Jill Blog, Book release, Cancer, community, friendship, Just Show Up 6 Comments

Over the last week as Just Show Up released, I have been blessed and honored and loved beyond comprehension. Blythe… I can’t even begin to list all of the ways she’s supported and cared for me. In moments when I can’t do another thing, she does it. Graciously. She’s hosted me on the Mundane Faithfulness podcast, where we’ve been breaking down the book and telling deeper stories. There were two gatherings to celebrate Kara and me and the book. Yes, two. Friends planned a book release celebration and put so much effort into the smallest details. There was a photo booth. Prizes. Food. Drinks. A Polaroid camera–I haven’t seen one of those in years. There was even a flash mob that included all of the kids. Yep. You heard that right. They’d been practicing after school, and I didn’t have a clue about it.

One friend showed up last minute and surprised us. In total, three out of town loves came into town for one of the events and this made the night extra special as we were able to grieve and reminisce together. Our dear Mickey was here to love on us and impart her wisdom. We laughed together and cried together. They prayed over me and the book. It brings me to tears now.

So many friends have checked on me and cared for me and prayed. I am overcome by all of the support and love. How did I get so blessed? I have no idea. I only know I’m not giving a single one of these people or moments back. I can’t even put into words how loved I’ve felt, how celebrated Kara’s life has been. Thank you, thank you, to everyone who showed up big. She was pretty amazing, our girl. And her community is a testimony to that and to the love of Jesus that permeates everything this crowd does.









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  1. I received Just Show Up in the mail yesterday. We are going to the beach on Saturday and I’m saving it to read while there, a place Kara loved. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your willingness to write this book with Kara. I know it was a labor of big love.

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  2. I know “Just Show Up” will impact everyone who reads it. I know it did me!!! I am thankful for an opportunity to be forever changed in ways I didn’t realize I was missing!!! Thank you Jill for not giving up and for standing alongside Kara through this journey. For all of you who were able to love Kara in person, those of us who loved her from a distance, we thank you. Your journey helps us in our own journeys. Blessings to you

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  3. I love seeing these pictures. And I love that you all can celebrate Kara and the gift you had in her. And you can celebrate your amazing book! I’m almost done with it, and it’s been a beautiful, thought-provoking, transparent read. You and Kara done good, my friend!
    Congratulations on this release!! 🙂

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