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I’m so glad you’re visiting me!

I wish we could meet up at Starbucks and chat, our heads tipping toward each other as we share in all the glorious, difficult, beautiful things of life. We’d talk family and style and books and movies. We may even delve into dream and fears.

But for now, this will have to do. Do you see that smile on my face in the picture at the top? It’s genuine. I don’t smile often—not because I’m unhappy, but because I’m usually living in my head. Living my characters’ lives. Having conversations with them and putting them in situations that break my heart, but strengthen theirs. But, when I pull my head from behind my laptop and I notice the moment—live it—I smile.

At that moment, my darling daughter was prancing around me in her shorts and favorite rain boots. My other children were running around, screaming and laughing at their cousin’s birthday party. And my husband—my greatest love—was winking at me over my sister’s shoulder, stars in his eyes as she took my photo.

For this moment, know that I’m pulling myself away from my work and thinking of you. Praying for you. Hoping life pours blessings over you. If we ever meet, I promise to really see you. And then I’ll smile.