You know how when you’re a kid and you get back from summer camp, the first day home is a major bummer? We can all remember back that far, right? Well, I’ve laughed several times at the day-after-the-high feeling I’ve felt today. Not a major bummer; but noticeable, nonetheless. Cause yesterday was totally awesome! I decided to offer my book for free for the first full day it was available. I believe in this book, so I figured the goal was just to get it out there and then rely on word of mouth. Well, in the fourteen hours in was advertised as free, it was downloaded 1,265 times. And when I Facebooked about how fast they were going, a friend did something I would never have thought to do and checked the Amazon Kindle Best Sellers’ List. And I was on it! In the free category with hundreds of other books, 31 Days to Lovely made it to #5 in Religion/Spirituality, #3 in Christianity, and #1 in both Christian Reference and Christian Meditation. God just never stops surprising me, y’all!
Today was much less eventful. Although, I have heard from a few of you who are already enjoying the book. I cannot even begin to tell you what that means to me! Tonight, I took half of my first set to dinner. My anniversary date with Bay Bit reignited a Mommy and Me Date Night tradition that I had sadly let fall away. Cuddle Bug was the last of the big kids to have a date; but we’re now making this a regular Friday night tradition, so they’ll each get a date once a month.
To kick-start communication, I’ve asked each of them about their goals and dreams. I asked Lil Prince what he dreams about, and he somehow steered the conversation to video games and I was forced to smile and nod because I really had no idea. But, at some point, he said something so funny that I laughed out-loud–really loudly. At that, he giggled and grinned from ear-to-ear. “You’re so funny, buddy!” I said.
“You know why I am so funny?” he asked, still giggling and beaming.
“Cause I dream lots of jokes,” he said, “there are lots of jokes in my dream!”
“Yeah, and I’m so funny cause I just say the jokes from my dream!”
A little later in the evening, I started telling him about a famous evangelist after whom he was half-named (he was named after a grandmother who shared a name with an evangelist). About thirty seconds into my description, Lil Prince’s eyes widened and his jaw dropped. “That’s IT. Now I know it!!” he yelled (and I shushed him).
“Now you know what?” I whispered.
“Now I know what I’m going to be!!”
And then I melted all over our nachos.
Tonight, I sat with a very grown up looking Cuddle Bug. Every last one of my
kids big kids are grateful, conversational joys when they’re alone. We talked about life and love and how she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. I love that, since “doctor” only means helper to her and is in no way associated with income. I told her that I’d always wanted to be an agricultural missionary, and she asked me when I was going to get around to doing that.
On the way home, we stopped by the gas station to pick out an $.89 candy in lieu of dessert (can’t beat that!). She grabbed her very first bag of Pop Rocks, and I’m only sad that I missed her expression on camera. She finds joy in the little [popping in your mouth like a science experiment] things! I think she gets that from me!