Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wearily, wearily, I say unto you...

This morning, the time changed. We did the “spring forward’ thing. All I could think, as I struggled to get out of bed at my 5 a.m. wakeup call (which was actually 4 a.m. to my body clock) was “I am so tired. I am so tired. This worn-out body does NOT have the strength to get up and do what I need to do today.”

I made my way (eventually) out of bed, brewed a very strong pot of coffee, and sat down for my morning devotional time with the “Jesus Calling” devotional book, a recent gift from a new friend. Today’s words read in part, “When I gave you My Spirit, I empowered you to live beyond your natural ability and strength. That’s why it’s wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength, but Mine… which is limitless.”

Well, alrighty, then. Coincidence that this was today’s reading? I think not.

Philippians 4:13.

Now… on with the day.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Dream Big... Work Hard...

Lately, I’ve been dropping hints about a new adventure I’ve embarked upon. It began more than four years ago. Like most dreams, it didn't come true overnight, or easily. It’s taken hard work, sleepless nights, and the support, encouragement and faith of a small circle of incredibly talented friends (you'll hear more about them in future posts!)

Four years ago, I spoke with a young mom who was stretched so tightly with work, household responsibilities, etc., that she was having trouble even finding time to “read to my children.” I thought back to the days when I had two small children, worked long hours at the TV station, met myself coming and going. I had been that mom. Right then I realized, I had to do something to help.

          I considered how to help her stay connected with her children, when time and distance kept her away. I thought about grandparents who are separated from their grandchildren by distance, or health concerns. I thought.. and I prayed….and I prayed some more. The result is “I Love It When You Read To Me™” personalized reading videos.

          In a nutshell, we publish high-quality, beautifully illustrated children’s books that stretch a child’s vocabulary, stimulate their imagination, and exercise their creativity.

     We offer parents and grandparents (really, anyone who wants to create an incredible memory) the opportunity to read our books before our cameras. Our professional team then edits the recording with music, graphics and special effects into an entertaining, child-pleasing video that puts Mom, Dad, Granddad or Grandmom on their special  child’s TV or computer screen.
     It’s not a substitution for time with the child in your life. It’s a bridge, to help fill the gap when you have to be away.

          There was a flurry of guesses when I posted this picture on Facebook, described as “what it looks like when a dream starts to come true.” It is a stack of paper. THE stack of paper used to print our first books. I was at the printer’s when it was delivered.
 Subsequent photos depict behind the scenes work:
late night of editing videos

shooting commercials

and designing a website.
And, this is where it has all led.

          We take our mobile recording facility on site to locations where parents and grandparents gather— pre-schools, elementary schools, festivals, and more.
     We are a family-oriented group seeking to make this easy for you. We don’t want this to become another item on your too-long ‘to do’ list.
     We book recording events daily. If you do not live near an event, we will soon offer the option of uploading your own video of you reading one- or more- of our books.

          Watching parents and grandparents read for  their children has been awesome. Just this week, a sweet daddy reading to his young son moved me to tears.

          After spending 30 years as a TV reporter writing about car crashes, drug busts and politics, I never dreamed I would write and publish children’s books and use cameras to record precious memories, instead of news events. God is good. He has led me to some amazing people who have helped this project come to life. We are all excited to be on this new journey that only He could have imagined, designed, and put into action. Stop by for a visit.