“Oh, my word, I’m living this.”
If you and I are new to each other, let me start here: This is not
how this was supposed to go! In the portrait I had long ago painted of
my family, I didn’t intend to include words like “widowed single mom.” I
had envisioned many more decades with my husband Robb in the
complicated, beautiful life of marriage. But in the course of twelve
hours, our family of four became a trio, and since that day my boys and I
have been creating a new life in an upside-down world.
I have written this new book, which in a lot of ways is a sequel
to And Life Comes Back, to answer the question so many have asked: “And
then what happened—after the crisis became reality and your life began
again?” I’ve leaned into honest storytelling to offer a look into the
chaos and beauty of who we have become.
I’ll be honest, this book was harder to write because I’m living it
right now—I hardly feel like an expert who has figured it out. I hope my
straight-up-honest stories will give you encouragement to take the next
step. And the next. And the next.
Sometimes, you just have to pretend you know what you’re doing,
pretend you’re brave enough, and pretend you can do this. Sometimes you
just have to pretend you’re normal until the new normal finds you.
See you in the pages,
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