On October 20th, my son would be turning six years-old. This year, I would have joined the throng of new Kindergarten moms saying farewell to their child, who would be wearing an over-sized backpack and perhaps a nervous smile on his face. Maybe he would need me to hold his hand all the way to his new classroom, or maybe he’d shake me off with a confident grin, only looking over his shoulder to shout, “I love you!” before scurrying inside. I don’t know. All I can do is imagine, wondering how his personality would compare to his younger siblings, and how our family dynamic might differ if my first-born were still here with me.
Ty Edward Kiefer, the first beautiful child in my life to make me a mother, passed away unexpectedly from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when he was four months-old. Another written paragraph or two could never capture the horror and heartache that began the morning I found him in his crib, nor could it begin to describe the journey of hope and healing that would follow. I wrote Borrowed Angel in effort to share the experience, with a goal to offer comfort and hope to other mothers who have experienced loss.
This giveaway is in honor of Infant Loss Awareness. I hope my book and the Willow Tree carving of a mother and her baby (entitled Angel of Mine), will find their way into the hands of one who might need comfort.