Tuesday, May 10, 2011

book launch celebrations...

It was months ago...that an invitation arrived in the mail.

We had faith that the books would be off the press by May 6th...and that we would have something to celebrate.  We did!

We left our aprons at home and met at Lovella's on Friday night for a fabulous evening.  Charlotte and Betty came from Manitoba...Ellen drove up from points south...and all ten of us and our hubbies (we were short one of those!) enjoyed a wonderful time together.

Their shop became our banquet hall for the evening...where we enjoyed a feast that went on for hours!  We started with appies...and coconut prawns straight out of the pan...and made our way through the buffet that included BBQ'd Cornish hens, cabbage rolls, an assortment of veggies and salads and ended with fresh fruits and rhubarb pie ala mode.  Though we eventually finished eating...we girls still had work to do.  There were stacks of books that needed signing...and by the time we were done, we were all more than ready to call it a day.  And the hubbies had long since finished with all the shop talk!

It was a wonderful, relaxed evening together.  And here is what I will always remember about that night.  Before we began our meal...we prayed together.  Charlotte speaks German beautifully...and prayed in German (both high German and low German).  Ellen said grace in the Russian language.  And then we all stood together and sang "Praise God from whom all blessings flow..." in four-part harmony.  And when the last note was sung...and the room was all silent...there were tears!  We were gathered together to celebrate the goodness of God...this was the most meaningful part of the evening.

On Saturday we were all up bright and early and off to our respective stations.  We were signing books at Lepp Farm Market in Abbotsford and at Winks in Chilliwack.  And so we split into groups...and spent a little time at each place.

It was so good to have friends and relatives come out and offer their support.  For the most part, I have no photos of those who showed up to buy books or have them signed.  But I had to laugh when I realized that I had three such pictures...all of friends with the name Karen!  The Karen in the top photo drove several hours to have her books signed (well, maybe Mother's Day had a bit to do with it as well!).  The bottom-left photo is taken with the three farmer's wives and Karen of BC Holstein News...she's planning to feature MGCC sometime soon.   And later in the afternoon my friend Karen stopped by to pick up a book for a Mother's Day gift.  And those were the Karen's who came out on Saturday!

Last night we were were at a book launch party...hosted by The House of James in Abbotsford

They ran out of books before the evening was half-done...but no one seemed in a hurry to leave!  We  signed many a book...and met so many wonderful people...and were  blessed by all the words of encouragement.  We know God is using this book in many ways...and we are humbled and honoured to be a part of it. 

While we were busy signing books...there was a group gathered around a TV screen nearby...and keeping us informed as to how the Canucks were faring in faraway Nashville.  There was no doubt as to who had won when the game was over.  The hooting and hollering and blowing of horns began in earnest!

And when there were no more books to sign...we signed Canucks towels.  What fun!

Today?  I should be catching up with every thing that has been put on the back-burner.  Instead I am joining the group of ladies that meet at church every Tuesday to make blankets...to share with them a little about our time in Kenya and what an impact their blankets have on children in a faraway place.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


  1. How brilliant, Judy. Your book is going to be a special blessing, I'm sure.

  2. Oh Judy! I hope that you have time to rest at some point very soon. You must be tired. I loved seeing the pictures, reading about the praise time you all enjoyed, the prayers. It's all good. Hope that you gals will give us the inside scoop on signing books. Do you ever make a mistake? *GASP* What happens then? Do you have instructions? Do you sign as requested or do you do your own thing? Just something I thought about while reading this morning.

  3. Goodness Gracious! What a fabulous weekend you had! So full of blessings! And you are still going and blessing others today at the church! You MGCC are such an inspiration and soooo fun too! Thanks again for signing my copies and making the best ever lettuce wraps!

  4. House of James really set the stage well for all of you. That's great that they ran out of books! Love all your photos!

  5. Wonderful job, Judy!
    It was a very special evening, and you captured it well- in photo and word!

  6. Congratulations. And how wonderful to join in hand and in faith together to celebrate.

  7. Congratulations. And how wonderful to join in hand and in faith together to celebrate.

  8. What a wonderful time, Judy! I can must imagine the excitement.
    I am so happy to have my MGCC book and will bring it for signing sometime in June. I have enjoyed reading every recipe and every line in the book!

  9. Now there's a cookbook I'd love to add to my collection!!
    Sounds like you need a nap, tho!!!

  10. You must be having the time of your life, Judy! IT's so good to see the wonderful response the cookbook is having! I am enjoying my copy and have read each and every recipe. I can't wait to make quite a few things from it and when I do i'll blog about it.

    Take a little time to rest and catch up!

  11. Sounds like you guys are having a wonderful time! Sure wish I lived close enough to come to one of your signings!

  12. You are one busy lady! Fabulous photos! May God give new strength for each new day!

  13. How exciting for all of you. You are a very busy gal these days...lots of irons in the fire =) I am impressed by your diligence and fortitude. Life is in the speed zone here too, but I am not able to keep up with the blogging world, or make trips to Africa =) Amazing Judy...you go girl. You are not popping down to the states any time soon to do any book signings perhaps?
    Farm Chicks?

    Let me know I would love to get a signed copy!

  14. Woops Meg Borders is my daughter...somehow was signed under her account ?

  15. I am so happy that the Lord has blessed your book and your fellowship with your co-authors, and that even your husbands are supportive. (Maybe that's because they are married to good cooks and get to eat the proceeds?)


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