Giveaway: 31 Nuggets of Hope

I had the fun of meeting Shelly Roberts, a friend and fellow blogger, in person at the Together for Adoption Conference a few years ago, where we managed to sneak off to visit over lunch one day. Shelly is the momma of two lovely adopted girls (one of whom is from Ethiopia) as well as three sons by birth, and  has written a book for adoptive moms called 31 Nuggets of Hope.

This book contains 31 short chapters of encouragement for adoptive and foster moms in a devotional format, always with the focus of turning our eyes to Jesus, the source of our strength on this mothering journey. In honor of National Adoption Month, I’m giving away a copy of her book this week.

To enter, comment below and tell me how adoption has touched your life. Even if you’re not an adoptive mom yourself, chances are good that you are know someone who would be encouraged by this easy-to-read book.  So comment away!  I’ll pick a winner on Friday.


  1. When my Mother re-married my two sisters and I gained another sister. She was adopted from a teen mother by my Step-dad and his first wife and was their only child. What followed was the gradual melding, and adopting of her into our newly made family. Gradually taking her into our hearts as sister. Sisterhood is something God made beautiful out of the hurt and brokenness that both our families had experienced. So grateful that He always gives beauty for ashes.

  2. Adoption gave me my delightful, sweet, two-year-old daughter, and in a few weeks, will give me a new son! I’d love to read this book.

  3. a daughter and son via adoption.

  4. 4 of my dads siblings (there were 7 kids in all) were adopted and one of my close friends growing up was adopted, as well as her brother and sister.

  5. Our church just hosted our Orphan Sunday dinner and fundraiser last evening…I spent a sleepless night afterwards getting excited about God moving on the hearts of people in our church and community to take back the care of the orphaned from the governments…it is the Churches job and privilege to do this…as a mom to two adoptive children as well as to biological children my heart is ripped open for those with out a forever family.

  6. One of my best friends growing up was adopted from South America, and my sister and husband are in the process of adopting their first child from China. I would love to read this book.

  7. Adoption has provided me with cousins and has opened up my own heart to adopting which we are praying will happen in the next few years.

  8. A close childhood friend was adopted. I still have dreams of fostering/adopting. I have a mental image of a multi-sibling group, but apparently the right one isn’t ready yet as things have not worked out thus far.

  9. Adoption has changed my life forever. It brought me much heart ache but also more joy than I could ever imagine.

  10. My son and his wife have adopted and I know this would be an encouragement to them.

  11. You know I tried to think of people in my family, friends, or in my community (that I know well)and I could think of no one that has adopted a child in say the last ten years.
    People who have blended families is the closest I could think of of anyone I know who has ‘adopted’ a child in that amount of time.
    Love the name of the book.

  12. We know many families who have been blessed through adoption. We’re currently foster parents for both the state and a local adoption agency. We have seen many sweet kids go to adoption. We’re also in the process of getting our homestudy approved so that we can adopt 2 former foster kiddos, taking our family from 2 kids with 1 on the way, to 5 when its all said and done. We couldn’t be happier!

  13. We have eight children. Four are in heaven. Four are on earth. Our second son on earth came to us through foster to adopt. Can’t imagine life without him!

  14. Rebecca M says:

    Our lives have turned upside down by adopting a special needs boy with severe medical disabilities. He had not ever lived out of the hospital the day we brought him home and he has made great strides in 3 years this month. I hope to adopt again and would LOVE to read this book!

  15. Mindy Kroesche says:

    Adoption gave me our wonderful, energetic and outgoing son five years ago. We weren’t able to have children and had been on an adoption list for four years when he came home with us from the hospital at two days old. We had begun to give up hope, but (as my husband says) God flexed and gave us this most wonderful gift.

  16. My husband’s only sibling was adopted and my cousin has adopted 3 children from China. We have several adoptive families in our church. We are having an “Adoption Info Night” at our church next week so would love this book to share with others.

  17. Sarah Beth says:

    My husband and I are currently licensed as a foster/adopt family in our state. Have one foster baby at home that we pray we get to adopt one day!

  18. We have 2 children adopted from foster care and 3 biological children.

  19. We have 2 adopted kids and have several friends that have grown their families by adoption. I’d love to read this book and share it with others.

  20. We have a baby through fostercare and may be getting her half sibling soon…..

  21. Adoption is a journey that I have dreamt about for as long as I can remember. I was a foster parent for a few years and was a foster child. Our family, my husbad and two children, have been in the process of adoption for a lil over a year and we have had three situations that did not go forward. My heart aches to bring our Baby Mc Fadden home…I would love to read this book and be able to share it with other adoptive moms that I know as well.
    Thank you for all that you do!

  22. We brought our African babies home 3 1/2 years ago to join our 4 bio children. I have been looking for a gift to give to other adoptive moms. I would love to try this out.

  23. We have adopted three children from the foster care system. We instantly had a family and my husband instantly had kids that would ride rollercoasters with him (literally, though we’ve been on many figurative rollercoasters on the way). We can’t wait to adopt again and we love adoption!

  24. Lots of people are adopting in our small town.
    It adds beautiful colors and cultural diversity and I see the grocery shelves full of spices and products to accommodate the families who want to keep their children’s heritage.

  25. I have a friend that recently adopted, and would love to win this for her!

  26. A group of young moms at our church all adopted at about the same time, all white families with black children. I love that a group of them did it, so that the children will grow up having friends like themselves and knowing other families like theirs. I’d love to give this book to one of them.

  27. My cousin and his wife are anxiously waiting for their second child to be born. He will come to them through the miracle of adoption and is being waited for with great anticipation.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  28. can’t imagine life without my sweet Guatamala nephew!

  29. Our two adopted daughters were welcomed home from our state’s waiting child program 4 years ago. My brother and his wife are in the early stages of their adoption process. Friends are also trying to adopt – from Haiti. Another set of friends are adoptive and foster parents.

  30. I have loved hearing your stories! You might enjoy the series going on at my blog right now – “31 Families of HOPE” where a whole bunch of adoptive families share their testimonies.


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