Oh my gosh, I had SO much fun reading all your comments and finding out new things about YOU! And to those of you who took the time to introduce yourselves, thank you! Who knew all you readers out there were so funny and witty? I never would have guessed one of you was a contestant on an MTV Spring Break special, and another one of you faked failing an eye exam in an attempt to get glasses. You girls are a royal hoot. It was a delight to find your comments in my inbox, and made me smile on many occasions.
Here's a chance for me to make you smile in return...
We like fake mustaches around here.
Anywho, I am super excited to announce the winner of my first giveaway. I really wanted to throw all your comments in a hat and pick a winner, cause I'm old school like that. But if you wanna run with the big dogs you gotta be legit, so in the end I went with random.org. Maybe next time we can use the hat.
The winner of the inspire necklace is....
Comment #14, Shari:
Okay this is super hard because you know soo much about me and my kiddos!Soo I
have to go back in time and then bring you forward. When Mike and I were
planning our wedding I made the printer put on my wedding invitation NO children
allowed/invited. I was not into kids at the time and did not even have a flower
girl or ring bearer in our wedding. Greg Radermacher made it look like I did and
I took a picture with my new niece betsy, she was about 5 at the time...she came
to our wedding with a cute flower girl dress on with along with a basket...think
my new family was telling me something. We had Erica, Matt and Maria and we both
thought we were done. One day I was listening to talk radio and a man shared his
story about adopting this boy who was four and how that a child who was that
age was considered to be unadoptable. That day I shared the story with Mike and
we prayed about what we do...we decided we would adopt an older child because we
had our baby time and would let other families that did not have baby time get
those children. The day I step into an orphanage the first time changed my life.
I told Mike on the plane ride home from Belarus that I wanted to do it again and
he said "when"..well then we had Max and Julia...thought we were done and now we
have danil and now you will really find out something new...having the stirring
again but this time IF there is a this time I want to adopt a special needs
child that is older...like 5 to 7 range...I already have a little boy picked out
on reeces rainbow.He is seven, he has mild cp and is cross eyed...thankfully he
has been kept back in the baby home. He WANTS a mom and dad big time. We are
back to prayer, if we can't bring him home I soo want to help find him a home.
His picture is on my laptop, every day I say good morning and good night to this
sweet boy. I know we have room in our heart and home, it comes down to money.
After 4 adoptions it get hard...as always Mike is willing to consider. Remember
10 months ago I said Never again..for some reason I keep getting the call...I
guess God knows I don't hang up on him :)...I never thought I would consider a
special needs child but I have learned that all children who are adopted have
special needs; some needs are more pronounced and noticeable than others...
Although so many of you are deserving of all life's pretty things, Shari is truly inspiring to me. She has three biological children, and has adopted four children from Russia. If you read her comment, you'll see that another little boy is weighing on her heart. Please keep them in your prayers. I don't know anyone else in the world who is as unselfish and dedicated as Shari. She has given me the best life advice time and time again, and somehow she always has the exact words I need to hear at any given moment.
I was all excited to show off my fancy new email and say 'Congratulations! Please send your contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org', but since she's my friend and I already have her info, i'll save it for another time.
Thanks again for participating in my little giveaway! I'm already scheming up what I can do next time!