Immeasurably More

More Hope, More Joy . . . Embracing Life with Down Syndrome

And So It Begins October 15, 2012

Filed under: Down syndrome,Special Needs — Linda Aalderink @ 2:24 am

The real books are finished! No more edits, checking and re-checking. This work that tested my perseverance and caused me to doubt whether I could ever finish, is now a real book. God you are faithful!

In many ways it’s comparable to giving birth. For months and months, well actually years, this work has been in process. First the stirring God put in my heart to share our story with the hope of encouraging  other families similar to ours.  Through these years, I continued to read about “advances” in medical technology which is resulting in a blood test for pregnant women to give a definitive diagnosis of whether or not the baby she is carrying has an extra chromosome. Currently, 90% of these definitive diagnoses end tragically for the baby.

My motivation and direction was clear, yet I didn’t know anything about writing a book.  But I pressed on, attending writing and publishing conferences, reading books, and following other writers’ blogs. I learned everything I could, and all the while God continued to lead and fling open doors that I never dreamed would open. One step at a time.

So this weekend, the birth! I cried when I held the first real book. All our kids were home this weekend and that made every moment so much sweeter!

Now, comes caring for that newborn! More learning ahead! Selling books to family and friends, book signings, social media, and getting the book into the hands of all those families who face difficult choices, uncertain days, and futures that may not look like anything they had in mind. One step at a time.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.  If you are the parent of a child with a special need,  I would love to hear your story.

Meanwhile, my prayer is that Immeasurably More will give encouragement, hope and a few smiles along the way.

So glad labor and delivery are over! More info coming soon on where to buy books.

Still taking one step at a time,

Linda

 

To the Printer Today! October 3, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Linda Aalderink @ 1:37 am

From the back cover of the book:

There are people in our world today
who, at “face value,” seem to have
little or no real value. The truth is,
though, that what the world sees as “disposable”
God sees as having incalculable
worth. God assures us of a definite purpose
and a plan for each of His children,
including those—and perhaps especially
those—whose life package includes “special
needs.”
Often in the Bible we find that God uses
the “least of these” to do His work, demonstrate
His love, and provide the rest of us
an avenue for expressing our own love. Immeasurably
More is the heartfelt story of
one family’s journey, a journey that showcases
the amazing impact one person with
Down syndrome can have.
Immeasurably More shares anecdotes
from the Aalderinks’ life together as a family,
interspersed with personal observations
and accounts from siblings, friends,
teachers, coaches, and others. This honest,
humorous, and poignant real-life
story will touch your heart, while illustrating
how an unassuming young man
transformed a family, a school, and even
a community.
9 781935 391883
ISBN