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I'm still here.

Hi.

It's me. Deanna.

I feel as if I need to re-introduce myself. :)

Sorry I didn't show up yesterday.   Amidst making sure all the bases are covered at church and NextJob,  I'm taking a few days off here and there for family time during Christmas/New Years, and to accomplish some projects.

Lost Daughters just got a book deal! That's right, Lost Daughters, "the book" is coming! An anthology of our work is being published, in book form, for the whole world to read.  Yeahhhhhhhhhh...super excited about that, and the LD sisterhood is in full swing preparing for this monumental endeavor. To say I'm excited to be a contributing writer on this project doesn't even begin to describe my feelings.

I'm on deadline for a few articles that are due the first week of the year. Not complaining! Writing is what puts the wind in my sails. And, gives me a little money for hairspray.

Most pressing on my mind right now is finalizing my personal adoption blog. It's about 3/4 of the way there, almost ready to publish. I set a deadline for myself but I'm not gonna tell you what it is, just in case I don't burn the midnight oil enough to get there on time. It's not for lack of effort. I have made huge strides this week.  Many nights I have been bouyed by my friend, Gayle. She has believed in this from the very beginning.  And Amanda Woolston, founder and editor of Lost Daughters, has been an endless wellspring of insight and support.

Would you also pray for me? (Thank you!)

I am on the verge of something I can't accurately express to anyone, but it's the most amazing thing ever. And, if you would have told me a year ago that I'd be headed in this direction I would have told you to get your head examined. But here I am.

So many twists and turns and unexplained side streets to get here, but I have ended up at a destination never imagined yet one I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is right.

Sometimes, he is Jehovah Sneaky. :)

Thank you, God, for sneaking up on me and giving me an unforgettable season of surprises.

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