Moms (and dads!), how are you holding up this summer? We're keeping busy with pool time, adventures, and assorted shenanigans here in Seattle. Today we went out to the boys' favorite restaurant for lunch after a morning at the pool, came home for an epic lego-building fest (the glamorous life, you know), then finished up with a make-your-own pizza party and a showing of 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' (I was 11 when it came out---old school!).

I recently got to meet my new niece, Havilah Esther, and it was an awesome life moment. I have so many wishes for her: that she will face the world bravely and unafraid; that she will pick herself up when she falls, and own her mistakes, knowing that there is no such thing as perfection, and that flaws only make us more interesting (and often, more hilarious); that she sings even if out of tune, and dances even in the absence of rhythm (though she's likely to have plenty, her mom (my sister) can DANCE); that she finds work that is meaningful to her, and a life purpose that makes her and others smile; that she experiences true joy, often; that she chooses forgiveness over bitterness; that she has the chance to know real love, and no matter what, always keeps her heart open. I wish her a big, bold, beautiful life. (And I hope she remembers to call her auntie now and then.)

It's been more than a month since GOODNIGHT JUNE was published and I've LOVED hearing from readers all over the US and Canada. Thank you to everyone who pre-0rdered, read, and shared this book! I've been so overjoyed to read your emails, tweets and Facebook posts---they all make me smile. Here are some fun highlights: #3 on the bestseller rack at a store in Connecticut---yay! Look at this adorable child of a reader (awww!) When I fly, I always stop at airport bookstores to sign books. Loved seeing Goodnight June EVERYWHERE! And, look at Goodnight June at Chicago O'Hare! My friend Katie's beautiful daughter spotted a sign at the Pacific Place (Seattle) Barnes & Noble advertising my event. (I believe the Instagram caption was, "look mom, it's Sarah!" And, may I add, that I held Olivia as a newborn. I cannot believe she is all grown up now!) With my boys, signing books in my hometown (Poulsbo, Washington) at Liberty Bay Books! Thank you, everyone, for all the GOODNIGHT JUNE love.