And if you've been following along for a while you'll know that every 100 posts I like to do a giveaway to celebrate these milestones with you my nearest and dearest readers!
This time I have not one, but two great giveaways for you lucky people. One lovely person will win themselves a copy of Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected. (click on the link for the book trailer).
But as I know that some of you are likely to have already bought and read the book, another lovely person will be sent a Whittakers Peanut Butter block. Heaven in a block of chocolate!
If you don't already follow Kelle's blog Enjoying the Small Things, you really need to check her out. She writes in the most poetic way, oh that I could only dream of writing half as well, and yet she is funny, effervescent and totally high on life. And when she writes deep and meaningfully, you are taken along on the most beautiful journey, a journey that includes unicorns and sucking the marrow out of life. Reading her blog posts is one of the favourite times of my week.
For the past two and a half years, Kelle has been on a road she never expected to travel. Imagine the shock of gazing into your beautiful newborn's eyes and discovering that the baby you've been carrying, dreaming of and longing for all those months is looking back at you with almond shaped eyes that cry out 'yes there is an extra unexpected gene in me, but love me mama, love me'
Bloom is Kelle's story, firstly dealing her feelings of grief and loss, then moving into a place of full acceptance and love for baby Nella, and finally fully embracing this new and unexpected journey and rocking out the gift that Down Syndrome has become to their family. Kelle's voice and the unimagined success of her blog since Nella's birth has given her a voice and an opportunity to do so much good that she never would otherwise have had. And sister rocks it.
I know, for me personally, that reading Kelle's blog these past couple of years, I have a much greater appreciation of what being a parent of a Down Syndrome child means. It is life changing yes, but then so is bringing any child into the world. I also have found myself wanting to be so much more accepting of the world around me as a result. The book is utterly delightful, and intermingled with Kelle's beautiful photography of her girls and her family, I never wanted it to end. I've already got a few people lined up to read my copy of Bloom now that I'm finished with it and I will be passing it round to as many people as I can.
I hope that if you are lucky enough to win the giveaway you will enjoy, be inspired, and fall more in love with life as a result. And what would be even cooler for me is knowing that you will also pay it forward afterwards.
To be in to win:
Leave me a comment letting me know whether you'd like to win the book, or the chocolate (or both), and who you think you would would pay the book forward to once you are finished reading it.
Most importantly, make sure I have your email address if you enter, so I can contact you if you are the winner!
Giveaway open until Thursday 10th May 7pm NZ time. Open to anyone, anywhere in the world!