You know how sometimes you get this idea… this little spark, and you think maybe, just maybe, you might be able to make it work?
And you try and you try and then you tear it all apart and you try it a new way and then finally you hold in your hands something that is pretty much like you imagined it? Maybe better?
And that feels GOOD.
But then, then someone you love takes a look and they like it too. They get it! And whatever you made, whatever the grand idea was, however good you felt having brought it to fruition, it just got 20 times better because another soul in this world understood and liked it too. You know that feeling?
That's just how I felt, how we ALL felt yesterday when we launched the Book of Days.
I wish you could see, could HEAR, the excitement over here.
You have no idea.
See, my family has poured a lot into making our little Book of Days. The boys have tested out recipes and experiments, snuggled in next to mama, with her colored pencils strewn about the quilt and watched her draw. We've talked over ideas, and fidgeted and fussed with the concept. The boys helped me pick out "all the right books" for our reading lists and made sure that I got all my facts straight (nuthin' like a panel of wee people to keep you honest!). They took ownership of this idea, and were proud, SO proud, when I said that it was done, and ready to share with other families.
I was crazy nervous to share it, even more so because my guys hearts and ideas were so wrapped up in it. It took a long and deep breath to push that "post item" button over on etsy. It did.
So yesterday, when people began ordering our first edition, my band of men completely hit the ROOF!
They started making marks on a map, so that they could see just how many people, in just SO many places would be joining us on this journey. Denmark! Australia! Snowy places and desert places and beachy places too! It thrills us all, beyond anything we imagined, to think that all those families will be participating with us.
It has been overwhelming and giddy giggle-inducing for all of us.
So thank you, from the bottom of each heart in this house, for such a warm reception. I really (REALLY) hope that you like what we've done, and that it comes to mean something special to your family, as it has to ours.
You've made some dreams take flight, friends, and just can't thank you enough for that.
(the photos are a "paper sculpture" that my James created. He thought and worked on it a long time – a and used up all the tape, I might add. When he showed it to his brothers, and the knew, right away that it was a Pterodactyl, he got that good "they get it!" feeling too… you know that one 🙂