Our Beating Hearts

Herd Alan Midkiff

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"Standing here not sure where to go, but hand in hand we'll walk the road."

Herd Midkiff remembers meeting Shannon Anderson, a party-planning, gift giving socialite from East Texas. He had just moved to Dallas after college and working his family's ranch in Midland. A bit shy, he wasn't quite sure what to do with this cute and engaging conversationalist who immediately set his mind at ease. But he knew he liked her laugh.

Five years later and three years into a happy marriage of both "settling down" and "big dreams ahead", Shannon was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  The day altered the trajectory of their lives, their marriage, and their expectations.

In this touching love story, Herd chronicles their eighteen-year journey. He reflects as a single father, eager to keep the memory of his loving and spirited wife alive, and details the deep love they had for one another and his grief. Our Beating Hearts is about remembering and accepting that often our lives are changed forever in ways we wish they weren't. But as we put the broken pieces back together, healing does come, and we can begin to imagine a new journey that lies ahead.


Published in association with The Fedd Agency, Inc., a literary agency.

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