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. ( : David'sKate : ) says:

    I “liked” Vision Forum on facebook!

  2. ( : David'sKate : ) says:

    Praise the Lord and congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 Hope you don’t have much morning sickness this time around and that you and baby stay healthy and happy!

  3. posted one of my favs on fb

  4. I was “in the know” too since I get your newsletter. Why else do you think I signed up for it? 😀

  5. shared on FACEBOOK


  7. i like VF on FB

  8. congratulations! i am so happy for you!!

  9. I did a blog post about our favorite Vision Forum things here

    and a post about the giveaway here

    Thanks so much for doing this, and I’m praying for you!!!

  10. Oh! and I knew you were pregnant for sure because of the link to the bean cure… I remember reading your success with that last time and I tried it, too… thanks!!! 🙂

  11. Hi, Kim! I had been wondering with your symptoms if you weren’t feeling pregnant (I knew I was pregnant -every time (I’ve had 9 pregnancies)- a week and half before I could even test because I feel so gross when I’m pregnant!). Congratulations!!! I’d love a copy of this… God is moving mountains for us to pursue adoption finally, so I’m especially interested in those messages. I already like Vision Forum on Facebook, so I guess that’s out.

  12. Jessica Fox says:

    I like Vision Forum on Facebook!

  13. Jessica Fox says:

    I saw a clue from a comment when someone mentioned that they thought might be pregnant because you had your midwife prescribe you the adrenal fatigue supplement, because you didn’t say you WEREN’T pregnant! =) This still makes me happy.

  14. Well, congratulations seem to be in order! The concept of a Baker’s Dozen seems to be long forgotten so I am so happy to see you bringing it back in to fashion!

  15. kim! It’s been a while since I commented on your blog. The news of your pregnancy is just too happy to NOT comment on!!

    Congratulations! I know you all are totally excited. I look forward to following this latest pregnancy along with everyone else!

    I noticed the devotion on your sidebar, “When Motherhood is Too Hard”. It look intriguing. Have you read it? I think I’d like to. It sounds right up my alley. Maybe, if you haven’t already, you can post a review and commentary on it??

    Anyway, take care, rest, and God Bless you abundantly!!

    • I have the pdf version but my phone won’t format it properly so I have to wait for some computer time. I do plan to post about it once I’ve read some.

  16. Jessica Fox says:

    I am SO excited for you guys! Congratulations on another blessing from God. =-)

  17. just used FB button to like:)

  18. Sharing about this CD on facebook (it’s the one I want:)

  19. Sharing contest on facebook

  20. Yay! I’ve been wanting this CD. We are in the adoption process!

  21. Yay! Congrats on the pregnancy! I just recently found your blog and it has been such an inspiration to me!

  22. Congratulations!! Awesome news :).

  23. The clue I found was the “Did you find the secret yet?” banner on the sidelines of your blog, right above the book advertisement.

  24. The clue that made me wonder was when you said you’d been pregnant or nursing and that your spacing was about 2 years now…and before this you’d always been saying that this is the longest you hadn’t been pregnant…made me think there might be some news coming!


  25. I “like” VF on FB!

  26. I’d love to be entered!

  27. Thanks for the chance! And congratulations!! 🙂

  28. Congratulations!!! I don’t need to be entered in the giveaway but I just wanted to say I’m really happy for you! Very exciting news. 🙂

  29. “liked” Vision Forum on Facebook!

  30. Congratulations! Very exciting!!! Thanks too for the opportunity to win the Vision Forum “Babies, Adoption and Family Logistics”.

  31. Congratulations!

  32. I don’t want to enter the giveaway…my baby days are over! I’m so excited for y’all. I thought you might be, given one of Connie’s post a while back. (I think it was Connie, she said something about moms expecting.) So how far along are you?

  33. I guessed right! 😀


  34. Congratulations! I got the newsletter and so was in “the know”. 🙂 So happy for you. Would love to win this as my husband and I are prayerfully discerning adoption to grow our family.

    God bless!

    • Clara, take a plane ride next to my husband. Last Wednesday (2/15) he flew to NJ and back in 1 day to adopt our 6th child (she’s 11)(6th adoption). On the way back he started talking to the lady next to him. She didn’t know he had just picked up our dd. She said that she and her husband were praying trying to discern if God wanted them to adopt. They had an 11yo from adoption 9 years ago and are missionaries. Then John spilled it, why he was on the flight. Be blessed on your journey…it isn’t always easy, but it’s always rewarding.

  35. Congratulations! I received your news letter, but was unable to read all it. I think one of your clues was your posting on FB different bean recipes.

  36. I found the Pregnanacy Ticker! Congrats!!! I bet your hubby and the kids are SUPER excited! 😀

  37. Loved how true you are about sleep deprivation and raising littles! Keep up the good work!

  38. Congratulations! I spotted the preggo icon at the bottom right a few days ago.

  39. Congrats! I have been reading your blog for a while now. And its so exciting to see you are expecting!

  40. Congrats. I am really excited for you, and I really guessed when you posted about the “adrenal fatigue” a few weeks ago–before the newsletter post.

  41. Congratulations, Kim! How exciting! I just love when like-minded Christians have babies. Praise the Lord for precious covenant children (even if they do make us tired, nauseous, and pukey for the first couple months of their lives 😉

  42. Thanks for the chance!

  43. Ha I read it in your newsletter. Congratulations!!!

  44. I have often wondered if God has adoption in mind for our family and would be very interested in hearing this. Please enter me and thank you for hosting!

  45. Hey Kim,

    Congratulations! I get your newsletter so I was “in” the know, but I will say it again!

    (I already have the give away items so don’t include me in your drawing.)

    I don’t recall if you mentioned in the newsletter how far along your pregnancy is? Do you find out boy/girl while pregnant? Isn’t this a lot of questions? 🙂

    Congratulations to the whole Life in a Shoe family!


  46. Kate McKinney says:

    I used the FB button to recommend the Babies, Adoption, and Family Logistics to friends :).

  47. Kate McKinney says:

    I posted about this contest on facebook.

  48. Kate McKinney says:

    I “like” Vision Forum on facebook.

  49. Kate McKinney says:

    Okay, I put my “clue” comment first to make sure I got it in :), so here’s my “regular” comment on the post. Congratulations! This is so exciting- I know you, Perry, and the kids are thrilled!

  50. Kate McKinney says:

    One of the clue’s I noticed was when you said “on my midwife’s advice” in your post “Adrenal Update.” Does that count as a clue??? 🙂

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