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Ladybug Love: 100 Chinese Adoption Match Day Stories Paperback – September 26, 2013
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About the Author
With two decades in the field of adoption, Kat LaMons brings an extensive knowledge of adoption processes and post-adoption issues. In addition to her direct work with adoptive families, Kat shepherded a cultural school for adoptees for many years and created an adoption-focused distance-learning curriculum used throughout the United States and seven foreign countries. She’s also a former columnist for Adoption Today magazine, and has written on adoption and adoption-related subjects throughout her career. In addition to being an adoptive mother, Trish Diggins is an adopted person herself. She has a wealth of communications experience in the corporate, television, web, film, and non-profit worlds creating award-winning writing, design and branding projects for national and international corporations. Trish blogs about her adoption and design life at www.trishdiggins.com. The authors have also collaborated on the "Crunch-Time Parenting Language for Adoption" series, also available on Amazon.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you know someone adopted, were adopted yourself, or are considering adoption, this book will move you.
A wonderful book with fantastic stories, Some will make you cry and others will make you smile, but all of them will touch your heart.
Ladybug Love is the written equivalent of sharing the "birth" experience of new adoptive parents and their families. Although the adoptive process tends to be the same (the agony of waiting, the receipt of the call, and the receipt of their long-awaited child), each parent has a totally different take on the experience.
I admit that I cried in 3 separate places. Especially the story of the quiet father, who was so overwrought with the pain of waiting, that he forced out the words Am...I....A....Daddy...Yet?, when he received his Match Call.
I was also impressed with the character and honesty of adoptive parents, so many of which welcomed Special Needs children into their lives.
The book is also an "easy" read, with a very legible typeface, and sweet, wise quotations about the connection between people.
I really hope the authors come out with a second edition, especially now that China has changed its one-child policy. It would also be wonderful if the authors would collect infertility stories. The waiting, the agony, and "the call" are the same.
If you are a parent adoptive or not, read this book when you are having an "off" day with your child. It will help you to remember that your child is a precious gift.
The Author Visits doesn't normally accept requests to review non-fiction works but I couldn't pass this book up. There is something about a series of stories that touch the humanity in all of us and that is very hard not to embrace.
Ladybug Love is one such book. I have no experience about the process of adoption nor do I know what it feels like to wait for that moment when a phone call can change the course of a life, to go from being singular to plural. I have no sense of the apprehension and toll waiting can take for that one magical match call on the parents to be.
To me, these are experiences of being those special parents who have immeasurable hope for a dream that I am so lucky to have shared in Ladybug Love.
Reading the many stories about match day was both heart wrenching and uplifting as couples described their experiences. I cannot lie when I say I laughed and cried in equal measure as one story after the next described the years, months, weeks, days and hours before the agency calls came and dreams of becoming parents were finally realized.
Ladybug Love is one tale after another of never-ending hope and resilience in the most simplest stories evoking all sorts of emotional highs and lows. I am so pleased Kat and Trish shared their lovely little treasure trove of wishes coming true.
Simply written with a high-impact quotient, I highly recommend Ladybug Love: 100 Chinese Adoption Match Day Stories. Think of this book as the Chicken Soup for everybody's soul. It's perfect in every way a good book should be with a great plot, lots of twists and turns and filled with emotions a hundred times over.
All good things do come to those who wait and the stories in this anthology are proof of that apt adage.
My rating - a must read!