When It Works Just Right

by Stefani on 8-January-2009

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. 

Oh my. 

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. 

Pterodactyl at Rest

(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 🙂
Sarah Jackson January 8, 2009 at 9:07 am

I’m so glad! I tried to order last night and you were fresh out. I’ll try again today.

Love that paper sculpture. Fantastic!

erna January 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

We love it already….I didn’t print it yet (I have to get some cardstock tomorrow) but the boys were pointing at the pc telling me ‘mummy there is a game on the computer’..(which never happens overhere). So I told them about the book and we looked at the snowflakes because they were busy cutting snowflakes for two days in a row..big exitement to know other boys do similar things….

Darla January 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

Now I have tears of joy for your warm reception. From the day I first starting reading your blog I knew you had a book in you…seems you have many!

Grace January 8, 2009 at 10:24 am

ahhh, what a wonderful feeling. and we all need more of that!!!

Brianna January 8, 2009 at 11:45 am

We are thrilled with our Book. We went to the store and picked a binder together and then I got it all printed out and put in. (I printed on regular paper and put them in page protectors)
We’ve been talking about how we spend our time and it’s opened the door for some great conversations.

Thanks Blue Yonder gang!

Jennifer January 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I’m so happy for you that your idea was received so well! I like the concept – but perhaps in future posts you could enlighten those of us who don’t quite know what to do with it? How do you fill your book? What kinds of things do you put into it? My son goes to public school, but we do as much as we can at home for art and nature.

Stefani January 8, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Hi Jennifer!
Did you miss the post before this one? It sheds some light on the book… basically it’s a monthly issue of activities for the family, and an accompanying Parent Guide with lots of information that will help you expand on each activity. If you click on the “Book of Days’ badge on the sidebar, it will also take you to our shop where there’s a description of the book as well.
Does that help at all?

Baba January 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Very cool! Did a great job on the Pterodactyl!

melissa s. January 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm

This was so perfectly timed for us new-to-homeschoolers. It’s such a nice feeling to have a handmade-with-love project like this to start out with. And I’m already envisioning so many different paths that this may lead us on. But first, I must wait for my new color printer cartridge to arrive (arrgh). thanks again for taking the time to share your wisdom.

heather January 8, 2009 at 6:53 pm

it is just incredible stefani and boys! my husband has been talking about your artwork for the last 24 hours… we love it!

Michele Wensell January 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm

We love our book. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us. You are so full of them, ya know! The snowball recipe is perfect! We will be making them soon. Our homeschool group has a FL snow day every year in Jan., so they will be perfect for that.

maya January 8, 2009 at 7:43 pm

i love it when a plan comes together. 🙂

Cassandra M. January 9, 2009 at 7:25 am

The book is beautiful. I’m hoarding it until I can get some page protectors and a binder at the store tonight. And then this weekend, we’ll give some of it a go. I’m just so thrilled that you turned your dream into reality. Good for you, and very nice for those of us who get to enjoy it!!

Marina (from Denmark) January 9, 2009 at 11:28 am

Dear Blue Yonder gang

I love your book. Thank you all so much for making it. Me and my kids already do most of the same activities but doing them now with the take on a new significance. By the way, we only occasionally gets enough snow to play in. We just had a couple of days with snow, but now it is all just cold and green again.

Holly January 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm

It’s wonderful. It would be so easy to say, ‘Oh yeah. Well, science, we do that. Cooking, yeah, that too.’ but the way you’ve put it together, so it all flows, but can be picked up in a “Mom, I’m bored,” moment. It can record what you alrready do and add wonderful new ideas. Just perfect.

DS is drawing snowflakes right now, which is something he has been working on for awhile, and I have been no help ;-).

Thanks so much!

Angela January 11, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Thank you for the beautiful Book of Days! Even after seeing it in my hands and knowing it was lovely, I had no idea just how much my children would adore it-we all do. My 4 year old drew special pictures today to add to it, and we all drew a color coded page of snowflakes, we have made up our own “Imagine” page with a story, and the book gets flipped through daily. I put the pages in a binder with page protectors so that it will last through all the flipping. We have had this for just 3 days!

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