Orlando Leg of the Book Tour

The Expecting Sunshine book tour is marching on! The most recent stop was Orlando, Florida for the annual The Compassionate Friends National Conference.

About The Compassionate Friends:

The words of TCF’s Founder, Simon Stephens, resonate with those who have come to The Compassionate Friends hoping to find a purpose in a life that suddenly seems so empty. Whether your family has had a child die (at any age, from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.

About the conference:

The 40th National Conference of The Compassionate Friends took place in Orlando, Florida on July 28-30, 2017. “Rays of Sunshine, Oceans of Hope” was the theme.

Expecting Sunshine at The Compassionate Friends Conference:

It was the fourth annual TCF conference that my husband, Aaron, and I have attended and presented at. This year we delivered a session called “Blogging with Purpose.” I talked about the ways to create an powerful blog site and blog post. Aaron taught about the practical techy aspect of creating a blog and different platform options.

Also at the conference, Expecting Sunshine memoir was for sale in the bookstore and I did a book signing.

Expecting Sunshine fun at The Compassionate Friends Conference.

Author Alexis Marie Chute at the bookstore sign for The Compassionate Friends. The bookstore, like most sessions, is supported in loving memory of deceased children.

Sharing the Expecting Sunshine story with eager readers!

Author Alexis Marie Chute and husband Aaron Chute with the sign for their presentation, “Blogging with Purpose,” at The Compassionate Friends.

Aaron Chute teaching about blogging at The Compassionate Friends National Conference.

Author of Expecting Sunshine, Alexis Marie Chute, visiting with other authors at The Compassionate Friends National Conference.

Expecting Sunshine at Disney World and Universal Studios:

It wasn’t all work while in Orlando. The BOOK took a tour of Disney World and Universal Studios. It had never been before so I felt obliged to show the BOOK a good time. Here are some images from Expecting Sunshine‘s adventures:

Expecting Sunshine BOOK visits the Magic Kingdom.

BEFORE Splash Mountain.

ON Splash Mountain.

AFTER Splash Mountain!

Expecting Sunshine at Universal Studios!

A little every day magic in the world of Harry Potter.

Bumblebee was moving, I promise! It was raining so he had to duck for cover.

The colorful world of The Simpsons.

Princess Fiona and author Alexis Marie Chute.

E.T. and Expecting Sunshine are heading home!

A T-Rex is eager to sink its teeth into a good book.

This reminds me of the time that Aaron and I took our two living children (before Luca was born) to Disneyland. I was inspired by a photo taken by bereaved mom Angie Smith, author of the memoir I will Carry You. Aaron and I bought an extra Mickey Mouse hat for Zachary and imagined he was with us, celebrating his short life while still honoring him as a part of our family.

Remembering Zachary Chute with love. Disneyland with Zach’s siblings.

Next stop on the book tour: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada!

Thank you for reading!

With gratitude,

Alexis Marie Chute