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You count a pregnancy by weeks and Kayla Aimee had only ticked off 24 of the 40 when she unexpectedly went into labor. She thought her church upbringing had prepared her for every circumstance but when tragedy struck and threatened to take the life of her newborn daughter, it felt as though once solid ground had turned to glass beneath her feet, destined to shatter everything she held sacred.
When swept into a story of suffering, we all find ourselves vulnerable, questioning everything we thought we knew as we wonder, “Where is God in this?” With everything feeling as fragile as her one and a half pound daughter, Kayla finds herself asking that same question as she faces her greatest fear: that she may have finally become a mother just to lose her only child.
Both poignant and humorous, Anchored recounts Kayla’s gripping story of learning to navigate her newfound motherhood in the most unexpected of ways, from holidays in the hospital and middle-of-the-night phone calls to the joy of coming home. 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. For anyone who has felt their faith in God falter, Anchored extends a gentle invitation to join her as she uncovers a hope that holds.
Kayla Aimee is a thirty-something not-so-newlywed southern girl and mom to Scarlette, born fifteen weeks before her due date. She writes about faith, family, and her favorite things at www.kaylaaimee.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Lisa-Jo Baker Introduction Chapter 1: What I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting Chapter 2: A Time to Laugh and a Time to Cry Chapter 3: Black Friday Chapter 4: A Thrill of Hope Chapter 5: Miracles and Motherhood Chapter 6: Sweet Communion Chapter 7: Bless Your Heart Chapter 8: Flatline Chapter 9: Separation Anxiety Chapter 10: The Heart of Homecoming Chapter 11: Broke and Broken Chapter 12: Quarantine Chapter 13: Stuff Scarlette Says Epilogue: Storyline