In APRIL when you hop on Amazon to purchase Hope Gives a Eulogy, this is what you’ll see! So keep your eyes peeled (what a saying), because Hope Gives a Eulogy will be available for purchase very soon.
April starts tomorrow, folks!!
What a perfect month for this book’s debut. Easter is April 4. Infertility Awareness Week is April 18th-24th. (#NIAW). And Mother’s Day in May is not long after. Springtime for the brokenhearted & grieving can be such a painful reminder of all that is not.
But I believe spring comes.
I believe infertility can be the story without being the story.
I believe it can be spring in your soul when pain is your life.
I believe God can do anything.
I believe Hope Gives a Eulogy will be the words so many women are living and desperately needing to read. I’m waiting with you.
HERE WE GO! And here we stay, full of life, anyway.❤
Two things I specifically didn’t want in Hope Gives a Eulogy + WHY. . .
1) Page numbers 2)Table of Contents
-page numbers would distract from the poetry and I want you to move through the story in the same way I did. I didn’t have an idea of a timeline. Page numbers give direction, but when you’re in the thick of it, you are just IN IT. You don’t know where you are or what’s really going to happen when you turn the page, but you have to turn the page because it’s your life.
-table of contents? I more than likely would have said no to a table of contents any which way you cut that cake, but do you know of anyone who gets to read a table of contents before they live their story?! Me neither! There’s no way to know.
So on these pages without numbers in a book without a table of contents, I learned to grieve, celebrate, stand up, wait long, breathe, hope, be unafraid, dream, trust, and laugh. My soul healed in God.
And I want you to go on that journey as closely as you can.
California Redbuds is inspired from the day my younger sister told me she was pregnant. . .
She has been one of the kindest + thoughtful women I’ve known to deliver and live out such good news, but I still fell apart.💔 In so many ways, my husband had to pick up the pieces. Or at least help me start the process.
Some of my favorite poems in Hope Gives a Eulogy are the love poems.
There are so many love stories told through songs and stories, but there aren’t enough telling the beautiful love stories happening in the midst of heartbreak in marriage. I say love stories because there are so many Ben and I have lived together since we got married.
There needs to be more poems about how rich a family is with no children.
More poems giving beautiful wings to our altered timelines and this abrupt grief lasting years.
More poems about the moments of intense suffering that turn to a resolve and resilience as we create something lovely, vibrant, and strong. . .together as a family, in love, choosing life.
I hope the love poems in HGaE give childless couples the songs they’ve never had and words to the story they’re living but have never read.