some of you may remember that i was working on typing up my mom’s autobiography for the last couple of years (i’m not a very speedy typist!) it was slow going at first, but as i approached the finish line, i became not only motivated to finish, but intrigued by the story.
on my last trip to michigan, we were able to dig up a bunch of old photos and i scanned about 100 of them to include in the book. none of my family members knew how far along i was and the plan was to finish the book and get it published before christmas.
i downloaded the software from blurb and spent quite a bit of time laying out each page so that the wording and pictures would match. i added chapters, a table of contents, a preface in my own words, an afterward, appendices with some genealogical information and extra pictures.
finally i uploaded everything and ordered a hard cover copy for myself with a dust jacket. i was thrilled when i received the book. it’s really beautiful! i did make a few final changes and then ordered copies for my siblings, nieces and nephews and sent them off without a word to arrive before christmas.
i love that i was able to get it done and sent off without anyone knowing about it! as you can imagine, the recipients were surprised and thrilled with their gifts. my mom has been gone for over 13 years, but we now have a little piece of her that will live on and on. i learned sooo much in this process and my heart is so happy that she took the time to write out her story. i know that she is smiling too!!