My very first giveaway!! How exciting!! Thanks to author Karen Henry Clark I am going to be giving away a copy of her childrens book Sweet Moon Baby An Adoption Tale.
I was first made aware of this book from a dear friend of mine Andrea (who I know through Lifeline and also a fellow adoptive mom) and then I came across it again on a blog (another adoptive mom) I read. I like to be really careful about books that I read to my kids sometimes even when I really like a book I may adlib a few words to make it work for what I want to teach my children. In other words I really like to do my research on a book before I buy it. So I looked up this book on amazon and read the inside cover which goes like this : Our Moon Journey : We traveled far, far away beyond the star-lighted Pacific over the nine dragon mountains of Hong Kong across the rice paddies of Guangdong down the wide Pearl River. And we drank tea in Maoming ......" SOLD!!! No real research done!! My eyes stopped on the words Maoming and that was it for me. Linnea is from Maoming!!! Needless to say I bought the book for Linnea and I am so glad I did! A few days later we got the book in the mail and I read it to her at bedtime. So here is the gist of the story and then my thoughts....
Sweet Moon Baby tells the tale of a Chinese man and woman who release their baby girl because they are unable to care for her like they would like to be able to. This man and woman place their baby in a basket and set her down in the river hoping the moon will guide her way. This story is about a baby girls journey down the Pearl River to find her forever family. As she floats in her basket along the way she is helped by a several animals including a turtle, a peacock, a monkey, a panda and some fish until she makes it home into the arms of her forever family who have been waiting and preparing for her on the other side of the world.
Is this story real life? No. Will this story be a great way for opening up future conversations? Yes. Do we (personally) trust in the moon for help or to guide us? No. Do some Chinese people place their trust in other things besides our Sovereign Father? Yes. Do animals really help a baby down the river? Probably not. Does God use things to accomplish His plans and purpose and is He sovereign over all? YES! Are there families waiting on the other side of the world to become mommies and daddies? YES!!
To enter the giveaway just leave me a comment on this post telling me why you would like to win or what interests you about the book.
If you want a second entry in the giveaway just share this link on Facebook and then leave me a second comment on this post so I know you did it.
And for your eager beavers who want a third entry tweet a link to the giveaway on twitter and again leave me another comment on this post so I know you did.
Enter before Wednesday, May 30 at 11:00 pm EST. (We will have been home exactly 2 months on this day!!) Just so you know for each entry I will put your name in a jar or basket and then I will let Linnea pull a name from there. I will announce the winner on the blog the following morning!!