see your heart transformed. So beautiful. 

  • Sara Thompson

    AUGHHHHH!!!  Of course you do, you fabulous mama!  xoxo

  • Handsfull

    :))  !!!!!!!!!!!!   :))

  • Fieldguidesandfairytales

    This is thrilling!  Wonderful news!  So happy for you, it is well deserved.

  • Heather

    congratulations!

  • Glenda Childers

    A big yes, indeed. Now more faith walking.

  • I’m not one bit surprised. Congratulations, may you feel His presence in the journey.

  • Paigeallentexas

    So happy for you!!! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Whoop woop! Awesome news! Very excited for you!
    Love the image of the big hand holding the small, and the love and beauty of the words that accompanied it. Praying that you will continue to feel God’s hand in yours as you step out further in this new venture.

  • O, Happy (Super Tues)Day!

  • WendyPaineMiller

    Congratulations!!! Had a gut feel on that one. Excited to read your book!

  • Yay! I can’t wait to read it!

  • Fiona Merrick

    Congratulations Sarah – what wonderful news! xxx

  • Of course you do. I am so happy for you sweet friend! Oh so happy to watch as Jesus pours out of your fingers. What a gift and calling all tangled in a lot of work!

  • Jocelyn

    Yay!  Very Exciting.

  • Janae Maslowski

    Congratulations, Sarah! 
    I am excited to read it.

  • Bree

    Congratulations!! 

  • pastordt

    YES!! Beautifully enfolded in these lovely, ordinary things. YES.

  • I actually sat here and cheered for you! Yay!! Congratulations!!

  • All tucked away there at the end, eh? LOVE! Congrats again, darling.

  • WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • And now I have chills throughout my body!!! Woot!

  • Mar

    so happy for you!  I hope it sounds just like this post … absolutely beautiful.  Love your voice. 

  • Congratulations!

  • So awesome, congrats!

  • So, so happy, Sarah – for you & for all of us, who will get to hold your words in our hands!

  • I love that your announcement is surrounded and supported by words of love – God’s toward you, your family’s toward each other.

    Congrats!

  • of course you do, love. it was only a matter of time. SO happy and proud!!! xo.

  • not surprised, only ecstatic. i also thought you were going to say BABY!

  • Congrats! Our daughter loves it when we hold her hand while riding in the car. Our arms, not so much.

  • Yay!!! Oh, yay!!! I’m doing a happy dance for you… that’s so wonderful!

  • Congratulations!!  So excited for you 🙂  much love

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  • Mum

    Oh Sarah, you always tuck in behind others.
    I am so proud & excited. You are my favorite writer, EVER!

  • Congratulations! I don’t think I have ever squealed quite like I squealed the day I got my book deal. 🙂

  • Very excited for you!

  • Helen Burns

    I am so incredibly excited for you Sarah… you are a ‘for such a time as this’ voice and I am so, so happy it is about to go a whole new place. Can’t wait to hold a copy in my hand.

    so proud of you. xoxoxo

  • I can’t begin to tell you how happy this makes me. I love your writing. I love that soon I’ll be able to buy copies of your book and give it away to friends. 🙂

  • this is such wonderful news! congratulations!

  • Alina Weil

    Wohoo! So looking forward to reading what you have on your mind.

  • Sarah, I’m in the beginning stages (that is, I’m staring at the stack of paper on my desk), about to start major revisions on a novel recommended by a wonderful potential agent who may or may not take it on. I’m scared, I’m worried, I wonder how I will do this well as a busy full-time mom to two active kiddos (oh, and I’m just getting out of the first trimester of pregnancy with our third child. Uhhhh…). I happened to read this yesterday, and well, thank you for the kick in the tush. Thank you for giving us a window into that wonderful feeling that you’re *there*–on your way in this awesome journey. Because your post is my goal, and there’s only one way to get there, right? Big ol’ congratulations–your writing is wonderful, and I wish you the best!

  • Sharon O

    SO exciting,,,can’t wait to read it.

  • Stephanie

    So incredibly thrilled for you. I can’t think of anyone who deserves a book deal more. Raising a glass to you, my friend!

  • lmmckay

    Congratulations Sarah! I hope that thought steals in at odd moments and peppers your life with joy for many months to come. 

  • Awesome! Excited for you!

  • Karla

    So proud of you.  One momma is cheering from the sidelines tonight!  

  • beautiful, wonderful news. Every writer’s dream. You are fortunate and I’m sure you’ll do beautifully.

  • Jenn

    Congratulations Sarah! I’m excited for you – your book will be awesome 🙂

  • Wonderful, wonderful news!

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  • kathyescobar

    oh yeah!  makes me so happy!!!  

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  • What a lovely post, and such awesome news! Congratulations!