Today was the first day of our Kickstarter campaign launch where we will be trying over the next 29 days to raise pledges to fund our children’s picture book called 47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code. (Check out our link to the book above!) I was nervous when we filmed the video because Tessa was sick and I was lost in my lack of self-confidence. I was nervous when I watched it for the first time, but I was more nervous for the go ahead this morning knowing that an unknown amount of people would be seeing it…
And here I am in my office (checking the Kickstarter page like I have been doing all day and our Facebook pages) and I have tears streaming down my cheeks. Not because I am sad, not because I am scared, but because I am moved. I have sat here staring at my screen in amazement because we are almost 20% of the way funded in our first few hours…because well over 100 of my Facebook friends and several others I don’t know have shared the Kickstarter link on their pages or with their friends; some containing heartfelt messages and some just sharing, and it hit me–this is real. This is going to happen.
There are no words to describe how touched I am–NONE. For the last almost twelve months I have often worried that I put too much into trying to help people understand a condition; in which one extra chromosome is far from what the sterotypes hold. But tonight I am not worrying about that because I know everything I did in that time has been worth it.
A year ago today I was here…
…34 weeks pregnant and anxiously waiting to meet our daughter who, unbeknownst to me and my husband, was carrying a little extra surprise. When you compare a year ago to the present day, it is quite extraordinary. If only I knew then what I know now, but life doesn’t always work that way (here comes that “life” phrase you saw coming). So when it throws the oh-so-famous curveball, choke up and knock it out of the park.
Each of our lives is a story–always one worth telling, but only you can decide who your character will be. I think I am finding mine.
47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code is becoming bigger than I realized, and I am honored to be in the company of great supporters (and friends) like you! Keep sharing the Kickstarter link with your family and friends however you choose. If you can’t pledge, please share! Thank you, thank you, thank you!