Last week this beautiful box of goodness arrived on my doorstep.

Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected

It’s the brand spanking new book by my friend Kayla Aimee called Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected, and true to her generous nature, it also included an adorable anchor charm bracelet and three gorgeous printables in her signature style. I cannot wait to frame them and place about my office. Wasn’t it nice of her to design them to coordinate with my color scheme??

I’ve spent the last few days reading her story. I knew parts of it. After struggling to conceive, her daughter Scarlette was born at 25 weeks weighing less than 2 pounds. Scarlette spent many weeks in the NICU struggling to survive. Kayla Aimee’s story is one of heartache and joy and triumph and pain and ultimately hope, and she shares it all with a delightful sense of humor that usually has me laughing through my tears. She isn’t afraid to be honest about her doubts and fears and how she worked out her faith through that trying time.

My older daughter was in the NICU for several days after she was born (over Christmas, to add insult to injury!!) and I can relate to just a fraction of the emotional turmoil that Kayla Aimee must have experienced in those months while Scarlette was hospitalized. I truly can’t imagine the strength and perseverance it must have taken to get through that time, but she tells about it all with such grace and vulnerability. I think any mother can appreciate this book, but especially moms who have experienced the NICU and the emotional roller coaster that comes along with having a preemie. You can visit her Anchored website to watch her trailer and read more about her story.

Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected releases tomorrow, July 1st, and when you place an order, you’ll be able to download this gorgeous printable art from GraceLaced as your free gift. Pretty sweet, yes?


Plus, Kayla Aimee has provided signed copy of her book along with that same art print for me to give away! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win.

Anchored Bonus Print

For more opportunities to win her book and other fun gifts, Kayla Aimee is hosting a Facebook party tomorrow night at 9PM. You can find out more about that here. It should be a good time, plus I see some Starbucks gift cards in the giveaway lineup, just sayin’.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I feel so blessed to so know many amazing, talented women in this digital space, and I’m so excited to add Kayla Aimee to my list of blogger friends turned authors. I hope you’ll buy her book. I know you’ll fall in love with her. Also be sure to follow her blog, Kayla Aimee Writes.