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In The Morning Light
     

In The Morning Light

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by Patricia Robbins
 
For almost twenty-five years, Jeff and Pat Robbins lived with the knowledge that their identical twin daughters, Charlotte and Vanessa, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age nine months, would die young. In spite of this overwhelming terminal illness, they raised their girls to be joyful, hopeful, full of life and most important, abundant in love. Choosing to live and

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For almost twenty-five years, Jeff and Pat Robbins lived with the knowledge that their identical twin daughters, Charlotte and Vanessa, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age nine months, would die young. In spite of this overwhelming terminal illness, they raised their girls to be joyful, hopeful, full of life and most important, abundant in love. Choosing to live and work on a thoroughbred horse farm, living an idyllic, simple life focused on time spent together as a family, Charlotte and Vanessa grew up trusting in life.

Secure in who they were and the bond they shared as twins allowed them to venture into life fearlessly to follow their dreams of acting, painting and writing five children's books together. For college, they moved three thousand miles away from home, where they found happiness and the love of two incredible young men. This is the story of their remarkable journey.

Written by Pat, the girls' voices are threaded throughout each chapter, using their own words taken from a documentary, a news program and their journals allowing them to tell their unique story of living and loving.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780578108131
Publisher:
2nd Tier Publishing
Publication date:
07/06/2012
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

I have been a waitress, secretary, weaving teacher, artist, public relations assistant, senior fundraiser, caregiver, and Vice President. Nothing I have accomplished compares to being a mom and raising Charlotte and Vanessa, who continue to influence my life.

Born and raised in New Jersey, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rosemont College, when I was forty. I've lived in nine states and spent a year in Sweden, learning to weave, spin and dye yarn. While writing this memoir, I was awarded a six-week writing residency at the Ucross Foundation in Ucross, Wyoming.

Lucky in love, I have been married to Jeff, the love of my life, for thirty-eight years. We found one another when we were young, and although we have had such sorrow in our lives, it was entwined with laughter and joy, which has made our love grow stronger. We are grateful for the passion we still share.

I am a member of "Mother's Finding Meaning Again", a special group of mothers who have lost children. We come together once a month to give strength and hope to one another, knowing we are not alone and that sometimes understanding does not need words.

Nature is an important source of healing for me so most days I enjoy taking long walks, working in my garden and preparing healthy meals. Once a week, I monitor a blue bird trail on properties not far from my home, watching the cycle of life unfold before my eyes. Nature brings me happiness.

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In The Morning Light 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AvidReader444 More than 1 year ago
This book touched me deeply in so many ways. In today’s world, we often hear about horribly dysfunctional families, and so it was often difficult to read of such a closely knit loving family, knowing from page one that in the end there would be the untimely death of two beautiful young women who had everything to live for. But I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to share, through Pat’s often heartbreakingly honest words, their time on earth, because the girls’ death really isn’t the story. As sad as it is (and there will be tears for any reader brave enough to share the Robbins’ journey), it isn’t what I was left with when I finished the book, and it isn’t why I highly recommend that you read it. The essence of the book is the way Charlotte and Vanessa Robbins truly lived, not just existed waiting for that horrific disease to claim them. Taught by their parents that their sickness did not define them, and that they were free to do anything they chose to do – free to be independent, go to college thousands of miles from home, meet their soulmates and fall in love, free to live - they did exactly that, even writing letters and poems to be read at their funerals assuring everyone of the happiness they had found, often calling themselves the luckiest girls in the world. In the beginning, their parents gave the twins strength to view life this way, and by the end of their time on earth, both girls found ways to give their parents the strength to go on without the daughters they adored and had built their lives around. That is the story - the love that was woven into every moment of their lives together in spite of the insulting ravages that cystic fibrosis put upon their bodies. If you love someone who struggles to live a positive, happy life despite a physical challenge, this book will help you and strengthen your resolve to help your loved one. If you feel as if you are often faltering from the oppressive grief of a recent loss, this book will show you the things that helped Pat find the strength and freedom to grieve and the path to live again, not just exist - things that might help you, too. If everyone in your life is healthy and happy and living love-filled lives, this book will give you pause to appreciate what an amazing gift Life has given you. It is a good read. You will be better for having shared the Robbins’ journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago