Expectant moms spend nine months preparing for motherhood, a time of wonder and anticipation. While much of the information on pregnancy details the potential problems of newborns, most moms-to-be expect to deliver a healthy baby. So what happens when the best preparation in the world doesn't result in a perfectly healthy child?
It's the nightmare of every expectant parent -- and it is Wyn's story, and that of her son, Joe. Stricken with cerebral palsy, Joe is given a disheartening diagnosis: he will never walk, see, or talk. Wyn and her husband are devastated. This wasn't a high-risk pregnancy, so they were completely unprepared for this outcome. What followed are years of doctors' visits, numerous therapies, and many long nights -- a new family life that's exhausting, expensive, and emotionally draining. Blue Sky July chronicles the first seven years of Joe's life, and though it doesn't have a made-for-TV ending, its power lies in Wyn's ability to show how resolve and willpower can positively affect a life, and how blessing can come from adversity.
Wyn writes with the intimacy of a friend next door -- honest about her feelings, the monotony of her son's needs, and the loneliness of having an "abnormal" child. The result is that Joe's story, rather than being one of despair, serves as a reminder of the precious gift of every life. (Holiday 2008 Selection)