You might think that my thankfulness post today would be about hitting the Top 100 chart on Amazon yesterday with The Way Home. Or you might think that my thankfulness would be about the long wait finally being over…that I no longer have to stress about mistakes and mishaps and flaws.
It’s not a perfect book, but neither am I.
No, that’s not my thankfulness today. Getting in the Top 100 wasn’t even part of my dream. I didn’t think about it because I never thought it could happen. I was thrilled to get the news, but how can I be thankful for something that wasn’t my doing? Desire in Any Language was a child of my heart, too, but that didn’t get into the Top 100.
No, my thankfulness today is different.
I thank you, every single one of you, for what you are reading or have read or will read here.
Thank you for buying the book.
Thank you for reviewing the book, for telling a friend, for passing it along by email or Facebook or Twitter.
Thank you for the help you gave me when I got started.
Thank you for loving Kat and Natalie back when they were little stories here on this blog..and when they moved to a blog of their own.
Thank you for your notes of encouragement.
Thank you for the cheers you sent my way.
Thank you for your wonderful comments (9,005 comments total as of yesterday) throughout this journey.
Thank you for your feedback, for your reactions, for your indignation when the story didn’t go the way you wanted.
Thank you for your tears.
Thank you for your laughter. Your quiet moments savoring Kat and Natalie’s lives.
Thank you for the emails.
Thank you for the instant messages, the phone calls, the cards, the letters.
Thank you for a very special birthday-gift painting that I’ll tell you more about in a separate post.
Thank you for accepting me, this determined and one-of-a-kind Ana who absolutely refused to be anyone but Ana. Thank you for showing me that I can be Ana and still have a place here.
Thank you for the teasing, the silliness, the jokes, and the banter.
When I first began this journey, I had no idea that anyone would listen.
Thank you for proving me wrong.