There are moments in life you just never forget. Faces, smells, sounds, spoken words. Those moments don’t happen often. But when they do, you cherish them. You hold them in your heart and carry them around with you and pull out the memories when you need a reminder that you are loved . . . that you have people. Last night was one of those moments for me.

I’ll be honest. When we planned the release party for A View from There, I was apprehensive. I told Matt I wasn’t sure it was a good idea. What if no one showed? What if we ordered all the food, rented all the party rentals, planned out all the plans for nothing? I was scared. Plain and simple.

And then last night finally came.

If the number of people that walked through those doors to celebrate with me wasn’t enough, their kind, encouraging words sent my grateful heart soaring. Never have I felt so humbled and so blessed and so thankful in my life. Never.

So if you were a part of last night, whether you were there in person or you called, texted, or messaged, can I please say ‘thank you?’ Thank you for being there. Thank you for buying my book. Thank you for supporting me, encouraging me. Thank you for being excited for me. Thank you for sharing all this with me. Thank you for loving on me. Because that’s what you did. You made me feel loved.

I don’t know what will happen with A View from There. I dream big. Always have. But I can’t tell you what the future holds for it. I can, however, tell you this. If you are waiting for a prayer to be answered, and it’s been months or maybe even years, and you want so bad to throw up your hands and give up, DON’T. (Sometimes run-on sentences are ok, people.) I can tell you from experience, press on. Even when you are weary and so weak that you’re losing your grip on the last bit of hope you have left, don’t you dare give up. The next breath you take could bring with it the answer you’ve been praying for.

Stop telling yourself that God has not forgotten you. Stop believing He has deemed you unworthy. Stop wondering if He has turned his back on you. Sometimes the absolute hardest thing to say to Him is, “I trust you. I’ll wait.” But do it anyway.

Here’s a little recap of last night. It was such a beautiful time for me. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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