Prior to my book's release on April third, I knew my schedule was a bit ambitious and it would require God's strength and organization to share Where's Heidi? while working full-time. I am a "busy" person and enjoy it so many pray I use wisdom and discernment as I add book signings, speaking engagements, and days of rest to the calendar. For those who know me, sit down before you read the next sentence.
Are you ready? I have told people "No" so as to keep my days of rest, just that. A couple of my declines were due to their times. I can't speak and share at a day conference or event during the school year. I'm blessed with a career that allows for personal time but these days have prior purposes - the Ride for Missing Children, our annual women's Spring retreat, and in case an emergency comes up. Thankfully, out of the organizations, only one didn't schedule for an evening or at a different date.
Since April third, I've shared of my book's release in Albany, New York as part of New York State Missing Person's Day with the opportunity to share copies of Where's Heidi? with other siblings searching for a missing brother or sister.
I was invited to sell and sign books as part of our town's 200th anniversary. This was a bittersweet day in itself as my Aunt Nancy was honored for her years of service as the town historian. The office was dedicated to her, with her predecessor doing a fabulous job of continuing my aunt's love of history and community. In addition to the opportunity to share copies of the book and visit with my New Haven family, I smiled as I watched Marie educate those in attendance of our fabulous town.
In keeping with my love of keeping our community first, I held a private book sale and signing for the staff of the Mexico Academy and Central Schools. Some teachers came as friends to my Mom and aunts, others out of memories of teaching Heidi or myself, and some as my now friends and colleagues. It was a great afternoon with laughter, tears, and memories shared, I learned new things too, I love that.
My visit to the Pulaski Public Library proved to be another joyful event. We were welcomed with smiles and a beautiful set-up and area designated just for the book signing. It was a cozy setting where those coming for a book could sit, enjoy a cup of coffee and cookies, and visit. The first person there was a gentleman who has called and followed my writing progress since July 2010. He saved one dollar a month from his Social Security check to purchase my book. How sweet is that?
The weekend arrived and it was time to rest...NOT! Ed, Mags, and I traveled to Lagrangeville, New York so I could share with the women of the Crossroads Alliance Church and their neighboring churches. It was a fabulous turn out and an enjoyable time on the road with my family. We laughed, cried, and laughed a lot more. God is good!
This week I enjoyed an evening with my writers' group, scheduled a couple more speaking engagements, and prepare for a weekend of refreshing and retreating with the Alliance Women of the Northeastern District. One of my favorite weekends of the year. Some of the ladies have asked, "Will you have books at Refresh?" The answer is "YES!!" Yeah, a special thanks to Daisy and her team for allowing me this opportunity. While we are away, pray for Ed as he fends for himself while we are away. He is looking forward to some serious sports watching I think.
Upcoming speaking events and book signings are posted on the "Where's Heidi?" page of this website. They are also posted on the "Where's Heidi?" Facebook page - if you haven't liked the page yet, make sure you do so you can be notified when I'm in your neighborhood.
Thank you all for your encouragement, prayers, and love. God blesses me through you.
Are you enjoying life? I know we are...tragedy doesn't have to break us, it has potential to make us stronger! Thoughts?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323