Finding Hope in the Unexpected
by Kayla Aimee
About the book:
Based on the verse from Hebrews 6:19, Kayla Aimee's memoir weaves emotion and humor together to answer the question of where God is in the midst of suffering. Feeling as fragile as her one and a half pound daughter, she finds herself facing her greatest fear; that she may have finally become a mother just to lose her only child. With vulnerability and plenty of wit, Kayla lays bare her struggle to redefine her faith, her marriage, and herself within the context of a tragedy she never saw coming.
Years ago, this girl was obsessed with scrapbooking. The amount of obsession I had cannot even be described. There was just something about having my fingers all covered in ink and paint that soothed my soul. Expressing myself artistically while documenting our life was just a perfect fit. And one of the scrappers that I looked up to was Kayla Aimee. Her style, her wit, her charm and her way with words all drew me in. So when I saw this book up for review, I nearly tripped over myself trying to rush to get it.
Years ago, when Scarlette was born, I followed Kayla's blog. So every chance she had to post, I was there reading the update. I prayed for this tiny soul back then. I prayed for Kayla's Mama heart, knowing it was hurting. It was so surreal reading through the book, because of those reasons.
I completely believe some women are just born with a heart to be a Mama. Like myself, Kayla just wanted to be a Mama. But a struggle with infertility made that just a dream. When that dream finally became a reality, her faith was tested at 24 weeks gestation when she went into labor. Her daughter, Scarlette, weighed one-and-a-half pounds at birth. Kayla spent the next six months visiting her daughter in the NICU measuring days one heart beat at a time.
I'm telling y'all, this book is real, raw, sad, hilarious and everything in between. You may have tears, but you'll be laughing through them. Kayla has a way with words that is just unexplainable. It was a book that once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Aren't those the best kinds?!
Anchored covers life just before Scarlette was born, all the way through after coming home from the hospital, with various other memoir type life events and memories thrown in throughout. It's definitely a book I would recommend to all Mama's out there!
Kayla Aimee is a writer, mother and slightly spirited southern girl who spends her days uncovering hope and humor in unexpected places. She makes her home and garden in the honeysuckle drenched hills of northern Georgia with her husband, Jeff and daughter Scarlette. Kayla shares stories of faith, family and her favorite things at www.kaylaaimee.com
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