The day this girl was born changed everything for me.
I never had any idea about what the love of a child could possibly mean.
I’ll never have the moment back of seeing Catherine’s face with her firstborn in her arms that first day. Of Kaitlyn falling asleep between us in bed.
I’ll never watch her skating with such joy in a competition, or running behind her on her first bike and then letting go.
I’ll never see the look in her eyes when she found out she got into the college of her dreams, or feel her pain over the phone living so far from home in a first job across the country.
Last night, as I closed up the house, I did what I do every night during the Christmas season.
I go up to our Christmas tree — and rub a branch all over my hands to get the smell of Christmas. I do it to stop for just a moment, just a little moment — to take Christmas in.
I saw an ornament that Kaitlyn made many, many moons ago. I thought about that same night heading to the hospital on the eve of her birth.
A child. It is the wonder of life. It is the gift of Christmas.
Thousands of kids and families all around the country are watching this “Music Novella” of The Shepherd’s Story as a part of Virtual Christmas services — all around the country.
Written by Jimmy Dunne, the song version of The Shepherd’s Story was performed by nine incredibly talented kids from LA Country School of the Arts.
La Grange, Illinois made The Shepherd’s Story into a town event! After there was incredible town buzz all over social media swimming around about a shepherd-looking guy lurking around La Grange for a week, he was discovered on a Ring Doorbell video delivering the ‘first clue’ to the ‘Shepherd’s Treasure Hunt’ to one of his favorite towns.
There was a line around the block trying to get into the first store on the Treasure Hunt — where kids and families went from store to store, getting new clues and encrypting their code!
So much fun… Great for the town, great for the stores, absolutely great for kids and families.
Here’s a story in “Chicago Tribune Doings.”
A kind story by “Story Monsters Ink”: a wonderful company that serves as a literary funnel for teachers and schools. They also have great programs to celebrate the writing achievements of kids.
Publisher’s weekly kindly did an interview about “The Shepherd’s Story.”
Five years ago Jimmy Dunne, along with four Palisadians, dreamed of re-imagining a dilapidated upper Palisades Park — and creating a vibrant, stunning home for all Palisadians.
A town home that reflected the values so dear to all in one of America’s small-town treasures, Pacific Palisades.
With the extraordinary will of Bill McGregor, Bob Harter, Jay McCann and Rob Jernigan, this team led the dream to fruition.
Donations from so many organizations and individuals will forever be in the soil of one of Palisades new treasures.
With final touches taking place, the doors to Veterans Gardens will open when the town is comfortable coming together in its new park.
Here’s a sneak preview of a short video — stay tuned for the Grand Opening!