So much has been transpiring in my little corner of the world lately, I hardly know what to do with myself. I feel like the fact that I possess a body and that those pesky laws of gravity just won't let up are the only things contributing to the sad reality that I'm not orbiting the stars at this very moment.
Thank you all -- each and every one of you -- for sharing your hearts and thoughts in your comments on my previous post. You've touched me, moved me, and inspired me immeasurably. Honestly and sincerely. To brand new visitors and those of you who have been here from day one, and to everyone in between. You own words have made me excited, giddy, and wanting to spend a small fortune buying plane tickets to give each of you big hugs in person. It's so exciting to me to be witness to the ways in which my own story intersects and resonates and rings with yours. And I love that you allow me a bleacher seat to see what's going on in your worlds, too. I consider myself ridiculously blessed these days.
Deep breaths now ... I have some very exciting news to share with you!
About a month ago, one innocent little blogger [that would be me] shared with her audience about a wonderful gift she stumbled upon at Starbucks one day: the StoryCorps Listening is An Act of Love boxed gift set (see original post here). Not long after the post was published, I received an e-mail from Marisa, a marketing & communications coordinator at StoryCorps thanking me for sharing the news about StoryCorps and the book and letting me know that they had linked back to my blog from their website. Too cool, right?!
Now wait. It gets better.
Today, Christianne and I had the good fortune of receiving an e-mail from Marisa letting us know that she had found Christianne's blog through my own and that StoryCorps was going to be in Orlando -- just a hop, skip, and a jump away. There is a book-reading event on January 12 and the mobile recording booth will be stationed in Orlando from January 10 through February 2.
You might also remember from yet another post that I will be visiting Christianne in Florida from January 29 - February 2.
What?! HOLD. THE. PHONE.
Allow me to do that math for you. It seems that in a beautiful twist of events, the following has transpired: I secured an amazingly good deal on a round trip plane ticket from Seattle to Orlando, for dates which also happen to work well with Christianne's school schedule. We're both deeply passionate about story and have fallen in love with the work StoryCorps is doing in particular, both desiring to be involved with that work. During the time I'll be there, it just so happens that StoryCorps is going to be there, recording people's stories. And we've been invited to participate in our own mobile booth recording session.
Thank you both for your very kind words of encouragement and support. I'm very excited for you to interview together in Orlando. If you are unable to get a spot by calling on the morning of 1/11, email or call me and I will see what I can do. We will get you in there!
I've been squealing since I found out [and I am not normally the squealing type]; we most certainly could not have orchestrated or coordinated all this so perfectly ourselves. I've lost track of how many times I've used the phrase over the moon today [those words are not a regular part of my vocabulary]. I am blissed and blessed, my socks are knocked off [see photo above]. It all seems incredibly surreal.
I can't help but think this is only the beginning of something big and amazing for us both; that somehow God is at work directing our paths as we surrender ourselves and our gifts to Him [as the One who gave them in the first place], using our collective love for story while simultaneously weaving us into the great and glistening fabric of His own.
fabulous green socks on my bed photo by kirsten.michelle
If you're at all interested in StoryCorps & the wonderful work they're up to, I encourage you to find one of the links in this post or on my sidebar and take a listen. You'll be moved, I promise. Please support the work they do & if so inclined, share the love and tell others about it too!