For I Know the Plans I Have For You…

February 11, 2015

What a few months it’s been. Truly. Zimbabwe. School. Writing for places I’ve always loved.

Writing a book.

Oh wait. Did I tell you all? 🙂

I’ve been signed to The Blythe Daniel Agency to write a book.


I can’t believe it. I really can’t. The day I said I was going back to school, one of their (crazy talented) literary agents, Jessica, reached out to me about writing a book.

I was in bed, on my phone, Sam on his computer (try not to be jealous of our bedtime routine lol) and I read the email, dropped my phone, looked at Sam and said shakily, “That email was from a literary agent. They asked if I’d be interested in writing a book.”

Then I had to google what it all meant because he was asking questions and I was just like, “I don’t know, I don’t know, wait, let me read it to you, oh my goodness…”

Several phone calls and emails later, I was signed. Right now, I’m focusing on getting an outline done and working on the first three chapters. I’ve already pitched our story to an interested editor, but all of that is very tentative.

While I’m going to keep most of what it’s about under the radar for now, I can share the general idea (it could change). It’s going to be what’s happened the past 3 years, changing relationships that stemmed from loss, and the community that was born out of this. This journey of loss online is all new for us to do publicly. Several years ago, unless you were famous, you didn’t really have to/need to share outside of family and friends. And now – it’s almost impossible not to. Which leads to often really hurtful and really beautiful things happening all at once.

If you can believe it, there is so much that has happened I haven’t written about. Some I never will. But some I’d like to share.

I have been so excited to share this with you all. It’s a lot of hard work on my end, and juggling a lot of things right now, but as a family we’re working out logistics to make sure I have time to work/go to school/write/be a mom and wife – and my brain doesn’t explode mid-May.

It’s pretty incredible from my view to watch God fulfill his promises of “I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

We’ve been through hard times. More might be coming – and that’s part of broken humanity. Nothing changes the pain of losing my sons or walking the path we have and are, but to see God weave the pieces together like this – fulfilling my heart’s desires in so many different ways – it’s powerful.

I refuse to let the ugly win. To let the bitterness succeed in my life. To give evil the foothold it so desperately wants. I’ve been through this much and I’m never, ever turning back from the path God has placed me on. life. I’ll put whatever you throw at me in my next book.



  • Elise N Hoffman

    February 13, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Love. God is good.

  • Yvonne Thumma

    February 13, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Congraulations honey .you deserve it.good for you.god bless you and yours

  • Alisha

    February 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I’d like to start the slow clap. Seriously. This is amazingly awesome (and I’m just a little jealous because it is a dream of mine to be a signed author) and Wow! Congratulations! My head would just explode. God is doing some very amazing things. 🙂 He makes all things beautiful, in His time.

  • Brandy

    February 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    What amazing news! I am so very happy and excited for you and your family! It will be a challenge but one I am sure you will be able to face head on. This is wonderful. I cannot wait to read your book!!!

    My dream is to write a book someday. About what, I am not sure. 🙂

  • Carrie

    February 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    OHMYGOODNESS!! So awesome. Congrats!! I can’t wait to read it!

  • Elizabeth

    February 12, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Through grief and hard times, sometimes you get pulled so far down that you eventually have to say, “This far and no farther,” and start clawing your way back up. Congratulations, Diana, on the book and mostly for being on the way up.

  • Davis Ann

    February 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

    OMG Congratulations!!!! That’s awesome, Diana. So excited for you!

  • jess

    February 12, 2015 at 9:19 am

    How exciting!!!

  • chgdiapersMaria

    February 12, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I can’t wait to buy the book!

  • erin

    February 12, 2015 at 5:59 am

    omg!! Squealing with excitement for you!!! Congratulations on the amazing opportunity

  • D

    February 12, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Wow, congratulations! So happy for you!

  • Jessica Wyndham

    February 12, 2015 at 4:59 am

    How amazing! So excited to see how God uses you through this book. Love that last line- you’re so strong, even if you don’t always feel like it.

  • Kristin @

    February 11, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Diana!!! How awesome! Wow. I’m so excited for you and the next few years and all the amazingness to come!

  • Kristen Garner Christy

    February 12, 2015 at 4:43 am

    "I refuse to let the ugly win. To let the bitterness succeed in my life. To give evil the foothold is so desperately wants. I’ve been through this much and I’m never, ever turning back from the path God has placed me on."

    I can't tell you how much this inspires me…

  • Annet M

    February 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Wow, that is so neat. Have you started contemplating who would play you in the big screen version of it yet?! 🙂

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