Small Victories: Baby Steps

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Spring is so close. We can almost taste it. The trees have gone from barren to blossoms seemingly overnight. I’m sure we have nothing to whine about in comparison to the rest of the country, but the South is officially done with named snow storms and that unfortunate series of events known as the polar vortex. We’re ready for hot and humid. The daffodils are already out, clusters of butter yellow happiness saluting from my neighbor’s yards. These tulip trees are my favorite. I love them so much, I blog about them every year. I just can’t get over the color and the small victory it represents: when they start to bloom, I know spring is just ahead. We always have one last cold blast right after their color pops, then it’s officially spring. We’re marching, sometimes baby steps, ever closer to a new season. Can’t wait.

Since our kids have started playing organized sports, I’ve learned a thing or six about parenting. While we secretly long for our kids to be the star of the show, sometimes that isn’t part of the bigger picture. Ours aren’t showing tremendous talent in any particular sport yet, but they play willingly and have been blessed with wonderful coaches. Yesterday, our first grader took the opportunity to score a basket in the last game of the season. He started playing last year and didn’t even know how to dribble.  This year he came back to play with his same team and same coach and he really flourished. I was struggling to take a good picture with my camera (and never did succeed) but I decided to put my camera down and just watch. I’m so glad I did, because he scored a wonderful basket and the expression on his face was just priceless. He rejoiced all the way back down the court, a huge smile, arms thrust high. It was my favorite moment of the whole season. His coach was delighted, too. Sometimes it’s better to cast aside the need to document every single moment of our lives and just enjoy it as it comes.

Lastly, this is anything but small … quite humongous, actually … but my publisher sent me a sneak peek of my novel’s cover on Friday. Whoot! It was a surreal experience. One very significant baby step toward publication. I’ve only dreamed about it since forever and suddenly, there it was. I still can’t believe it. I have to admit my husband has caught me staring at the image on my computer screen a number of times this weekend. I don’t have the final approval to go public with it just yet, but I can’t wait to share Unraveled with the world very soon.

How about you?  Any small victories you’d like to share? I’m linking up with my friend Rachel today as she and Tanya co-host Small Victories Sunday. If you’d like to share your post, click here for details.

 

Comments

  1. Amy @ItsAMindfulLife:

    Hello Heidi:
    How exciting to be publishing a book and to get to see the cover for the first time! Much bigger than a “baby” step! Congratulations!!! Fun finding you on The Small Victories Sunday Link-Up!

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    • Heidi:

      Hi, Amy. Thanks for stopping by. Glad we could connect through Small Victories. Yes, very exciting to see that cover.

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  2. Farah:

    That’s awesome! All parts are actually! I can’t wait to learn more about your book!!

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    • Heidi:

      Thanks, Farah! I can’t wait to tell you all about my book. 😉 Glad we could connect through Small Victories.

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  3. Farah:

    That’s awesome! All parts are actually! I can’t wait for spring to get here!!!

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  4. Sue at Book By Book:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment…and congratulations on your upcoming publication! How exciting.

    You are soooo mucky to be seeing blooms and color outdoors now. Last week, i noticed the first signs of crocus and daffodil green shoots poking up and a few snowdrops blooming, and today and have yet another snowstorm and yet another snow day off from school! Enough already! We are normally considered to be in the south here in Delaware, but this winter started early and seems never-ending!

    Thanks for sharing your pics of flowers and blooms – I can;t wait to see more than white here!

    Sue

    Book By Book

    Book by Book is now on Facebook!

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    • Heidi:

      This winter does seem never ending, doesn’t it? For all our buds and blooms, there is freezing rain in the forecast. Boo. Oh, well. I guess in a few months we’ll be whining about the heat and humidity. 😉 Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Rachel:

    Thanks for sharing on the #smallvictoriessunday linky. So excited for you and your new book. I am clinging to the blooming daffodils as they call for a wintry mix once again. Spring is coming!

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    • Heidi:

      You’re welcome, thanks for introducing met to small victories Sunday. It’s so beautiful today, hard to believe there might be still more winter ahead. Boo. Have a great day, Rachel. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  6. Hi Heidi,
    Thanks so much for linking up with our Small Victories Sunday linkup. It’s been so fun meeting new-to-me bloggers. Fantastic news about the book, I cant wait to hear more about it. I am so ready for Spring too! Congrats to your son on his basket and so glad you witnessed and savored the moment with your own eyes.So many times, I try to get the perfect picture, when many times it’s more important to just watch. I hope you continue to link up with us every week!

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    • Heidi:

      Thank you for the warm welcome, Tanya. I met a few new-to-me bloggers through Small Victories Sunday, as well. I hope to be a frequent participant once this book baby of mine is launched into the world. Take care and thanks for stopping by.

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      • Good luck with the newest baby 🙂 I imagine they are quite demanding but worth the effort, just like human kids. 🙂

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        • Heidi:

          Thanks, Tanya. 🙂

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