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Getting Started: Write a Dedication

October 24, 2008   

Submitted by Candace May

Dedications set the tone of your storybook. Here are some wonderful dedications that coincide with the Cornerstone series. Hopefully the ideas I present here will help inspire you to create your own special dedication.

Parent/Grandparent

Dedicated to the only hero I ever had-the greatest man I ever knew.

He never owned a new car, he took peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to work, and loved bologna and Kool-Aid. He was a plain and simple man, with minimal financial means and limited church service. And yet, his was a life of overwhelming success, immeasurable by worldly standards. He was the husband that most women dream of, the father that most children wish they had and the kind of man that most men wish they could have been. He lived a quiet, Christ-like life, dedicating himself to the wife and family he loved, giving each of us a gift we never can repay.

Baby

This book is dedicated to my first baby boy.

Always remember, “I can’t stop loving you.”

Children

I dedicate this book to my children. Perhaps I will look back on these images and once again feel what it was like to have your soft cheeks resting next to mine, or hear your tiny voices saying, “Mommy.” I hope that you will look back at these images and know, without question, that you were loved.

Love

This book is dedicated to my handsome husband. Thanks for making my dreams come true and giving me this family.

Life

This storybook shares some of my most important thoughts and is dedicated to my children so they may, some day, have more than just their memories to go by.

Visualizing or seeing someone else’s decication is an inspiration to me. It always helps me to see what others have written to inspire my own writing. Now, after having seen some sample dedications, you can write your own meaningful introductions to every storybook you write.

Happy Storybooking!

I’ve Been Storybooked

October 24, 2008   

Submitted by Sharon Murdoch

Since Candy wrote the first storybook about my father some 10 years ago I have never had anyone write my story. It was always my intent to write my own story, but like the shoemaker, I was always too busy helping others to create their memories.  

But, one day a few months ago, my two precious daughters held a birthday party for me with six of my 10 grandchildren at the party. There was the usual noise, balloons, cake and presents to open.  We all had fun giggling with delight. Then Candy reached into a box and produced a 12 x 12 book. My grandbabies helped me to rip off the paper. What happened next was nothing I ever thought could happen to me.  

There in front of me, on the entire cover of the book, was my picture at age eight. The grandbabies wanted to see more and so did I. As I started to read, the tears of love and joy flooded down my face. I had to keep telling the little ones that I was happy and the sobs were part of this happiness. I don’t think they got it, but they will some day as I intend to create all their books at each stage of their lives.

Yes, I was storybooked. When I am in my “turbo” wheelchair someday, I will retell this story over and over, probably to the chagrin of my audiences, as this undoubtedly was one of my most treasured days.

If you have not written your loved ones’ stories, do not wait.  Please allow them to experience a most treasured day!

Check out Sharon’s book here.