Thursday, July 12, 2012

One Thousand and One Tears the Book!

It's here! Finally, finally here!

This is a story for my daughter who somehow ended up in an orphanage in Beijing, China.
She started questioning her past.
What did her birth mom look like?
Who took care of her?
How did she get to the orphanage?
Huge gaps of her life are missing.
And I can't fill them in.
So this isn't really my daughter's story.It's her what might have, what could have, what maybe happened story.
It's a story that every child who comes from China is missing. Thanks to the work of my wonderful friend and artist Cassie, my daughter now has a picture of a young Chinese woman holding a baby. Of nannies in the orphanage. Of me waiting for her at home.
Of the tears that came along with that.
Because adoption is sad, joyous, exciting, hard, heartbreaking, overwhelming, and a hundred other emotions all rolled into one.
And I wrote it, because my daughter, who I cried for every single day she waited for me sick and alone in the orphanage, deserves to have a what if story to help her fill in those gaps. Because there are some things we will never know. And as her mom, it's my job to help her fill in those gaps.

And it's a story I want other children from China to have.
One Thousand And One Tears is available on Or you can order a hardcover signed copy from me.


  1. Amy! I am so excited I 'found' your blog again thanks to Lori from Five of My Own. :)

    It looks like it has been a while since you have blogged....

    I am definitely going to be purchasing your book.

    (So does this mean you are going to blogging more? I sure hope so!)

  2. Hi Amy, this is Steve Johnson from Seattle. Courtney and I were in China with your family when we picked up our daughter. Courtney would like a copy of your book for her upcoming birthday - shhhhh. It is coming up in a few weeks. Is there a way to get a signed copy? It would be really cool if you and your daughter could sign a copy for Courtney. Please email me and let know: Don't post on my blog, I haven't checked it since our trip to China. Thanks for your time. Your daughter has grown so, so much! - Steve

  3. Just want to let you know that we received your book a couple days ago in the mail....

    My girls love it. They can not stop looking at the pictures and they continue to read it over and over and over. The book is already well worn. :)

    Shea especially liked the part on the eyes.....about how she can see her China mom's eyes when she looks into the mirror. This is very comforting to my daughter. Thank you.

    I will be doing a blog post about this book and my daughters' reactions soon.


  4. Thank you for writing this boo!

  5. would really love to read this bood and then also have a copy for my library.

  6. Would love to get a copy for my two Chinese beauties, the youngest of whom asks loads, whilst the oldest doesn't. Have done them both life story books, but this sounds extra special. Have Facebooked it on my page too