It was a journey that most parents would hope to avoid: a son born with a congenital heart defect, a fateful decision to take a family trip abroad, and an emergency hospitalization that left them stranded on the other side of the world with no obvious way home.
Despite these difficult circumstances, More Than We Expected is not a tragedy. Instead, it offers valuable lessons about what it means to confront the world’s mysteries: the awe-inspiring ways in which the body forms and grows, giving life; how we find the faith to live with our decisions, even if the consequences are beyond our control; and our extraordinary capacity — when something goes wrong — to compensate and heal.
This memoir reveals how one family, cradled by Jewish faith and tradition, managed to find strength in the most unexpected places. Our children’s eyes are a window to a life full of wonder. Like them, this book is a vivid reminder of what it means to be human — a miraculous, inexplicable gift, however fleeting.