Sunday, March 20, 2011

Angels Come In All Sizes


Let me forewarn you that there will be very little information about writing today. Frankly, I’m sick of it myself. I got my copy edits for Liver Let Die a month ago, and they’re due at the end of the month. Book 2, Beef Stolen-Off is due April 1st. After writing like a mad woman for two solid months (I’m a crisis junkie, remember. See my post on February 21 - A Twelve Step Program For Writers), I’m finally ready to relax.

Anyway, with all this on my plate, I had 2 full manuscripts to edit for two friends who are also my beta readers. How could I say no?

Then on Thursday, I got the call at 6:45 am that my daughter-in-law was in labor. After driving to their house to pick up my 2 year old granddaughter, I rushed home and showered and left hubby to babysit while I drove like a speed demon to the hospital. I barely made it there before she gave birth to an 8’3” beautiful little girl.

All through the pregnancy she and my son said they were thinking about using Anne (after my mother who's in heaven) as a middle name for their new baby. As if that didn’t already choke me up, I find out the name they picked when they saw her is Alice Elizabeth. Talk about tearing up. I felt like I was the one with the screwed-up hormones.

Anyway, as you can see, Alice is beautiful. After a bout with jaundice and a stint under the bili-light, she and Mama came home on Saturday. Abby, my DIL, had big plans to make the transition easier for Ellie, the 2 year old sister, but like everything in real life…stuff happens! We writers know it as the black moment.

On the day they went home, Ellie came down with a 102 temperature and the doctor said she shouldn’t be around the newborn. So, I’ve had her for 4 wonderful days. She’ll go home tomorrow, but she’ll be missed.

Oh, I forgot to mention, Alice was born on St. Patrick’s Day–the day my sister Theresa died many years ago. My nieces and nephew refer to it as Theresa's heaven birthday, and this year she was 13 years old. I tell you this because yesterday I received a note from a good friend who recently lost her own sister to a devastatingly quick illness. I had sent her a note and mentioned how she now had her very own angel looking after her from heaven just like I did. It touched her and she wanted me to know.

My point in all this—finally, you say—is that no matter how stressed we feel with our writing and everyday lives, something happens to make us realize we are so blessed, even in our grief. My friend gained a heavenly angel and I gained a real live one.

Life is good and will bring my friend some peace in time. As for me, I have a new grandbaby to spoil!!

And that’s my blog for today. I was so touched by everything this week, I had to share. And now I have some more great news. We have two new bloggers joining us at M & M, and boy, are we excited.

Anita Clenney is a debut author who has a suspenseful paranormal romance coming out in May with SourceBooks. You can preorder it here. She is currently writing a cozy mystery.

Barbie Jo Mahoney (Witek) is knocking at the door with her Middle Grade and YA stories and her cozy mysteries.

Since April guest slots have already been filled, we’ll start the new schedule in May with Liz on Mondays, Anita on Tuesdays, Kari on Wednesdays, Cassy on Thursdays, and Barbie on Fridays. In the meantime the two of them will share Fridays and tell you all about themselves.

So join me in welcoming Anita and Barbie to M & M and ask them anything you want. Now’s the chance.

9 comments:

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Awwww, such a sweet baby girl! I love babies :-)

And yay, I am sooooo psyched to add Barbie Jo and Anita to the blog. They are going to bring a lot of great info for our readers and a whole lot of fun!

Just wait until you see our new header, folks! It's gonna rock.

Tonya Kappes said...

Lots of fun news today! Congrats, Liz on the sweet baby and name sake! How precious. And you get to spend more time with your other granddaughter!! Have fun today.

Welcome to Anita and Barbie Jo. I'm excited to learn more about them.

Donna Cummings said...

Liz, congrats on the new grandbaby (and namesake). It sounds like the perfect respite from all the writing you've been doing. :)

Anita, and Barbie, welcome. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun here.

Liz Lipperman said...

Kari, she is sweet. I just kissed Ellie goodbye as she's on her way to brighten up my DIL's day. She's missed her so much.

And I can't wait for our readers to meet Barbie and Anita.

Liz Lipperman said...

Tonya, you are an early riser, girl!! I love it that you always head to this blog in the mornings. You're a loyal friend. I keep telling you - anytime you want to come on and tell us about your books, let me know.

Tonya and two other authors write the Naked Hero blog at http://thenakedhero.com/

Check it out.

Liz Lipperman said...

Donna, you are another loyal follower. Thanks for joining us this morning. Donna also writes a great blog, and you can find it at
http://www.allaboutthewriting.com/

Lindsay said...

Congrats on the newbie Liz.
Anita and Barbie welcome. It should be an interesting experience with you both here

Anita Clenney said...

What a darling Liz! And you got her for four days...lucky grandmother.

And thanks for the welcome to M & M. I am honored and thrilled to be here in such fantabulous company. This is a rockin' blog.javascript:void(0)

Cassy Pickard said...

How to welcome so many all at once! Alice is gorgeous, but how could she not be- look at that family!!

Barbie Jo and Anita we three are so excited about your joining us. It's going to be a blog even better than it's been up to now--and that's pretty darn good!

WEll, believe it or not it's snowing here. Tapering off to rain. An actual big snow is supposed to come in on Wed and Thurs. But with news such as we've had today on the blog, spring is truly here.

Thanks, Liz. You are wonderful to share.