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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

One World One Heart

In yesterday's post I mentioned the One World One Heart Giveaway. Go read all about what it is and see the long list of participants in this contest, then come back and read why I'm participating and what I'm giving away.

Back already? Ok. Bloggers will be announcing their individual contest winners on March 21st (or as close to that date as possible.) March 21st is significant to me for another reason so I just felt like I should participate.

What is so special about that date? Last year Down Syndrome International declared March 21st as "World Down Syndrome Day." March 21st = 3/21. 3/21 also = 3 copies of the 21st chromosome which is Trisomy 21 which is more commonly known as Down syndrome. Pretty neat huh?

This year's theme is "Celebrating Diversity", to continue creating awareness about Down syndrome and promote acceptance of diversity.

So in sticking with that theme and creating awareness, what better prize could I give away than a copy of the book, yep you guessed it, Gifts, Mothers Reflect on How Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives.



Now it won't be this exact book as the 2nd release edition isn't available until July, but I do have an extra copy of the first edition that was released.

Some people might be asking themselves what they would want with a book about kids with Down syndrome if they don't have a child with Down syndrome. I'll tell you! Yes the premise of the book is mothers sharing their stories of raising their child with Down syndrome and how they've enriched our lives, but it's also about much more than that. It's about love, acceptance, and just mothering. You'll probably relate to some parts of different stories, some feelings, you'll laugh and cry and smile at each wonderful and precious gift of life.

But don't take my word for it! Ask Chelle - she is reading this book and doesn't have a child with Down syndrome - go ask her why she decided to order it and how she is enjoying the book!

Oh yeah, for those who are new to my blog - I also have a story in the book!

So how to win a copy of this book? Just leave a comment on this post and you're name will be entered in my drawing! Easy enough!

Good luck!

70 comments:

Miranda said...

Crossing my fingers.....I havn't had a chance to order the book yet. I hope i win, I hope i win :)

Much More Than A Mom said...

Great idea! I ordered the book too, to donate to the parent library at my school, and never did receive it. Hmmmm. If I win, I'll read it and donate that one.

LisaOceandreamer said...

Hi Michelle, I have added your link to the participant list - thank you for participating. Please enter your name in mine and all the other participants giveaways.
I have an 8 yr old nephew(husbands side) with Down Syndrome who is a real character and joy!.Sadly we don't get to see as often as we'd like (they live 2000 miles away). Your daughter is beautiful!

PEA said...

I would so love to win this book!! Please enter my name in your draw:-) It is indeed a wonderful idea for your giveaway to be this book...Kayla is such a precious little girl and I love her to bits:-) xox

Heather Noel said...

I was so wanting a copy of Gifts, but they sold out before I could get myself a copy. So please enter my name in your drawing.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

What a wonderful idea! The book looks wonderful and I would love to read what you wrote.

K.T. said...

I would LOVE to have that book.....around here there arent many children with DS,in fact Kendall is now 1 of 4,also being one of the oldest in town..LOL,that is why I started searching for mothers online....Great prize!!!

inspiration=creation said...

Please enter me in your draw! I work as an Educational Assitant with children who have special needs such as Downs Syndrome. I would love to win a copy of this book!!

Nisa said...

Well, since I ordered the book before all the publishing problems I don't have a copy yet. I think Much More than a Mom had a great idea about donating the book to the library. If I win I will donate it to my kids' school library. But I'll read it first. Is that wrong?

Carol G said...

I've been reading your sight for a few months now. What better time to come out of hiding! Your sweet daughter and fun posts have been an inspiration. I'd love to read the book and then pass it on to the library too!

Tammy said...

I'm in my friend...sounds like a wonderful book!!
:-D

Amy said...

Well, you already know how Kayla makes me smile everyday so please enter me in the drawing as well! It's sounds like a beautiful book that any mother should read.

Thanks Michelle!

S. said...

Cool! I must be the only mom of a kid with Ds who doesn't have this book yet!

Paulette said...

Enter me please If I win I will give it to my sweet cayti girl who has Downs. Give kayla a big hug for me.

Mike said...

One World One Heart is a great idea. Just read another blog with a similar theme -- Pay-It Forward
.

Must be a great world we live in.

Have a great Tuesday (and Wednesday, too!)


Mike
http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com/

karin said...

Your daughter is beautiful...I would be honored to win the book! Please include me in your drawing. I'm participating also....stop by if you get a chance! Karin @ creativechaos.typepad.com

Shelley said...

What a great idea Michelle - I hope someone that doesn't have a child with DS wins - the rest of us already have a pretty good idea about what 'gifts' we have.

PS Thanks for the Ben Wallace info - those guys are tall aren't they?

Tammy said...

This is a wonderful idea, Michelle! I would so love this book, I just know it! And it would be even more special knowing one of my friends here wrote for it!
Please enter me in! :)

Alpha Dude 1.5 said...

Just popped in from Catch's site.
Your little girl is adorable. I'm a sucker for big beautiful eyes.

Mary Timme said...

I love this idea too. Would you please add me to your list and come over and put your name in mine.

Linda said...

You don't have to convince me - I know I'd love the book. I'm so proud of you for having a story in it. That is so great. I think maybe you should also give away a box of tissues with the book. I have a hard time getting through stories like that without tears - good tears.

The Barkers said...

Wow, I'm learning so many new creative blogging ideas through your blog! That is wonderful that you have a part in this book!

annie said...

The book sounds really terrific!
Your daughter is beautiful and I know you are blessed by her.

amy flege said...

i have the book and have read your story...that book is so great!!

Beck said...

That's such a lovely idea, Michelle! It's a terrific looking book.

mcewen said...

A good book recommendation and a drawing? Too good an opportunity to miss. Mind you I won't be 'that' sorry if I'm not one of the chosen few as all this blogging means that my nightstand is as tall as a skyscraper with books to read.
Best wishes

Mama Mia said...

That looks like a great book! I'd love to read your story! If I don't win, I'll have to get myself a copy, and a copy for my ex-neighbor that is due to have a little girl with DS next month. She emailed me as soon as she found out, and it has been such a blessing to be able to "educate" her about what a little blessing is about to enter their lives!

Melanie said...

Well...this is sure to be a popular post! :0) As someone who works very closely with kids with disabilities and their parents, this would be a great read! Not to mention the mommy part, anything pertaining to that leaves me in puddles! I'll be crossing my fingers too! Thanks so much for sharing - you're a great advocate!

LeslieAnn said...

I haven't ordered the book yet!! Soooo...I hope I win!! Woo hoo!

=)

DeAnna said...

Oh, I hope I win the book. :) And March 21st is special to me too -- its Amelia's birthday. How fun she gets to have her birthday on the first day of spring!!! :)

Deb said...

Would you please sign me up? I'd love a chance. :)

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

It's soooo nice to meet another military spouse in this big ol' blog world :)

Your daughter's nicname fits her perfectly! I've always wanted blue (berry) eyes :)

Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

Terri /Tinker said...

Lovely photos! And what a wonderful gift to give away! Please enter me in your drawing - thank you!

Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

Oh I wanna enter I do I sure do! *waving arms in the air*

The Queen Of Cute Shoes said...

PICK ME PICK ME!!!! LOL! That is so precious that mothers actually took the time to write their stories so other people who don't have contact with people with down syndrome, they can still see how they are so normal and just like the rest of us... wait no they are deffinately more beautiful! I hope the winner enjoys the book!

Catch said...

Oh Michelle I would love to read the book! Crossing my fingers and toes that I will win it!!!

Ninnie said...

Please add my name to your give away and come on over and join mine if you have not done so. Your daughter is absolutley beautiful. I had a cousin with Down Syndrome. She was the love of all our lives.

Lesha said...

Please count me in! :)

Chelise said...

I have to agree - a beautiful child is featured on your blog, and it looks like a very enlightening book.

Enter me in your drawing, please!

Bonnie said...

I don't want to be entered into the draw, but I did want to say that your little girl is beautiful!! She has the most beautiful blue eyes. I hope someone who really wants and needs the book wins! Smiles.

Sara said...

Oh Michelle.. I have been trying to get a copy of that book since it came out ...I ordered it and had it cancelled when they changed publishers :p Can I enter your draw for it ? Sometimes being up in Canada sucks :p

~Melissa~ said...

I need to order this book for my mother in law! I don't even have it for myself yet though! I look forward to reading your story - whenever I do get my hands on a copy!

chelle said...

I have the book and I adore reading the stories. Parenthood is parenthood and these children like all children are so precious!

Rikki said...

Maybe I'm lucky :-). I agree with you, books like these are not only for mothers or parents with children with Down Syndrome. People can learn a lot from them and they help people to realize that their "knowledge" about DS is mostly prejudice.

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

I ordered the book to add to my collection...especially for when I start teaching.

HUGS!

Angela said...

How kewl! Wonderful I would love to be put in the contest! Please add my name!
Angela Taylor
Contact@angelasartcorner.com

FamilySnows said...

How neat Michelle! We don't have the book yet.....

Rella said...

How honored I would be to have such a precious book like this. How generous of you to offer. ~ Rella

Bee said...

Your daughter is so pretty. I would love to read this book. I have a friend with an 18 yr old with DS - she is a delight to be around, I'm sure her family would enjoy this book as well.

nici said...

Would LOVE to read this; I am a mom to 3 boys, 2 with special needs (one has Asperger's and the other is Bipolar/ADHD), and I too just had a story published in a compilation! You can see more about that on my blog, as well as signing up for my giveaway!
Three cheers for the advocate mom, and for celebrating diversity!

jennifer said...

I have a copy of the book too, the very same first edition that Michelle described...Michelle, if you want, choose two names as winners and I will ship out my book to one of them!

JoyceAnn said...

Please add my name to your drawing.
My SIL had to go for a level 2 ultrasound a couple of weeks ago.
She has elevated blood levels that could indicate DS.The ultrasound didn't show anything new , she opted not to do the needle thing.
Would love to read this book. Your little girl is beautiful.Will visit your blog again when I have more time to read.
Thanks for visiting my blog and entering my giveaway.
JoyceAnn

Corey said...

I would love to have this book. Thank you for adding my name. Corey

Dragonlady said...

Your daughter is beautiful....Love those photos and I would love a chance to win this book....please come by and enter my drawing....
Brenda

MaryB said...

Hi Michelle, thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a beautiful daughter, yummy recipes, and I would love to be the recipient of this book. I transport special needs children to and from school. I would truly enjoy this book.

Barb said...

OK, Michelle. My name's in the hat now. I'm going to read this book one way or another but I suspect I'll be finding my copy at Barnes and Noble! LOL

PastorMac's Ann said...

Please enter my name Michelle. I would love to have a copy of the book. And thanks for reminding me about One World One Heart.

Janet said...

What a wonderful gift to offer, and how serendipitous that the dates are the same!

Faith said...

Pick me! Pick me!!!! If i don't win, I'd like to order a copy for sure!!!!!

Sandy McTier said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Please enter me for a chance to win this fabulous book.

smileymamaT said...

Wow you have 60 comments already! If you ever see this, please throw my name in the "hat" for the book draw, thanks!!
T

Christina said...

Ohhh how exciting! I also have not had a chance to read Gifts yet!

BTW thanks for all the well wishes, I am finally back at home.

Sue said...

It sounds like a very interesting book. I know a couple other people with children with Down Sndrome. It would be interesting to read about it. I agree that the more information someone has about something, the more empathetic they can be.

SiouxSue said...

Count me in, please. As you may not know, I taught special education for a lot of years, and I taught many, many Downs Syndrome students. I also have adult friends who are Downs.

wigglywourms said...

What a beautiful idea...and your daughter is just gorgeous! Please add my name to the draw.

Cate said...

I don't have the book either. I'm going to order it but I'd love to see it sooner than this summer.

Angie said...

I don't have the book yet...I keep forgetting to place an order. I hope I win Ü

candes said...

That sounds like such a heart touching book. DS children are truely special. :)

Kathleen Marie said...

Please enter me. Praying for Kayla!

Tara Marie said...

This was such a wonderful idea!!!! I just loved Miss Kayla picking the winners!