One phone call was all it took to change their lives forever. Paige and Alan Matthis desperately wanted to become parents. They had tried infertility treatments for years and nothing had worked. When they turned to adoption, they faced a whole new set of obstacles. Then, they finally received the call – they were going to be parents. That one phone call brought them the greatest gifts they could ever imagine. It also brought them their worst nightmares.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-35
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I began writing this book to chronicle the adoption story of my children. When I started writing, I had just gone through an amicable, albeit painful divorce. I was a single mother with three pre-teen children. There was an amazing story there, but I couldn't write it. When I changed it to a fiction thriller, the pieces all fell into place.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Many of my characters are inspired by the people who were in my life at the time I brought home my children. Some characters just came to me and needed to be a part of my creation.
My alarm went off at five o’clock on the morning of November 4. It was a Thursday morning. I forced myself out from under the warm blankets and pulled on my running gear. Even though the sun wasn’t close to coming up yet, there was a lot of light in the sky from what seemed like the thousands of stars that were out. I did some warm up drills in my driveway: travelling lunges, high knees and ballistic stretching to get my muscles limber and ready for my run. It was cold enough for me to see my breath. My nose was already cold before the run started. This was my favorite time of the day. I could get outside, breathe in the fresh country air and be alone in my head. I never felt the need to bring music – I wanted nothing to interfere with my thoughts.
I knew that the meeting this morning could potentially change the course of the rest of our lives. I thought about the changes we would have to make and all of the different things we would have to plan together and try to agree on – or at least try to show a unified front. As I ran down the street to my favorite trail, I tried to imagine a little girl, maybe even an infant. I imagined her maybe looking a little like me, maybe I could dress her in pretty dresses, decorate her room in light pinks and purples. Or, a little boy perhaps. I could get him involved in boy scouts, decorate his room in military fashion with olive drab and tan walls, possibly camouflage webbing for curtains. I would certainly have to have my mother help me; she was hands down the best person to ask for help with decorating.
I reached the two-mile mark of my run at a much faster pace than normal. I had barely felt the path under my feet. This was the first morning I could remember that I hadn’t marveled at the beauty of the lake and the surrounding woods. Two and a half miles was my turnaround. At the pace I was going, I would be home in under forty minutes. My mind was still churning with thoughts of frilly dresses and family Thanksgivings and Christmases with our new child. I had no idea how I was going to keep from climbing the walls at home while waiting for our nine o’clock meeting.
I tried to calm my thoughts by focusing on my breathing and the metronome-like footfalls. The trailhead is about a half mile from my driveway. This morning, I chose to kick up my pace to see just how fast I could make that last little bit. I turned into the driveway and stopped my watch: 38:17. I wasn’t even feeling winded, however, I was still wired. I took off my shoes and went inside.
In the kitchen, I grabbed a water bottle and headed to our workout room. I pulled out my yoga mat and turned on a yoga and meditation DVD. I listened to the voice of the yogi on the video. Stand in mountain pose with your hands at namaste. Inhale and reach your arms over your head. Exhale into standing forward bend. I allowed my mind to go blank while I listened to the soothing voice and followed her lead. Step back into lunge, then down to plank. Somewhere between the forward bend and downward dog my mind calmed completely. I could feel my muscles letting go of their tension and relaxing. After several sequences of sun salutations, my motions were smooth and fluid. I placed a large folded blanket on my mat, positioned myself in corpse pose and allowed myself to relax further and be guided through meditation.
Alan came in and woke me at seven.
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