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Gifts: Mothers Reflects on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives | Kathryn Lynard
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This commemorative 10th anniversary edition of Gifts includes 10 new personal stories, along with "where are they now" updates on many of the children and families featured in the first edition. Gifts is the much-loved collection of over sixty essays written by mothers who share their truths about raising children with Down syndrome. Powerful then and powerful now, it affirms over and over that a life with an extra chromosome is one worth living. The contributors to this collection have diverse personalities and perspectives, and draw from a wide spectrum of ethnicity, world views, and religious beliefs. Some are parenting within a traditional family structure; some are not. Some never considered terminating their pregnancy; some struggled with the decision. Some were calm at the time of diagnosis; some were traumatized. Some write about their pregnancy and the early months after giving birth; some reflect on years of experience with their child. The writers? diverse experiences point to a common truth: The life of a child with Down syndrome is something to celebrate. These women have a message to share'not just with other mothers but with genetic counselors, obstetricians, and the rest of us. In particular, Gifts, 10th Anniversary Edition, provides new parents with a source of up-to-date, positive, and realistic insight that is too often missing when they are facing a pre-or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Also by Kathryn Lynard: Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World
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It's here! Thanks, Abbie! @PerksOfBeingABookworm #BBSredacted

PerksOfBeingABookworm Yay! I‘m glad you got it! And now the waiting begins :) 9mo
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My #JustABookSwap is going out in the mail today as soon as I can walk across the street! @TheBookKeepers

TheBookKeepers 😘 yay!! 10mo
kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers I forgot the post office is closed today 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ So, tomorrow! 10mo
TheBookKeepers Lol same! I put mine in the mailbox but guess it‘ll go out tomorrow! 10mo
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Thank you Deborah 😘 for the beautiful card and gifts. Thinking of you and the family over Christmas ❤️

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Thank you Cathy for the lovely card and gifts 😘 much appreciated. Have a lovely Christmas x

mrsmarch Gin-flavored chocolate?! What will they think of next? 12mo
TrishB @mrsmarch I shall be having a try later 💕 12mo
Bookladylinda I was thinking the same thing! I had to read it twice, 😂 12mo
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Cathythoughts Only something small ... I hope you have a lovely Christmas too ♥️👍🏻 12mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts kindness is never small ❤️ 12mo
jillannjohn Gin flavored chocolate?! How did I not know this exists?! 😀 12mo
batsy Love the packaging of that chocolate! 12mo
TrishB @jillannjohn 👍🏻 12mo
TrishB @batsy it‘s very classy ❤️ 12mo
MaureenMc Mmm, Butler‘s chocolate 😋 12mo
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I love getting Holiday mail! I also sent mine out on Saturday!! #StuffedStockingSwap #SSS @Avanders

Avanders ❄️💙❄️💙❄️ 12mo
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A throwback to summer... Christmas is always great even if is celebrated in July!! #gift #gratitude30

Cinfhen Sweet 13mo
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Thank you Lauren 😘 picking for you worked a treat. I love all of them! A neighbour took the parcel in yesterday and only knocked with it at 9.30 when I was already in bed. They‘re lovely gifts - how awesome do those candles smell! 💕❤️

Kalalalatja That notebook 👌 13mo
TrishB @Kalalalatja it‘s lovely 💕 13mo
Cathythoughts Everything is lovely in this gift 🎁❤️ 13mo
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laurenbescoby Glad it got there in one piece, it was a bit tightly packed. I thought the notebook perfect, especially that shade of purple! I took a gamble with the candle scent so glad you like them ^_^. And I almost kept that bookmark for myself...may have to get my own! Xx 13mo
TrishB @miralunasbooknook it‘s all lovely and really personal ❤️ 13mo
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All the #litsybookmail today 😁
Thank you Caroline - these are amazing - the book marks are fun 💕
Thanks Christine for #whodunnituk don‘t worry about delay - I‘ve been in hospital too. Hope you‘re ok.
@ShookBelf yours will be in the post this week, apologies for delay.
Thanks Kate 😘

Caroline2 Glad you‘re home Trish and hopefully feeling a bit better! The books are v interesting but scary!! 😟 1y
MicheleinPhilly How batshit was Sansa when you walked in? 14mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly aww....beyond cute. She was playing in the back so I sneaked in and sat in my usual place. My daughter shouted ‘look who‘s here‘ and she ran in and did a big cartoon style stop in amazement and then jumped on me. I burst into tears and she was whining and licking them all away. Dogs help your heart ❤️ 14mo
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TrishB @Caroline2 my son‘s wanting the election one already 👍🏻 14mo
Itchyfeetreader Greetings from India hope you are not too uncomfortable after the op and it‘s removed the pain . look after yourself (edited) 14mo
MicheleinPhilly 🤗🤗🤗They really do! 14mo
Cinfhen How awesome so much love...hope you‘re resting & recuperating💖💖💖 14mo
TrishB @Itchyfeetreader 😮 enjoy India! You too 😘 14mo
Cathythoughts Lovely gifts. And what a lovely story about Sansa 😭❤️❤️ 14mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts dogs 🐶 certainly help don‘t they 💕 14mo
Balibee146 Awww so cute Sansa.... 🐕🐕💕💕 14mo
Christine11 I‘m glad it arrived safely! I‘m sorry you‘ve been unwell too and hope you‘re on the mend now! 💛 14mo
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A day late posting but SUPER excited about the goodies I received from @CarolynM for the #myfavoritebookswap! Thank you soo much for your generous gifts!! I love all of it!

CarolynM So glad you're pleased with the stuff. Hope you enjoy it all🙂 1y
BookaholicNatty @Madamereginald hey love! Hope you are doing well! Was thinking of you! Wishing you a happy 2019! Hope your year is off to a fabulous start! ❤️😘 11mo
Madamereginald @BookaholicNatty hello! I‘ve been out of the loop for quite awhile but am trying to get back into the swing of things. Hope you had an amazing holiday season! Many blessings for the new year! ❤️😘 11mo
kaysworld1 Hello there I was just checking you have been in touch with your swap partner if not please go take a look on elfster. Thank you Kay #rrrswap 10mo
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1.5 hours to go y‘all. I‘m tired and would normally in bed by now, but I‘m waiting to be able to open this box up. @KennethTolesJr is happily waiting up with me because he‘s been wanting to know what‘s in the box and because it means he gets to play the game. #mfbs #myfavoritebookswap @JoeStalksBeck

KennethTolesJr Ha...yeeahh...lol 1y
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Yesterday I posted that the last book beau arrived for my bridesmaid gifts...I finally put them all together and LOVE how each one represents the girl‘s personalities!!! I had to share with my Litsy friends ❤️📚

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 I love all those designs! I‘d have a tough time choosing! 1y
JoScho They look great! 1y
Mem_ugh Those are gorgeous! 😍 1y
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Lovesbooks87 Love this idea! 1y
LiteraryinLititz What a perfect idea! 1y
laurenlovesliterature Ohhhh! 😍 1y
BiblioLitten Lovely! 😍💞 1y
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Thank you Littens for happying my birthday. Litsy is a kind and thoughtful place😍. Just a few of my gifts pictured: wine from 2 different Texas wineries, a book and gift card to half price bookstore. A long walk in perfect weather, followed by fish tacos!!!! Doesn't get any better than that❣️❣️

Jess7 🤗🤗🤗 2y
Kaye ❤️ Sounds great. 2y
Soubhiville Yay! Allow me to happy your birthday a little bit more 😊🥂🎂 2y
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Anovelobsession Happy birthday! 🎁🎂🎊 2y
Eggs Thanks❣️ @Anovelobsession 2y
Velvetfur I missed your birthday, I'm sorry!! Hope you had a fab day x🎉🎂🍰🎀🎁 2y
Eggs Thanks @Velvetfur 💕💕 2y
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Thank you, @Eyelit and @JoeStalksBeck - I haven‘t read either if these yet! It was nice to wake up to your gifts on my Kindle! 🙏🏻❤️☺️🎅

JoeStalksBeck Yay! I love Bart Ehrman! 2y
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Here is the updated version of #kindlegiftbook list ❤️

TricksyTails Thank you for doing this! 🤗♥️ 2y
JoeStalksBeck @TricksyTails yw! @Tiffy_Reads and I exchange like this so I figured everyone could! Yay! 👏👏👏🎄 2y
CocoReads I seem to have fallen off the list since Thursday. Is there any way I could go back on? If my regular email of cocoreads@sbcglobal.net doesn‘t work I do have a little used gmail one. It‘s colleens421@gmail.com 2y
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sprainedbrain Help @JoeStalksBeck ! I‘m getting emails from amazon that they can‘t deliver to the email address newtonslight5@gmail.com What the heck am I doing wrong?? 😳 2y
JoeStalksBeck @sprainedbrain omg! I put the wrong email for me! Lmao! It‘s yahoo not gmail 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
sprainedbrain @JoeStalksBeck 😂 let me try again... sorry, that sort of spoiled the surprise. 2y
JoeStalksBeck @sprainedbrain you‘re too sweet ❤️❤️❤️❤️😊🤗🤗 2y
heikemarie Aw, this is cute! Is this still a thing? 2y
JoeStalksBeck @inwhichHeikereadsharder lol yup! Best way to send a book! 2y
heikemarie I meant to get on the list! It really is a great way to spread cheer! :) 2y
JoeStalksBeck @inwhichHeikereadsharder aww, my dear just post your email that‘s linked to Amazon and I‘ll add you to the list!❤️ 2y
heikemarie Heike.marie@gmail.com! Now off to be cheery! 😍💚❤️ 2y
JoeStalksBeck @inwhichHeikereadsharder you‘ve been added! 👏❤️ 2y
JoeStalksBeck @sprainedbrain @dariazeoli check your email ❤️ 2y
laundry_piles stephanie.ciciotti@gmail.com :) 2y
sprainedbrain @JoeStalksBeck omg! I have been wanting that one. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
JoeStalksBeck @laundry_piles you‘re added❤️ 2y
JoeStalksBeck @sprainedbrain yay! It‘s an excellent read! Hope you enjoy it! 2y
Vansa I'm so sorry for asking a dumb question- how will I know whom to send a book to ? Will I be sent an email ? 2y
JoeStalksBeck @Vansa oh this isn‘t a swap it‘s just a list incase you want to send someone a book:) 2y
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I am IN LOVE with these bookish gifts from students! Between the appreciative cards and the thoughtful gifts, I am so lucky! ❤️📚❤️📚

AJBowers That's adorable! 2y
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Here is the updated list for #kindlegiftbook
If you would like to be added just let me know! Have fun buying kindle books for your fellow Littens ❤️🎄

laundry_piles Can I be added? 2y
2BR02B Could you please update my listing to 2br02book@kindle.com? 2y
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Caterina How does this work, are there matches, or do people randomly gift to whomever they want? 2y
dariazeoli For those who are using their kindle.com addresses, please verify if/when a gift book comes through! Everything I‘m reading about it suggests you need to authorize senders and gift emails won‘t go to that email 😬 2y
JoeStalksBeck @dariazeoli you should receive an email that it has been received 😃 2y
JoeStalksBeck @Caterina it‘s just a list for Litsy. So if you want to send a gift you can or if someone on this list is a swap partner you can send books this way too😃 2y
TricksyTails Figure out my kindle addy. It's TricksyTails at kindle dot com. Thank you for doing this! 🤗 2y
bedandabook Great idea! Mine is fionac_E83870@kindle.com. Thank you for the idea 😀 2y
dariazeoli @JoeStalksBeck Confirmed That Kindle.com email addresses don‘t receive gift emails from Amazon. I just had Customer Service switch a gift to a Gmail address for me 2y
kamoorephoto Should I put it as my regular email then? scriptkat@hotmail.com ? That‘s how my Kindle list is searchable. I‘m a a bit like this 🤓 2y
TricksyTails @dariazeoli Could you explain this a bit more please? You change your kindle email to a gmail instead? 2y
dariazeoli Your kindle.com address is just the address to your device that you can use to email files directly or give to Overdrive when you check out Library ebooks or whatnot. In order to receive gifted books, you just use your regular email that you signed up to Amazon with. So, for instance, @sprainedbrain gifted me a book using my gmail address and I got an email from Amazon telling me so. The next time I sync my Kindle, the book should be there. 2y
JoeStalksBeck @CocoReads you‘re added ❤️ sorry about that 2y
JoeStalksBeck @kamoorephoto I used your hotmail 😃 2y
jenniferw88 Mine is Jenschl90@kindle.com - hopefully! 2y
CocoReads @joestalksbeck—thanks—it‘s a lot to keep track of! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @jenniferw88 you can use a regular email account too if you want . It still works 2y
jenniferw88 @JoeStalksBeck was just about to go back & edit my comment! 😂 it's probably better to use irene_gulliver@yahoo.co.uk! 2y
CocoReads Oh oops—there‘s an s in my gmail. The correct one is colleens421@gmail.com. Thanks for putting this together! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @jenniferw88 @CocoReads you have been updated ❤️ 2y
CocoReads Thanks! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @CocoReads of course ❤️📖 2y
jenniferw88 @JoeStalksBeck sorry to be a pain but mine is @yahoo.co.uk! I didn't check my comment before I sent it lol! 🤣 2y
JoeStalksBeck @jenniferw88 updated!❤️ 2y
aprilpohren This is awesome! Please add me april.pohren@gmail.com Thank you! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @aprilpohren added!❤️❤️ 2y
TricksyTails @dariazeoli Thank you for explaining it to me and for the informative link! 😊 I'm new to Kindle and still learning all the things you can do. 2y
TricksyTails Found this helpful link on how to gift a Kindle book to someone. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201964280 2y
sprainedbrain Would you mind changing mine to jenamphetamine@gmail.com? @dariazeoli originally gifted a book to me with my kindle address, but I didn‘t receive it until she changed it to my regular email. 😃 2y
TricksyTails I'm going to be a pain in the butt and request to change my email to TricksyTails dot Litsy at gmail dot com, please. 🙈 I'm sorry! Thank you again for your trouble. 2y
JoeStalksBeck @sprainedbrain done❤️ @TricksyTails is that right on the list? 2y
sprainedbrain @JoeStalksBeck you are pretty awesome. Thanks so much! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @sprainedbrain lol nah😊 yw❤️❤️ 2y
TricksyTails You're the best! It's perfect. Thank you so much! 🤗♥️ Now if only there was a better wishlist on Litsy so we could see what our lovely friends are wishing for. Thank you again! (edited) 2y
JoeStalksBeck @TricksyTails yeah the only thing I go by is the TBR on here 2y
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Wrapping, taping, and boxing up my gift swaps! Phew!
#bookmarkswap #secretsantagoespostal #whodunitdoeschristmas

emilyhaldi Wowza!!! 😍 2y
Reviewsbylola Wow!! 2y
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽♥️🎄 2y
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🎁 Get me used if it‘s available 📖
🎁 Both! 📚
🎁 Coffee or tea as long as it‘s not flavored. No chocolate ☕️
🎁 Candles 🔥
🎁 Neutral colors
🎁 Fuzzy socks 🧦
🎁 YES! To Funko Pops!
#giftideasthisorthat @Tiffy_Reads

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1. Either
2. Both
3. All but in order: tea, coco, coffee
4. Neither, almost burned down the house so hubs says no.
5. Generally bright
6. Fuzzy socks
7. Sure don't have any other than Luna.

BethM I should note that I love blankets and as such have an abundance. I'd never say no :) 2y
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I like coffee & tea, socks & blankets.

I like my candles in soy form and I‘m kind of obsessed with Funko ☺️

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Birthday week started 😀 all bookish gifts off work colleagues!! The HP is a bag!! Really bad photo - apologies!

DaniRa Happy Birthday week! 🤗🎂🍾📚 2y
Kalalalatja Amazing! When is your birthday? ☺️ 2y
Buddys_Momma Happy Birthday!! And you have amazing coworkers!!!!💜 2y
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DGRachel Happy Birthday!!🎁🎉🎂🎊🎈 2y
Andrew65 Happy Birthday 🎊🎉🍾🥂🎂🍰🎈🎈🎈 2y
Captivatedbybooks Happy birthdayyyy 2y
mrp27 Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your week! 📚🎉 2y
arlenefinnigan Happy birthday week! 2y
Avanders Happy birthday!! 🎂🎁🎊🎈🎉 2y
robinb Happy Birthday Week! 🎉🎉🎈🎈 2y
BethM Happy birthday lovely presents! 2y
stacybmartin Happy birthday!! 🎉🎂📚📚🎂🎉 2y
Ms_T That‘s a great start to your ‘birthweek‘ 😃 2y
DebinHawaii Happy Birthday week! 🎉🎂📚🎁🎈Enjoy! 2y
kamoorephoto 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂📖📖📖📖📖📖 2y
kamoorephoto I got very excited about cake and books for you!!! Happy Birthday! 2y
RachelO Happy Birthday Week! Have a wonderful time🤗🎉🍷🎂📚📚📚 2y
heikemarie The Borges quote is my absolute favorite!! 2y
batsy Happy birthday week 🎈🎁📚📚📚 2y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday Week! What day is your birthday? 2y
TrishB @BethM @stacybmartin @Ms_T @DebinHawaii @kamoorephoto @RachelO @batsy thank you 😀💟 it's coming in stages this week!! @LeahBergen actually Thursday 🎉 2y
TrishB @inwhichHeikereadsharder it's awesome 👍 2y
LeahBergen Mine's on Saturday. 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @LeahBergen woohoo 👍 another Oct b.day. Mine is a 0 one - hence the various celebrations! 2y
julesG Happy Birthday Week! Enjoy it! 2y
Cinfhen Oh wow @LeahBergen you sneaky birthday girl 😍😘😘 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen she is indeed 💟😀 2y
LeahBergen @TrishB Mine was a "0" one last year. ? 2y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Haha! 😘 2y
Cinfhen I‘m onto you now @LeahBergen 😘😘😘 2y
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