Giveaway and round-up of baby posts

This giveaway has ended.  The winner was Kate McKinney!

This week’s giveaway is baby themed for a very good reason, and I’m celebrating that reason with a round-up of some of my past baby posts:

  1. All About Parker – Parker’s first birthday post, with updates on his development, personality and lots of photos.
  2. Sleep? What’s that? – In which I desperately long for sleep.
  3. Sleep training: a 10 day log – In which I futilely try to get a full night’s sleep.
  4. Car seat training – In which I enjoy rather more success, though I don’t get any more sleep than before.
  5. 13 uses for receiving blankets – Because I never knew what to do with all those receiving blankets, and maybe others shared my bewilderment.
  6. Something fun and crazy that happened to me when I was expecting our first boy after 7 girls.
  7. Two related polls about how early and how late your babies have started walking.
  8. Video posts highlighting my crazy crawlers, Bethany and Perry.  Parker did it too, but we must have forgotten to get him on video.
  9. Sleeping babies Q & A, because before Parker came along I was really good at this.
  10. Birth stories, which make up an entire category.
  11. And finally, the fun way we announced a new pregnancy to the kids, long ago when we were expecting #8.

So…do you know why I chose this particular theme for this week’s giveaway?  Did you spot any of the clues I planted over the past week?  Or were you already on our mailing list, so you got The Newsletter?


Babies, Adoption, and Family LogisticsWe’re going to choose one winner to receive Babies, Adoption, and Family Logistics, 24 audio messages from the 2010 Baby Conference!

As always, there are several ways to enter.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry!

  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. Leave a second comment on this post about a clue or hint that you spotted.  This entry will only count if you’re the first to mention that particular clue, so be as specific as possible, and please mention just one clue to leave more chances for others.
  3. Post about this giveaway on facebook, twitter, and/or your blog. Each counts as a separate entry.
  4. Post about your favorite Vision Forum product on facebook and/or your blog.
  5. Like Vision Forum on Facebook.
  6. Use the little Facebook button to recommend Babies, Adoption and Family Logistics to your FB friends.

I’ll take entries until next Friday, then choose a random winner.  Unless I’m too busy throwing up by then.  In that case, I’ll be busy taking this advice.





  1. The first clue I noticed about your pregnancy was when Connie at Smockity frocks mentioned something about 35+ children. She didn’t say much more then that even though many seemed to be curious about who! Congrats!

  2. Oh so that’s what “The Bump” thing on the bottom of your blog is, congratulations!
    I know you are exited.
    My mom met a lady who had her 10th baby and they named her Halleluiah Joy because they where so happy to have 10! (Hallie for short.)

  3. Would LOVE to win this!!

  4. What a great giveaway!

  5. I like Vision Forum on FB!

  6. Only 230 days to go 😉

  7. Congrats! I am expecting, too! I liked Vision Forum on Facebook as well. Thank you for this opportunity.

  8. Congratulations to all of you! Every new one is so special! I have recently found your blog, don’t remember from where, and have enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  9. And, I already like Vision Forum on Facebook.

  10. Congrats and enter me, please! 🙂

  11. Congratulations!

  12. I’m guessing that the baby theme is the hint. 🙂

  13. Please enter me!!

  14. Mad cow Disease is a funny way of putting things! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I “like” Vision Forum on Facebook.

  16. Congratulations!!! (I read about your pregnancy in the newsletter a while back!) Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Heard the good news via your newsletter! Congrats to you all! Thanks for the giveaway/

  18. Congratulations!

  19. Wonderful News! I thought this would be almost time for another bundle of joy for you and the family! I was right! God bless and may you have a joyful pregnancy!

  20. Congratulations. I’m so happy for you. I got the clue when you wrote in your newsletter-advertising: Get our newsletter to see when we’re expecting (or words to that effect) already on the 12th of January 😉 I can’t win anything though, I live in Europe 😉

  21. Many congratulations for being tired and nauseated! I hope your energy returns with the next trimester! Isn’t this the best way to gain weight?!?

    Much love in Christ for you and your family!

  22. Congratulations Kim!

  23. Heather Wawa says:

    I like Vision Forum on FB.

  24. Wow Congrats!! So excited for you! Would love to have this book. I’m an adoptee and have adopted a son!! Also have 4 other children, and we are hoping to adopt more.

  25. I have been thinking a TON about bile, gallbladders and pregnancy. (Being a midwife, pregnant, STRONG family history of women having gallbladders removed at my age, gallbladder pain, and a willingness to be a lab rat 🙂 I have felt the best this pregnancy (#6) eating a low fat vegan diet. I have not enjoyed it and would only suggest it as a way to keep a failing gallbladder but for some one that feels better with beans possibly due to “flushing” bile I would suggest 3 things 1) Eat Apples and Steamed Kale those are the two bile removing super foods. 2) Avoid fatty foods (so much easier said then done) 3) Start taking liver glow mommy formula from mountain meadow herbs 1-2x daily. Mostly I think beans just help for fiber reasons, a comment someone else made 2 years ago 🙂 You have had a few babies though, which is one of the things that makes a gallbladder unhappy. Possibly helpful…Mostly VERY congratulations on your new baby coming next fall! All the best, I hope you have energy and nausea free days one after another.
    Thank you for writing your lovely blog. I really enjoy reading it.

    • Grace, thanks for the advice. I tend to eat a lot of veggies, especially in the summer, and I definitely think I have bile issues during pregnancy – that’s always what I throw up. TMI? I’ve never had any other reason to suspect gall bladder trouble, though I’d be the first to admit I don’t even know what to look for.

  26. Congratulations ! Our family would benefit from this teaching ! We enjoy listening most when we travel.

  27. Finally I can say Congratulations! I wasn’t sure after getting the newsletter I kept thinking, maybe I am just reading more into your posts because I know or are you really giving it away in little ways? LOL.

    • OH, I forgot to add, I kept looking for your to change your header picture to a 13 instead of a 12, ha I thought that would be the funniest way to announce it, you know see how long it took for someone to spot it. heehee

  28. I was the 16,377 th person to like Vision Forum on Facebook

  29. I “like” Vision Forum.

  30. Hi Kim
    Big Congratulations to the whole family!!I get your emails so I was in the know :).Great giveaway too,it looks awesome.

  31. Ok, I don’t think anyone has mentioned this clue yet, Kim, but there were many of us who knew you were pregnant way back at Christmastime. Remember? We KNEW you were pregnant even before you really were pregnant. I think I should win this giveaway immediately on the basis of that alone. Such foreknowledge and wisdom ought to be rewarded. Ok, I’ll settle for a Marie-Madeline skirt. You know, one of their denim style ones. No, really, I’m just kidding. Seriously, I’m only joking…unless…of course …you’d want to take me up on it…then I could be very ernest indeed. Merely jesting. Just because you bloggingly neglected us in December when WE knew you were pre-pregnant, is no reason for me to even think how well a Below the Knee Length Street Fair Skirt would smarten up my spring wardrobe. No reason at all. Not when a Grandpa Jakes Campfire Cooker would fit in SO WELL with our backyard camp out sessions this summer….

  32. I just found the ticker at the bottom of the page. Was that a clue or did you recently add it?

  33. I would love to be entered. And congratulations!

  34. I am getting ready to post at my blog:)

  35. I love vision forum’s audio teaching the wise woman’s guide to blessing her husband’s vision. Very good material!

  36. I have only just settle the quiverful mindset recently, and am looking for all the encouragement I can get, as I had a blood clot with my last baby and that has made me anxious about being pregnant again, though I want to be.

  37. Such wonderful news. I receive your newsletter so I knew in advance. So glad your sharing it with the world. Look forward to more posts.

  38. And I forgot to comment to get my entry #1! Oops. So there’s my 1st comment. Congratulations. (I already commented with a clue I found)

  39. Heather Wawa says:

    My first clue was Smockity’s wild hinting over the past few days.

  40. Heather Wawa says:


  41. Sheila, Mom to Seven says:

    Also, I get the newsletter, so…wink wink.

  42. Sheila, Mom to Seven says:

    Yay, Kim! And great giveaway – I’ve been wanting this. 🙂

  43. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

  44. My husband and I are just beginning our adoption journey. Would love to listen to these audio messages. Thanks for the give away. 🙂

  45. I knew from your news letter but as my daughter is just younger than Parker I thought it was “time” for you to be expecting for awhile.

  46. Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to win 🙂

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