Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Slice of My Life

by Elodia Strain

Sometimes I have those moments. The ones where I know this whole writing thing was, not to be corny, but, “meant to be.” I had one of those moments tonight.

Some of you may know my story. Some of you may not. Not too get all spilling-my-guts-ish on you, but I have struggled with a painful illness and the related infertility for nearly ten years. I have cried when I pass the baby section in Wal-Mart with its onesies and teeny tiny shoes. I have curled up in a ball on my bed and sobbed, “Will my body ever find a way to heal itself?”

But then last year, through the tender mercies of the Lord, my first “baby” came to be in the form of black marks on paper. Suddenly, I had a way to flex what I like to call, “My Mommy Muscles.” I could sit at the computer and spend time thinking, learning, creating. And then I could send my “babies” out into the world and hope they have an impact for good; that they can give someone laughter, inspiration, gladness. I was beyond grateful for this amazing blessing and opportunity.

So about tonight’s moment: Shortly after 7 pm, I received some great news about my book from my publisher. Probably the best news I’ve heard all year. And I’ll admit it, as I took it all in, I cried. Cried rather like a proud mommy, I surmise.

And you know what? It felt great.

Thank you blog readers for reading this blog and for allowing me to share with you this little slice of my life! Have a wonderful day!


Marcia Mickelson said...

Elodia. That is so exciting. When I heard the news, I was so happy for you. I loved your book and you totally deserve this. What a great picture. I hope you're doing well.

For those of you who don't know, Elodia was given Cedar Fort's award for best new fiction author.

Tamra Norton said...

Congratulations, Elodia--YAY!!!! How very exciting! :)

Elodia Strain said... gals are so nice! I am doing well, thanks. And I just want to say, I love being part of The Ink Ladies! This blog really is the coolest. Thanks Marcia, for inviting me to join in. It's been awesome!

Stephanie Black said...

Congratulations, Elodia! That is AWESOME!

Robyn Heirtzler said...

Great news! Congrats!!

Josi said...

That's awesome, Elodia, congratulations! Those moments are priceless!

Doug Johnston said...

I was the proud presenter of this award. Not only was she a winner, she was the favorite book out in 2007. I have to read it now. If I had a camera when we mentioned her name, it would have been priceless. She really deserved it. Now where is your next book!!!

Michele Holmes said...

Congratulations, Elodia. How wonderful!

And I hope your other sorrows are someday joys as well.

Annette Lyon said...

Glad Marcia mentioned what the good news is--I was dying to know!