Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day 6: Counting the Days

My labor of love, the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) calendar for 2013 is all set to debut at our local Buddy Walk on the 20th.  After about 8 months of planning, organizing, procrastinating, begging, pulling my hair out and wondering why, oh why, my e-mails to people always seem to end up in that bottomless pit of despair, aka spam, I've finally gotten the proof back from the printer, ready for my markup, file revisions and, ultimately, my sealed-with-a-kiss stamp of final approval. 

5 years into the odyssey that is the calendar, I still spend the bulk of the 8 months convinced that it's going to be horrible, that I've burned all of my bridges and called in the last of my favors with the photographers, that there's no way, no how I can do it another year... 

And once that proof, still warm from the press, is placed into my waiting hands by the printer...I melt.  I seriously, honestly, transform into a pathetic, rapidly-expanding puddle of liquid joy, and all of the uncertainties and frustrations fall away.  Sure, there are changes that need to be made, errors to correct, but they're almost always minute

But I'm still unsure about what to do next year...

And until then, here's a sneak peek (recognize anyone?)...


17 comments:

Than4Keeps said...

You've done such wonder! I still remember when Ethan was about seven months old when he had his pictures taken for the calendar...an awesome experience! Amazing little angels :~)

Heather said...

Amazing. the sneak peak. And you. And your girl. Your posts lately have been incredible. But no surprise there.

Love form California, to you and your little love.

The Annessa Family said...

THE CUTENESS!

Brooke
www.MarvelousLoveBlog.com

Anna said...

This is incredible! You should be proud.
Keep the awesome posts coming!

Jess said...

It's a beautiful calendar.

Deborah said...

It looks GREAT. I think that picture of Charlotte is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

breathtaking! You do such amazing job on the calendar

nicole.

Kristi said...

OH.MY.GOODNESS. That is a beautiful calendar..i am assuming you did this for your buddy walk..what a great idea..would love more details on this..and bring it to our buddy walk table..

teal915 said...

Looks amazing.

Leah said...

So beautiful. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

wendy said...

What a beautiful calendar!! wonderful work!!

Churchman Crew said...

Hi! I'm Ty!

Now that's a calendar! All of the kids look like they're having so much fun!

You rock!

Ty's Adventures said...

Hi! I'm Ty!

Now that's a calendar! All of the kids look like they're having so much fun!

You rock!

Nan said...

What a beautiful calender! All those smiles. Very infectious!!!

Molly said...

AWESOME! Also, I see Miss Charlie! Love that baby girl. Oh hey, and I spy some other cutie pies! How can I buy one? I'm in NH but I'd love to get one!!!

Conny said...

OMG - this is absolutely AWESOME!!! I am totally in love with every single one of them!!! Great job!!!! Thank you for helping raising down syndrome awareness and keep on rocking!!!!
Much love from Germany
Conny

Melissa said...

I LOVE your calendar and can't wait to get another one!!