Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Joy!

I am super-busy working on books for my business right now. It's a good busy. I love working with people to find out what's special to them, listening to their stories. Sometimes the stories are as random as "the squirrels don't like the new feed I put out for them" or "she learned how to say 'alright!' when she was still a baby". But to me, no story is trivial. All stories combine to make a person unique, one-of-a-kind.

Over the weekend I had the pleasure to deliver audio-books to Hank and Ashley. It was such a joy to give people something that is so personal, celebrating their lives. Hank is a dear gentleman who is always so anxious to welcome us into his home. His house is a museum of artifacts from around the world, combined with the comforts of home. My little Indiana Jones loves to just gaze at the art, the antiques, and the geologic treasures. Did I tell you about how Wynne remembers Hank's house? See, the roof is A-frame and whenever Wynne sees a triangle now she says, "Harry's house!"

Anyway, the kids and I stopped over on Saturday to bring Hank the book. After several days of interviews and my own computer work (editing, scanning, lay-out, etc.), it was gratifying for me to hand him the finished product. Receiving awards from prestigious universities and the United Nations, it was humbling for me to hear, "I think this is the nicest gift I've ever received." Thank you so much, Harry, for all of your time and kindness. I thoroughly enjoyed putting together your life story!


Another book I recently finished was for Ashley, a high school senior. Ashley is shown here at our kids club hayride, 6th from the left, holding Shae.

Ashley is a sweet, sweet girl who has helped at our Christian Kids Club and Vacation Bible School for the past few years. She is graduating from high school in May, and her mother was gracious enough to let me interview them about their little girl. We made a graduation book for her, and it was so much fun spending time with her family. Candy just emailed me (if I may gloat a little more):
Hi Amy, Thanks for bringing the book and card and everthing. I LOVE IT! More importantly, Ashley loves it. I kept forgetting to contact you. (Busy weekend) I finally got to look thru the book last night. I had to find it. Ashley had it. I got to see some of it Friday. I like the way it looks like a scrapbook. Thanks for all your hard work. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you. You are very helpfull and you kept me on track.
You have a fun, enjoyable job. I like that.
I hope your business really takes off.
Thanks,
Candy


Thank YOU, Candy, for letting me come into your home and visit with your amazingly nice family. You are a joy!
I hope the books bring just a little bit of that joy back to these friends!

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?--Micah 6:8

2 Comments:

Blogger Astrid said...

Amy- I think it's wonderful that you're writing those books! I'm positive the books you've written will be cherished by those families for many generations to come.

Thanks for coming over yesterday! Ava cried after you left. She really wanted you to stay. :) Come over again really soon, okay?

April 1, 2009 at 4:39 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Aw, poor Ava. She is so sweet. And so is her mommy! We will see you soon :)

April 1, 2009 at 5:16 PM  

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