This week is my birthday. I'm turning 32, and I'm told I don't look a day over 35 so there's that. I was thinking about what I wanted for my day, and one of the things that came to my mind was "comments."
If you are not a blogger then this probably does not make any sense to you, but getting a comment on a post you wrote is truly a gift. I love getting to hear what someone out there thought about a topic, I love knowing that at least one person read my blog, and most of all it is through comments that I have made new friends, some of them who have become people I adore and talk about constantly (although I do always preface it with you know my friend I've never met....).
Then last week I finished reading, No Biking in the House without a helmet by Melissa Fay Greene, I knew that I had to do my first giveaway. It's the perfect combination, I get to give you a book I think you'll love and at the same time I get to meet some of you out there who read this blog :).
The memoir, No Biking in the House, is one of the best books I have read in a really long time. Bottom line, it made me happy and I didn't want it to end. I completely fell in love with this family, I wanted to move next door so that I could spend time with them everyday.
Melissa Faye Green's is the mother to nine children, four by birth, and five by adoption. This memoir begins when they have reached a point in their life where they must decide whether or not to try for a fifth child and tells their rather gradual and perhaps accidental path to adoption from there.
I must tell you, this book is just the story of their family, it is not a how-to on international adoption, or a book on dealing with the issues sure to come with adopting older children (though she certainly could write either of those books). There is no preaching to be found, instead it is full of honesty in their successes and failures, including their doubts and second thoughts during each adoption.
This book made me laugh out loud, which is something I rarely do while reading. I was inspired by her ability to relax about the craziness of having a family of eleven, her laid back approach was contagious. It also made me cry, admittedly it was because of my own life experiences, but her love and devotion to her children and the journey they take to bring each one of them home is very touching.
It's hard for me not to not just start over on page one, but I figure the next best thing is not let you start on page one, then we can discuss. :) So if you would like a copy of No Biking in the House without a helmet by Melissa Fay Greene, leave a comment telling me the last book you told all your friends about.
If you would like to blog, facebook, or tweet about the giveaway go for it, please leave a *new* comment for each one you do. Each person is allowed up to 3 comments. The chance to enter the giveaway will end Friday at 5pm and I will randomly pick a winner and announce it by next Monday!
*I just wanted to give away a book I loved to one of y'all, it's a gift from me to you, Melissa Fay Greene has no idea who I am.*