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If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you probably know a little bit about our foreclosure story. If not, and you have half an hour, you can listen to me talk about it on Amy J. Bennett’s Feathers podcast.
For me, that was hand-down the hardest couple years of my life. Dealing with a lot of unknowns, being separated from my husband, the constant stress of trying to sell a house, then not selling it. And those really hard times are when you come face-to-face with your faith. You find out whether it’s something you can really cling to or something maybe you didn’t actually believe deep down.
Is it an anchor? Or just a wave, rolling by?
During those years, I found that God was indeed my anchor.
I don’t want to compare our foreclosure to what my sweet friend Kayla Aimee talks about in her new book Anchored. Her struggle was one of life and death: the tiny life of her daughter Scarlette, who was born at 24 weeks gestation. But I think Kayla would agree with me: when the truly awful times hit, you find out what you really believe.
With her signature hilarious writing full of 90s references that make me grin, Kayla tells the very serious story of her pregnancy, going into labor at 24 weeks, and the six months her daughter spent in the NICU. She talks about the emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial burdens of having a micropreemie, while reflecting the joy and fighting spirit of a first-time mother.
I have not had a baby in the NICU, but I still laughed and cried through this beautiful book. I think this quote gives you some insight into Kayla’s lovely, unique style (and it was one of my favorites in the book).
Many times we learn way more from the stories we didn’t want than from the Happily Ever Afters. Don’t you think?
I did receive a copy of Anchored and some gifts from Kayla and B&H, but I have not been compensated nor was I required to write this!