Two days ago, something really cool happened. At the end of a long day, I checked the mail. In it there was a letter for me from the Ensign. Except it wasn't a letter, it was a check! For awhile I had been wanting to write about Samantha. I keep in touch pretty well with an old BYU professor of mine, and before we moved, we planned an office visit so we could say goodbye. As he fed Callie her bottle and I juggled Samantha in my arms, I told him some of my ideas for books. It was a great visit. It was fun to chat, but he was also very encouraging and gave me some pointers. I had mentioned that I had wanted to write an article about Samantha. He really encouraged me on that...so when I got home, I started writing.
Last July I wrote a submitted the article to the Ensign. I was pretty pumped when I got a letter telling me that they wanted it. I was thrilled when I signed my contract. And I was really super excited when I got this check in the mail! Wahoo I tell you. (Not that it's much, but still. Someone is paying me for something I wrote. This is a wanting-to-really-badly-be-a-published-author's dream!) I hadn't told too many people about the article, because...I just didn't. But, I'm just really excited. They'll send me word when they decide what month they'll use it, but I'm assuming it'll be awhile since they usually have the magazine layed out and planned for the year. But yeah!