Nina Neilson Little is a newspaper and magazine journalist, turned elementary literacy specialist, turned author for adults and children. A Rocky Mountain girl, she grew up in Santa Fe, NM and now lives near Boulder, CO. She enjoys traveling, the arts, skiing and zumba. She lives with her husband, boy and girl twins, two large mutts and a rather pompous bearded dragon.
Spirit Baby: Travels Through China on the Long Road to Motherhood
The journey from broken to beautiful began with a plane ticket.
When Nina and Chris step off the plane onto Chinese soil, they are a couple in crisis. Fleeing the heartbreak of failed fertility treatments and the silence of their childless home, they arrive in Beijing just in time for the annual spring sand storms. As they travel from the historic cities of northern China to the stunning countryside of southern China, Nina finds new wonders in the world.
Part travelogue, part memoir, Spirit Baby weaves together themes of longing, loss, and learning to live again, while celebrating the healing benefits of travel, the wonders of China and the many paths to motherhood.
Life can take a toll…but that doesn’t mean the journey’s not worth taking.
"There’s an ancient Chinese belief that women possess two hearts. It’s said that women hold dreams of infants, lost children, and babies never-meant-to-be in their upper hearts, while babies destined to be born travel to their mother’s lower heart. My upper heart was full of lost babies and broken dreams. But the promise of a Chinese baby girl was beginning to fill my upper heart with hope."