I’ve been sitting here staring at my computer screen for the past five minutes trying to figure out what to write about the fact that I just wrote a book. Maybe what I’ve heard is actually true: maybe we really do get just a certain amount of words in our lifetimes, and A Pair of Sparkly Sneakers just put me over my limit!
Or maybe I just need some caffeine 🙂
It’s an amazing jumble of feelings to have published a book…excitement, anticipation, fatigue (there were a lot of late nights!), and a slight feeling of it being surreal. But mostly, I feel grateful. In this month of mindful gratitude, I have so much for which to be thankful. Tonight, I’m thankful for the many beautiful people who helped bring this book to life…
I’m grateful to the many supportive friends and family members who lived this roller coaster of a story up close and personal right alongside us.
I’m thankful for my dear friend, Adele Miller, who opened her home and her heart to my family at the very beginning of our journey – as she has done for countless others.
Eileen Mahowald’s friendship came into my life at just the right moment, and her passion for the unschooling life is what first ignited my own.
The beautiful families who make up my Village support, encourage and inspire me every day, and truly embody the adage for which they are named.
Julie Genovese, my cheerleader from afar, generously lent me her expertise, kept me smiling through the ups and downs of the process, and inspired me with the brilliant light of her being, which rivals the sun itself.
The encouragement and support of my friend and mentor, Dayna Martin, transformed my family and made me the mom and unschooling advocate that I am today. It is truly inspiring to witness the way she has woven this life of freedom into a tapestry so powerful in its beauty that it transforms lives all around the world.
My parents, Richard and Donna Puleo, have given me the gift of wings through their unfailing support and belief in me.
My husband, Ted, believed long before I did that I had a story to tell, and literally en-couraged me to tell it. I am truly blessed to be living this amazing life with him at my side.
My children, who show me the beauty of living an extraordinary life, have brought me more joy than words can express. I’m especially thankful for Thomas, whose wisdom teaches me deeply valuable lessons, and whose sparkle lights my way.
I’m thankful for my Creator, who walked with me through each painful moment, celebrated with me each triumph, and whispered to me the beautiful meaning of this crazy, messy, wonderful thing called motherhood.
And I’m thankful to all of you, who have shown me such support over the past two years. I hope A Pair of Sparkly Sneakers will speak to you, encourage you, and nurture your spirit.