1. Hello Todd and Kristin,

    I attended your talk and then I bought your book. I’m halfway through the book and what an amazing, beautiful, thought-provoking and soulful book. You are both truly remarkable people and I’m so touched by your writing, your honesty, and your spiritual connections, and prayers at the end of each chapter. Heavy is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read and also one of, if not, the most difficult books I’ve read. I find myself continually thinking of you as I go about the day, asking myself questions, and praying to God for you, your family, and everyone affected by challenges, big or small. I also find myself just reflecting and thinking more in the present of the here and now.

    I grew up with a father who was disabled (he had polio as a child) but I don’t remember him as being disabled. My Dad wasn’t in a wheelchair growing up (he often is now) but he had difficulty walking great distances and running wasn’t possible. But growing up, he was just my dad. He laughed, played games, told jokes, prayed with us at bedtime and most importantly, he loved my brother, my mom and me. That’s what I remember – a family filled with memories and a Dad who cared and provided for us the best he could. I wouldn’t have wanted a dad different than the one I had even though he couldn’t run, play basketball, or do many of the physical things other dads did.

    I find myself thinking of your children quite a bit as I read the book and I too think that’s what they will remember from growing up – a beautiful family that spends time together, loving and caring about one another. They are learning lessons of compassion, love, nurturing, protecting, and giving as they are surrounded and enveloped by your daily routines and love. Rest assured, you have both laid the foundation and are raising two very compassionate, beautiful children.

    I don’t know what more to say except thank you for sharing your personal story so openly. You have given quite an amazing gift.


    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your father. I pray that our children will have a similar perspective when they look back on these years. Beautiful.

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