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Sunnyshore Studio Groundbreaking, December 26th, 2015

On Saturday, December 26th, 2015 our family celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for Sunnyshore Studio.

It was like old times. In the morning the boys trimmed a tree that had fallen over the fence and cleared out some blackberry bushes.

We also hammered in the stakes to mark off where the Sunnyshore Studio will be built. And took some time for a few rugged poses for good measure.

To top it off we held a ribbon cutting ceremony and ground breaking ceremony with only a select few guests invited: mom and dad.

For our family it was a historic moment – an old dream becoming a present reality. We hope to have a soft launch of Sunnyshore Studio on Mother’s Day, 2016.

Finally, I’m excited to share the video we made of the groundbreaking ceremony with you.

 

Merry Christmas from Sunnyshore Studio

All of us at Sunnyshore Studio wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

My dad painted this watercolor titled “in darkness – hope” for his and mom’s annual Christmas card. They graciously gave me permission to share it with you.

Christmas Card - 2015

Dad has painted many incredible cards over the years. Last year he painted this one called “O Holy Night”. In 2016, I hope to have sets of dad’s Christmas cards available for purchase.

O holy night - dad's Christmas Card, 2014

And in other breaking news, today our Indy home closed (was sold). This allows us to get the mortgage and break ground on Sunnyshore studio before the end of 2016.

My prayer for you and your family is the grace and peace of Jesus Christ in 2016, and the courage to step into your calling with boldness and zest.

 

2015 in Review

2015 was a big year for Sunnyshore Studio. As the CEO, CFO, COO and PR Director here is my review of the year.

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On January 8th my mom, Ann Dorsey, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. This was a game changer for me. My heart opened up to returning to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to mom and dad in their hour of need. I also realized that I needed to pull the trigger on building Sunnyshore Studio, something I had dreamed of for over a decade.

In February, Gary Boring and I visited the historic home and studio of the famous Indiana artist T.C. Steele’s during a break in an elder’s retreat in southern Indiana. This was a great chance to see an example of how one artist’s home and working studio has become a dynamic cultural and artistic destination. I got some great ideas for Sunnyshore Studio.

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In March I set up Sunnyshore Studio as a business with a clear mission. The mission of Sunnyshore Studio is to share the beauty of Camano Island with the world.  In April, I set up my Business Bank Account and Credit card.  And in May, I launched my Word Press Web Site. It has been a lot of fun for me since then to write regular blogs.

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The Fishing Hole

In June, I announced that my decade old Children’s Book Project, I Remember Fishing with Dad, was being published by Just Dust Publishers.

In July, I announced to my Redeemer Indianapolis congregation that I had taken a call to pastor a church in Redmond, WA and that our family would be moving to Redmond in August. It was hard to say goodbye to this City in which we had lived for 13 years, and to our friends in Indianapolis who we love deeply.

At the end of August we moved to Redmond, WA, a town my father grew up in. This allowed me to be closer and be more hands-on with the work of developing Sunnyshore Studio.

In September, we worked with Heritage Bank on a mortgage for the Sunnyshore Studio project. At the beginning of October we heard back on the appraisal of our Sunnyshore Studio. We were excited to hear that our mortgage was approved (on certain conditions, including selling our home in Indy). As we waited, I worked on small projects on the property like trimming the hedge.

On October 29th I sent out a facebook post asking friends to help me purchase 200 copies of my book by pre-ordering I Remember Fishing with Dad. By November 2nd 100 books had been pre-ordered. I was blown away by the generosity of my family and friends. I saw the book for the first time at the November 29th Christmas Party at Just Dust Publishers and was thrilled by how great it looked.

On December 1, I Remember Fishing with Dad was released. Mom, Dad and I had a book release party where we mailed almost 200 books. I had a great time at three book signings in December: one at the Snow Goose Bookstore in Stanwood, WA; one at McDonalds Book Exchange in Redmond, WA; and one at the Harrison Center for the Arts, in Indianapolis, IN.

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Finally, we are closing the sale on our home in Indianapolis on Monday, December 21st. This allows for us to move forward with the building of Sunnyshore Studio in 2016. I’m looking forward to working with Jim Spane on this.

As I look back on 2015 I have so much to be thankful for. I am amazed that dreams I had about Sunnyshore Studio and I Remember Fishing with Dad are coming true.

I am thankful for my mom and dad, my family and my friends, my beloved church family in Indianapolis and my new church family in Redmond, for the great sales of I Remember Fishing with Dad (400 in the first month after release!) and the exciting future for Sunnyshore Studio.

Most of all, I’m thankful for my LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, who rescued me, and to whose glory I seek to live my life.

Sola Deo Gloria.

 

Great turnout in Indy… may sell 400 books before the end of December

There was a great turnout for the Indy book signing. It was wonderful to see dear old friends. I’m so thankful for their support. I didn’t get photographs of everyone, but from this collage you can see how many friends stopped by.

I sold 50 books! My publisher told me that 400 is the average sales for all books that are published. I Remember Fishing with Dad was released December 1 and we have already sold over 300 copies. We may make 400 before the end of December.

 

 

Redmond Book Signing and Reading and Racing Off to Indy

On Monday night, December 7th, dad and I had a book signing at McDonald’s Book Exchange in Redmond, WA.

I did my first “book reading” there which was a lot of fun.

Special highlights were congregation from Redeemer Redmond coming like Joe and Meg, Pat and her daughter, and David, Destiney and Benton. Benton gets the prize for being the youngest to come out.

Another highlight was seeing old friends. Like Heather Burkey who I graduated from Stanwood high school class of 1987, and Denise Ibrahim and her girls, and Ingrid who I knew from years before when I served as a pastor in Seattle.

Anton and Joanne, friends of my dads from years ago when he was growing up in Redmond, stopped by and stayed for a long time and visited with dad and mom.

And then there were quite a few people who for one reason or another had heard about the book signing and came. One sweet little girl in particular had decided she wanted to come and meet me and hear about the story.

Special thanks to Ann, the owner of McDonalds, for hosting the book signing. I hope her business flourishes.

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All in all, we had a wonderful time and I’m super grateful for all the support.

Today (Wednesday) I’m off to Indianapolis and a book signing on Friday, 2:00-5:00 at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

Fun, Friends and Family at the Snow Goose Booksigning and the 200th book purchase winner

I had a ton of fun at the Snow Goose Bookstore book signing in Stanwood on Saturday and I discovered what makes book signings so great: the excuse to reconnect with dear old friends and family.

It was so fun to see dear old friends like Tim and Jeff Pierce, Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Ronning and his neice, and Eric and Susie Barbo.

And it was super special to have all the support of my family. My cousin Debbie Ruble was already at the Snow Goose when I showed up. My Aunt Margaret came by. My Uncle Robert and Aunt Sandy, dear cousin Megan and her son Johnny stopped by too. I was thrilled to find out that Sandy had read the story to Johnny and that now he wanted to go fishing. My sister April, and her girls Heidi and Joya came. It was fun to share this time with them. I hope to collaborate on a future “I Remember” book with April.

There were also old faces, old connections, from my distant past on Camano Island. like Kathy H., and Harlan and Mary Saylor.

Mary Saylor was the purchaser of the 200th book and the winner of this painting.

I also met a lot of new friends. There were lots of new faces. Many of them mentioned Sarah Arney’s article in the Stanwood news as to why they had come.

I’m so thankful for Kristine and Tom, owners of the Snow Goose bookstore for allowing dad and I the opportunity to do this. Kristine even bought 11 copies of the book to sell at the bookstore. I hope she sells out fast!

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By the end of the day I had sold 34 books. So dad, mom and I went across the street to a wonderful Thai Dinner.

I’ve now discovered the reason to do book signings, beyond selling books: it is to see dear old family and friends and to make new friends too.

Thanks everyone for your support!

December 1, Book Release Mailing Party…or how we signed and shipped almost 200 books in less than one day

At 5:30pm on December 1st, 9 boxes of books arrived at our apartment in Redmond. Anticipating their arrival, mom and dad were with us in Redmond, poised to go into action. The moment they arrived we began our book releasing signing and mailing party.

Mom’s Scottish roots paid off. A few weeks ago, she had purchased a bunch of padded mailing envelopes from a Dollar store, cut them in half, and taped them with duct tape so they would be an exact fit for the book to be sealed and protected in. This saved a lot of money, and helped a ton.

We set up an assembly line. Dad and I signed the books. Mom stuffed the envelopes.

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At 7:00 I had to jump into a room next door for a Redeemer Redmond Facility Team meeting. Mom and dad kept at it. After the meeting, facility team members purchased a couple of books so it all worked out perfectly!

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Mom, dad and I worked hard until about 11:00pm stuffing envelopes, and filling some of our largest orders. Two orders stuck out for their size. One of my friends, Wade Starkenburg ordered 11 copies.

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Another dear family friend, Anita Deyneka, ordered 20 copies.

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Wade and Anita and everyone’s support and generosity is super encouraging! It was fun to fill orders, write letters, and mail the books off to friends and family far and near.

Jenny came down to help us. With her help, we finished up signing and sealing the envelopes by 11:00pm. Mom and dad took some of the books to hand deliver.

Here is our dog Winnie admiring our work.

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The next morning, December 2nd, I headed to the Post Office to mail them. They were in the mail by 9:45am. I was amazed that I was able to mail all of them in less than 45 minutes and thrilled to find out that some of the books had reached their owners by the next day, December 3rd.

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And that is how we mailed almost 200 books out in less than one full day.