The completion of Amy’s Book

Those of you who have followed my Blog from the beginning may remember the 20th January 2009 post entitled,  “All the way my Saviour Leads Me” ; well that post referred to one of the pages from this project that has now come to an end. In 1992, after being named as Amy’s Godmother, I decided to send her a poem every year on her birthday, starting at age one. I tried to choose poetry that was either fun or inspirational, and ultimately to support her growing faith. I wrote all of them with my normal italic nibbed fountain pen. Sometimes they included illustrations and all were done on watercolour paper that measured 320 x 210 mm in size. Three of the poems were too long for one page, so they were continued on the reverse. Here below are most of them, all except the last 2 which were more personal in nature. The last one was mailed to her for her 20th birthday, and this year she turned 21. For this special occasion, the pages were all returned to me for them to be bound into a book. I made the cover this weekend and will be posting it off to her soon. It is not a professionally bound book, and has many of the hallmarks of a very home-made effort; however there is a whole lot of love bound in to its imperfect simplicity.

Amy's Book, cover

Amy's Book, cover

Pages 1 – 4

Pages 5 – 8

Pages 9 – 12

Pages 13 – 16.

Pages 17 – 20.

I quite realize that these pages are hard to read with the reduced size and dpi, necessary for posting on this page. If, however anyone would like a better copy of a particular page, please send me an email and specify which one you would like. I will gladly forward it to you. Send your request to :



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  1. Posted 6 Feb 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful book! I am very impressed with not only the calligraphy but also the illustrations!!! My gosh..what a marvelous gift!!

  2. Posted 7 Feb 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    So special! Like seeing all the calligraphy styles too.

  3. Posted 7 Feb 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely book she must be thrilled.

    • Posted 9 Feb 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Sue, Amy hasn’t received it yet, but it’s only the cover she hasn’t seen.

  4. Mary Jean
    Posted 7 Feb 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful gift Barbara,
    What an heirloom,
    Blessings, MJ

  5. Charles
    Posted 8 Feb 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Very nice Mom, I love them!

    “If any or all of these wonders should ever come about, I should not consider them blunders, for I should be inside out!” HAHA… love that

  6. Posted 10 Feb 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    this is an AMAZING book……..the poems…the calligraphy…the art…… are SO talented…I can’t imagine what it is like to have that talent inside of you….This is truely a book your god-daughter will treasure this FOREVER…

    • Posted 11 Feb 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks Melodie, I am amazed that you could read them, the print is so unclear !

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