May 31st was a BIG day…our book was released to the world and we decided to CELEBRATE!
Dear friends who prayed for Bennett in the NICU, his teachers/ therapists, our publishing team, friends and family ALL GATHERED to celebrate Bennett’s life- a night we will NEVER forget!
We will also never forget that it was the HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR (i.e. 100 degrees at 6 pm), so we had extra gratitude to ALL for coming out (thus yes, the shiny foreheads are 100% sweat!).
Next up came a book signing at an adorable local boutique shop that my friend owns. I was SO delighted when Caroline asked me to pick a date for our book signing at Pink Dot!
We decided on Friday, June 10th and Caroline graciously offered to donate 20% of all sales that night to Jill’s House, the not-for-profit organization that offers respite to families of kids with disabilities. We were SO touched by her gesture to support both Jill’s House and our book launch! A true honor.
Life is so interesting, isn’t it? We all meet people along our journey – some are there for a specific purpose at only a specific time, and then others reappear further down the road. One of the many things we feel grateful for are the people placed along our paths. Highlighting the GOODNESS of PEOPLE was truly one of the driving forces behind us wanting to write our book.
Yes, we wanted to tell the HOPE story of Bennett’s birth, miracles, and life…and yet we also wanted to share the incredible people who have helped us and encouraged us along the way. Whether it was a fellow NICU parent, a nurse nun showing up in her habit on our doorstep, or beloved family mentors like Bob Scott or Bob Roth; we wanted our book to highlight the GOOD in this world.
Travis and I both agree how fortunate we have been to have such authentic relationships. It really is one of the secrets to life. Let’s all continue to seek out “our people,” pour into them when things intheir lives get hard, allow them to pour into us when we are in need…and embrace the JOY that the messiness of life can bring when we do it together.
I once thought I would spend my life as a working mom and wife, hustling in corporate America while volunteering at both my church and the PTA. Life's numerous curveballs, however, have prompted an evolution: I know consider myself recovering type-A planner.
I am married to my college sweetheart, Travis, and we have three amazing children. Our faith in Jesus is what matters to us the most. Hands down.
When my high school friends voted me "Most Likely to Drive a Minivan," I scoffed and declared that would never happen. Ironically we now own two mini-vans. My favorite one to drive has a ramp for my oldest son Bennett, a quadriplegic. I consider it my greatest honor to chauffeur my three kids around and do life with Travis, my partner in this journey we call life. Our life is not always easy, but it is always beautiful.
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