Win TWO adoption books!

First off, I wanted to mention that if you like podcasts, I had a fun (and somewhat  rambling) conversation recently with the lovely Julia, from the blog Running on Om  which you can listen to right here.

Today I’m teaming up for a adoption giveaway with the lovely Shannon of Copperlight Wood.  We are offering one lucky reader a copy of each of our newly-released adoption books.  As you know, mine is called Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting and Shannon’s wonderful offering is called Upside Down: Understanding and Supporting Attachment in Adoptive Families.

We decided to do this giveaway together when we realized how well our books complement each other.  Our messages are very much related, but each has a slightly different emphasis.  My focus is very much on helping families be better prepared for adoption.  Shannon also talks about this, but focuses in depth on the ways that friends and extended family can be prepared to be a strong support to families facing adoption challenges.

By necessity, adoptive parenting is going to look a little different, especially when parenting kids who’ve arrived in your family at older ages.  And having experienced some of those challenges in our own families, Shannon and I both put our hearts into writing messages of hope and faith and encouragement for others also walking this sometimes-rocky path.

If you are interested in winning a copy of each of these books, you can enter this giveaway in several ways.  First, comment below, and tell me your interest in or connection to adoption, whether it be your own, or a friend whom you’d like to encourage with these books.  Second, for an additional entry, share this post on facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter, and then come back here and comment again, telling me where you shared about this giveaway.

I’ll announce the winner of this book set next Monday.  And be sure to keep your eye out at Copperlight Wood as well, since Shannon will be offering this giveaway soon too.


  1. I am an adoptive mom of 2 amazing kiddos…but we are currently looking at our options for the future. Thanks for offering the books.

  2. Our youngest granddaughter was adopted from overseas at 2 years of age. She’s 6 now.

  3. My husband and I are looking to foster/adopt in the near future and I would love more help/information on how to do this and the challenges and how to work through them. My family is super supportive but it would be nice to have some ideas for them about how to best help is through this process.

  4. We’re considering becoming a foster parent or adopting from the foster system in the next few years. I’d love to have these books for my husband and I to read and learn from. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  5. Jennie C. says:

    I shared on FB!

  6. Jennie C. says:

    We have 2 kiddos from Ethiopia….always seeking more help on being the best parents we can be………

  7. Priscilla Mumea says:

    I’m a parent to three bio kiddos, and planning to grow our family soon through adoption. I read Forever Mom and loved it. I feel like it even helped me so much in parenting my bio kids. I’d like to read Upside Down, too. And I’d probably enrich a friend’s life with Forever Mom if I won the giveaway.

  8. Priscilla Mumea says:

    I shared on pinterest

  9. Rachel Garner says:

    We are currently in the adoption process. We are going through the foster care system. We have 6 of our own children as well. I have enjoyed reading your blog.

  10. Bonita Timmons says:

    I am an adoptive mom of 2 kids
    My husband and I are praying about adoption in the future. we will be moving to a different state so my husband can go to seminary full time ..
    In the past we have done private adoption I am starting to pray about state adoption ….

    We have adopted both our kids when they were infants.
    adoption is such a blessing and can be challenging as well..

  11. Rebekah Jones says:

    I am a sister to an adopted brother and sister and my husband and I are praying about expanding our family by adopting another baby to add to our crew.

  12. Melissa Bowers says:

    I would give these books to a friend who just adopted a child from Eastern Europe.

  13. My husband and I have completed our homestudy through our state and we are waiting to see if two little girls are meant to be our forever girls. In the meantime, I’m on the second go round of Forever Mom. It is like having a friend with real honesty about the joys and sometimes challenges that come from adoption. I would definitely share Forever Mom with my adoption support group. Looking forward to reading Upside Down.

  14. I’m so interested in both of your books and learning all I can about adoption from a Godly perspective. I think The Lord has put adoption on my heart and I am seeking His will about how and when to proceeded! Learning from you ladies would be a blessing!

  15. 5 of my siblings we adopted, we have completed two international adoptions and are considering an older child sibling adoption now. Attachment issues is not new to us and it is always an encouragement to learn more to help our children.

  16. JoAnn Walhtour says:

    We have two adopted teenagers

  17. JoAnn Walthour says:

    I have two adopted children from Ethiopia.

  18. JoAnn Walthour says:

    I posted on FB

  19. Kara Wood says:

    Our first adoption was finalized almost exactly a year ago – April 8, 2014. Our daughter is 2 and a half. Looking into adoption again by way of legal risk adoption.

  20. Thank you for this offer! We have adopted once, and are in the process again. 🙂

  21. Kara Wood says:

    Shared on FB!

  22. Erin Blackmore says:

    We are fostering to adopt soon, so I want to be as prepared as possible!

  23. we are in the early stages of discernment but also have many friends in the later stages whom we’d love to lone these out to.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    We have 3 adopted children and are thinking and praying about what is next for our family.

  25. Beth Olson says:

    my husband and I adopted a newborn in July.

  26. Beth Olson says:

    i shared on FB.

  27. Both of these books would be helpful to me as my sister and brother-in-law are adopting through foster care and are at the stage where they are just waiting for THE CALL. My husband and I are also filing to adopt internationally next year from my husband’s home country.

  28. I shared this on Facebook via Copperlight Woods’ post. 🙂

  29. We have a beautiful son through the gift of adoption & are always trying to arm ourselves with more resources for this journey!

  30. My husband and I are interested in fostering or adopting at some point – and I’ve heard that it’s “harder than you think”. These books sound like they’d be helpful for thinking through adoption and getting started in the process.

  31. There are lots of adopted kids around these parts.

  32. Kaleena Edwards says:

    My husband and I just started a savings account for our adoption!

  33. I have a wonderful friend who has been an adoptive parent for a year, and we have a little parenting group where we try to help each other figure out how to help our kids. I would love to share these with her.

  34. We are foster parents and hope to adopt when the opportunity arises. These books would be great!

  35. My husband and I are considering adoption for our next children. We have two biological children as well 🙂

  36. We have three adopted kids.

  37. Your book is on my Amazon wish list because we are working to foster-to-adopt, and the other book (which is new to me today!) would be a blessing to our family and a family we support who has adopted two children with severe special needs from Eastern Europe!

  38. We have 2 kids (both currently 6). Our daughter is our birth daughter and our son we fostered for 21 months off and on until we adopted him in February. I’ve already read your book and LOVED it! But since I already have it, if I won I’d give it to a friend of mine wanting to adopt. And I’d love to read the other book!

  39. Shared on facebook.

  40. Mom to 5 children adopted internationally.
    Will donate these wonderful books to our church
    Library. We have an adoption support group
    And many young families are looking for support and information about adoption.

  41. Shared on facebook

  42. we recently adopted our youngest son, I would love to be able to read both books! Thank you!

  43. Pick me, pick me! *smile* We are home just about 4 months now from China with our 9 year old daughter. (our second adoption in our family of 5 children)

  44. Commenting a second time… shared on Pinterest.

  45. Can we enter 3 times? I commented, then posted on pinterest and commented again, now commenting that I posted on FB as well. Thank you!!!

  46. Our kids just adopted their second little girl, this one from China. We would love to have the books, and I promise I will pass them on to them right after I read them…smile…

  47. We have adopted 15 kids thus far. There may be more on the horizon. Who knows. Anyway….I saw your family picture at the adoption agency last night. Love your family photo. I hope to win these to be able to put in the agency’s library. I was telling them last night they needed your book for the library.

    God’s Blessings

  48. My husband and I have five adopted children!

  49. Michelle W. says:

    We have fostered several children, but have not yet experienced fulfillment of the dream to adopt. I have read other adoption books, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of either of these books. I’d love to read them in hopes that they will help ease my discouragement and disappointment in the journey, and revive the dream again. Just being honest.