I am a lucky potter

Today, I got the manual for my kiln I had ordered and boy-oh-boy did I do some things wrong when I fired last weekend. Like having the audacity to fire my kiln without a manual. And stacking a little too tight. And forgetting all about a bag wall. Ooops. I am chalking my good fortune of a pretty decent kilnload of work, simply to beginner's luck and my belief that I really should be making pots. Or could it be the kiln gods my kids made?