I mentioned in my most recent 101 in 1001 post that I read Two Kisses for Maddy.
If you've never read the blog Matt, Liz and Madeline, you need to. I warn you... Matt's been writing for over 3 years, ever since his daughter was born... and his wife died the next day.
I first found the blog about two months after it all happened, and I must have cried for hours as I read every post from those two months. I've read every post since then... and it's been amazing feeling like I'm a part of this stranger's journey. There's been sadness. There's been joy. There's been laughter and tears.
So of course I had to read the book he had written about the first year. I knew the story, but I had a feeling there'd be more in the book than what was in the blog. I was right.
What I just read was an incredible story of one of the happiest things in life being intertwined with one of the saddest things in life... birth and death all within 27 hours... the ups and downs of mourning the loss of a spouse and becoming a new (and single) parent.
I have so much respect for Matt and the way he's shared himself with so many... the way he's started a foundation in his wife's name to help others who have lost a spouse... the way he loves his daughter.
I hardly ever buy books new, but this one was worth it (and part of the proceeds go to the Liz Logelin Foundation that Matt started).
Don't worry though... it's not all sad. In fact, I want to share the section that made me laugh the loudest...
"I knew the morning we set out for NY was the last time I would see Liz's car. Before we left for LAX at five o'clock, I stood on my quiet, empty steet with Maddy asleep in my arms, just staring at it. If any of my neighbors had seen me, they probably would have though I was out of my f*ing mind. ... I waved at the car, and headed out to the airport. I wasn't sad. I was mostly mad at myself for acting like a jack*ss and waving at an inanimate object."