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Monday, September 23, 2013

Finished the Family Book!

Family Book - Sunni's Photo's
All I can say is yippee!  What an ordeal!  I don’t know if I would ever take on another project like that, but I’m so glad this is finished after ten years.  It looks terrific too!

 I didn’t want this book on Amazon because it’s just stories about our lives as kids growing up on a cotton farm in the south.  My sisters and I have been burning up the phone lines over the last month to hash out the rest of the details and get it all in order.  I barely stayed under my cell phone minutes, which is a good thing, but I used lots of ink and toner on this book because I had to make eight copies once it was proofread several times, corrections made, and then all the old B/W photos put in. 

 Once the printing process was over which took me several days, I bound it myself using my comb-binding machine.  Naturally, I had to order supplies from Amazon because the office stores here didn’t have anything the right size.

 I’m very happy with the way it turned out, but its one big book.  Each one weighs over a pound and is 324 pages long.

 This was a rush to finish because my mom is losing her memory and I want her to be able to read it before it’s too late.  I’m going there for a few days to surprise her.  I’ll post again when I return.


  1. Yay! That's so awesome Sunni! The cover looks great. Now that's what you call a labor of love. Your mom is going to love it. How could she not? Have a great trip.

    1. Vashti,

      Sorry I haven't responded to any of you guys. I'm with family having a great time. My mom said that was the best gift I could have ever given her, so that felt good.

  2. Congratulations, Sunni. What a great gift for your mom and family.

    1. Jagoda,

      Thanks. That was quite an undertaking.

  3. That's a pretty massive book! Sounds like fun. I've though about doing something similar. I'd like to do it while my mother's still around not just to enjoy it, but to contribute to it. I need to record some of her stories.

    Have a great time!

    Wrote By Rote

    1. Lee,

      My mom did contribute to the book when she was out here visiting me a few years ago. The rest was done through reminiscing and phone calls between me, my mom and sisters.

      My mom has dementia so it was very important to get this finsihed while she can still read it. You should definitely do your book. Time flies by.

      I've been encouraged to put it on Amazon but I'm not sure I want to do that. I would have to go and change people's names and places probably for that kind of thing and I'm not so sure people would want to read about life on a cotton farm back in the 50's anyway.



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