I received a pleasant surprise yesterday -- my book! My publisher sent me the illustrations for my first picture book, A New Job for Dilly. This was the first time I'd seen any of the pictures in color. Lisa Oakman is the illustrator and she did a wonderful job bringing little Dilly to life. My boys are beyond thrilled. Nathan actually squealed when he saw it. Neil said, "Look, it's easy for kids to read too!" He was talking about the font. He learned how to read this year, so I was surprised he noticed something like that. Both of them loved it, so it passed with flying colors at our house. A New Job for Dilly is available for pre-order here. Last time I checked, the cover image wasn't up yet, so look for the title under the Available Soon section. It will be released before the end of April, but you can pre-order it now. It really is an incredible feeling to see your story come to life -- Go Dilly, Go Dilly!
I hope everyone has a great St. Patrick's Day. We're making little leprechauns in school today, so that should be fun. Other than that, we don't have any plans. The girls have youth group and Rick has his first fly fishing lesson tonight. Below is a picture from St. Patrick's Day in 2000. It's of Nichelle, Nicole & Nathan. That particular year we had an entirely green dinner, including green milk and green applesauce. Happy St. Patrick's Day!