If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may recall that I wrote a prayer on February 15, 2020, asking for guidance and strength as I undertook a new book-writing project. I had no idea that a month later the whole country would be closed down due to a pandemic. Nor could I have guessed that serious illness would afflict our family, leaving me unable to write for several months.In the darkest time. I feared I would not be able to complete the project.
Then, in the Christmas season, came the miracle. Physical weakness, anxiety, and depression lifted, and I found my love for the book return. I am still thanking God for renewed health and strength.
My friend and co-author Marilyn McEntyre stood by me through all the hills and valleys of our writing project and through my personal struggles. Her steady, calm, reassuring voice on the phone every week was an anchor. Her prayers and lighted candles penetrated the many miles between us. She helped me find the courage and hope I needed not only to help my family, but also to recover myself, to empathize more deeply with the struggles of other grandparents.
I started writing because I was enjoying grandparenting and wanted to share ideas with other engaged and energetic grandparents on the search for fun and meaningful activities that would make good memories. I never lost that goal, but I was able in the last four months to add new chapters about pain and uncertainty and endurance, also part of every grandparent journey.
So what has happened to the book?
Two days ago, Marilyn and I submitted the almost-final copy to our editor. In the next few weeks we will have one or two more chances to make tweaks. Then the book goes to production. Then to galleys when we can make only small changes. The next stages are very exciting, and I hope to share them with you.
In the meantime, I know I am writing to many grandparents. I’d love to know what you care about most and what would make you want to read a book about grandparenting. Are you facing challenges? Have you found ways to have fun that you want to share? All contributions are welcome!