From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope

I started blogging about my journey in writing, editing, polishing and publishing my book, From Tears to Triumph. Now that the book is published, I will blog about aspects of the book: finding hope, making sound life choices, The Children of God, Costa Rica, sex-trade, redemption.

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Waiting to Give Birth

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From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope
I definitely see a correlation between waiting for a book to be published and waiting for a child to be born.

I've been in Santa Rosa this week with my 21-year-old daughter, Patricia, as we wait for her contractions to start and for her first child, Laila, to come into the world. In those moments when I'm not hanging out with Patricia, bonding, laughing, shopping, walking and planning, I'm on my laptop editing and polishing the final chapters of my book.

I started seeing a correlation. 

* Laila is overdue. We all feel she "should have been here by now."

* I expected to have my book finished and published by now…"it feels like it's overdue."

* Every morning I receive calls, emails and text messages from loved ones asking, "Is there a baby yet?"

* Frequently on my Facebook page or in conversations with friends I hear, "Isn't the book ready yet?"

* Patricia is listening to others and researching natural ways to speed up the birthing process--with no luck. As her doctor says, "The baby will come when she's ready."

* I've also looked for ways to "hurry up" the editing and polishing process...but the experts tell me to, "slow down."
We both have to be patient and let the creative process happen.

* Patricia and Melchor’s baby has a beautiful name. They thought about names for months, trying out different ones, and then came up with “Laila Daniley.”

* I’ve thought about names for my book for years. At first it was, “Dear Mom and Dad.” Then it became, “Dear Mom and Dad, Please Send Money,” followed by “House of Hope, Love Without Borders,” and then Unstoppable, My Journey to The House of Hope. The most recent book title is, From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope.


And so it continues. There is no hurrying up the process. I do believe that what is worth having is worth working on and waiting for… but even so…hurry up already, Laila!
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Award-winning author, Linda Bello-Ruiz, was born and raised in Redwood Valley, a small grape growing community in Northern California. Linda co-founded and directed the House of Hope—the first safe-haven for street girls, runaways, and sex-trafficked minors in Costa Rica. She was a twenty-three-year-old college dropout when she took on the project, and relied on her faith and determination which was much bigger than her curriculum vitae.

After her return to the United States in 1976, she went back to college and earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Ms. Bello-Ruiz worked in the vocational rehabilitation field as a bilingual counselor for twenty-six-years, and as a vocational forensic expert on disability for five of those years.

Linda is president of The Authors Resource Group and Faith Writers of SCLH, a member of Inspire Christian Writers and Destiny Church, and is an active member of the Northern California Publishers and Authors group and the United for Barra Association in Mexico, and an Ambassador for Courage Worldwide.

Ms. Bello-Ruiz speaks to clubs and organizations on her experiences in moving beyond despair into hope—advocating for groups whose mission is to combat sex trafficking and provide a safe haven for girls rescued from the sex trade.

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    Patricia Ruiz Tuesday, 18 June 2013

    Very true that is very cute and sooo true ... she will be here when she wants to without anyone else's say so. But she will definetly be here before your book is ready although you are almost done. Can't wait!

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