In October of 2012, our family was divided. Chuck, Tilly, Apollo, and I were in Houston, TX seeking out medical treatment for Apollo. Our other kids were at home. They spent their days in the local public school (for the first time ever) being taken care of in the even by volunteers at our church (some of whom we had never met).
It was there, during some of the most difficult weeks of my life that my path crossed with Abigail Wilson’s path.
Apollo and Tilly playing in the common room at the Ronald McDonald House Houston.
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Abigail was one of the few friends I met at the Ronald McDonald House. Every person there is experiencing some horrible, unplanned event in their life.
No one dreaming of a family envisions days/weeks/months spent somewhere like this. We were all worried, hurting, waiting, and hoping. Abigail had a son, Ransom, just about Apollo’s age and the two became quick buddies. Abigail and I were just talking about how we regret not having any photos of the two boys together, but it is an awkward situation and I was, for the most part, trying to avoid having other people in my photos, especially since many were going on the blog.
Ransom, enjoying a meal at the Ronald McDonald House Houston.
Unlike me, Abigail wasn’t there for treatment for her toddler son. Abigail was there for fighting for the lives of her twin daughters who had Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Before we arrived she had laser surgery to divide the placenta the girls were sharing in an effort to save them both.
Abigail has just released her book, The Day Between: A Memoir of Miracles that tells the story of her two beautiful daughters, one who she got to meet here on earth and the other who she won’t meet until heaven. Abigail speaks with courage and honesty about her struggles, her hopes, and faith. I enjoyed reading this book so much. Even though I know Abigail, our paths didn’t cross until after she had surgery so much of what I read in the book was new to me.
I read the book the day it was released on Amazon Kindle.
I have to admit, it was difficult for me to read about her experiences at the Ronald McDonald House and hear her talk about Texas Children’s Hosptial. So many emotions were running through my mind. I had to stop and take breaks frequently. It was too real, too raw to me.
But Abigail’s story is so worth reading. You don’t want to miss this!
Want to hear something crazy? Abigail’s twins are named Tabitha and Priscilla…Chuck and I chose Apollo’s name from Acts chapter 18 where Apollos, a Jew, is taught by Priscilla and her husband. Yes, the only chapter in the Bible that mentions Apollos it is in connection with Priscilla. Abigail and I both think that is pretty darn cool.
And because Abigail is my awesome friend and I am so proud of her writing this book, and everyone should read this book, I am going to give away two copies here on the blog. Please just leave a comment I will draw a name later this week.
And if you don’t win the giveaway, please buy Abigail’s book yourself! You won’t regret it.