Terri and I became friends.
One day she asked me if I would be interested
in reading a chapter of a book she had written,
The MC is a young girl who decides to go to golf school
to keep her family from falling apart.
What? You say you just read a book about the same thing?
I didn't think so.
And on it went...
We've exchanged a lot of emails since that first chapter.
She has shared a lot of her frustrations,
as well as highs, in the process of publication.
(I think I drove her a little crazy when it came to knowing the actual publication date.)
She had the patience of Job.
I don't know how many ways I can ask,
"Soooo...do you have that date yet?"
I would have been sending emails.
I would have been calling.
But she waited.
I've learned a lot through Terri,
but the thing that stands out right now is
that getting published takes a lot of patience.
Our teen pastor recently spoke about what decides where you end up...
"Direction--not determination--decides you destination."
Although, I think determination can help quite a bit,
we can want something will all our heart,
but if we don't take steps in the right direction,
we will not reach our desired destination.
Terri is a perfect example of someone who kept facing the right direction.
She never lost sight of her goal.
Despite rejections, she kept trying.
So now, I want to officially say...
(I know...I'm a little late.)
I really owe a lot to Terri Tiffany.
She has lit the proverbial fire under me!
She not only encourages me,
but she challenges me.
I recently had the privilege of meeting her!
This photo doesn't do her justice. She is beautiful inside and out.
Hubby and I drove all the way down south to have dinner with her and her husband.
Yes, we drove 1500 miles just for dinner!
(Okay, maybe we were on vacation.)
We ended up spending several hours talking.
It was like we had known each other for years.
I guess we have.