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Sunday, June 11, 2006


For those of you fortunate enough not to know my woes, it's been a pretty rotten three years for my family. We've lost WAY too many loved ones to leukemia, age, stroke, etc. We moved into a development that turned into a nightmare (because really, why should you get what you pay for, things like phone lines are so overrated!)

Anyway, this week I bought a new car, those of you who know me might think, that's not new. But it's the new version of the old minivan -- same Bat Color -- more comfortable seats and ride. My husband has come up with some great ideas for businesses, and we're moving forward. This is our fresh start -- our hike out of the valley.

Just like that, God just gave me this peace about being here. He said stop waiting for life to start and live it. This is it! I took that to mean, buy a new car, but other people might hear something different.

This week at my Nana's funeral, I really had time to stop and think about life and all she meant to me, and I cried a lot, but then I thought PAR-TEE. Italians know how to have a funeral. How to celebrate life, revere and respect it and yet eat, drink and be merry. My Irish Nana, the best Italian I ever knew, takes her place beside my Papa where all the pain of life will be forgotten. She had a gorgeous casket and was buried in Los Altos Hills -- and I thought my Nana finally got her mansion in a luxury neighborhood. And she won't even get to enjoy them because God has something better for her now.

All this to say I'm embracing my Italian Kristin. My Ecclesiastes Kristin. There is a time for mourning, and it's over. Let the heavens rejoice! I'm 1/8th done with my new book about a Hollywood hairstylist and so grateful for this fabulous job. Thank you all who buy my books so I can have this fabulous job! You Rock!!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 3:08 PM  
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At 8:09 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

That's it! Live life - stop waiting for it! God gave me that same thing a few years ago, Kris. I've wasted a lot of life looking for ... something.

LIVE it! Glad you're embracing those Italian roots of yours. :o)

At 11:18 PM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

My deepest condolences in your loss. God bless you as you embark on your new journey. How exciting!

At 1:21 AM, Anonymous krystal spence said...

I am so sorry about your losses, but I praise God that you are more content with your "new" life.

I loved your recent installment of the spa girls, and I can't wait for the next. So, you're writing a new book about a hair it! Thank you soooo much for writing quality chick lit, you are a blessing for sure.

At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! I look forward to your next book! You’re such an inspiration to me... I so admire your style!!!

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

Wahoo! I visited LA once, and Hollywood was pretty much magical! I'm thrilled to my bones right now! It's going to be hilariously funny, right? Morgan's book was great, but not that funny.

Things are going to majorly turn in our lives, Kristin! I totally believe it!h

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

What can I say? That's a great post! So glad you've got definite direction.

Btw, the last time I had my hair done in Hollywood, my car caught on fire on the drive home. Ah--memories!

At 12:33 PM, Blogger eileen said...

Since Mother's glorious homecoming April 11, I'm learning to redefine life. So glad we're on this journey together!

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous kt said...

That reminds me of a book I just finished, Journey of Desire by John Eldridge. He talks about how we're always looking to the future to really start living, like waiting for happiness after you get married, have kids, or buy a great house or something. And yet we're still alive in the meantime and have the best gift of all time - SALVATION through Christ- but we think we need other things to begin to "really live."

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Thanks all for the sweet comments. I wasn't fishing for a compliment. I realize now it sort of sounds that way. LOL Eileen, I hadn't heard about your mother, I'm so sorry. And KT, that sounds like a great theme for a book by Eldredge. I wish I'd read it rather than lived it. ROFLOL But I'm a slow learner.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

Totally understand that starting to live life thing. I lived with all white walls in my house for 5 years . . .because it was going to be a "starter home". Last year I decided I wasn't going to wait for the next home to have color on my walls, but to paint these walls up while we were here. That was my living life now action.

And I'm with the rest of the gals who enjoy your books . . . I'm so thankful to have such great Christian chick lit that's coming out nowadays.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

Wow, thank you for this fantastic and inspiring testimony, Kristin. I know from my personal experience that it is so easy to fall into that mindset that A, B, and C have to occur and THEN life will be great, blah blah blah. It is a valuable to gift to wake up and realize that as Christians we are not called to live in the future -- we are called to live WITH the hope and peace that our future is secured...and because of that we can LIVE in the present. I hope this comment makes sense...I'm bushed! :)

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi kristen! i just finished the third novel in your ashley stockingdale trilogy. i LOVED them! they were hilarious! i was so hoping for kevin! but i thought you might throw in a twist with seth! but very good! maybe some day down the road you could throw in like another one about ash and kev in philly?! that'd be amazing! but then i realize it would no longer be a trilogy, but i don't think anyone'd be too upset about that! lol. thanks a bunch for writing. novels like these make my day!

At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Judi said...

Exactly what I needed to be reminded of tonight while I'm sitting here nursing a cold and feeling really, really sorry for myself. Live. Life. Now. Thanks.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

So what EXACTLY does a good hair cut run in Hollywood?!?! I get my hair chopped, styled, "fusioned", and oo-la-la'd at an Aveda salon and it runs me about $50 - Somehow I have a feeling I'm getting away with a steal ..........

Kristin - AWESOME post!!! Live life to its fullest. I have to remember that right now while I traverse through a bleak few weeks of my own personal "issues". Joy.

At 5:06 PM, Blogger :-)Ronie said...

I loved this post, Kristin. My grandmother in late mom's mom...I called her Nana. :-D

I'm so glad for you in this breakthrough!! How awesome!! God told me the same thing with all these changes that will result in three moves in one year. I'm so excited for you!

Love the new car, too!

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Katy said...

I too am sorry for all you've been through! I had no idea. You are my inspiration in so many ways. I don't have an Italian side to embrace (just Irish, and we're only good at being melancholy....), but I am going to pretend that I do, in your honor. Thank you!
Katy McKenna Raymond

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

Wonderful- it's true we need to live this very life in this very moment... I have always felt grateful to "work with what I have" and have found that sometimes those are my proudest accomplishments! (First time reader to your blog, but a fan of your books!!)
Stephanie at Adventures in Babywearing

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

Hi, Kristin, Did you feel the earthquake today? I've never been in one. Hurricanes, yes.

Blessings and big (((hugs))) to you and "Ciao" to your Nana until we all get there! (Which may be soon and very soon!)


(Ah, Max!)


(Who comes up with these word great Word Verifications? Sounds like a German sneeze! "zcmgevnd"? Or Yiddish frustration--oy gevalt!)

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I didn't feel the earthquake. they always get me so edgy after that big one because that one started really small and then just ballooned. And it felt like it lasted forever, so I'm not big on the earthquakes, though I'll take them over a hurricane.

At 3:18 PM, Blogger Doodlebug said...

I'm so happy that you are writing another book! I have just finished all that you have published EXCEPT "With this Ring". I have had the hardest time finding this book locally. I went and ordered it from Amazon on Tuesday and thought I would have to wait forever to get it since I have been waiting 2 weeks for Borders to get it in for me, but Amazon came through in 3 days!! Can't wait to read this! You've made me totally "get" my 26 YO sister since I've read your books. She is a lot like the girls in your books, but a mixture of them all. I've never read Christian lit before, but I LOVE it!!! You have no idea how BIG that is for me too!!
Thanks for writing and know that you have a new fan for life!! Oh and NO I won't lend out my books!!! ROFL!!!!!

At 5:05 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Doodlebug, thank you and thanks for sharing that darling picture! You cannot look at that precious face and not smile!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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