For months and months - years even - I've been trying to wrap my head around the idea of writing a book.
People tell me all the time, "Noelle, you need to write a book."
And if you were to look at my list of things to do before I die, 'write a book' is at the top of that list.
I have only wanted to write a book if it could mean something to someone - if it could have a lasting effect on just one person's life I would write it.
My biggest problem is that I simply don't know if I have the imagination or the vocabulary to come up with an entire plot - to come up with a story line that holds someone's attention for 200 plus pages.
There have been times I've prayed and said basically, "God, you know I want to write a book - please help me to know what to do and how to do it."
In the last few weeks I've had an idea, and today that idea was solidified - with an early Christmas present from Jason and with the encouragement of a few friends.
Pause this train of thought and let me show you the completion of Project #1:
What used to be storage under the stairs is now Emily's play room.
I'm not sure if you've heard, but there is a rumor floating around that says Emily is spoiled.
Our girl LOVES her space, and I love that this space allows my living room to finally look like something other than just cluttered.
(And it doesn't hurt that I can just shut the door and the toys are 'cleaned up.')
Unpause the train of thought.
While playing around with my new camera tonight I created this and my dream of writing a book finally made sense in my mind:
If I can #1 - find the courage, and #2 - figure out how to make it all come together, The Girl will be writing a children's book - and if I'm dreaming big, which why not, The Girl will write books, plural. And she will tell real life stories of her little girl, and of her own life - and when her drawings won't suffice, her camera creations will.
And if The Girl is really thoughtful, and puts her whole heart and soul into it, perhaps her children's books will also touch the hearts of a few Mommies and Daddies along the way.
So there's that - if I say it out loud to you World, perhaps you can give me the encouragement to do it (or tell me it's a horrible idea if that's how you feel) - and also hold me accountable to my dream.
And now, to a new train of thought.
There is enough space above the animals that I want to put a thought, a saying, a slogan, something...
and I want it to have something to do with Emily.
So why don't we make a contest out of it?
You leave me a comment, or email me with your ideas, of what I should write above the picture, and Jason and I will pick the one we like most.
And if it's your thought we choose, you will win something like this:
(one out of four that I'm doing as Project #2)
I have a whole bunch of other girls with other sayings and designs, and you can pick the one you want.
I'll stitch it, frame it, and send it to you - with my love - AFTER Christmas, thank you very much because I have way too much to do before then but that is for another post as this one is already way too long.
So there you have it - all of a sudden you have a lot of responsibility placed upon your capable shoulders.
Hold me accountable - unless you think my book idea is horrible and then you have to tell me - and come up with the perfect saying for Emily's little space.
And because I've asked you to do that for me, I'll share this with you: