Hi, I'm Wendy!
Even as a young child I dreamed of being an author or journalist. I wrote poems and essays, filling scraps of paper with words that I knew would never go anywhere. Still, I thought of the day that maybe - just maybe - I would be able to hold in my hands something that I had created myself. Something that the world would read after seeing my name on the front cover.
I grew up the tenth of twelve children. As such, my life was busy, loud, and active. My young years were filled with games of Frisbee golf in the backyard, Lego house competitions with my cousins, and re-enactments of the great pirate battles of the past. Though health problems took away the easy days of my childhood (read my book to find out why!) and threatened my teen years, my love for and dream of writing never weakened. "You should write a book!" I heard often. Because I had no plans to begin writing anything big anytime soon, I would just smile and answer "Maybe someday!"
I was always waiting for the perfect time, the perfect moment. I was waiting for life to slow down just long enough for me to catch my breath, but that time didn't come. While I still dreamed of the day my book would be released, the time to write it never felt right. Enter, COVID. Suddenly I was temporarily laid off, with doctor's orders to not leave the house for weeks. On day two of what ended up being a five-month summer break, I sat down with my laptop. "Okay," I thought to myself, "let's just write and see how far we get." Within two weeks I found myself writing chapter five, and I realized that my memoir had been born. Suddenly writing a book seemed to be an achievable goal. Four months later my book was being edited and a cover photo was being created. A month after that we were in the formatting stage and I was feeling like I had no idea what in the world I was doing. But I knew one thing - my dream had come true.
My desire for God to take the ashes of my past and create something beautiful that would bring hope to others was being fulfilled before my eyes. All I could do was be still and know. Know that all of the chaos in my life meant my book was finally coming out. Know that now I could - finally! - add "author" to my name. Know that, truly, all things work together for good. And know that it's time for a little celebration in my life because sometimes dreams do come true in the most ordinary yet miraculous of ways.
Due to recent health events I am spending most of my time at home healing, so you can usually find me snuggling with my two rescue dogs - Whistle and Bitsy - or doing a little too much online shopping. Is that the Amazon truck I hear?