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.