Well, that was unexpected!

In keeping with the apparent theme of 2020, “Well, that was unexpected!” I have been on a new adventure these last few months. But, unlike a pandemic or murder hornets, this seems to be a good thing!!

I’m making Children’s Activity Books!

Yes, the quarantine led many of us to try new things. My husband marinated and grilled chicken for tacos, my daughters redecorated their bedroom, my son has spent hours tweaking his golf swing, and I started an entire new line of books!

With the help of a nudge from a friend, I took the time I would have spent preparing for and working at speaking engagements (that were all canceled due to COVID) and I started to “dabble” in making children’s activity books. Then, the dabbling became an all-out obsession… and I’ve been having a BLAST!

My biggest line of children’s books are called Love Your Neighbor Company. They come in a variety of themes (I’ll be adding more!) and in ten different interior options. My hope is that the message of these books will encourage kindness, love, and friendship. They display a variety of skin tones, abilities, interests, etc. and carry the phrases, “Love Your Neighbor” and “Everyone Is My Neighbor” throughout! You can check them out here!!

http://loveyourneighborco.com

I’ve also made golf coloring books,



At the Lake” coloring books,

Water Sports coloring books and journals

And more!

Yes, I’ll still be writing and speaking in my “usual” way as well, but what a fun new adventure this has been!

What new thing did you try in 2020?

Neighbor Day Weekend

Happy Neighbor Day

My youngest daughter snuggled into me this morning on the recliner. She had just gotten out of bed for the day and carried her seemingly ever-present-when-she-first-wakes-up purple blanket down with her. She rubbed it against her face.

She’s in first grade, so I delight in these moments. They are becoming increasingly rare.

“I’m excited about today.” She said softly.

“Why?” I asked, expecting her to tell me she likes the fact it’s picture day at school, or something she is planning to play at recess.

“It’s Neighbor Day weekend!”

I laughed, and before I could correct her, her big sister chimed in.

“Not Neighbor Day, Kenzie! LABOR day.” Karly said as she shook her know-it-all third grade head.

“Then when is Neighbor Day?” Kenzie asked.

Karly told her there was no such thing.

I corrected her.

“Actually,” I said, “EVERY day is Neighbor Day. Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and he didn’t say just one certain day of the year. He meant every day.”

Karly gave me an eye roll. And then she grinned.

“Yeah. I guess you’re right.” She said.

If only we were given a three-day weekend to celebrate Neighbor Day every week.

Sigh.

But nonetheless, I hope to celebrate today.

And every day.

Happy Neighbor Day to you! Today, and always.


This blog was inspired by the Five Minute Friday┬ácommunity where bloggers are encouraged to spend 5 minute blogging based on a one-word prompt. This week’s word: NEIGHBOR.