It's here! It's here! It's finally here!
Well, I say "finally," but it really didn't take that long in the world of illustrated children's books. The printed proof arrived late last week, and guys. It's. Beautiful.
I'm completely in love! (Can you tell?)
Yep - over the moon!
I mentioned a couple months ago on the blog that I had taken on a new and exciting kids book adventure - a children's book about adoption. And now all the revisions, the research, the late nights, and the countless I-desperately-need-more-coffee moments are paying off.
Having turned over the manuscript to my watercolor genius of an illustrator around the first of November last year, she has now brought this book to life in ways I could not have imagined on my own. (That's exactly why I'm the author and she's the illustrator, right?) We worked so well as a team, and it shows.
So as soon as it arrived last week, I made plans to meet up with my illustrator that very same day to share it with her as well.
She loved getting to see the proof, of course. And with this being both our debuts in children's book publishing, we savored the moment!
And so, without further ado...
Family By Love: A Story of Open Adoption is now available!
In case you didn't catch my last post about it, this book tells the story of sweet and spunky Sophia on her journey to become a big sister to her newly-adopted brother. Through this family adventure, Sophia learns a bit about herself, a lot about God's love, and what really makes a family.
The ideas in this book touch on a wide range of adoption-related topics, including:
This book was uniquely written from the child's point of view in order to educate and encourage the child already in the family at the start of the adoption process. And that's really why I wrote this book. (You can read more about the birth of Family By Love here.)
TAKE A LOOK INSIDE
Here are a few sneak peeks at the cover and a couple inside spreads.
NOT JUST A BOOK
In addition to the book itself, Family By Love has an entire store of goodies (including beautiful hand lettered prints and custom adoption announcements) and lots of free fun stuff for kids too. When you adopt a child, adoption simply becomes a way of life. My hope is that these additional resources will help and encourage everyone in the family.
And what's better yet? 10% of all proceeds from any Family By Love purchases will be donated to help make adoptions possible. So thank you in advance for your purchase, your generosity, and your love of family!
To those who have encouraged me, I can only say thank you on repeat. I have felt your prayers and your love, and I am forever appreciative! My ultimate hope is that you will share this resource with anyone you know who may benefit from a sweet story of adoption, unconditional love, and what really makes a family.