Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts

Monday, February 13, 2017

alongside {book review and giveaway!!}




What do you do when a dear friend finds out they have cancer? What do you do when your neighbor, whom you've only met once, experiences a significant loss? What do you do when a family in your church encounters crisis after crisis? How do you help? What can you do? Should you do anything?

Alongside by Sarah Beckman seeks to answer all of these questions with solid, researched advice, much of it drawn from her experiences and the experiences of people she interviewed, all who have been through - or are in the middle of - crisis. I wish I had fifteen (or more!) copies of this book to give away. I wish all of the parents I have met who lost children had people in their lives who read this book, because some of the comments and actions that I have heard about have made a devastating loss even more so. I wish I had a copy of this in my hands years ago, but I am glad to have it as a resource now.



Beckman covers everything from what level of response to a crisis one should have based on their relationship: from Tier 1 to Tier 4 (this is so helpful for those who are trying to navigate how to respond to friends and acquaintances in times of need) to what to say and not to say, and what gifts / offers might be appropriate.

I especially appreciated Backman being honest enough in her writing to admonish people to keep their focus outward and make sure their purpose and intentions are to serve, not glean information, or show off how much they are assisting. Motivations get mixed sometimes and it is important to remember that helping someone through a major life event is for and about them.


Alongside is a useful guide one can pull out again and again as different events in life happen. There are practical gift guides, helpful websites, and practical advice spread throughout the book. You can either read it front to back or use it as a reference guide as needs arise.



I highly recommend this book for everyone who is trying to live out the Biblical edict to love one's neighbor (which is everyone by the way, not just the people next door or across the street). And even if you are not a Christian there is practical, helpful advice within these pages if you are walking through a difficult time with someone.

Thanks to the Blythe Daniel Agency and The Blog About Network I have one copy of Alongside - signed by the author! - to give away. Please leave a comment if you are interested in winning a copy. I'll choose a winner on Friday, February 17th!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

less stuff, more love {giveaway}


I have a hard time letting go of things. I hoard - mildly - and stuff things in closets because I may need it / want it / use it ... someday. I have a really hard time letting go of books. Even if I didn't like it, even if I'm never going to read it again I hold onto it. Books on a shelf make me so happy. I couldn't live in a home without books everywhere.

Last night I was organizing and rearranging things and I began a pile of books. Then I added a pile of clothes. This morning I began selling furniture we've been meaning to get rid of for a while. Our upstairs looks like a used furniture shop. It's time for a lot of it to go. I've spent the day organizing, rearranging, giving away, selling and tossing things. It feels so good. I was halfway joking this morning when I said, "I want to start the year with less stuff, more love," but it is really nice to watch stuff leave the house. 

While cleaning I found a journal/workbook to help one work through grief after the loss of a baby. My midwife gave it to me a year or so after Charlotte died, but I never used it. It has healing exercises, poems, artwork, places for you to write your story, and much more.


I think someone would really benefit from it so I'm giving it away. If you are in the first year after the death of your baby this is a great resource, but I think it is perfect for anyone who has lost a baby. You can read about it HERE.

This Christmas was a rough one. I've been silent here because all of my energy has been focused on getting through the holidays. It feels good to clean the house and prepare to enter the new year with an attitude of love.

Leave a comment if you would like to be entered to win the journal.

Friday, June 28, 2013

bup! { and oh symphony giveaway winner}


The winner of the Oh Symphony lullaby CD giveaway is #11: Cassidy. Email me at littlebird0514@gmail.com with your email address and I will send you the link to download it. Sweet Symphony Mae (that name! so beautiful and creative) was born yesterday. Mama and baby are doing well. You can purchase Ty and Julianna's lullaby CD HERE. It's really, really good, definitely worth $10.00.

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All day long, and at night too sometimes, B wants "bup." Little man is really, really into his daddy, which is as it should be, right?


J has been so amazing this pregnancy. He comes home from work and dives right into spending time with B. J takes B outside to work on projects, on walks and to the hardware store so I can crash on the couch for a little while. He changes diapers, reads books, helps with the laundry and dishes and doesn't complain when I don't cook dinner because I'm too tired.

J has been working really hard lately so I wanted to take a moment to thank him. This parenting gig would be a thousand times harder without his help.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

oh symphony {giveaway}

My cousin Julianna and her husband Tyson have been working on a lullaby album for a while. Julianna is a little bit overdue with their daughter Symphony (we can't wait to meet you, baby girl) and this album is all about their love for her.

It's really good. Bennett and I have been listening to it over and over. My favorite song is their version of You Are My Sunshine. They wrote a sweet third verse in memory of Charlotte; I love it.

And I have a digital copy to give away to one lucky reader!

Leave a comment, I'll pick a winner Friday.

You can purchase the album on iTunes.

PS: If you follow this blog in Google Reader you can switch over to Bloglovin if you like!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

thoughts & giveaway winner!


Thank you for entering my giveaway! The winner is ...



Hannah Rose! Let me know where you would like your copy sent, Hannah.

My brain has been absolutely fried lately. I'm a bit done in with lack of sleep combined with B's first birthday and getting the book published and available in varying formats. The Kindle edition is NOT working. For some reason the pictures are not showing up right now. We are working on fixing the problem ASAP.

Thank you so much for your comments on my desperate sleep post. The crib soother is helping some. I've been able to get longer stretches of sleep, which helps my mood so much.

I'm in a really strange place. I've achieved a dream - publishing a book - but the way it came about is not what I planned for my life. Obviously. I spoke with the owner of the bookstore where I used to work this morning. We talked briefly about how my life and career path has gone in a completely different direction than expected. And it's all because of one little girl's short life.

As I drove by the hospital where Charlotte died this morning I thought about how much it still hurts. Even after all this time. Even with a dream accomplished and my boy with his toes on the edge of toddlerhood sleeping quietly in the backseat it hurts. It hurts. It hurts. It hurts. Sending this book out into the world is really bittersweet. Thank you for supporting me and loving my Charlotte.

Monday, September 3, 2012

giveaway!


If you haven't bought Unexpected Goodbye yet here's your chance to win a copy!
All you have to do to enter is share this post on Facebook or Twitter. Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you did. I'll select a winner using random.org Thursday, the 6th.

And ... one more thing: I feel terrible for forgetting to thank Amy for snapping the cover photo. She captured so many beautiful photos of us on Charlotte's first birthday. Thank you, friend!

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