I mentioned in an earlier post that I have written a book. It is one of my greatest passions and I would like to tell you a little about it.
On a side note I am presently editing the book, literally as this post flies into your virtual mailbox so to speak, I am scratching out lines, clarifying ideas and biting my nails to hone this work into the best it can possibly be.
I began writing “Expecting Sunshine” when I was pregnant with my now year old son Eden. Eden’s older brother died in my arms at birth from a cardiac tumor. Life was impossibly flawed from that moment on. When I became pregnant with Eden, after a difficult time I call my “Year of Distraction,” I realized I must deal with my grief before my next child arrived.
“Expecting Sunshine” is about the 40 weeks of pregnancy leading up to Eden’s birth. It shows me at my lowest and ugliest, struggling to let go of one child while my stomach grows with another. “Expecting Sunshine” is an ode to loss, a goodbye to innocence and a picture of the practical struggle of one woman learning to hope and believe again.
My goal is to expose my experience and the paths I traveled to find healing after loss. It has been a nightmare but in the end, love is worth it all and my sons, Zachary and Eden, and my daughter Hannah have taught me so much. If I could change my circumstances, I would without a second thought. Of course I can’t, so instead I have labored at grief and “Expecting Sunshine” is my story.
As I am new to the publishing game, I am still working out the details in the concrete matter of ‘how will I get my book into your hands,’ but I’m not worried. It will happen when the timing is right.
I am extremely passionate about helping others who have lost a child. If that is you, please connect. I’d love to hear from you. If you would like to read “Expecting Sunshine” please let me know, send me your contact info, and I will keep you updated. Until then, you can read more about my experience on my blog Wanted, Chosen, Planned – Life after the Loss of a Child.
Alexis Marie Chute will be exhibiting her artwork and selling Expecting Sunshine books at the Edmonton Woman’s Show April 29 & 30 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, Hall H. TICKETS | General (13+) – $15 | Student & Senior – $11 | Children(12 and under) – FREE
Alexis Marie Chute will be speaking to the subsequent pregnancy group at Angel Whispers in Fort Saskatchewan. She will be sharing about her book, her loss, and how she survived her own subsequent pregnancy.
Join Alexis Marie Chute as she launches her memoir in Auckland NZ! It’s book party time! Everyone is welcome at Time Out Bookstore on Mount Eden Rd – kids too! Alexis Marie will present a reading from her book, share her story, tell a few dumb jokes, and welcome questions from the peanut gallery. Please join Alexis Marie and share this invite. Let’s pack the bookstore like never before! Oh, and bring or buy a copy of Expecting Sunshine to get signed by the author.
Alexis Marie Chute and her husband Aaron Chute Will be speaking at the Sands National Conference 2017 about blogging. The conference will cater to 150-200 delegates. their aim is to provide an uplifting experience for all attendees so they can feel welcome, able to reignite friendships and start new ones with other families and professionals alike. They encourage togetherness in learning and teaching from one another and above all else, being around people who can relate to our own experiences. Sands is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that supports parents and families following the loss of a baby or infant at any gestation, any age and any circumstance. Every two years since 1997, Sands has held a national conference.This is the 11th biennial conference.
Alexis Marie Chute will be at The 40th Annual Compassionate Friends National Conference. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. The Compassionate Friends was founded over 40 years ago when a chaplain at the Warwickshire Hospital in England brought together two sets of grieving parents and realized that the support they gave each other was better than anything he, as a chaplain, could ever say or provide. The Compassionate Friends became also established in the United States and incorporated in 1978. The conference brings together people from around the world to share their stories and show support for the global community.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a Teaching Toolbox Session toLesley University students. Lesley University empowers students to become dynamic, thoughtful leaders in education, mental health counseling, the arts, and business. The Teaching Toolbox is a presentation about publishing that Alexis Marie will do for the students. She will share her insight and knowledge of the publishing world with her personal experience.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk at the Institute of Traditional Medicine.The Institute Of Traditional Medicine is Canada’s leading institute for professional and personal development programs and services in integrative health, sustainable medicine and social change. Alexis Marie will share with students about her book and personal story of loss and healing.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk to parents at The Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids). The Hospital For Sick Children serves families who have terminally ill children and those who will recover. Parents of children past and present who have been involved with the Hospital For Sick Children are encouraged to join us for the presentation. If you want to know how to become involved in this book talk please contact the hospital. Alexis Marie will discuss her book and share her personal story of loss and healing for all parents in attendance.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk to the Pregnancy Loss Support Program at the National Council of Jewish Women New York. They offer support groups for bereaved parents who have lost their child before or after birth. The groups they offer are for mothers and encourage fathers as well. They also offer professional references for parents suffering through the loss of a child. Alexis Marie will discuss her book and share her personal story of loss and healing.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk to The Baby Resource Center NY. The Baby Resource Center hosts support groups for parents who are grieving the loss of their child due to many factors. it is a place to share stories, pictures, and find support in your loss. They also encourage community outreach and advocate for better resources for bereaved families. Alexis Marie will discuss her book and share her personal story of loss and healing.