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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Great Book

For nearly two years I've gotten very interested in reading others people's blogs.  Mostly Liv sends me ones she thinks (I almost always do) I'll like.  She sent me this one a long time ago.  I was captivated.  I love to read blogs written by moms.  This blog is written by a father.  His wife died 27 hours after she gave birth.  Never holding her little baby.  About a year ago I learned, on his blog, he left his job to be a published author.  To tell his story to his sweet little girl.  The release date was set: April 14, 2011.  Victoria's 5th birthday.  I preordered  this book months ago.  I was so happy when I got an email from Amazon telling me it was being shipped early.  I have never ever been so excited to read a book.  I almost finished it in one night, but I forced myself to stop, unlike Liv..  It was so good I didn't want it to end.  I packed it to go with on my girls' weekend and only read two pages.  I still wasn't ready for it to end.  But I told all five of my girlfriends that they need to read this book.  But,"Oh no, sorry.  You can't borrow mine.  I'm going to have it signed byt he author in a couple weeks."

I wanted to read every word slowly and let it sink in. This could have been us.  What would Mark's world be if I died after giving birth.  The thought of all the things I would be missing bring tears to my eyes every time I think that dreadful thought. 

It makes me stop and prioritize the important things in life.  So what if the laundry gets wrinkled in the basket.  I'll fold it tomorrow.  . .or the next day.  Because I'm going to go for a walk with my family.  So what if there's sand on the kitchen floor.  Our kids are healthy and having a great time playing in the backyard and I'm having a great time watching them and capturing the moment with my favorite camera.

I did finish it this morning.  I'm going to post a comment to Matt about how much I loved his book.  Then I'm going to read it again this summer while I listen to my kids play.

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