Welcome, Lacey, I’ve been looking forward to this interview. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
Well, I am a mama who loves my kids madly. I am passionate about what I do in spreading the message of hope through our story because not only does it bring glory to God to share what incredible things He has done for our family. It also makes the world a better place for my boys when one more person understands and accepts the disabled community.
Tell us about your family.
My husband, Chris, works in insurance. He and I have been together since we were teenagers. Next June will officially make fifteen years together for us, and 9 of those married.
Christian is our first born who was born with a disability. He is hilarious and silly and so intelligent. He loves to make people laugh. He’s so much like his mama that I just want to squeal with delight! J He’s in kindergarten and learning to read Braille. He takes karate and is about to test for his first belt. He loves music and funny enough, recording toys! He wants to be a radio DJ when he grows up. He is just rocking this thing called life and enjoying every minute of it!
And there’s me! I just graduated from law school in May, sat for my Bar in July, and passed! Woo hoo!!! I hope to start a solo practice and start working some by the summer. I don’t plan to go full force at it just yet because I want to have time to focus my energy on the book!
I can’t forget our critters either. We have two Boston Terriers, Steel and Kal, one sweet kitty named Laney, and four fish, lovingly named by the boys: Otis,
Slinky, and Zebra. J
Very creative fish names. I love little boys. I have three great grandsons who range in age from almost 2 to 9. Have you written other nonfiction books?
I have not. This is my very first go with writing a book at all, although I have loosely kept a blog over the years since Christian was born. I say “loosely” because updates have been sporadic, taking a back seat to being a mama and going to law school.
Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I just finished up the 40 Day Prayer Journal that will accompany Through the Eyes of Hope. So far, that is all that is going on in that department, but I hope to be able to write more in the future!
What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
What is this leisure time you speak of? Haha! Just kidding! Sort of. J I do enjoy running! I recently completed my very first half marathon back in October, and it was so much fun! I also love to read! I can get lost for hours in a good book if Chris is able to let me take a few hours to myself on occasion! Other than that, I really just enjoy spending time with my boys and my family!
Why did you write the featured book?
I knew that I had to share our story with the world. I knew that our journey was meant to be shared. It was so incredible to see what God did in our lives, and we couldn’t keep it to ourselves. I want to shout hope and encouragement to the world through this book!
I also want to spread awareness for the disabled community. I hope to shed some light on what it’s like to be a family with a disabled member, so that those who have not encountered or experienced something like this can learn and understand and accept people with disabilities, like Christian! I hope this book makes the world a better place for Christian and others like him!
What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
I want them to hear how God turned our ashes to beauty and our weeping into joy, and how God can do that for them, too. Our tragic circumstances don’t have to define us because we serve a BIG and loving God. We can make it through and come out refined.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
I would love to answer a big question that most people have when they first see photos of Christian or if they encounter us in public. It is absolutely okay to ask questions! We love talking about Christian. And I promise, our skin is not so thin that an innocent question will upset us. J Christian’s disability isn’t a sore spot for us. We love that boy wildly, and we are always happy to explain about his disability and his life! Education is key and I want to educate the world!
Please give us the first page or two from the book.
The first few pages of my book open into an introduction that starts at, well, the very beginning! A birth! The reader is welcomed into the operating room of Christian’s birth to hear about the moment that he took his first breath. The reader is also welcomed into my mind’s eye, as I tell my perspective on what was going on around me; the unexplainable mingling of joy and pain, the terrifying days that lay ahead for us, and the relationship between Chris and myself.
The reader is then led into Chapter one, where we jump back in time to the day I found out I was pregnant and the concerning days that followed. I really think the reader will enjoy following along from the very beginning and seeing just how far Christian has come! From there on, I guess you’ll just have to get the book to find out what happens next! J
Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Thank you, Lacey, for sharing your story with us.
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