1. Almost 15 years ago, Rick and Chloe became pen pals. When Rick decided it was time to pop the question to Chloe he wanted to do something sweet that would also be a keepsake for Chloe’s son, Evan.
2. As Rick told the book’s illustrator, Yoni Limor, he wanted Evan to know his family is both special and normal:
I wanted Evan to see that his family was special but also normal. Yoni put personal aspects in the book as well. When we turned one of the pages and Evan saw himself holding Buzz Lightyear, his favorite character, he lit up with joy.
You see, Evan’s not my biological son, but he’s my whole world and I wanted to propose in a way that we could have a memento for Evan to cherish for years to come. He is too young to know that I am not his biological father so I thought this book would also be the perfect catalyst when the conversation of how our family came to be arises in a few years.