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Lisa Beamer remembers her husband Todd and the events of September 11 in her book, “Let’s Roll!: Finding Hope in the Midst of Crisis.” Read this excerpt from chapter one:

A DAY WE’LL NEVER FORGET

The ringing of an alarm clock dragged me reluctantly from a deep sleep at 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11. My husband, Todd, rolled over and silenced the annoying noise. I roused slightly, only peeking out from under the covers long enough to notice it was still dark outside. Although I wasn’t ready to get up yet, I knew the bright morning sunshine would soon be streaming through the bay window in our bedroom. Pulling up the covers over my head, I attempted to go back to sleep.

We had just returned from Rome, Italy, late afternoon the previous day, so between the jet lag and the strain of being five months pregnant, a few extra minutes of sleep seemed like a good idea. I anticipated a full day ahead of me. Besides keeping up with our two energetic boys—David, our three-and-a-half-year-old, and Drew, who was 19 months—I had numerous tasks to accomplish. The laundry had stacked up. I needed to stop by the bank and then go to the grocery store to replenish the refrigerator we had cleaned out before going away. After that I had several more errands to run. David would be starting preschool tomorrow, so I wanted to talk with him about the transition in our lives that “school” would bring. My to-do list grew longer even in my sleep as I remembered all the things I had to take care of after being away from home for a week. Vacation was over; life was back to normal. I sighed inwardly.

Todd eased out of bed, trying his best not to disturb me as he headed toward the shower. As one of the top young sales representatives of software giant the Oracle Corporation, Todd traveled a lot for business as well as pleasure. His job often required whirlwind trips, so to him, this early-morning flight was just another day at the office—a one-day jaunt to San Francisco to meet with some high-profile clients. He’d catch the red-eye flight home that same night.

“I can do it. It’s no big deal,” he’d said when he informed me of his plans to travel so soon after our return from Europe. “I’ll be back before you know it.”

Somewhere between being asleep and awake that Tuesday morning, I heard the shower running. A short time later I vaguely sensed Todd leaning over me and kissing me good-bye, as he always did before leaving for the day. Sometimes I’d have the covers pulled up so high he’d have to kiss the top of my head.

“Let’s Roll! by Lisa Beamer with Ken Abraham. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Copyright © 2002 by Lisa Beamer and Ken Abraham. All rights reserved.

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