I began writing Living Life with Leo shortly after he passed away. It was when I realized my memoir was shifting from sharing Leo’s opportunities to sharing more about my whole life experiences.
I created a list of the activities we made possible for him, it was a long list. I then realized it would be too long for one illustrated book which is when the thought of breaking the adventures into seasons dawned on me.
It wasn’t intentional at first, but the sentences started coming out in rhyme, and I smiled to myself recalling Leo’s love for rhyming books.
It was at this pivotal moment, that I knew, the only way these books were really going to have an impact was if I could find an illustrator to capture Leo’s essence.
This is when Jayden entered the scene. We met for hours talking about the spirit of Leo and how his smile and eyes captivated people. I asked her if she could create a sample of him. One look was all it took and I knew she was the one!