Monday, January 25, 2010


When I met my husband, I knew he was smart, talented, funny, and definately good looking. He had so many of the qualities I had prayed for in a mate. One thing I did not know about my husband, however, was that he was an extremely talented writer. He started writing letters to the editor in college and even had one published in a local paper.  His knack for writing also helped him in school.  When he announced about 2 years ago that he was going to write a book, I shrugged.  (note to wives: be your husband's cheerleader.  I feel terrible that I initially didn't have the faith or encouragment to believe he could do it and have it be successful.)  As he came home, day after day, with note scribbled on any paper he could find or literally written up his arms at work, I wondered just what kind of book he was putting together and how it would be.  Selfishly I grew tired of the endless hours he spent upstairs in the office, writing, re-writing, editing, proofing, and ultimately pouring his heart and soul into a book.  Eventually as I started to read and listen to what he was working on, I was amazed, humbled, and awe struck.  My husband has an amazing way with words (ON A PAGE), and I could not believe that what he had written was so good. 

He is a CRNA, (certified registered nurse anesthetist) and his book is about anesthesia.  It tells stories of what he learned, the hard way, as he navigated his masters program at KU Med and what he has learned in the real world of the operating room thus far in his career. It is geared towards helping anesthesia students transition from school to the OR.  I am so proud and amazed at what he has accomplished!

All this to be said, today was a huge day.  After self-publishing and spending no money on advertising, my husband sold his 400th book today!!!!  They are sold soley through his website and word of mouth.  It is such a good feeling to know that so many people can relate or have found humor and help in the 85,000 words he has penned.  We are nearing the  bottom of the pile of the books we initially ordered and a new order of books was needed.  So my husband got to work again and has successfully updated and submitted his 2nd edition of the book, to be published and released this spring!!!!  Words cannot express my awe at the goal my husband had and the patience he had to see it through to the end. I am so proud.  Proud that he is my husband.  Proud that he is so smart.  Proud that he has risen above so many things and has used his talents to help others in their career in the anesthesia world.

John, you are amazing and brilliant and I love you.  Here's to the 400th book and countless more to come in the future!! God is awesome and I am so glad we are on this journey together!!!

Check out his website on my sidebar or the link below to see an exerpt of his book!

3 comments: said...

love you, too... and thanks for your patience and support. and don't sell yourself short, sara. not only are you a tremendous labor and delivery nurse, but [even more importantly] the most compassionate and selfless person i've ever met. of course, many times this is to your-own detriment, such as taking me on as your life-long "project". thanks for the kind words. thanks for my boys. and thanks for being you.

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janelle said...

congratulations! that is awesome!!!

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