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Happy This Week

Only 3 more chemos to go in this first round!!! I started scheduling my second round and I have my radiation planning meeting in a month. It’s coming right along!

My sister went to chemo with me this week and we laughed a lot! Did you know Michael Jackson had a personal magician? We thought that was hilarious. Maybe you had to be there. ;)

My friend, Robin, brought me a bunch of trashy magazines last weekend like National Enquirer, Star, etc. It was so thoughtful and so much fun to read. (That’s where we read about the personal magician…)

We had two wonderful dinners this week from my friends Nicki and Diana. I can’t even tell you how helpful this has been for our family.

Seinfeld is coming to Hulu! Guess what I’ll be watching this summer???

I have several former students coming to visit next week! It’s their exam week so they can come and say hello. I’m excited to see them and humbled that they want to come visit me!!

Matthew and I played Life one night after dinner this week. It was so nice to have time to do that!

Matt and I were able to go on a couple of walks after school this week. It’s nice to be able to have a conversation!!

I went to see Pitch Perfect 2 and it was funny! I didn’t like it as much as the first one but it was still good.

Three more days of school for me!!

What made you happy this week?

Happy This Week

Another round of chemo in the books…4 more bad ones to go!! Woohoo!!

I had my first appointment with my radiologist oncologist this week and it went well. They have a new treatment option where I’d get 21 higher doses of radiation instead of 33 lower doses. I think I’m going to do that. I’m excited to have 12 days of my summer without radiation!!

My friend Beth took me to chemo this week and we had fun. That’s one upside to chemo—getting to spend one-on-one time with people that you rarely get the chance to catch up with!

Olivia got a new haircut and it’s so cute. (On Instagram! @elastamom417) Her hair has been driving me crazy for a while now because she won’t leave anything in it. If I braid it or put clips in it or anything, she takes them out. When she gets home she looks like a crazy person and she doesn’t need any more reasons to stand out! So we got a cute pixie cut that doesn’t need any bobby pins or anything and she loves it! It’s kind of a pain for me to do each morning, but oh well! Totally worth it!

I took this week of work to rest and recuperate as I have been feeling extremely worn out. I missed my students and coworkers but it was restorative!

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day! We spent the morning with my mom and sister and then had dinner with Matt’s family. The kids made me cards, Gabe wrote me a poem and Matt gave me a beautiful card. It was nice to have a relaxing day with everyone I love.

Matt and I will be celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary tomorrow! We went out to dinner on Wednesday to celebrate since I don’t usually del well on Saturdays. We had a nice dinner and enjoyed some much needed one-on-one time. I don’t think we’ve been out in months!

We had two wonderful dinners from friends this week. So thankful for these dinners!!

My friend, Mary, brought me the cutest survivor sign. Love it!

What made you happy this week?

Sometimes I Forget

In the midst of this crazy life, when the laundry is piling up, when the floors need to be cleaned, when I just want to crawl in bed and be done for the day, I sometimes forget. I go to get you ready for bed and your room is destroyed, again, you’ve made a mess in the bathroom, you’ve torn apart your bed and I feel like I’m going to lose it. I want to scream, I want to yell, I want you to just be a normal 14-year-old who doesn’t do things like this every single day. I want you to get yourself ready for bed, I want you to clean up your room, I want you to know better than to destroy it in the first place. It’s easy to get tired and worn out and wish things were different. I always want you to be different on those really frustrating days.

But that’s not fair. You’re not typical. You’re my Olivia. And sometimes I forget just how far you’ve come.

Even though it’s not easy, when I stop on those frustrating days, and take a deep breath, and close my eyes, I can remember just how far you’ve come. I remind myself just how lucky I am to have you. I think about all of the wonderful and positive things you’ve brought to our lives. I think about how much joy and love you add to our lives. I think about all of the good things and feel bad that sometimes I forget.

Sometimes I forget that most kids with your syndrome are nonverbal and we are so lucky that you talk so well. Even when you say “What the hell?” and “God **(n it!” and “You’re a moron!” I should be thankful for each word you are able to say.

Sometimes I forget that you didn’t walk for a really long time and I should be glad that you can walk to the bathroom and make a mess. I should be thankful that you can walk around your room and destroy it.

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to have a 14-year-old daughter who still thinks I walk on water. Who wants to be with me over anyone else. Who still kisses and hugs and tells me she loves me constantly. I mean how many 14-year-old girls do you know like that?

Sometimes I forget that you are happy and content with exactly how your life is right now and it doesn’t need to be changed.

Sometimes I forget just how much joy and love you have brought to our lives and how thankful I am for every second I get to be your mother.

Happy This Week

I got absolutely showered with love this week…thank you all! I’m over the halfway point with my really bad chemo…only 5 more to go! Still a long way to go until I’m totally done, but it will feel good to have this one part behind me.

I read this article on FB about this cancer survivor that created these empathy cards. They are perfect and they made me laugh. I’ve gotten some other cards from people that were equally hilarious and helpful. Isn’t it amazing how much a little snail mail can brighten your day?

This John Oliver take on Common Core testing is perfect. Made my day!

Two of my friends from high school, Diane and Megan, sent me a gorgeous bouquet of tulips along with a sweet card. Totally made my day!

My friend, Maureen, sent me two bracelets that say “Strong and courageous” and “You got this.” They are awesome. I will wear them every day!

My friend from college and sorority sister, Kristine, gave me a sunshine basket filled with all things yellow and happy. It’s the cutest basket ever! My kids were excited for the M&Ms and MilkDuds!

Another friend and sorority sister, Shannon, delivered dinner this week and I was able to chat with her for a bit. It’s been forever since I’ve seen her. I hope to catch up with many of my local friends this summer! She also made us the most delicious salad!

My Mom took me to chemo this week. It’s always a treat getting to spend time just the two of us.

I receive numerous texts, FB messages and cards just to say people are thinking of me. I can’t tell you how much those help and mean to me!

I love seeing my students wearing my “I can. I will.” t-shirts!

I’m taking next week off of work so I can rest and recuperate. I’ve not been feeling that great and think I need this to get to the end of the year. With that break, I only have 6 more days of school! I love my students and will miss them next year but I’m glad to have lesson plans, grading, etc., off my worry list for a while!

My friends at work are so supportive!

I saved the best for last! My friend, Kelley, who has been an amazing prayer warrior and support to me, treated me to the musical Once this week. Have any of you seen it? Oh my goodness. I LOVED it. I am not a musical buff either but this one blew me away. It’s funny and sad and heartwarming and the music is to die for. It was such a special treat to be shared with such a wonderful friend!

What made you happy this week?

Happy This Week

Beautiful flowers left on my porch from my friend, Jen. Flowers really are something happy, aren’t they?

Yummy dinners delivered by wonderful friends. This is so helpful to our family! And one dinner came with…flowers!!!

Driving the boys to soccer practice. We crank up the tunes, roll down the windows and just enjoy. While they’re at practice, I run over to my Mom’s with Olivia and Matthew and hang out for an hour. It’s a nice way to enjoy a Wednesday.

Carpools! I don’t know what I’d do without our soccer carpools!!

Gabe was asked to play with the premier team this weekend for soccer. He works so hard and I’m so proud of him! He’s really excited! (Even though it means another 3 hour drive!)

Somebody at work left me a card in my mailbox with a $10 bill and said “Buy yourself a treat!”. How awesome is that? My friend, Megan, also delivers a motivational quote and a Starburst to my room every Monday. Love it!

We started the “Townsend House Cup” at school this week where I divide my room into the four Hogwarts houses from Harry Potter and we have a competition for the rest of the year. I decorated my room and had a sorting hat and hung up the “Platform 9 3/4″ from Gabe’s 11th birthday on my door so they had to walk through it. It was so fun. The kids all came through with a huge smile on their face and were excited to start the competition. I’ll do anything to get them through these last few weeks!!! (Again…follow me on Instagram already! @elastamom417 and you can see all my pics!)

Matt and I have been watching two really funny shows. One show is “Last Man on Earth” on Hulu and the other is “Workaholics” on Amazon Prime (I think it’s Comedy Central normally). They are stupid but funny and exactly the kind of comic relief we need right now.

My friend Michelle stopped over this week. I always love hanging out with her.

My BFF and I are going walking today! Yeah!

I went for a nice long walk at the local metro park on Thursday before chemo. It felt so good and was so relaxing.

My Mom took me to chemo this week. We went out for an amazing lunch in Ann Arbor at Zingerman’s Roadhouse. I had the most delicious grilled cheese and then we shared a donut (fresh from the oven) sundae. It was soooooo good. We were stuffed. Then we went to my appointment. My blood counts were perfect! We had a great day!

I am halfway through the really bad chemo! I still have a long way to go (March 2016) but at least I’m halfway through the really tough part!

My Mom made us a loaf of banana bread. It is my favorite!!

What made you happy this week?

Cancer Chronicles VII: Random Updates

It’s difficult to blog these days. I have so much to say, yet I don’t know how to put it into words. I feel so crappy when I actually have time to blog that I just don’t do it. It’s a conundrum.

I’m hanging in there. I hate that expression but that’s honestly how I feel. I’m exhausted. I don’t feel good. I’m missing out on weekend life and after-dinner life. I’m struggling to keep up with work and home. I don’t have any hair, my eyebrows are thin and I’m hanging on to my last 10 eyelashes for dear life. I don’t eat much but yet I’m not losing much weight. (How’s that for a slow-as-molasses metabolism?) Matt and I rarely get to spend time together because the weekend is when we normally have a second to catch up and I spend my weekends miserable in bed. Keeping up with work is difficult. If you are a teacher, then you know what a giant pain it is to get ready for a sub. I have a sub every Thursday and Friday. I can’t get much done on the weekends because I don’t feel well. Monday is spent catching up from whatever happened on Thursday and Friday. Which means it’s Tuesday and almost time to get ready for a sub again. It’s not fun at all. So, like I said, I’m hanging in there.

Two weeks ago my white blood cell count was too low for one of my chemos, the tough one. Now I’m trying not to panic each week, hoping I can get both chemos because I just want to be finished. Every time my counts are too low, I’m another week behind. I want to be done! Then I remember I still have a long way to go…but to just take it one thing at a time. It’s not easy.

Some days I feel like a warrior. Like I am this amazingly strong kick-ass person because I am doing this. I’m still going to work, I’m lightly working out most days, I’m still going to soccer games and cub scout meetings. I’m going to chemo once a week for 3 freaking months. I’m a freaking warrior. But then other days I feel like the weakest person in the world. When it’s Saturday and I feel like I’ll cry and lose my mind if I have to get out of bed and get dressed, I feel like a failure. Like I should just get up and go. But it hurts. And I feel like I’m going to puke and my head’s going to explode and my whole body, down to my bones, just aches like you would not believe. I’m so very tired. So I give in and let myself rest, like I know I should, but I still feel like I should be doing more.

The kids are doing very well actually. Thank God. Matt is OK. Not great, not even good, but OK. We’ll both be glad when school’s out for summer.

I’m sick of wearing hats and scarves. One of the best parts of my day is when I get in the car after school and take off my hat. I miss my hair. It doesn’t really bother me too much, per se, but I still miss my hair. It’s weird how sometimes my head hurts like it’s demanding to be felt after losing all of its hair. I miss lifting weights and working out super hard. I miss food and things tasting good. I miss working five days a week. I miss my husband. I miss my kids. I know I’ll be back soon and everything will be back to “normal” but it seems so far away. I’m just so thankful that, eventually, everything should be back to normal.

It’s lonesome. My friends and family have been amazing but I still feel alone sometimes. I’m the one going through it. I feel like when I complain it makes them feel terrible. I know it does. So I try to be tough. But it’s not easy. So, like I said, I’m ok. Hanging in there.

Happy This Week

Today is my birthday! I’m so happy to see another year!

It it is absolutely gorgeous in Ohio today!

i got to walk with my BFF today and another of my besties stopped by for a visit.

My  blogging friend, Rudri, sent me a beautiful necklace with the word “courage” on it. I love it.

Dinners made with love from friends arrived on my doorstep!

Two of my students surprised me on Wednesday with a homemade candy card (why aren’t you following me on Instagram already? @elastamom417), balloons, doughnuts and gifts. They are so sweet to me!

My colleagues wore their t-shirts for me on Wednesday. It definitely raises my spirits!

I had a fun text conversation with one of my friends about baby names! I love babies.

my sister took me to chemo this week. It was nice to sit and chat and catch up.

What made you happy this week?

Happy This Week

New clothes and new shoes! I needed comfy clothes with v-necks for chemo and was able to find some things that double as work clothes. I got three pairs of new shoes from Payless that I can’t wait to wear in warmer weather. I just love having new things to wear.

I finished Gilmore Girls. It is one of my favorite shows of all time. I cried like a baby at the finale. Sobbed! Don’t judge me, but I may start over and watch it again. (I am in bed a lot!)

Having so many people in my life that I can count on for love and support. I can’t imagine doing this without them!

My BFF, Amy, took me to chemo last week. I was nervous about not going with Matt but it was fine. Amy took good care of me and we laughed and laughed. The time passed quickly and she made it fun! Another of my BFFs, Sherri, took me this week. At one point we were laughing so hard she looked at me and asked “Is it ok that we’re laughing? Should we be sad?” which made us laugh even harder! It was so fun to catch up and hang out for the day…even at chemo!

All of my test results look good so far on chemo. My levels are low but where they’re expected to be so that’s good news!

I’m 1/3 of the way done with my tough chemo sessions! 8 more to go!

One of my most favorite students of all time will post “I love you, Mom!” on my pictures on Instagram and stuff and it makes my heart so happy. I really miss my students when they leave me!

Two of my girls came to me for friendship advice this week. It’s nice to know I’m still connecting with them in that way and they feel comfortable coming to me.

One of my students legitimately thought I was in my 20s. That made my day!!! He didn’t realize I had a 14-year-old!! :) I said something about how I’ve been teaching for almost 20 years and he was all confused…then I told him I’ll be 39 next week and he was shocked. I guess he hasn’t looked at my face really closely and seen all the wrinkles! Or taken a close look at my veiny hands!!!

My students have been very good for the sub when I’m out. It makes it so much easier on me!

We are getting a new principal next year and that is always a little scary. We found out who it’s going to be this week and he seems like he’ll be great. Fingers crossed!

This week’s been a really rough week and look at all that happy! Some weeks you just have to look a little harder, right?

What made you happy this week?

Cancer Chronicles VI: Being Deliberate

Chemo is rough, you guys. Really rough. I get completely overwhelmed thinking I have 9 more to go of the really bad ones. It will be summer before I’m done. So I take them one at a time.

But it’s rough.

I feel like crap pretty much all week. Sometimes I rally on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but not this week. I can’t even get out of bed on Saturdays. My bones hurt. My eyelashes hurt. I just want someone to constantly rub my back and give me Tylenol. I hate eating. I hate drinking. Everything makes my stomach hurt and I have a horrid taste in my mouth. I can’t drink coffee it tastes so bad. (And you know how much I love coffee!) I either feel like I’m going to throw up or I have diarrhea all the time. I know that’s TMI, but it is what it is. My nose hair is gone so my nose drips constantly. I’m so glad I shaved my head because my hair is coming out in patches. I have tinnitus that comes and goes and my eyesight has gotten worse. I have to wear my glasses all the time now. And I’m so tired. Tired like I’ve never been before. I’ve been managing to exercise five times a week but not like I used to. I’ve been sticking to walking and riding the bike. At least it’s something, right? I’m just so tired.

I’ve been keeping up with work pretty well. Mondays are pretty rough for me so I’ve been trying to make them “easier” teaching days, if there is such a thing. I typically never sit down at school but I’ve been trying to rest more throughout the day so I can make it through.

Emotionally I have good days and bad days. This week has been mostly bad days. I’m just pissed. I hate this. I hate the whole thing. I want it to be over and when I think that I have 11 more months to go, I just want to fall apart. So I take it one day at a time. One chemo at a time. One treatment schedule at a time. And I try and remember that, thank GOD, at the end of all of this, I will more than likely be ok. I’ll be “cured”. And that’s the goal.

But it’s really difficult.

One thing I’ve been focusing on that’s been helping me is being deliberate. Let me explain. My first Monday going back to work after my first chemo treatment, I felt just awful. I was up all night (Did I mention I don’t sleep well either?)and my stomach hurt and I was still exhausted. But I honestly felt like if I didn’t go that Monday, the first Monday, when I felt like shit and didn’t think I could do it, that I would never go back. Does that make sense? Like I just needed to go, and survive it, and do it and be strong and then I’d be ok. And I did. I came home and slept for three hours, but I did it. And last Monday too. Deliberate.

I was on Spring Break last week and the kids and Matt were not. So I had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to myself while they were at school. What I really wanted to do was just stay in bed all day and hide under the covers, but, again, I felt like if I did that I’d never get out. So Monday I made myself put makeup and clothes on and go see a movie. Even though I felt like crap. And Tuesday I took the kids lunch and went for a walk at the park. Even though I didn’t want to. And Wednesday I felt great, finally, and went shopping and out to lunch and got a pedicure with a friend. Deliberate. I’m making sure that every day there’s a reason to get out of bed, to go on with life even though I feel like quitting and just giving in. I really still can’t believe that the whole world isn’t stopping for the next year with me. Do you know that feeling? When something tremendous happens and you feel like the world should just stop? But it doesn’t. And I just can’t quit. So I don’t. But being deliberate is tough. But I guess I’m pretty tough, huh?

Here are things that get me out of bed each morning. That help me be deliberate. That help me to keep going strong.

My family. My students. Teenagers get a bad rap. They are the sweetest, kindest, most loving kids in the world. I’m so, so thankful for my job and my students and my coworkers. They make going to work so much better. Texts from friends. Cards in the mail. Treats and gifts in the mail and left on my front porch. Dinners delivered. Seeing people in my t-shirts. Walks and bike rides with a friend or by myself. Netflix. Good books. Movies. Laying on the couch with Matt. Online shopping. New clothes. A new hat. Werther’s butterscotches.

And the one thing that helps me going the most? The love I feel from everyone in my life. I couldn’t, truly couldn’t, do this without it.

From my friend, Kelley, on a day when I really needed it.

All you need is love, right?

Chemo Reads

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Some days I’m too tired to read and that’s when I catch up on my shows or binge on Gilmore Girls. But most days I’m still able to read and for that, I’m thankful. Here’s the list of what I’ve read lately. (P.S. It’s long…)

The One That Got Away by Simon Wood

Zoe and her friend, Heidi, are graduate students set on partying in Vegas after working so hard. On their way home to California, they stop at a bar to live it up. Only Zoe ever returns to California. Years later, Zoe is in a funk. She didn’t finish grad school, she’s alienated her family and she’s working as a mall cop and she’s miserable. When a women is murdered in her town, and the signs all point to the same man she escaped from, Zoe is determined to find him and be rid of him once and for all.

This book was fantastic. Creepy, suspenseful and exciting. If you like murder mysteries, check it out.

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

This book was worth the time. Very different from anything I’ve ever read. I guess you could say it’s a love story entwined with a survival story. Lillian is a stay-at-home Mom whose mother-in-law has invited her on a tropical vacation that she won from a yogurt company. Lillian is happy to get away from life for a while and enjoy the sun. The first week of the vacation goes off without a hitch, but when they set off for their second week on a private island, their plane crashes. Also on the plane are the pilot, a blockhead macho jerk, the stewardess, who happens to be the pilot’s former love, and Dave the yogurt company rep. After the crash, the survivors are stranded on a deserted island. It is a great story of survival and true love. I can’t tell you anything else without giving too much away. My sister loved it too. Go read it!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book was on a Pinterest list of YA novels not to miss. It is a phenomenal book. In fact, I think it should be required reading for all high schoolers. The material may be too intense for younger readers, but it depends on the reader, I guess. Melinda is a well-liked, popular 8th grade girl enjoying her summer before high school. She and her friends attend a high school party right before schools starts and Melinda is raped. Melinda quickly turns from a bubbly, energetic 14-year-old into a mute, very depressed high schooler. Melinda loses her friends because they think she called the cops to tell them about the party. Melinda doesn’t tell anyone what happened and it eats her alive. She finds solace in her art class and spends the whole year in silence trying to feel better. She realizes that she’s not going to be able to get through this alone but she’s too afraid to…speak.

This was a very powerful story of date rape, depression, suicidal thoughts and how one teacher can make a difference. I just loved it even though it was difficult material. There’s also a full-length movie starring Kristen Stewart (who is really good because she doesn’t speak…hahaha…) on YouTube that was fantastic.

Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman
My friends, Jen and Stephanie, got me a two-month membership to Librify before I started chemo. I get one book a month and this was the one I chose. It was great. I love a good murder mystery! Two little 11-year-old girls, Alice and Ronnie, are on their way home from a disastrous pool party when they discover a baby on the porch in the stroller. They decide she’s been abandoned and take her from the house. The baby is found dead a few days later and the girls are accused and convicted of murder. The story picks up seven years later when the girls are released from prison. Toddler girls are going missing and the connection between these disappearances and the girls’ release can’t be ignored. This book was awesome. Twists and turns and great character development.

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

If you’re a Jennifer Weiner fan, you’ll love this book. I had only read a couple of her books before but really enjoyed this one. It’s not earth shattering or anything, but it’s a quick, fun, enjoyable read. This story follows Cannie Shapiro 13 years after her best-selling hot romance novel took the world by storm. She is now the mother of 13-year-old Joy and struggling through being a mom and a wife. Joy is struggling with the fact that her mother wrote a steamy romance novel and may never have wanted Joy in the first place. It’s a good, when-you-have-lots-of-time-to-read book.

You’ll Never Nanny In This Town Again by Suzanne Hansen

If you know me, you know I love anything pop culture related. I loved the Nanny Diaries and thought this one, with true tales from a Hollywood nanny, would also be a fun read. It did not disappoint. The author, a former Hollywood nanny, never really nannied for anyone super famous but did nanny for a major Hollywood executive and Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. She also had friends who nannied for Sally Fields and a few other stars and their anecdotes are in here as well. If you like having a glimpse into the lives of the rich and sometimes famous, then you’ll enjoy this book.

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

When I went to write this, I couldn’t remember what it was about. Then I looked on Amazon for the cover and went “Oh. Yeah. *Sigh*.” This was a heavy and sad book but very well-written. It follows two teenage best friends, Lizzie and Evie, in the summer as they swim and ride bikes and enjoy life. Until Lizzie goes missing. Evie is devastated and determined to figure out what happened to her best friend. The end is messy and upsetting but very real. I don’t necessarily need a happy ending as long as the ending is good. If you can handle a dark book right now, this thriller doesn’t disappoint.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I have been hearing non-stop about this book. Many compared it to Gone Girl and said it was a must-read. When my friend, Vicki, brought me a chemo care package, this book was in it so I decided it must be book fate. This was a great and exciting thriller. It is set in England, which I always love. I really want to visit England some day and books set there make me feel like I’ve visited for a while. I enjoy books told from different perspectives. This one is told from three different perspectives: Rachel, a down-on-her-luck alcoholic who’s obsessed with her ex-husband; Megan (aka Jess) who lives next door to Rachel’s ex-husband and who Rachel semi-stalks from the train; Anna who is the new wife of Rachel’s ex. Rachel loves to watch (a little creepily) Jess and her husband while she rides past their house daily on the train. When Jess goes missing, Rachel is obsessed with helping and winds up in the middle of a big mess. (That’s an understatement.) It’s a fast-paced thrillers that keeps you guessing. I loved it.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

I could write a poem about how much I love Jodi and her writing. If I could have just a tenth of her talent, I’d be so happy. I don’t know how she does it book after book. She writes with such ease, her characters are so perfect, she tells the story from different perspectives seamlessly and writes about interesting and fascinating topics. You fall in love with the characters, with the story, with her writing, so that, when you’re finished, you have to take some time to deal with your book grief. Does anyone else feel this way about her? She’s amazing to me.

Leaving Time follows Jenna, a 13-year-old who lives with her grandmother. Jenna’s mother disappeared when she was three and her father is in a mental hospital. Both of her parents were elephant researchers who ran an elephant sanctuary at the time of her mother’s disappearance. On the night her mother disappeared, another woman was trampled by an elephant at the sanctuary. No one really knows what happened. Shoddy police work and an indifference to what actually happened have left this case unsolved. Jenna is determined to find her mother once and for all. She enlists the help of an alcoholic, down-on-his-luck police detective, Virgil, who was on the case 10 years ago. She also enlists the help of a once-famous psychic, Serenity, to help her find clues to finding her mother.

Picoult weaves all of this in with the amazing story of elephants. I didn’t know much about elephants but, now that I do, I feel the need to save them all. I absolutely loved learning all about elephants, especially in their role as mothers. It was fascinating. This story is truly, at its heart, the story of motherly love and how much that love impacts our lives. Please go read this book and then come back and talk to me about it. I’m still mourning that it’s over. It’s one of those that sticks with you.

Oh and when you’re finished, you’ll probably want to find a real psychic too. Or is that just me?

What have you read lately?