Monday, July 18, 2011

Celebrating Three Years With Three Giveaways

 This giveaway is closed.  To see who the lucky winners are, go here.

Three years ago yesterday (July 17th), I wrote my very first blog post.  This is my 700th.  Some things haven't changed.  I still post recipes, photographs and document what we do around here, but I've also grown bolder over time.  I am no longer hesitant to write about what I believe and how this plays out in my day to day life.  My hope and prayer is that not only will you be challenged, but that you will feel free to challenge me if I start veering off the Jesus course.  It is always His course that I long to follow.


I am humbled and over-the-top honored that you all come and read my posts as often as you do.  The support and encouragement, advice, feedback and questions spur me on and make this blog-thing, oh, so much fun.  I really feel as if you all are my extended family and I hope you consider me the same.

To celebrate this three-year milestone and you 406 darlings that follow this little blog, I want to offer you a few little tokens of my appreciation.  They're not extravagant, mind you.  I'm guessing that you (like me) aren't impressed by extravagance anyway:-).

The Giveaways:

The three things I'm giving away are near and dear to my heart...

#1 A box of eight Ball Canning Storage Lids (you choose if you'd like wide mouth or regular mouth).  I love these lids and use them all the time.  They are so much easier to cap your opened jars with instead of messing with a canning lid and ring every time.


#2  Seeds Family Worship's newest CD, Seeds of Character.  I've blogged about these amazing CDs before and want to pass along another.  Each "CD" actually comes with two CDs so you can give one away to a friend.


#3 The best cooking-seasonally-from-the-garden cookbook I've come across, Simply In Season, the expanded version.  It's divided by season and is full of excellent healthy, easy to prepare recipes that don't call for ingredients I've never heard of.


The Rules:

In the comments below, tell me which prize you'd like to win.  You may only choose one (#1, #2 OR #3).  I will randomly choose winners from each category on Friday.  For example, I will chose one winner out of those who would like to win the jar lids, one winner out of those who would like to win the CD, and one winner out of those who would like to win the cookbook.  Only one entry per household is allowed.  Please leave your name or initials in your comment if you comment anonymously.  If for some reason you have trouble commenting, please email me your entry and I will post your comment for you.

Happy choosing and thank you so much for being such awesome readers!!

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94 comments:

  1. Good Morning :) I just started following your blog via Facebook and love EVERthing about it, especially any mention of Jesus. I will choose giveaway #2 if you draw my name. Thanks and many blessings. Sharon C.

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  2. Congrats on those 3 years! It's weird to think that I've been reading blogs for 3 years. Seems like yesterday I said, "Blog? What's that?!"

    Hmm, those 3 options are good ones. I guess I'll have to go with the CD. I have the cookbook and jar lids already :)

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  3. I've been drooling over that cookbook! I'd be delighted to win it!

    lindastoltzfus at gmail dot com

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  4. Congratulations on your blogiversary!!!! You've always given me something wonderful to think about, and you hooked me on pesto for the rest of my life!

    (I'm quite partial to the canning lids!)

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  5. Happy Anniversary! Love your blog, and would love to win #3 -- I have it on my wishlist to purchase but winning it would be wonderful!

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  6. Hi, Jane! Call me silly, strange and ridiculous but I feel so much more of a personal connection with you by calling you by your beautiful new "name."

    And such a generous giveaway offering to celebrate your third year blog anniversary!

    Please put me in the hat drawing for #3, the book I've heard so much about and would love to have. Thanks again for offering this to us all.

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  7. I would love to win the lids. Thanks for the chance! I just found your blog about a month ago and have really enjoyed it; so much helpful stuff on preserving and such! I was raised conservative Mennonite.

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  8. Wow! 700 posts! I'm so glad you blog. I get a lot of information and encouragement here. I would like to win #1 (widemouth). Thanks!
    Lanie

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  9. Love your blog!!! If I had to choose, I think I would choose #3

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  10. I would love #2! Thanks for all the great posts on a variety of subjects that speak to my life, too!

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  11. This is such a hard choice! We got a sample of of Seeds of Worship from a curriculum company, and we all LOVED it. Even I have a lot of scripture memorized solely based on listening. I haven't bought more yet, so I love the chance to win. Thank you!

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  12. Jane!
    I do love it!
    For some reason each time I come to make a comment here with my google account it won't let me. As with a few other blogs. But I must say that today is a day worth leaving a comment. It's so nice to finally put a face to this blog and have a name for you:) I feel a better connection to you with this. So thanks. Second, congratulation on your 700th post! You have a wonderful ministry here. Yes ministry. When we stay a home and raise our family and then bring a portion of it to our blogs with the things we are passionate about in this life{and are not afraid to take a stand with them} thats what this becomes. Don't you think?

    I enjoy coming here very much. I was first connected with Etsy by your blog, swagbucks and Revolution in World missions.

    So, you have been an encouragment to me dear mama:)

    All that being said, I would be very grateful for a chance to win one of your lovely give-aways.

    #3 For sure! One of my most favorite things about coming here is are your RECIPES! and I've already told you that so I won't go on and on about this. I'm always looking for new ideas in my kitchen and this would help me out.

    Much gratefulness,

    Amanda
    homegrownandbeeyoutiful.blogspot.com

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  13. I'd love to win any, but I'll try for the Seeds CD :) Thanks!

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  14. Happy 3rd year of blogging! Yay!

    I'd like to enter for the "Simply in Season" book (item #3) - it's one that's been on my wishlist for a while now. Thanks!

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  15. I would LOVE to win the Simply in Season cookbook. After hearing you talk about its many wonderful recipes, it's been on my wish list for quite some time! :-)

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  16. I would LOVE to win the Ball Canning Storage Lids. I've been drooling over them for some time now. :) Really enjoy your blog--keep up the good work.

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  17. I would love to add Simply In Season to my cookbook collection! Congratulations on 3 years of bloggin!

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  18. OOOO....I love the jar lids. Please enter my name for those.

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  19. Hi,
    I'd love to win #3! How fun! I'm glad my mom told me about your blog a while back. (Not 3 years ago, though, so I'm trying to catch up.) I have tried some of you recipes with great success. And I am finding that I agree with many of your sentiments on life. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Congratulations!!! I'm so glad you're here...and that you share...you are an inspiration on so many levels.

    Hmm...pick one...but which one?!! I think I'd like a chance to win those handy lids!! Thanks!

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  21. Your blog is truly one of my favorites. :) I would love to win a copy of Simply in Season...our local library doesn't carry it, and every recipe you post about from their sounds wonderful!

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  22. I would love the "Simply in Season" book. I'm glad I discovered your blog last year! (My email is lund[dot]jennifer[at]gmail[dot]com)

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  23. #3! I love books (and I have more canning lids than should be allowed)- I love your blog; personal and sweet and down to earth real. Thank you for staying up for three years. Here's to three more!!
    simplychele @
    simplyscaife@yahoo.com

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  24. I love that you used your new-found skill with the collage in this one:) I love your posts and your perspective--congrats on reaching such a milestone!

    I would love to have any of the three, but I would pick the cookbook as my favorite:)

    Thanks for the chance!

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  25. It's a tough call, but I choose the CD (#2) Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  26. Congratulations on your Three year Anniversary! You have a great blog!
    Keep up the good work sharing not only your information but also the love of Jesus!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your treasures - if I were to win I'd like to choose #3 as my gift.

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  27. Ohh! Number 2, please! I love your blog and have been wanting to buy the cds since you first mentioned them!

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  28. Congrats on 700 posts! How exciting. I so enjoy your posts on your daily walk of faith.

    i would have to pick the CD. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. Happy 3 Year Blogging Anniversary! I'd pick the Simply in Season cookbook. Thanks for the chance!

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  30. I'd pick the cookbook, Simply in Season. Enjoy your blog!

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  31. I enjoy your posts (especially the recipes, gardening stuff, and crazy kiddo happenings!)

    #3 would be my pick. (I have a few Seeds CD's and L.O.V.E. them!) And those jar lids are FABULOUS too, but I've been wishing for that cookbook!!!

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  32. Wow, 700 posts, that is quite an accomplishment.

    I am hoping for #3 if selected.

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  33. Happy Anniversary!! I would like a chance at those handy jar lids..(Regular)

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  34. I have been enjoying your blog for sometime now. I appreciate your candor and the fresh persepective you share on being a godly wife and mother. The book on what is in season looks great!

    Thanks,
    Abbie M

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  35. Congratulations! I love your blog and have been following for at least a year, maybe more. Thank you! I would love a chance to win the cookbook (#3).

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  36. All of your recipes look very good, and since we're always looking for ways to use fresh garden produce, please include us in the drawing for the book (#3)!

    ~Bianca

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  37. I would like a chance for the lids... only because I already bought the cookbook : )
    Thanks!

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  38. Congratulations on 3 years! I found you shortly after I started blogging and you've been such an inspiration to me. Anyway, I would love to try out those jar lids! I think they would be the perfect answer to open canned items that get knocked over and spilled in our fridge because my husband and sons don't like to mess with the lid and ring either and will usually just set the lid on top and figure that's good enough.

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  39. I have been following your blog for about 6 months and I especially love your "living simply to give" theme, and the posts you wrote behind that. I had never thought of having that as my reason for living simply before, but it makes so much sense!

    I would like a chance at #3, as I would like to expand my gardening to include an early spring and late fall garden so I can eat more in season foods.

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  40. I'm new to your blog and I'm loving it! I'd like prize #3. I need more ideas on ways to serve up my garden's bounty.

    A fellow Sonlighter :)

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  41. The seeds of faith cd!

    -Diann

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  42. #2! #2!!

    thanks for your ministry--you are an inspiration! (and please don't stop blogging...your blog is my favorite!)

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  43. I would like to win the jar lids. I had no idea how great these were until you talked about them in a post. I got a couple of boxes at walmart and they are great. I also didn't know they came in the wide mouth variety. Our store only sells them in regular. Love your blog thank you for being bold and writing about what you believe!

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  44. I love your blog and I learn so much from it regularly. Love the recipes! If I am lucky enough to be selected, I would love a copy of simply in season. I have been wanting one for such a long time. Congratulations on your anniversary!
    --Julie

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  45. Happy Blogging Anniversary! I found it about a year ago and I'm so happy I did. I'd love to win #3. Thanks!

    Kellie M.

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  46. Wow congrats, how time flies. I would love number 3. Can't have too many cookbooks.

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  47. I love your blog! I love your type of blog. I found you not long ago and I'm glad I did. If you choose me, I'd love the canning lids. Thank you for all you do. Marilyn L @ www.mylifeoncedarlane.blogspot.com (for some reason, I always have trouble leaving comments.)

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  48. Hi love your blog I'd chose #3 the cookbook.Robin in SoCal

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  49. Your perspective on faith and family is what I enjoy most - so glad you chose to include that in your blog! I also love your recipes, so I'd definitely choose the cookbook. -IJKK

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  50. i'd love the cookbook. i'm a mennonite too and love to see your canning and growing process while i'm doing the same--just on a smaller scale here!--terri

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  51. Is now the time to start sucking up? You're pretty! You're funny! You're a stellar Pharmer's wife! Oh and Jiminy Crispix.... You smell good too! I think I'd love number three as much as you do! :-)

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  52. #3 is my choice. Thanks for an inspiring blog! Love reading it.

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  53. I would love to win number two! I am swimming in produce and I love checking your blog for great ideas. Thanks, Haley

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  54. Congrats on your milestone. I only found you last year, but I'm so glad I did. It's been such a pleasure! I would definitely choose #1--I've been eyeing those lids for a while. :)

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  55. I successfully canned for the first time today using your stellar tips! My hubby was so proud. :) Would love #2 for my girls!

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  56. I am so enjoying this new-to-me blog! You're journey has been very thought provoking for me.
    I would really really like #1 !! I have 2 of those lids, and use them so much!

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  57. I love your posts. So does my husband. He envies your garden. I know we are not suppose to envy other peoples things but we have had a rather colder, wet spring and summer in the NW so our garden is so far behind. I would love #1.

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  58. Congratulations on three years! I would love to have # 3, the cook book.

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  59. I would love the cookbook! I love reading your blog!

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  60. They all sound good, but I would love Simply in Season. Congratulations on 3 years ~ I love your blog!

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  61. Well, I just found this blog two weeks ago and it is now one I check regularly, and have been reading through the archives.Glad to know I have plenty to look at!

    I'd like to be entered for #3 the cookbook. The recipes here are wonderful, and I know you have mentioned this book several times.
    Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!

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  62. Congrats and thanks for sharing. I am always encouraged when I read your blog. You can add me to #2 for the drawing, I guess. It's so hard to choose when you offer such great gifts!

    mattcrystal7398@msn.com

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  63. I'd love to win some narrow canning lids. I love your blog and have been reading it for at least a year now. So glad I found you! Thank you for all the knowledge you have shared.

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  64. I came across your blog by way of Zoe's blog. You have some fantastic recipes & I really enjoy your easy to understand instructions especially when it comes to preserving food. You make it seem so do-able for beginners such as myself! I would chose the cookbook. I've heard it mentioned by so many & would love to have it around to try new things! -Amy

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  65. Seeds, please!
    Thanks for sticking with it for 3 years!

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  66. Congratulations! I love your blog and came from Clover Lane from awhile ago. I would like #3 please. Although the other 2 would be just dandy as well.

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  67. Wow! Thanks for the opportunity. I'd like #1 please (regular size). Lots of canning going on around here:)

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  68. I would love to win #2! How did I miss your original post on those CD's? I'm listening now to the sample songs you linked to. Awesomeness!

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  69. Congrats - Jane! :)
    I've only been around for a year or so, but it's been fun.
    How about putting me in for #1? Thanks!

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  70. I would love to win #2! WOW! Congratulations on 3 years! I love reading your blog, seester :)
    EMW

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  71. I have been meaning to order that cook book for about a year!!! So it's #3 for me :)
    oh, and i love your blog!!!

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  72. #3
    I love you! I think you are an awesome person and I'm glad I found you somehow. Life has a way of bringing people into our lives we didn't know we needed.

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  73. Congratulations on 3 years!! :)

    I would love to win #2!! Thanks for the chance, Jane!! :)

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  74. Discovered your blog when looking for jam recipes. My name really is Jane! I'd like #1 if I win - the canning lids. I have 3 open jars of jam in the fridge right now!

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  75. Wow....great giveaways. I would love to win the jar tops (#1). Haven't seen these before.
    Penny~Alaska

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  76. I love your blog! I would pick #1 (wide mouth).

    -Lanie

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  77. I have learned so much by reading your blog. Congratulations on the three years. Now that I think of it, mine is coming up in a few months. Wow. I would love #3. Now that we are moving into a more permanent place of our own with a full sun garden, I plan to grow a lot of my own food.

    Thank you,
    Hanneke

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  78. I would love the lids. I enjoy your blog. Congratulations on 3 years!!

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  79. Oops. That was me who just sent a message. Christy K.

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  80. That cookbook has been on my wishlist for a long time. I love your blog. Janet
    jjschrock80@gmail.com

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  81. Enjoy your blog. Put me in for #3 the cookbook.
    Thanks
    Sharon

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  82. #2 sounds awesome.

    -Sarah M-P

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  83. Hello!
    I'd love my own copy of Simply in Season! Then I could give my MIL back hers!
    Thanks!
    Your neighbor with the red garage :)

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  84. I just recently found your blog and love it! You inspire me to do more, and I love all the wonderful looking recipes you have posted over the years. If I win, I would like option 3. Since reading your blog, I have looked up the book and had planned on purchasing it at some point, but winning it would be fabulous.

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  85. I would like to be in the drawing for the cookbook.

    Thanks!
    Spiderjohn

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  86. I'm all about the cookbook!

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  87. I would love to have some new jar lids, so I think I'll pick option #1!
    Thanks for a chance to win. I have enjoyed your blog so much!

    Ashley
    ashleymwren@yahoo.com

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  88. Jane,
    I like the name & I LOVE your blog! Congrats on 700 posts...wow : ) I think if I had to choose, I'd choose #2, the CD.
    Thanks for the inspirational posts & the fun giveaway : )
    ~Mary

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  89. Please enter me in your giveaway I would like the cookbook. Thank you
    Tina K.

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  90. Howdy! Three years, eh? I think I started reading this about 1.5 years ago - more or less. Not sure how I found out that you are writing it, though. I am glad I did, though - it's a nice way of keeping up with what you are doing in life! Just wish I could get out to see you in person sometime!

    As for the giveaway, I am torn between 1 and 3, but think I will try for #1 - regular sized lids, please!!

    As always, you rock! :0)

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  91. Ooh, we'd love to win the cd! I went and bought the praise one after you recommended them, and we LOVE it! My five year old is always telling me to turn it up! :)
    Congrats on the anniversary! 700 posts is a lotta words! :D
    Randi

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