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456th Friday Blog Roundup

This is pretty much it — the end of August and the last chance to get Measure of Love at $1.99. (Amazon featured it as a monthly deal for the Kindle for the entire month of August.)  I would deeply appreciate any help you could give in getting word out about the promotion.  Telling a friend, Facebooking it, tweeting it, blogging about it, etc.

I notice when you do.  It means a lot to me.

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And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

I too had marked “On Acceptance” by Two Adults, One Child for the Roundup when I read it last Friday.  It begins with a moment of perfect peace on the ride to work.  It was a difficult day emotionally: the unfulfilled due date, what should have been her second child’s second birthday.  She juxtaposes that internal turmoil with the quiet, constant hum of the car engine, and what the reader gets is a heartbreaking thought: acceptance that her babies are truly and irrecoverably gone.  She writes, “I am tired.  And I don’t particularly want to play this game anymore.”  It’s just a gorgeous post.

Stepping Stones has a post about the movie Up, making me see it in a way that I hadn’t seen it before.  The first time she watched it, she didn’t know she was infertile.  And now she is step-parenting while still trying to build her family years later in this new marriage.  While her description of what people can draw from the plot is amusingly accurate, it was the end lines of the post that got under my skin: “I love Bear for asking if I wanted to turn the movie off (which I did after the funeral scene) and for holding my hand while I was watching it and for offering to put it on for the kids sometime when I’m not home.”

Lastly, In Quest of a Binky Moongee has a post about her husband’s second cousin’s baby.  Namely, about a text that may or may not have been sent years earlier, highlighting a tension that exists in the family.  Compounding that is the fact that the cousin got pregnant easily, and it is now time to see the baby.  After outlining all the ways she planned to comport herself before the door opened, she writes, “I don’t know why I am holding grudges against a fertile woman and her baby.   When that door opened and when I saw that little face, my heart melted.”  It’s a really sweet post.

The roundup to the Roundup: Measure of Love is on sale for only a little bit longer (and I’d love your help continuing to get word out).  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between August 16th and 23rd) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.

9 comments

1 loribeth { 08.23.13 at 9:49 am }

I have lurked on this blog for years (it is somewhat religious in nature). I thought this post was just gorgeous (& very true): http://lifeastwo.blogspot.ca/2013/08/not-just-baby.html

This was on Huffington Post — I thought it was an absolute bang-on description of grief: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ashley-davis-bush/dealing-with-grief_b_3716013.html

2 magpie { 08.23.13 at 10:11 am }

i just finished your book! it’s totally charming (and yes, i “reviewed” it on goodreads which posts to my facebook).

3 Catwoman73 { 08.23.13 at 10:23 am }

Thank you for the acknowledgement, Mel… I wasn’t even sure if I was making much sense that day! Maybe I should write from that odd state of turmoil more often…

4 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.23.13 at 10:42 am }
5 It Is What It Is { 08.23.13 at 11:47 am }

I just thought this decision of an infertile mama w an infant son at home to become a gestational carrier was way cool and I think a first in all the time I’ve been reading blogs:
http://moonfishandbuttermilk.blogspot.com/2013/08/next-chapter-surrogacy.html

And I very much appreciated this adoptive mother’s candor about what international adoption is like:
http://wondermentetc.com/2013/08/02/dear-friends-of-waiting-adoptive-moms-some-things-to-know-also-were-sorry/

6 Rebecca { 08.23.13 at 6:13 pm }

Hi from ICLW

7 Teresa { 08.23.13 at 8:55 pm }

Thank you so much for mentioning my blog. Adoption is crazy expensive- on top of the expensive treatments we’ve already tried!

8 Isabelle { 08.24.13 at 5:50 pm }

Thanks for the shout out and for reading. :)

9 Mandy { 08.24.13 at 11:49 pm }

Where the bleep strikes again! I was touched by her honest post on adoption and limits. I love how vulnerable she was in posting it. She makes a great point when stating that adoption won’t solve the problem. http://wherethebleepisourstork.blogspot.com/2013/08/knowing-our-limits-even-when-it-hurts.html

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