Regina Doman and her husband Andrew were up in my neck of the country this weekend and I was able to spend some time with them. It was a wonderful day. They are such cool and fun people, and over the past year and a half of running Regina's forum I've gotten to know them quite well. They are so godly and creative and kind and intelligent, it is just a joy to spend even a few hours with them.
Some of the other SOTB cast members were also able to meet them, which was very exciting. Regina signed books, and we watched part of the "Midnight Dancers" stage production that was performed this weekend by a talented group of young people. Then Regina and Andrew and a few of us went out to dinner.
It is such a blessing to me to have the chance to get to know this couple and their family. I so deeply love and appreciate Regina's books and it is such a wonderful thing to know that the people behind the books are even better than the books themselves.
For those of you who are Regina Doman fans, I want to draw your attention to some special things Regina had on sale this weekend. I know you have heard about some of them on the website and forum, but I thought I would give sort of a review here.
The t-shirts - You can order these off of Regina's website. I got a "Someday my Bear will come" one and was impressed by the quality of it. The fabric is very soft and durable, and the design is very nicely printed (in addition to just plain being a cool design).
The paper dolls - "Shadow of the Bear" paper dolls are finally for sale! I was able to get a copy simply to have and admire, since obviously I don't play with dolls anymore. The dresses are lovely and very true to the book. I was especially impressed by the school uniforms, and Blanche's prom dress. Regina has taken the drawings and packaged them into a very nice and professional book. One interesting feature is that on the back of every page is the actual text from the book which describes the dresses that the drawings are based on.
Andrew's story - those of you who are on the forum have read the story of how Regina and her husband Andrew met and married, written by Andrew. It is a sweet and uplifting story and now has been packaged into a small book that includes a few pictures of Regina and Andrew on their wedding day! I'm not yet sure how they are going to be marketing this, but if you can get your hands on it, I encourage you to do so. Even if you've already read it, it's just the sort of thing to pass around among your friends for encouragement.
Jewelry - Regina had some jewelry on sale that her aunt had made. Fish earrings, rose bracelets, and bracelets that incorporated the white (light pink, actually) and red roses, the bear's head and a fish. I thought this was a perfect way to show my loyalty to the books, so I picked up one of the bracelets. It really is darling! If you get a chance to ask Regina about them, I encourage you to do so.
Trespasses Against Us - ...will require its own post in the near future when I finish reading it.