So last week I got on a plane, by myself, and flew to California with my dream in my carry-on (stuffed in there with a weeks worth of clothes, three pairs of shoes and not nearly enough hair care products for my long curly hair.) I went to a Writers Conference in the mountains near Santa Cruz. I had my completed manuscript, elevator pitch and a whole lot of people praying for me back home.
For the past two years I have been working on writing a book about how our family came together. It is the inspirational true story of how we went from the multiple losses of miscarriage, stillbirth and the death of our three-week-old son to the multiple blessings of becoming a mom through birth, domestic adoption, international adoption and IVF surrogacy. My goal is to offer hope to those struggling in their family building journeys and show them there is more than one way to become a parent. Because of my experiences I can meet them in their grief and help them through the process, praying for them along the way.
The trip was a wonderful experience. I took workshops on writing, learned about publishing, met with agents and had dinner with editors. I came away with TWO publishers that requested to see my book proposal. So if you see my kids playing in the street or if they come knocking on your door begging for food, just help out! I’m trying to polish my manuscript before sending it in…thanks!
Of course I have to give a shout-out to my parents who watched Cassie and Callie for the week and my husband who took care of everything else. Thank you! Stay tuned for the next “What Really Goes on When Mom’s Gone” post.