Monday, November 21, 2011

Second Blog Anniversary & Giveaway

Last week I hit year two of blogging. What an amazing journey this has been.

I look back on my writing and I can see that I have grown much as a writer this year. My mom always told me that practice makes perfect, and in this case it really has. Well I'm not perfect but you know what I mean! :)


The friendships I started two years ago have grown deeper and I've also met many new friends. I've learned, changed, and grown along this journey.

For those of you following along since the beginning, I have changed in that I haven't done as many giveaways this year as in the past. The main reason for that is that I truly enjoy sharing with you. I want people to read my blog for what it is, not for the giveaways. I like the personal aspect of blogging and I feel in some ways, when one does only giveaways (or a lot of them), that is lost.

It's been a fun break to step back from that area of blogging a bit. I think most of you are okay with that too as my readership has grown. Don't worry, I'm not done altogether with giveaways, instead I just plan to be selective in the ones that I do.


Today because I really do enjoy the joy in giving and because I wanted to thank you for being here, encouraging me, and supporting me along this journey, I have a $50 Visa Gift Card to giveaway to one of you.

This is my first time ever using Rafflecopter for an entry, so feel free to let me know if you experience any glitches and if you like it! Also because it is Thanksgiving week, I will run this giveaway until Monday, December 5, 2011.







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31 comments:

  1. I think I have been reading/following your blog for about 6 months now...when I first discovered blogs. I am a mommy of three girls as well and we can relate, I'm sure :) I would love to see more mommy posts!

    May God bless you this Holiday Season,
    Jessi G.

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  2. This is my first stop at your blog BUT I would like to say I love the color scheme!

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  3. I started following you during the ergo giveaway I believe... I stick around because your love of adoptions! More people need to talk about it with such love.

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  4. I'm not sure how long I've been following your blog... awhile anyway. :) I like it! Your girls are so cute.

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  5. I have followed the blog for about 4 months now. I like most anything you want to post:)

    anjellfire at gmail dot com

    Brooke Schwaderer

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  6. I have been reading your blog, I believe, since the beginning. I love it here! I feel so at home. ;) I love hearing you talk about adoption with your amazing open, honest heart, both as a sister and mother. And I love hearing about your journeys in gentle parenting, and your homeschooling. I'd love to hear more on those fronts - I especially have appreciated how you have picked yourself up and dusted yourself off and moved on from those momentary failings we all have as mothers. Keep up the great work, Vanessa!

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  7. I love reading your blog, and seeing how the kids are growing :) I am not sure how long I have been following you... It's been at least 6 months to a year though! Love it here :)

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  8. I have been following you for just a short time, maybe a month? But I love your candidness, and I can relate to your mommy posts. :)

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  9. I've been reading for 6-8 months. I'd love for you to post some of your favorite recipes!

    hun423 at hotmail.com

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  10. I started reading your blog around May of this year. I like to hear about your personal stories - what's going on in your life so I know my craziness is not alone!

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  11. I suppose about a year? A year and a half? Can't remember for sure when I started reading. :) I just like hearing/reading about other Christian mommy's lives!

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  12. I started reading around the time you were trying to adopt. I love hearing about your adoption process.

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  13. I have been reading your blog for about 6 months now. I love reading about your life since we have a lot of catching up to do since 6th grade! haha. I would love to hear more about the types of food you feed your family.

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  14. I found you in the PR and absolutely loved your Wordless Wednesdays and adoption journey!

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  15. I love hearing about your adoption stories and seeing all the pictures of your beautiful children.

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  16. i think i started following you when you first found out about your first adoption that wasn't. prayed with you and cried with you, even if you didn't know it at the time. i didn't really know you then, but have gotten to know you and your precious girls since then and love you all dearly!

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  17. I love your blog! You are so honest and I admire you for that! This is deffinately one of my main go to blogs!!! Always checking for new posts!Great job!!

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  18. I think I started reading while you were waiting for yout third daughter. I like all your topics, but need the reminder on facebook to click over and read :)

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  19. I don't remember when I started following you--sometime this year. :) I enjoy your posts and getting to know you. Honestly, what you are doing so far is excellent--just keep writing from your heart! :)

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  20. i just started and i'd have to read your blog to give you advice, but if you don't already, i'd love to read humorous stories about your kids

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  21. I started reading pretty recently. I'd like to see more about cooking.

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  22. I just became a follower of your blog and haven't had a chance to read much yet...but so far I like what I see :)

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  23. I actually just discovered your blog(this is my first visit), but congrats on 2 yrs and I look forward to becoming an avid follower :)

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  24. I started from the beginning! :) I love how you have great, fresh blog post ideas. (And quite often, I have a very similar post ready to go as well - great minds, ya know!)

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  25. I'm a new follower and I would like more scriptures from the bible and a Q & A to follow, thanks!
    bec.shockly@gmail.com

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  26. I think I have been reading since near the beginning. Love you!

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  27. I'm not sure when I started reading your blog. Probably about the time I met you, so around a year ago.

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  28. I started reading shortly after Kendall was born almost 2 years ago. I would like to read more posts about the activities you do as a family. It helps give me ideas :)

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  29. This is the first time I have dropped by your blog. However, I love the colors and how welcoming it seems.

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