Tuesday, June 02, 2009

An Update...

So, I figured it was probably time for an update. If you haven't noticed, I'm not really the blogging type. :)

That said, Gary & I are doing well and are about to embark on the next stage of our journey as we pack up and head back home to Arizona in the next month or so... There's not much here in MO for Gary & I other than memories, and unfortunately, most of them aren't happy ones... (That's not to say we didn't have joyful times in the midst of our trials or that we haven't grown from this experience...)

I'm still working on finishing Amy's book. It was a larger project than I anticipated, and I was much closer to being finished months ago, but didn't really like how it was turning out, so I scrapped a large section and started over from almost the beginning. I don't want to put a timeframe on completion, but I do have my publishing and distribution all taken care of. I had some interesting marketing ideas I thought I'd try to work out with some of my contacts in the music and book industries, but I don't know how feasible they'll be without having to back out of the publishing and distribution goals I already have in place. Anyway, the goal of the book is to spread her story, and through it, evidence of God's faithfulness, sovereignty, and His glory and not to make money, so there will definitely be a free downloadable version available and it will be protected with a Creative Commons license instead of a standard copyright to encourage duplication and sharing.

22 comments:

MemeGRL said...

Thanks for the update. Best of luck to you with your move and with the next stages of your life. You remain in our prayers!

Janice Phillips said...

Think of you often and will be praying for the move/adjustment.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for updating. I've been wondering how you and Gary were doing. May you find peace and joy each day.

Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear you all are doing well. Best of luck with you move. We would love to see recent pictures of Gary! :)

Rachel said...

Thanks for the update Brandon. :)

Carrie said...

I'm glad for the update. Thanks for taking the time to make it.

I followed Amy's story for the last few months of her life and I was really touched. (And her story really isn't over in some ways.) At any rate, I'm a resident book reviewer and when you get the book completed, if you want to send some copies my way, I'd love to promote your message. (My dad just died of cancer 2 weeks ago so I feel a little bit closer to your message than I did before!)

My reading site:

readingtoknow.com

I'm a staff revier at 5 Minutes for Books and I'd love to push it there also, if you should feel so inclined:

www.5minutesforbooks.com

Just let me know!

Blessings,

Carrie

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update.Good luck with your move.

lala said...

It's nice to see an update. Looking forward to reading your book when it's available.

Nisbett Family said...

We love you Brandon. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

chefstinsonfamily said...

So nice to see an update. I think of you and your family often. Praying for you and your move. Can't wait to read the book. Take care!

~Stinson Family
Ankeny, IA

Regular Jane from Oregon said...

i came by to tell you I haven't forgotten Amy either. I only read her thoughts from her postings, I never spoke to her directly. Somehow I was touched by her candor and I sometimes hear her words as I go through my day. I look forward to the book and even more to meeting her in heaven.

monicac2 said...

Thank you for sharing the update. God bless you and Gary on this next step of your journey!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. God bless you and your precious son!

~The Spauldings~

Kim said...

I'm glad to hear from you...Still praying for you and little Gary.

Tammy C said...

sI was thinking of you and looked up the blog.Luittle did I know that you had an actual update.Hope all goes well for you in Arizona.Yiour hands must be full with a 3 year older that proably talks your ear off!

Dr Prakash said...

Thank you Brandon for the update. I am praying for your joy and peace. Amy must be looking with her beautiful smile that you are moving on. God bless you.

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Julie Lind said...

Brandon, Please look us up when you get in town. I would love to meet Gary. Your mom has our contact information. - Julie Lind

Sharon said...

Brandon,
I look forward to Amy's book. I will keep watching for when it is available. Many of the nurses here on 5 East remember Amy, Gary, yourself, and all of your family fondly and think of you from time to time. When Amy's book is available, I will be sure to let others know so we can share in the joy that comes from reliving Amy's triumph. For even though the evil one took her from you, she won because her loving Savior defeated death for her. Praise God.
Best of luck as you and Gary move back to Arizona and move to the next part of your lives. God Bless.
Sharon Van Arsdale FNP, Symptom Evaluation Unit - 5 East UHC

Christina.Kimberly said...

THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE

You both have remained in my thoughts and prayers. I hope al goes well in AZ

May God bless you both.

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Marie Spence said...

Brandon,
I met Amy and her mom in the SEU as she was preparing for transplant #2 and I was preparing for transplant #1. We were scheduled to be on the 5900 at the same time for our transplants. I always check for your updates and I do hear from Anita now and again. I wish you and Gary all of the best as you move to the next place you are needed. Please keep us posted on this new jouney and also let us know when the book hits.