Jeni says people would be surprised to hear that Mattie was just an ordinary kid who lived an extraordinary life. "He was as witty as he was wise. He was a great practical joker," she says. Jeni says she loves remembering her son, which made her book easy to write. "When I miss Mattie, what I do is think about how I can take what I'm missing and be that for somebody else," she says. "So writing this book allowed me to reconnect to everything that I loved, that I celebrated."
In her book, Jeni also shares Mattie's final words: "Do not breathe simply to exist."