You’re probably thinking this is another Mother’s Day tribute to my Mom, and you’d be right. However, this is bigger than any tribute I’ve ever paid her, but I can’t think of anyone more deserving.
I started this blog years ago and deep down I’ve always had one purpose in mind. That purpose was summed up in a quote I heard in church recently.
“As we realize our own healing, we become more in tune to the way God heals others.”
I live my life as an open book, and I’ve always done so in an effort to find healing for myself, but also help heal others along the way.
In my last post, I expressed a feeling of complacency after my genetic test results. I struggled for a while to feel like I was feeding that need in my heart to heal myself and help heal others. I have a longing to devote my own passion towards something positive, rewarding and powerful. I call it “The Cause.”
When my mom became very sick, and had to face the reality that she wasn’t going to beat cancer, she asked her best friend to help her write letters to my family. I often quote my favorite part of the letter she wrote me where she says,
“Meet me outside by my flowers and open, sunny places.”
Being outdoors and gardening was her biggest hobby, and it brought her so much joy. When she says to meet her by her flowers, this was her way of saying, “When you miss me and need to talk, you always know where to find me – in a place I loved where my spirit will always be.”
It wasn’t until this past Thanksgiving when I was reading my letter again that something stuck out to me. I wanted to start a charity or do something to help others and share my mom’s story at the same time. I’m my happiest when I’m getting to do that. I wrestled with a few ideas, but after talking with my family and a few friends, I knew exactly where I was being lead.
That leads me to why I brought you all here today…
I’m so excited to announce Blessing Books!
Blessing Books are custom designed books of letters from your loved one. Just like my mom left us with letters, I want to help others do the same for their family. I work with you every step of the way to include everything that’s most important to you. Whether it’s advice they want you to always remember, the happy memories they want you to hold onto in their absence or letters for you to read in the important moments that they’re with you in spirit. I design the book and send it off to be printed. There are various sizes and packages available to make it as custom and enhanced as you’d like!
My letter is the most important thing I posses. I think about these last ten years without my mom, and I think about whether I’d feel as connected and at peace with sharing her story if I didn’t have my letter. I can confidently say that I would not. It’s where I turn when I need to read her words, for comfort in the sadness and to know without a doubt that she’s still with me every day. My desire and hope for Blessing Books is to be able to offer other people what my mom made for us. It’s a forever thing to be able to pass this down to your loved ones.
I can’t wait to be able to incorporate my love for design with my even greater love for “The Cause” and to honor my mom in this way.
I’m currently still working on getting the site ready, but Blessing Books will be available for purchase come June 1, 2017.