Saturday, December 06, 2008

Parting the Waters Book Release

Thursday, December 4, we held our local book release at the Marshall Visual Arts Center. My dear friend, Pam Dowd, made three beautiful arrangements for the tables.
As our way of saying "thank you" to a community that played a huge role in this story, we gave one free copy per family. Additional copies sold for $10 each.
Friends made cookies.
Jacob also signed books, with the help of his long-time aide and friend, Rusty Mauldin.
Messing with the camera man (my husband). I told Chloe to stick out her tongue, too, but she was too polite.
Guests mingle in the visual arts center, a spacious old building that was originally a laundry and now hosts art exhibits and other events. We enjoyed a steady stream of come-and-go visitors, and gave away/sold almost 300 books.
It was so much fun to sign copies for dear folks who prayed and ministered to us in countless ways.
Precious friends. I'm the one without any books. :)
Claudia Jones is the wife of the man who dove into the lake on impulse and found Jacob at the bottom. She drove to East Texas from Little Rock, Arkansas to be with us. Pam Dowd remained a constant presence throughout our ordeal. Her daughter, Natalie, was Jacob's best friend. They are both important "characters" in the story.
Another dear friend, Jeff Franzen, sent this bouquet. It was delivered to me at the signing table mid-event--one of many beautiful moments in the evening. Thanks to everyone who came and the many who continue to pray for Jacob. We love and appreciate you!