Monday, February 6, 2012

From Grief to Celebration



I won this book in a give away on Tiffany's blog "Just a Little Bit Muchier Muchness" and I have been holding onto if for a while, because, I well, love it!




Recognizing that I am being a bit selfish in keeping this book all to myself, I have decided to pass it on to one of my readers.  All you have to do is comment to this post and I will draw the winner on February 29th (Leap Day!).   You can comment about anything--your favorite book, a brag about your little bambino, what you are making for dinner, etc.



From Grief to Celebration: How One Family Learned to Embrace the Gift of Down Syndrome by Margaret "Gary" Bender is such a powerful book.  It is a quick read filled with honesty, raw emotion, and hope for the future.  The book is beautifully written by  "Gary", the mother of three children, one of which happens to carry that little some "extra" in her genetic material.  The girl, now a young adult has led her family on an amazing journey.

Here is the official description: The story of how one family learned to embrace the unexpected birth of a daughter with Down syndrome. From the grief associated with an unexpected event to the celebration of life their daughter has taught them and brings to them every day. This book describes the ten stages the family went through, including grief, research, incorporation, inclusion, and finally planning in their journey to celebrating the magic of Down syndrome.


As I was snapping photos,  Ellie signed "yellow" on the yellow page and "orange" on the orange page.




For those of you who do not have children with special needs, still comment as the many stellar reviews on Amazon.com were written by people who do not parent children with special needs.  

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12 comments:

  1. Miss Ellie is adorable as always. I love reading about when she is learning/doing something new! It helps to remind me to celebrate the big and little "milestones" of my niece, Lauren!

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  2. Wow that's even one I haven't read yet and I do love reading those kind of memoirs. I love seeing Ellie with her oh-so-colorful books!

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  3. I love reading about Ellie's accomplishments too:-) It's the next best thing when Awa Grandma can't be there to experience them first hand.

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  4. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing. Way to go Ellie with signing your colors!

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  5. I havent heard of the book before..sounds like a good one though!!

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  6. I love reading books written by parents with children with Ds, but I have to say that my favorite is still Gifts 2 because it isn't written primarily by parents.

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  7. We're working on colors here too. I have a hard time keeping Sophia's attention on it for too long though, so I have been using her potty training time to focus on it LOL.

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  8. Your daughter is beautiful. Thank you for sharing her with us.

    Tammy and Parker
    www.prayingforparker.com

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  9. Hooray for Ellie, signing her colors!

    Also, I would love that book she is reading for my classroom. What is the title?

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  10. Hi Jenn. The book that Ellie is reading is called Flaptastic Colors. I think DK is the publisher. They also have a shapes and sizes on. :)

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  11. the giveaway book sounds wonderful, and the one ellie is holding looks equally good! and yay for ellie learning her colors! :)

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  12. Jack says, "ANNA, ELLIE, ANNA, ELLIE, ANNA lap, Ellie, bed, ANNA, ELLIE"

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