Thursday, April 1, 2010

Put On a Happy Face

Sometimes I wake myself up smiling. Then, there are those times when I can barely fix my feet to climb out of bed without a good cup of coffee.

I have had plenty of reasons to smile this week. For one, my Baby Boo turned 3 years old. Even though we haven't had the chance to celebrate her birthday with her, I know that when she's finally here, we're going to party! We're going to make a cake, lick the beaters, play in the dirt, blow bubbles for the ducks and sing at the top of our lungs.

I had a great interview with an author of 18 books. Her name is ReShonda Tate Billingsley. She is a Christian fiction author who has written not only books for adults but also books for teens. Three of her books are being made into movies. The interview was for the magazine...Hope for Women Magazine....which leads me to another reason why I'm putting on a happy face....

I've been asked to step into the role of managing editor of Hope for Women Magazine. Hope for Women Magazine is a lifestyle magazine for women of faith. I'm excited by the opportunity and the challenge of it. What is truly amazing though is that I have a passion for writing, for speaking, for reading and reaching out and this is the opportunity that God has blessed me with. I will keep you all updated on subscriber information as well as the relaunch as it takes place. This is going to be one cool adventure!

When I was a kid, there was a church in the neighborhood that was situated on a busy street corner. During the observance of Easter, there was a portion of dirt that was draped with a black cloth, hung over a cross. This remained for a few days until on Easter Sunday, that corner was alive with color. Beautiful, colorful flowers splashed all around the cross. There was a sign that said, "He's risen." I remember how profound of an affect it had on me to see the transformation from bleak to beauty. This Easter weekend, as you reflect on your many thoughts, please remember, that out of even the most darkest moments, there is life waiting to be lived. Celebrate life!

Have a blessed and wondrous Easter.


Mari said...

Congratulations to you! I am soooo happy for you!
Baby Boo is so cute - happy birthday to her. Enjoy your happy weekend!

Menopausal New Mom said...

Simone! That was beautiful! And congratulations on snagging that great job, Managing Editor! What a perfect fit for you.

And yes, have a wonderful birthday celebration with Baby Boo, my own little one turns 4 on Tuesday, where does the time go!

Rona's Home Page said...

Congratulations on the new job. How exciting. I'm so thrilled for you!

Suz said...

What a perfect job for you. I knew God would find just the "write" position for you. I am very happy.

I sometimes wake up singing, usually in my head and not out loud, but it is a great way to greet the day.

Terra said...

Congratulations, new managing editor. The magazine has a great name, don't you think. So you have two upbeat things going on, cuz Baby Boo is so cute.
Glad you received the book.

ethelmaepotter! said...

It was a long, frustrating wait for a job, but this is so worth it! Managing editor, wow! You'll be PERFECT!!!!

And that Baby Boo face is adorable!

Kwana said...

What wonderful news. I just know you will do a great job!

Happy Birthday to Baby Boo and Happy Easter!!

Nezzy said...

Woohoo, let us do the happy dance. In His time baby! Congratulations on your new job, what a great job!

Happy birthday again to sweet Baby Boo. You have a wonderful Easter weekend!!!

God bless and have a fantastic Friday!!!

blueviolet said...

Congratulations on your editor position!!! Wonderful!

I know you will have such a fun time with Baby Boo's party!

And what a wonderful weekend this is as we truly reflect on Easter. :)

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Oh Simone, THAT IS WONDERFUL! I'm SO HAPPY For you! It sounds like such a great fit for you -- writing and bringing hope to others, just like you do with your words here on this blog. Best wishes and I hope you love it!

And oh my, that baby boo is GORGEOUS! Look at those eyes and smile! She is melting my heart!

What great reasons to celebrate indeed! I can't wait to hear more and be inspired by your magazine.

Buckeroomama said...

I am so happy to read your news, Simone!! :) That sounds like the perfect fit for you.

I am sure you will have a grand time when Baby Boo comes over. :)

Redbonegirl97 said...

I always laugh and remember that my youngest use to wake up with a smile at the sound of my voice in the morning. Now I am lucky if he can even hear me as I have to go upstairs and shake him awake and trust by that point in time there is no smile to be had.


Farila said...

All I can say is WOW !!!! Simone. Amazing. Congratulations.
Now don't forget to post the celebrations with Baby Boo

Ina in Alaska said...

Lovely post! and what an adorable little Baby Boo!! Congratulations on your new adventure. Looking forward to great things for you! Happy Easter, dear Simone! xoxoxo

Ace said...

Congratulations on the new job! I can't wait to hear more about it.

Your story about the corner by the church made me smile. I've always loved the Maundy Thursday service best. Everyone thinks it's weird that I like such a sad service, but for me the decorating of the church in black, removing the items from the altar, and turning out the lights (symbolizing that the Light had gone out of the world) drives home just how much it means on Easter that He LIVES!

Enjoy your time with Baby Boo (she's so cute). I'm getting to babysit Beanie Baby today for the first time without her parents hovering. I'm so excited!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Baby Boo! She's as gorgeous as ever!

Congratulations on the managing editor role at Hope For women! That's fantastic! I'm cheering you on and look forward to hearing more about it.

I'm just back from Spring Break vacation with my niece from college and Godson from middle school. I read all your posts to catch up-- Boy, you've been busy!

Glad all is well. Have a wonderful Easter, Simone. Love to you and your family.

Julie said...

Happy birthday, little beauty!!! And congrats Simone!!!!!

Catching up on my blog reading, finally. Happy Saturday and Happy Easter!!!!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love the picture you have in this post so much. She is just darling! And I Love how you wrote about this day. It is transforming. Sending many blessings to you!

Way to go with the new job! I am sure you will rock it!

Danica said...

Congrats Simone!!! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

Happy Birthday to the beautiful Baby Boo!!

Happy Easter!


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