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Book Review: A Story Unfinished

Beacon Hill Press supplied me with a copy of A Story Unfinished, all opinions are my own.

A Story Unfinished – 99 Days with Eliot

A Story Unfinished

Let me first start off by saying that I am not a religious person, when I was originally chosen to be a Beacon Hill Press Blogger, I did not realize that there was a religious aspect to the book. I volunteered to review the book, based simply on the beautiful snippet of the story that I had read. Upon further investigation, I realized that while I may not be able to review the book from a standpoint of faith, I could most certainly relate from being a parent, which is exactly what I did.

This a truly beautiful story, from the very moment that the story begins you are swept into the life that Matt and Ginny Mooney lived. They were young and willing to travel from place to play for a different job, or new opportunities. Life was exciting, despite not having loads of money or many friends, and then they found out they were pregnant.

As any new parents-to-be, they were shocked with the revelation, Matt even goes so far as to say “I remember checking the home pregnancy thing seven times.”  I loved that line! I remember, when my husband and I first found out we were pregnant, it was kind of a huge surprise, sure we were trying, but it happened much quicker than we had anticipated. Either way, Matt and Ginny were excited, and couldn’t wait to tell their friends.

At their 21 week ultra-sound, Matt and Ginny receive some news that makes them nervous, but after some additional tests, it looks as though things will be okay. Then at the 30 week ultra-sound it is sadly confirmed that their baby had Trisomy 18. Whether the baby would make it to term or not, was unknown. I remember feeling like Matt and Ginny. Being unbelievably excited to go to our ultra-sounds, and nervously (but excitedly) holding Seamus’ hands, waiting to hear whether our baby was healthy. There were several times throughout my pregnancy where Emmett decided to be a restful baby, and not move much. It was in each of those times that I feared his heart had stopped beating. So I understand the nerves, but I can’t imagine what it would be like to be told your child would be special needs, if it was born at all.

Matt and Ginny’s strength throughout the rest of their pregnancy, and then the birth of their son was amazing. They leaned on each other, found strength in friends and used their faith to be the source of peace and hope. Based on the title, or possibly reading the story on the news, you know that Eliot was born, and was a truly beautiful baby. The Mooney’s celebrated each and every day of his life, which is just such a beautiful thing. There is nothing so moving as the birth of your child, and you want to mark each day that passes with the joy that was felt at their birth. But these celebrations were especially important because it was a medical miracle that Eliot had been born and was now living at home with his parents.

Eliot lived 99 beautiful days. In those days, they leaned heavily on each other and their friends. They had long nights, long days, and even some scares, but through it all they made the most of it. Ensuring to do things as they would with a child without special needs. On Eliot’s 99th day, he passed away.

Despite their pain and sorrow, the Mooney’s made Eliot’s funeral an absolutely meaningful experience. They released 99 balloons, to signify the 99 days that Eliot was alive on this earth.

Matt and Ginny went on to have 2 more gorgeous children, and to adopt a sweet little girl from Ukraine, whom they found through the organization they created, 99 Balloons. It is obvious, and they also mention it, but they think of Eliot everyday, and the wonderful way in which he shaped their lives. Their lives continue to circle and change, but Eliot is forever a part of their lives.

So, did I like the book? Yes, very much. It is an absolutely moving account, one that I am glad I had the opportunity to read. Would I recommend it to friends? I already have! While I was still reading it, I let a couple different people read the back of the book, and it immediately sparked their interest. One individual even stated that they’d heard the story and had watched the YouTube videos. My hope is that even more people will take interest in this beautiful story, and buy Matt’s book.

If you’re interested in connecting with Matt and Ginny, you can read Matt’s Blog here, Ginny’s Blog here and Eliot’s Blog here.

Matt on Twitter and on Facebook.
Ginny on Twitter

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Beacon Hill Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Weekly Wishes – Monday Monday

Oh yes, it is Monday and that means, Weekly Wishes!

Weekly Wishes is a link-up started by Melyssa from The Nectar Collective. It is a place where you can post and share you wishes and goals for the week ahead on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc and then link it up on Melyssa’s blog. I LOVE doing this because it holds me accountable for the week ahead. I’ve shared my goals with the world (through my blog) and I know people will read and wonder whether I stuck to my goals. It definitely keeps me honest!

I’m super excited to write this post this week, it’s actually Sunday night, I’m writing it early, that’s how excited I am. Why you might ask? Well I have lots of success to share, but we’ll get to those in a minute. First, I figured I’d tell you about my weekend.

Saturday I had to work for a good chunk of the day, but it was quiet and I got a lot done, which made the time fly by. When I got home, Emmett was still sleeping from his nap so Seamus and I watched some TV and relaxed. It was lovely! Eventually Emmett woke up and we headed out for our weekly dinner out, that turned out to be a HUGE disappointment.

We get stuck in a rut, so instead we tried something new, Campobello’s. I really wanted to like it, but neither of us found it very desirable, even Emmett didn’t eat his ravioli and he ALWAYS eats ravioli. I had eggplant parm, the eggplant was very bitter and the sauce was too chunky for me. Seamus had steak and seafood. He said his steak was decent and his seafood pasta was okay, but not something he was super impressed with. The waitress brought us boxes to take the leftovers home in, we filled the boxes and then left them on the table, hoping no one would run them out to us (no one did).

Sunday, was a day full of relaxing, and it was just lovely. Emmett was up early but we got some cuddle time in before we got up and made pancakes, eggs, and bacon, together. After that, I did some laundry, cleaned the bathroom and spent a good long time on the couch until we all went to the gym. Emmett and I went to swimming, and Seamus went for a run. Afterwards, we made a quick stop at Wegmans for some stuff for lunch and dinner, and then back home for naps and relaxation. I spent a good chunk of my evening dozing on and off on the couch, it was heaven!


Emmett had his first lunchable today! They’re so bad for you, but once in awhile as a treat won’t hurt. He really enjoyed it!

Last Week’s Wishes

My first wish from last week was to work on getting my chores done throughout the week, so that I wasn’t overburdened on Sunday. Success! I did some laundry on a couple of days, and any time Emmett would take a new toy out, we’d put the other one away. It led to only needing to do a few things on Sunday.

Next up was to start reading my new book. Yet again, another success! I began reading A Story Unfinished – 99 Days with Eliot, (that’s an affiliate link) and am just about halfway through. More to come on this book in the future!

And finally, I wanted to get my FitBit fixed. It’s not fixed yet, but I did send all of my info to the FitBit people and they’re reviewing my case to see if they’ll send me a full replacement or just replace the back that is cracked. We’ll see!

This Week’s Wishes

  •  Do some batch blogging. I was reading Chasing Happy the other day, and came across her post about increasing blogging productivity, and this batch blogging really resonated with me. So, I want to take a couple hours at some point this week and just sit down and write. Once I have posts completed, I can add pictures after the fact. I’d love to get ahead!
  • Add some additional posts to my editorial calendar. I got a good start in early January, but I’m starting to run short on ideas. I need to sit down come up with some more post titles and then add them to the calendar.
  • Finish up the book I’m reading, A Story Unfinished.
  • Complete chores ahead of time, leaving Sunday as mostly a rest day. This worked so well last week, I want to stick with it again.

Alright, I think that about does it for this week. I’m really excited about getting started on my goals this week!

Please join me in linking up at The Nectar Collective.

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Your turn!

What fun things did you accomplish in the past week? Please feel free to share in the comments below!


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