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Friday, January 15, 2010
January 15, 2010 – OH! Happy Day!
I interrupt my daily "God Calling" blog post to share some exciting news about my day! When I arrived at home from work there was a large box on my front door step. I hadn't ordered anything recently so I assumed the box was for Steve. As I put my key in the door I noticed the words "Caregivers' Devotions to Go" in bold letters across the shipping label.
I hurried inside and dropped my bag on the counter. My heart pounded. Our yellow Labrador greeted me with his usual tail-wagging kiss. When I turned back to retrieve the box, Donovan (the lab) was saying (in his excited dog-speak) "What's in the box? Is it a biscuit? What's in the box? Is it a bone? What's in the box? Is it a toy?"
I ripped open the package and retrieved a copy of my book! I danced a jig with Donovan!
YES! It arrived today. It's real! I have a book in PRINT! "Caregivers' Devotions to Go" is here! It's absolutely bright and beautiful and I love it. I saw my name on the cover and opened it to read the first few pages. I cried. This labor of love had finally arrived and I was holding it in my hands!
I think I'll remember January 15th for the rest of my life! (I probably will since I have a strange memory for dates!) J
I called Steve and shared the good news. I emailed my publisher at Extreme Diva Media to thank them for the book. Then I called my sister Kathy since she contributed two devotionals to this book. My prayer partner Karen received the next call and we laughed about God's timing and purpose in all of this!
We had a marketplace ministry banquet for our church tonight so Steve grabbed a few copies to share the good news. Pastor Gini Smith was the first person I gave a copy. She has been such a blessing to me and a wonderful care giver to thousands!
Fawn – a beautiful woman who sat next to me at dinner asked if she could buy one when Steve showed the book to everyone at our table. (He is so proud of me – and I am thankful for all the time he has given me to write.) Although I wanted to gift this copy to my new friend, she insisted on paying me. Thanks for being my first buyer! Steve gave his other copy to our friend Dottie.
It was a joyous day and I'm excited to share this book with you. You can order it at my publisher's website at http://www.edmbookstore.com/ or on my website at http://www.gigimurfitt.com/. If you already pre-ordered it you should be receiving your copies in the mail over the next week.
Thank you so much for supporting me with this, my first book! It is so exciting for me and I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope we become friends as I share stories from my life. I'm learning something new every day and have so much more to learn. Have a blessed day!
In 2010 I blogged through the devotional God Calling edited by AJ Russell and published by Barbour Publishing. I was amazed how something written in the 1930's spoke to me in 2010. That's how God's Word is. Alive! Check out some of my blogs from 2010.
The publisher of my first book (Extreme Diva Media/See Media) started calling me "The Caring D-I-V-A" and has created an acronym for Diva:
D-I-V-A = Devoted, Inspired, Valued and Authentic.
I'm Gigi Murfitt, a woman living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest - U.S.A. who loves to write. I'm married to a wonderful man named Steve Murfitt. I met him when I was sixteen years old but it took ten years for us to get together. We celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary this summer.
We have two amazing sons. Zane graduated in May '09 from WSU. In June '09 he married the love of his life Kelsey Ryan. Gabe is a third year college student. We have a true apple cup rivalry in our house with Zane and Kelsey loyal to WSU and Gabe loyal to UW.
Our other family members include our rambunctious yellow labrador named Donovan McNabb and our one-eyed cat named McGuire.
I have a huge extended family with nine siblings and about 65 immediate family members. We grew up in Big Sky country.
I hope to use this blog to write encouragement to my readers.
Visit my website at www.GigiMurfitt.com to keep tabs on my writing and speaking career.
My first book "Caregivers' Devotions to Go" was released by Extreme Diva Media in January 2010. I'm finalizing the manuscript for my next book which I hope to see in print by the end of the year.