Tuesday, February 7, 2012

One of a Kind for One in One Hundred

Happy Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week!

I learned a statistic recently that shocked me - about 1 in 110 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder.  (CDC - November 2011)

Do those numbers sound familiar?

How is it that pretty much anyone you meet knows about autism, but I continue to get dumfounded looks when I try to explain to someone that my child has something wrong with his heart?! Don't get me wrong; I was one of those people 3 years ago, but statistics like that are proof that we have to keep spreading the word about congenital heart defects! As much as I wish "CHD" wasn't a part of my vocabulary, it is - and the world needs to know what those three little letters are doing to our babies!

End rant ... for now.

Exciting things are happening this week all over the blog-o-sphere! Stefenie is continuing her yearly tradition of interviewing fellow Heart Moms, and Jenny will be blogging about the HOPE we have for our children.  I know there will be more to come, and I'll be sure to share as things pop up.

There's good stuff taking place here, too.  I am a guest blogger for Triangle Moms on Main this week, with my first post being published this morning, 

AND...

I'm hosting my very first giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I was browsing Etsy for some "heart art".  I'm always in the market for anything heart-related, and I was hoping to find inspiration for Ethan's bathroom.  Well, I found it.


A ready-to-hang, 5 inch square tile covered in beautifully broken pieces of glass.  I instantly contacted the shop owner - check out her stuff! - to purchase this piece, and told her a little bit about congenital heart defects in the process.  Through our conversation she generously agreed to donate a second tile to be given away to one of you!

Since no two tiles are the same, here's the one that's up for grabs (and made especially for this giveaway):


Is that perfect for this week, or what?! Whether you're personally affected by heart defects, or not, this is a gorgeous reminder that it's all about love, and the heart from which it comes - in all of its broken-turned-beautiful glory.

So, you want to win it? Here's how:

1.  For one entry, leave a comment below and tell me where you would hang the tile in your house.
2.  For a second entry, leave another comment telling me that you've shared this post on Facebook/Twitter/your blog.
3.  For a third entry, "like" our Signs of Life page on Facebook, and leave a comment here telling me that you did so (or that you already have!).

That's it! Three easy ways to play, and it could be yours.  You'll have from now until 11:59 p.m. on February 13th to comment, share, and like; the winner will be chosen at random and announced at the end of CHD Awareness Week on February 14th.

Ready? ... Set? ... Go raise some awareness, and good luck!


23 comments:

Jenny said...

What a beautiful tile!! Good idea Joye! Oh and I would definitely hang it in Aly's bedroom. :)

Stefenie said...

Cool giveaway Joye. I linked to your giveaway on my blog, I already follow Signs of Life on facebook and I would for sure display it with Logan's pictures in my living room!

Genia said...

So beautiful. I have shared your post and I would hang this in my boy's bathroom. It would match perfectly. Love ya.

Taylor Barbour said...

You are amazing. I would hang this over my front door in my living room.

Amanda Baumann said...

I am so proud of you! This is an awesome idea and way to spread the word. I had no idea about those statistics, very interesting. And I love the tile, can't wait to see it in person! If I won, I hang it in our guest bathroom :) Love you!

Carolina Carters said...

How perfect! I would display it in the photo gallery I'm trying to put together on the wall with our stairs. It would be a perfect addition!

Thank you, Joye!!

Taylor Barbour said...

I shared on my facebook page and of course I "Like" Signs of Life, actually, I love it and you. Miss you all.

Tara J. said...

Awesome Joye! Great minds DO think alike LOL =) I love giveaways! I would definitely hang this in my entryway - LOVE it!

I'm already on your FB page, and going to share on my FB right now!

Love this =)

Cammy said...

Such a wonderful idea! Love the tiles and love you!

Michele H said...

I would hang this in my entry way photo gallery...next to my little heart warrior!

Love it!

The Barnes Family Blog said...
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The Barnes Family Blog said...

I would give the heart to a very dear friend who's baby was born 1 year ago with a CHD. They are an amazing family!

The Barnes Family Blog said...

I shared on FB and liked too :-)

Neysa said...

I love it! I would hang it in Mason's bedroom.... or maybe in our kitchen... I'd want it seen by all!

Neysa

Neysa said...

I shared on facebook!

Neysa said...

I have "liked" Signs of Life on FB!

Kristine Brite McCormick said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would hang it next to Cora's things

jeannie said...

What a beautiful heart! So glad that your family has come into our lives. I would give the heart to Jackson. I will share on facebook and liked too.

Jenn said...

I would hang this in my Heart Babys room as a memory of everything he has been through.

Jenn said...

Liked the Facebook page as well. :-)

JDavis said...

I would hang this in my new entry way of my new home, welcoming everyone with love and reminding me every day how precious life is.
I shared this on Facebook and "liked" Signs of Life since day one! <3

Jen F. said...

Okay - Last Minute Lucy strikes again! I liked Signs of Life on fb since the start, and I would definitely put it right by my front door so that everyone who walks out of the house would remember that a special broken heart lives here!

Michele H said...

Making my last minute entries. I've liked and shared on Facebook. And, my blog has linked to your blog. Love, love, love the heart!

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