If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ve gotten a glimpse of John Cave Osborne, either through his supportive comments or inspirational click story. What I have learned about John through our exchange of blog comments, tweets, and emails is that he is an extremely kind and loving soul. As I’ve watched him step onto this cyber-scene and build a community, I’ve also seen how magnetic his personality is. John is one of those people you want to get to know. Luckily for us, he has written a memoir that documents his journey, so we can do just that.
Tales From the Trips: How Three Babies Turned Our World Upside-Down documents John’s life from the moment he got the message to call his wife, Caroline, after her first OBGYN appointment up to when the first of their triplets started walking. He did an amazing job of putting me right there in his life with him. I could feel the love he had for his family as well as I could hear the sarcasm in Caroline’s voice as she rebutted so many of John’s jokes. I loved getting to know Tammy and Brenda, and was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would become of Stone Creek. This was so much more than a parenting memoir. It had humor, suspense, excitement, concern, and love. But webbed every so gently through the pages of the book was the Osborne’s spirituality and faith.
I think most of us learn when we become parents that we have to let go of our ideas of perfection. Kids are messy and chaotic. Upon welcoming three new lives into this world and into their family, I think Caroline, John, and Alli learned this lesson to an incredible degree. One of my favorite lines in the book followed the description of the triplets baptism. Needless to say it didn’t go as smoothly as one would hope. John says “As Caroline, Alli, and I exited the sanctuary with our babies in tow, I thanked God for perfect imperfection…..”
I wanted to take the time to tell you all how much I enjoyed reading this book and how grateful I am to have met John in this cyber-world. If you like memoirs, daddy bloggers, funny guys who love sports, dogs, babies, or strong southern women I highly recommend reading this book. You can buy it on John’s blog at a very good price!!