Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting (and a Book Giveaway)

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Owlhaven is one of the very first blogs I read when we were beginning our adoption journey. Mary Ostyn, has been writing Owlhaven a few months longer than I’ve been writing One Thankful Mom. Over the years we’ve become friends and a few weekends ago we spent three days together on a retreat with a small group of other adoptive moms.

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Last spring Mary asked if I would read her new book, Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting, and if I liked it,  write an endorsement. I was so honored – and so busy, with Noah and Katie’s wedding coming up. It took me a couple of weeks, but once I sat down to read, I couldn’t stop. I know my friends are amazing, so I expected to like Mary’s book, but I had no idea just how fantastic it would be.

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As soon as I read the last word, I shot this off to Mary, “I love your book – I really do! Wow! It’s really, really good. What a blessing it is going to be to the adoption community.”

And then I wrote my endorsement,

Mary Ostyn is the mom you wish would mentor you in your adoption journey – and she does, through this encouraging and practical book. Forever Mom is PACKED with information you will inhale and then reach for again.

I heartily recommend Forever Mom to you. It is the perfect gift for folks getting ready to adopt and others who are several years into being adoptive parents. When I wrote that it is “PACKED with information,” I meant it. Mary managed to fit so much in her book and tell a good story at the same time.

When you pre-order Forever Mom before November 4th, you’ll get some great freebies! Here is the info from Mary:

  • Freebie#1– A little e-book I’ve written called ’50 Things Adoptive Parents Should Know’
  • Freebie #2- 8 custom Forever Mom downloadable prints for framing  (see samples below)
  • Freebie#3- all 8 of those same custom prints as phone lock screens/screensavers!

To get those freebies, just send proof of purchase (ie- receipt, order confirmation, etc) to [email protected], and the free package will be emailed to you.

And now for the ultimate freebie, I’m very excited to be giving a copy of Forever Mom to one of you!

You get up to five chances to win, and you need to leave a separate comment for each chance.  If you’re really ambitious, go for all five!

1.  Share about and link to this giveaway on Facebook or your personal blog.

2.  “Like” One Thankful Mom on Facebook.

3.  Follow me on Twitter.

4. Follow me on Pinterest

5. “Like” Owlhaven on Facebook.

I’ll draw a  winner (using a random number generator) on  Monday, October 26th, at 9:00 PST.

Have a fantastic day, friends.

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

52 Comments

  1. Angela Arnett Stone
    October 20, 2014

    I like you on facebook!

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  2. jentompkins
    October 20, 2014

    I can't wait to read Mary's book! I just started following you on Twitter. @jentompkins 🙂

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  3. jomegs
    October 20, 2014

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  4. jomegs
    October 20, 2014

    I "like" One Thankful Mom on Facebook – so good to read your updates.

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  5. jomegs
    October 20, 2014

    I follow you on Pinterest now!

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  6. jomegs
    October 20, 2014

    I liked Owlhaven on Facebook.

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  7. jomegs
    October 20, 2014

    And I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page. 🙂 Thank you!

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  8. Julie Gumm
    October 20, 2014

    I got to pre-read too and I heartily agree. Even with kids home 6 years I found new encouragement and tips. I'm adding this to my "must read" for every adoptive parent!!

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  9. adventisthomemaker
    October 20, 2014

    Sounds like a great book and one I would love to read! I "Like" you on FB! 🙂 🙂

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  10. Tricia M.
    October 20, 2014

    I liked One Thankful Mom on Facebook.

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  11. Tricia M.
    October 20, 2014

    I liked Owlhaven on Facebook.

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  12. katerehkemper
    October 20, 2014

    I like Owlhaven on Facebook.

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  13. katerehkemper
    October 20, 2014

    I like One Thankful Mom on Facebook.

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  14. Bethany Mullen
    October 20, 2014

    I like Owlhaven on Facebook!

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  15. Bethany Mullen
    October 20, 2014

    I followed you on pinterest.

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  16. Bethany Mullen
    October 20, 2014

    Just shared this post on my Facebook page!

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  17. Rebecca
    October 20, 2014

    I like one thankful mom on Facebook!

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  18. Judith
    October 20, 2014

    I liked One Thankful Mom on Facebook.

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  19. Judith
    October 20, 2014

    I followed you on Twitter.

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  20. Judith
    October 20, 2014

    I followed you on Pinterest

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  21. Judith
    October 20, 2014

    I already like Owlhaven on Facebook.

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  22. Melissa
    October 20, 2014

    I already like you on facebook. We're not ready to start an adoption journey any time soon, but I have a dear friend who is just going down that path this week, and another dear friend who is getting ready for home visits. I'd love to give this copy to one of them!

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  23. Melissa
    October 20, 2014

    I also already like Owlhaven on facebook!

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  24. Alyssa
    October 20, 2014

    I likeyou on FB

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  25. Alyssa
    October 20, 2014

    I like you on pinterest

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  26. Alyssa
    October 20, 2014

    I like Owlhaven on FB

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  27. Alyssa
    October 20, 2014

    i shared on my FB page.

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  28. @Myflower121870
    October 21, 2014

    “Like” One Thankful Mom on Facebook

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  29. @Myflower121870
    October 21, 2014

    Follow me on Pinterest

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  30. @Myflower121870
    October 21, 2014

    “Like” Owlhaven on Facebook.

    Reply
  31. Cameron
    October 21, 2014

    I shared it on facebook~

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  32. Cameron
    October 21, 2014

    I already like you on facebook

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  33. Cameron
    October 21, 2014

    I already like Owlhaven on facebook too.

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  34. Melissa Dunn Corkum
    October 21, 2014

    I spread the word on FB!

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  35. Melissa Dunn Corkum
    October 21, 2014

    I like One Thankful Mom on FB

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  36. Melissa Dunn Corkum
    October 21, 2014

    I follow you on twitter! @corkboardblog

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  37. Melissa Dunn Corkum
    October 21, 2014

    I follow OwlHaven on FB

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  38. Melissa Dunn Corkum
    October 21, 2014

    I follow you on Pinterest (macorkum)

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  39. Sonya Hillrich
    October 22, 2014

    I follow you on Pinterest now 🙂
    I LOVE Owlhaven — remember when she wrote at Ethiopian Adoption Blog? That blog pretty much got us through our process in 2005/2006, as well as helping me figure out how to do my girls' hair & all the emotional attachment stuff we went through in those early years.
    She has a great story & can't wait to read her book!

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  40. Christine N.
    October 22, 2014

    I like One Thankful Mom on Fb.

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  41. Christine N.
    October 22, 2014

    I like Owlhaven on FB.

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  42. Christine N.
    October 22, 2014

    I follow One Thankful Mom on Pinterest.

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  43. Christine N
    October 22, 2014

    I shared on facebook.

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  44. Stephanie
    October 22, 2014

    I shared on fb

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  45. Stephanie
    October 22, 2014

    I like you on fb

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  46. Stephanie
    October 22, 2014

    I like owl haven on fb

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  47. Stephanie
    October 22, 2014

    I follow you on Pinterest

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  48. Erin
    October 25, 2014

    I like Owlhaven on facebook.

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  49. Erin
    October 25, 2014

    I like One Thankful Mom on facebook.

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  50. Anna
    October 28, 2014

    Ooh! I want to enter! I like both OTM and Owlhaven on FB!! 🙂

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  51. ohiogirlkrista
    October 30, 2014

    I liked One Thankful Mom on FB 🙂

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  52. ohiogirlkrista
    October 30, 2014

    I now have Owlhaven on FB

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