This is a story for anyone who has ever wondered “Am I really good at anything?”
The charming tale of Tom Toastypants and his friend Tobias Beeswax
emphasizes the importance of trying new things, and that trying is much
more important than comparing one’s self to others.
Written by Erin Campell with Illustrations by her husband, Aaron Campbell
to know Erin Campbell and hear about the book that she wrote.
All this is to say that for me, the imagining of and writing of stories was just something that was part of who I am. Would stories have pulsed in my heart if I had not been exposed to so many growing up? Perhaps. While writing stories is something I cannot stop doing, publishing them is a different matter entirely! I had all the mind games so many of us have…these stories aren’t any good, no one will like them, it will be a waste of time, energy and money…I will put myself out there and it will flop, etc. It wasn’t until we were facing the rather large (for us) financial costs associated with adoption that I was spurred out of my “these aren’t any good” sulky fear party and just went for it. It was the growing love in my heart for child that would soon fill my arms that gave me courage. And that is a good rule of thumb for sharing our gifts. Very rarely will someone go, “This is awesome. I am awesome. Everyone, line up and get some of this!” More often it is a love for that story, that art, that song, that creation that will kick us out of our complacency and excuses to step out and share. We love it and we know that keeping it to ourselves is a love dead end. Don’t wait until you think no one will criticize. If there is an idea that has been rummaging around in your heart for weeks, months or years, do it because that gift that you have is meant to be shared and to bless someone else!
Second-guessing is such a thief. It robs us of the pleasure and joy of so many good things! When it comes to telling your child’s story, who better than you? You don’t have to be perfectly eloquent, or spend agonizing hours at the keyboard pounding out the memories. Just do something. It helped me to pull out my phone (yay for smart phones! A notebook would work just as well…but I never have one with me and I almost always have my phone. My husband will dispute this, but I FEEL like I almost always have my phone) and jot down a few words that would bring back a particular event so that when I did sit down to work on a page of our My Own Little Story book I had some notes to refer to and didn’t have to tackle a blank page with a blank mind! It is true that the words won’t magically appear, but there will be magic there in the years to come as you and your little one sit down and remember the story of his or her life together. Each of our stories are worth telling!
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Your kids’ Halloween costumes and stories are something you will look back on for years to come and smile. But, coming up with creative costume ideas for little ones can be both enjoyable but also tricky, to help you find the best fit for your little guy/gal, here is a list of some of our favorites from around the internet.
A Baby aerobics instructor:
A mini Audrey Hepburn –
I love this new take on the traditional Skeleton – and its educational 🙂
And finally, you can never go wrong with book references. Here is the Man with the Yellow Hat and Curious George
And for the Baby Bunnies