August Giveaways

GIVEAWAY #1–A LAPTOP!— Go enter!

GIVEAWAY #2–One copy each of A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family and Family Feasts for $75 a Week .  To enter, leave a comment and tell me how long you’ve been visiting here. If you’re new, tell me one unusual fact about yourself.  To enter again, contact your local library, request that they purchase these books, then add a second comment to this post telling me where you requested the book. Contest closes August 30th.  I’ll announce the winner August 31st.  Good luck!


  1. Am I seriously the first entry? Or am I in the wrong place. You haven’t mentioned if international entrants are OK in this one, but if it is OK – here I am! I have been following your blog for around 6 months.

  2. I believe I have been following your blog for about a year and a half. That is around the time we brought home our first adopted child. I would so love to have your books. We are a semi-large (adoptng our 6th child) family on a very time budget.

  3. I first started reading you when I still lived in the Uk around 2 years ago. I then moved out here to Oz , I didn’t start commenting until recently, shy flower that I am ;o)

  4. I’ve only recently been getting into reading blogs (6 months or so) with the downtime (er not really!) of breastfeeding a newborn. It’s easy to sit and read the laptop as I snuggle the new one on days the other is at preschool. It’s lovely reading about your large family, as I’ve always wanted one of my own but doubt I have the confidence, finances or stamina to get as big as yours! My mother often reminds me that I used to say I wanted to adopt 5 boys. I suppose I will have to live vicariously through families such as yours! I’m very excited to see your ideas for cheap feeding.

  5. Yours was one of the very first blogs I started reading regularly back when I discovered that blogging wasn’t just for kids! That was around the end of 2005, I think! I’ve loved watching your family grow and change in so many ways!

  6. I “think” I have been visiting about 2.5 years. I remember taking part in your show us a day in your life thing you did a few years ago. I don’t comment very often but am always here visiting:)

  7. I just found you last week. 🙂 Can’t remember where I clicked over from. Um, I can’t think of anything unusual about myself, but we just found out I’m pregnant with our 4th child (which gives us 4 aged 5 and under!) and now you’re only the 5th person to know, LOL.

  8. I’m a new reader. I came from Jen’s Conversion Diary. We have four children, which may not seem so large to you anymore, but I’d love to know how to stay sane! If you’ve got secrets then cough them up! 😉

  9. Wow. Has it really been over 3 1/2 years since you playfully pointed out the “gap” in my blogroll where your link would fit so perfectly? Remember when we were both so new at this? Aw, good times. 🙂

  10. I was hoping you’d do a give-away for your books. I’ve been dying to read them! I have been enjoying your blog now for about 6 months or so and I love it! I can’t even remember how I found it, but I’m so glad I did. Thanks for the give-away and for all your posts!

  11. I started reading last year during your 30 Days series and I was hooked. Your canning posts inspired me to make my own apple butter and it was much easier than I thought it would be.

  12. Because of my not-so-good english I was always to shy to comment, but with this lovely giveaway I couldn’t resist! I visit your blog for nearly six month (after reading your book) and was so happy to find out, that it is “made of” everything I’m interested in: Mothering, Faith, Food, Frugality and above all a lot of optimism! Greetings from Germany!

  13. I’ve been reading since about April.

  14. I have been reading since your book was reviewed by Notes from Trenches…I think that was the blog. I ran right out and bought that book but have shared it with a friend and can’t remember which one. I read it really fast and loved it. I only have two kids but found many ideas valuable! I am interested in your second book. I stay at home and we are determined to save more money on groceries and this looks a great resource of ideas. Your family is amazing and you inspire me to enjoy each day as a woman and mother. Thank you!

  15. I think I’ve been following for about a year now. I love the variety of posts you share!

  16. I’ve been following you for a year or more and wish I’d had access to your blog when I was home raising 5 children (both birth and adopted) about 20 years ago! I am interested in reading your book and sharing it with my children, who are now raising my 6 (so far!) grandchildren.

  17. I’ve been visiting for about a year and a half. I saw a link to your blog on CNN in an article about frugal living, and I’ve enjoyed coming ever since. My son is adopted and we’re in the process of adoption #2, so I’ve been interested in what you’ve written both about that subject and parenting in general.

  18. I”ve been reading since that trip to.. Haiti?.. wherever it was with Pioneer Woman’s girls. I came over from her site. I have no clue when that was!

  19. Hey! I have been visiting for about a month and is one of my fav blog’s by far!!

    Thanks for doing all these giveaways!!! They are so fun!


  20. Amanda H says:

    I’ve been visiting your blog for about 3 months. I love it!

  21. hmm… I;ve been visiting here for about a year. 🙂

  22. I started following your blog around the summer of 2008. I happened on it accidentally and have been following diligently each day.

  23. crazyeights says:

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for about 8 months. I’m a relatively new mom of a big family (added five last year to make eight) and so was looking for tips! I also enjoy your husbands blog as an aspiring gardner! Thanks!

  24. Christy M says:

    I don’t remember how long it’s been since I first came here – it was before the Ethiopia trip to adopt your two girls -what’s that, 2 years or so? Time flies!

  25. Hi,
    I have been coming here about a year now. Can’t recall how exactly I found your site, but it got bookmarked right away!

  26. I’ve been reading for a couple of years now. I first started reading when we were looking into adoption from Ethiopia. I’ve been inspired to have a large family because of your writings.

  27. Good morning, I’ve only been reading you since I found your blog on Bloghop 09. I added you to my blogger reads so I didn’t miss a post. I only have 1 dd but came from a larger family of 6 siblings. I love reading about how you manage your days with such a big brew 😉

  28. I requested your Family Feast book from my library… their url is

  29. Ummm, I think that I have been visiting for about 2 years. I came across your adoption site first, just as you were adopting the last two to join your family. I really have been enjoying the recipes and quick tips for dealing with a lot of kids. I only have three (right now), we’ll have to see what the future has in store for us.

  30. Hi! I’ve been reading for about a year or so!

  31. Maybe a few weeks? Pretty new I guess. I found out about your blog from the Breastfeeding 1-2-3 blog. I agree with her that I don’t share your religious incliniations but I find your posts about life with a large family inspiring. Haven’t tried any recipes yet but I’m looking forward to reading your Family Feasts book!

  32. I don’t even know how long I have been reading your blog! A couple of years, maybe?

  33. I’ve been reading blogs for about 2 years. I think I started reading yours about then, but then my computer crashed and I just re-found you recently. Your adoption stories are beautiful. Your encouragement lifts me up and I keep coming back for more!

  34. We just brought home our 5th child, a 3yo from China. As a mom of 5, I’m trying to decide if we qualify for a “large family.” 😉 When I was a kid, I wanted to be a mom of 12! 🙂

  35. I’ve been visiting your site for about a year now! 🙂

  36. hmm… I’ve been reading since the Ethiopia Adoption Blog days… sometime in 2006 I guess? Back when the baby really WAS a baby. 🙂

  37. I started following you when you had the month of ‘Nothing but Needs’ last fall I believe, or was it longer? Maybe longer, can’t remember because I’ve got a half dozen kids myself and they tend to suck out all my brain power. Oh I so need to do that Needfull living again.
    Love your blog – grew up an ID farmgirl myself so you take me back to my roots each and every time.
    I’ll be contacting my library later on today.

  38. I’m guessing that I’ve been visiting your blog for a year or a little over it now. I love your writings…either canning, being a Mom, staying organized, etc.

  39. i think i’ve been visiting for about a year or so…randomly, i can remember reading when we visited some friends out-of-state in early sept. 2008. so, i’m sure i was reading a month or so before that, at least.

  40. I’ve been visiting for about 6 months, maybe? I love the insite on large families. I always come here hoping for a new recipe.

  41. Oh, I’ve not been coming here long. Maybe 2 months? But I LOVE it!

  42. I just went to request your book at the library- we have SIX copies in the system! I’d rather not say the library I have it on hold at, but I’m in the Pacific NW.

  43. I’ve been reading here off and on for about two years. As I recall, I found your website through around the time you brought home the last two girls from Ethiopia.

  44. I’ve been visiting your blog for 3-4 yrs now. I’ve really enjoyed your adoption stories and watching your family grow. Can’t wait to read both of your books!

  45. I think I’ve been visiting for a year or two. Can’t really remember! 🙂 I love reading your family stories!

  46. I’ve been reading you for over a year…I’ve been so inspired by you and your growing family. we too have 4 bio-kids and plan to adopt #5&6 soon…when we first met hubby used to joke that we would have 11…now he wonders if that wasn’t prophetic!

    crossing my fingers!

  47. so for my second entry…I already requested A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family!! about 3 months ago I was talking to our librarian about it and put the request in. Our library is the 100 mile branch of the Cariboo Regional District Library.

  48. I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now. I find it so encouraging and uplifting! Thank you for that and may God bless you continually!

  49. I have been visiting here since you went on the Compassion blog trip to the Dominican Republic. I loved your blog posts during that time, and then got started reading your personal blog. I haven’t been able to stop since then! My husband and I are about to embark on the foster care journey, and your stories and tips, even though your situation is a little different, have been a great encouragement to me. Keep up the good work! I have also requested that my library district, the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, CO, order both of your books.

  50. I started keeping up with your blog about a month ago. Someone referred me to it as a “really good site about an adopting family”, something we’re interested in for the future.