This week Dani and I had the surreal privilege to hold a real live 'proof' of our brilliant little book in our hands for the first time. On Friday we were gifted a single hard bound copy from our persistent publisher, so that we might peruse its pages before it was sent off to print. Before she arrived we both sat anxious and uncertain, just a teensy bit worried that it would not be what we had hoped it could be. But, as we gazed upon its completeness - it was love at first sight:)
Dani's art is exquisite and my whimsical words are scrawled out all perfect and playful. Its pages are bold and buttery, bound with a black linen cover, suited up all fine and fancy in a jacket with lovely embossed rose foil print, set amidst a flurry of finely etched leaves as a big beautiful tree holds YOU up in its loving bows. It is a timeless treasure to read and the kind of bound brilliance you'll want to leave out on the coffee table for all the world to see. It is everything we hoped and dreamed it wold be. And we cannot wait for you to hold it in YOUR hands!
We had grand plans for The You That Is YOU to be ready for the world before summer. We set deadlines and due dates, pre-selling and planning its perfectly timed debut - and then everything, everywhere unraveled. The world has been focused on healing for months now, scrambling to figure out a way to cherish and honor those who are sprinkled throughout its wondrous but often uncertain folds. There is sickness and sadness and struggle while daunting circumstances and division abound. It's difficult to know what to believe or who to trust and the messiness of it all has left us entranced. But, even in the midst of all this disarray - there is beauty unfolding. It burns within us all, but it can be drowned out and blurred by all the loud voices and the devastation that is being drummed into homes and hearts. I believe each of us was mused into existence by a genius Creator, who wove love and light into our beings. And that each of us has the ability to be real life 'proof's of our own - beautifully bound examples of that kind of goodness and grace. It is that kind of God given, sometimes hidden brilliance that will heal the world. The You That Is YOU may be arriving a bit late in regards to our timeline. But, in the grand scheme of things - we believe its timing is perfect. We hope that when it finally sits in your lap and you too get to peruse its buttery black pages, its words and wonder will remind you and yours of all the goodness that is still out there and the brilliance we each, innately, hold inside. Search for it, not just in yourself - but in others as well.
And ~ "Let is shine bright in all that you do."
Thank you for believing in us and being patient.