I am still waiting for confirmation of the exciting news I was hoping to share today. I promise I will post as soon as I hear. I am bursting here.
Today was my sweet Noah's third birthday. Noah has been such an incredible blessing in my life. He has taught me so much about faith, strength, happiness, peace, determination, and unconditional love. I am SO so grateful that I get to be his mom. All of the other kids were very excited about Noah's birthday, and he was treated like the king all day, which he loved.
Here is a present for one lucky reader!
Author, runner, and adoptive parent Mark Matthews contacted me a while ago and asked if I would be willing to read, review, and give away a copy of his book, The Jade Rabbit.
I love to run, I love to read, and I am also an adoptive parent, and so I was definitely excited to read Matthews' book.
The Jade Rabbit tells the story of Janice Zhu Woodward. Janice was abandoned by her mother in China as a newborn, and then adopted by American parents. The story intertwines Janice's struggle with her abandonment and separation from her birth family and homeland, her job working with runaway and neglected youth, her passion for running, and her quest to train for and run a sub 3:00 marathon.
I read the novel in a weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. There aren't too many novels that have competitive runners as the main character, and I definitely could relate to a lot of emotions that Janice has on her runs, before and during her race, etc. There are a lot of emotions in this book and the characters became very real to me. It is definitely a story that sucks you in.
The book is not a training running book or a resource book on adoption, but it does tell the story of how a young adult that was adopted as an infant may feel, and how a marathoner may feel while trying to run a sub 3:00 marathon. I thought it was a very enjoyable read and think a lot of you would too. (And let's face it, winter is the best time of year to curl up with a blanket, warm drink, and a good book).
If you would like to win a copy of the Jade Rabbit, just leave a comment below and tell me you would like to enter. I will use Random.org to choose a winner on Monday, Dec. 19.
You can learn more about author, runner, and father, Mark Matthews at his blog here and you can follow him on Twitter here.