After many emails to publishing house, phone calls with printers, and tacking down leads I have come to one final lead that maybe something. Not something life changing, or exciting, but something that may allow for this book to be out there in a more cost effective way. Still, as I finish looking in to that, which I hope to be able to tell you more by this weekend and finally write a post call “fin” which has been a long time coming, but before then I did want to share something with you. I wanted to share the epilogue that is in the back of the book with you. I had been looking through the book the other day and was reading it as I think about fin and how this is pretty much over. I think it sums the book up well and will give you in sight in to what is going to come in the final post. I guess you can say its a teaser to the end of this journey. So enjoy and if somehow you spent the money on the really expensive verse of the book that is out there. Then you know what is coming…More news soon. Enjoy.
Finally! The adventure, my dear, is over. It has been over two years since you have been gone and I have picked up where you left off. It has been an adventure, filled with amazing stories and people that I have met on the way that have and still love you so much. This book holds so many stories and moments that will forever be a part of my life. My darling, this book is your creation and it was my pleasure and honor to finish it. Still, this book does not just hold beautiful moments. It holds the backstory of learning how to hold on to hope after you were taken from us; when there seemed to be nothing worth holding onto. This book holds the secret to how I have survived these first few years without you. I am thankful that you created it and left it for me to finish so I could feel connected to you in some of the darkest moments of my life. I would have given anything to watch you finish this book. To drive around the state with you, to meet your wonderful friends that fill these pages under better circumstances. To see you use your talent and passion as you created this book for one of our best friends. But the reality is, that wish did not come true, and those things were left for me to do. I did them because I love you. I don’t want anyone to miss out on your talent and your passion, and most important, your love and dedication to create something for our dear friend. The adventures of this book are over, my beautiful darling. I am thankful to have finished them for you. I truly miss you and love you, Sarah J. Alleman. You will forever be with me.
To my dear friends that are holding this book right now: Thank you! You are a part of this adventure even if you are not in this book, because you are holding something that is making a difference in the world. You are holding something that made a difference in my life. There is so much more to this that could be shared, but these pages will speak for themselves. Know this: In the darkest of places, in the most painful of times, when you feel nothing matters; if you don’t lose hope, if you don’t lose faith in something greater, something beautiful can come from tragedy. Something good can come from brokenness. We may never know the why’s in life, but we should look at the positive outcome, the silver lining, the beauty within the mess. Thank you for being a part of this. I hope you have enjoyed A Year Of Adventures, My Dear.
Don K. Ball