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drum roll please…

drum roll please…

April 29, 2007

Before I begin I just want to thank everyone who has participated. Those of you who donated to heather as well as those of you who donated to this little raffle. It grew much bigger than I ever imagined. And the amount of money that was raised for Heather and her family is stunning. There really is no other word for it.

Be sure to check heather’s blog, Especially Heather
to read about her progress. She is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday. And it is because of all of your monetary donations that she does not have to worry about how they will pay for their hotel rooms and those of her parents. It is because of all of you that she will be able to have her family with her while she goes through this.


One more little thing. I am sure that some of you will have won something that you don’t want or need. Like maybe you won a bracelet and you have no arms. Well, give it to one of your friends or family members as a gift. What? Your entire family is armless and you live in a commune of armless people?

Oh well, I trust that you will be able to find someone who would be more than delighted to have a gift from you. Look for them. Spread the love. Just don’t whine to me. I have seven kids afterall who do more than their fair share of that.

And I have very little patience. I have seven kids who suck it all right out by 8:00am.

And now, with no further ado….

Keryn does not have a blog. I know shocking isn’t it? That there are still people who exist that don’t detail their lives on the internet. Keryn is donating a matching mother/daughter bracelet set AND another bracelet. These bracelets are simply stunning.

matching mother-daughter bracelets

The winner of the single bracelet is:

Yet another Jennifer ( almostatillson@yahoo.com / http://www.appleseedmommy.blogspot.com )

The winner of the mother/daughter set is:

Bobbie ( bubbebobbie@yahoo.com / http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/bubbebobbie/ )


The beautiful Karen, of chookooloonks has donated one of her photographs, matted and framed. All you have to do is hammer a nail into your wall and hang it up. Don’t even tell me you don’t have somewhere to hang something this gorgeous.

framed photo

The winner is:

Yvonne (ymi717@yahoo.com/ http://www.whyamiymi.blogspot.com)


Katie, from Ramblings of a SAHM, is so incredibly talented that it kills me. She makes her daughters’ matching Easter dresses, knits all FIVE of her children matching sweaters, quilts, sews, scrapbooks and probably cooks the partridge in the pear tree. Katie has donated this red felted pocketbook, or purse, or handbag… whatever term you use in the part of the country you live in. I call it a pocketbook and I also drink soda.


The winner is:

deanna (neysa70@gmail.com/ http://www.willitraintoday.blogspot.com)


Look at these blankets! Don’t they just look so soft and cuddly? Lisa, who does have a blog, Three Beans… and a sprout makes these baby blankets. The winner can choose either the pink or the blue one.

The winner is:

Candy (Candace.frye@fda.hhs.gov/)


Alli, from Adventures in Imperfection, makes these adorable aprons. Seriously I think maybe if I had a cute apron I would enjoy cooking more. because I am all about the accessories. Not only is Alli donating a handmade apron, but she will let the winner decide what colors/fabrics to have it made in. Don’t want you to clash with your kitchen while you are cooking!

The winner:



The winner is:

laughing mommy (stacitee@yahoo.com/ http://laughingmommy.com)


Cool mom picks is offering up a “taking care of mama” gift pack
including an oyikes diaper bag (www.oyikes.com), a pair of yogini style YogaSmart Pants (www.yoginistyle.com) and a basket of pampering goodies from Zen Momma
(www.zenmomma.com) worth $200. Have you been to their site? You should if you are looking for any sort of hip, affordable, and unique baby/ kid/ mom items.

The winner is:

becky ( becky@misspriss.org / http://misspriss.org )


Karen, from Troll baby and Swank Web Design, is donating a free web design for anyone using the wordpress platform or blogger. Wow!

The winner is:

The wooden porch (thewoodenporch@yahoo.com/ http://thewoodenporch.blogspot.com)


Mir, from Woulda Coulda Shoulda is donating one of her products from her cafe press store. The lucky winner can pick whatever item they want. T-shirt, mug… refrigerator magent, perhaps?

The winner is:

Michelle (mke90@yahoo.com/ http://coconuts.wordpress.com)


Kathryn, from Daring Young Mom, has donated a shirt from her cafe press store also. I have her pink Daring Young Mom shirt, though I am neither daring or young I wear it ironically.

The winner is:

Karen (kanerak@yahoo.com)


My dear friend Stacy, Jurgen Nation, is a wonderful photographer. It is her shoe photo in my header image. She is donating one of her photos matted and framed.

I chose this one to signify strength in the face of the unknown:

The winner is heather. Yes, THE heather. Proving she does have friends in high places.


My friend Jenniffer is donating homemade biscotti. She will make it to order, with whatever flavorings you enjoy. biscotti

The winner is:

barbara (barbara_evans@hilton.com)


Carmen, from Mom to the Screaming Masses, is donating one of her fantabulous tie dye shirts.

The winner is:

Jan (jannyo614@aol.com)

Jenny from Three Kid Circus is donating a $25 giftcard to amazon. The possibilities are endless, truly since amazon seems to sell everything AND the kitchen sink.

The winner is:

Julie caldwell (organizedfamily@gmail.com)

And the Mommybloggers is donating a gift basket, The Ready for Summer Tootsies.
pedicure kit How much would your feet love to that!

The winner is:

Jennifer R. (andynjenn13@yahoo.com/ http://www,mississippigirl13.blogspot.co


Rachel, from Gaggle of Girls, is donating a necklace and earring set that she and her three girls made.
I was lucky enough to receive a set as a present from Rachel last week and my daughter got a personalized bracelet. She does not have one of those common names that lends itself to finding personalized items. I was so touched by her generosity. Not to mention that they are beautiful.

love jewelry

The winner is:

stephanie (smtanner82@hotmail.com)


is donating a gift basket of her handmade goatmilk soaps that she sells at her esty shop. They sounds fabulous. I am a sucker for nice soap. The winner can pick their choice of 4 different soaps and they will arrive in a gift basket. If I had these at my house I would forbid my boys from using them. They just don’t appreciate soap. Or cleanliness for that matter.

handmade goatmilk soap

The winner is:

veronica (scheib@austin.rr.com)


The Sarcastic Journalist is donating a set of handmade notecards. I saw photos of her cards that she made for Christmas and I was in awe of her crafty talent.


The winner is:

Fiddledeedee (fiddledeedee@mindspring.com/ http://www.fiddledeedee.net)


Jessica, from Kerflop, is donating one 12-14″ handmade softie designed for a boy or girl, winner can choose. Here are photos of some she has made in the past.

girly doll:
boyish or gender neutral:

How adorable are they?

The winner is:

Mary C. (marycraighart@yahoo.com/ http://runawaymommy.blogspot.com)


Angela, from Fluid Pudding is donating a handmade felted vase.

How gorgeous is this vase?

Felted vase

The winner is:

Deputy’s wife (gumpsjenny@yahoo.com/ http://deputyswife.blogspot.com)


Yvonne, from Joy Unexpected, is donating a candle set. Can a person have too many candles? I say NO, you can not. Especially if you live in a house with lots of smelly boy people.

The winner is:

Cris (Christina.Terra@gmail.com)


Kelly, from Girl on a Mission is donating a lovely bracelet from her online store, Celebrate! Designs. She describes it as jewelry which reflects your personal statement of faith. I describe it as pretty.

believe god bracelet

The winner is:

Life with henry and greta (janetwisner@verizon.net/ http://lifewiththewisners.blogspot.com)


Tracy, who doesn’t have a blog, lives in Germany so if you win her donation expect to wait a bit longer to receive it, makes reversible little girl bonnets. When she showed me photos of them I squealed, fondly remembering my days when I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie.


The winner is:

Liz (Layla1234_2000@yahoo.com)


Shazia is donating an intro to web development class, valued at $300. The description from the website says: “Learn xhtml and css with hands-on projects, including a blog, web store, forum and a personal portfolio. Online Format, Hands-on Lessons & Projects, 10 weeks.” Wow!!! How many of us are clueless and wish we weren’t. This would be such an amazing learning experience. I am tucking this one in the back of my brain for my son who wants to learn to do these things.

The winner is:

Denise ( tlawson8@woh.rr.com / )


Have you ever seen those cute letterings people do on their walls? With cute sayings or quotes? Nanette is offering custom vinyl wall lettering. The person may choose whatever saying they want (one of these, any we have or their own choice). The size can be up to 23×41.The sayings do not come with the background color, that’s just for design purposes. They need to choose the color for the lettering only.

The winner will have a choice of whatever font they would like, also.


I think this one would be adorable on a plaque in a little girl’s room. If you are like me and could never put it on your wall because you have the need to repaint the walls every chance you get, a plaque would be the perfect solution.

wall words

The winner is:

Katie (katiefleck@hotmail.com/ http://www.katiefleck.com)


This is an original piece of mixed media art donated by the artist, Erin.

Original Painting

The winner is:

Foodmomiac (danielle@foodmomiac.com/ http://www.foodmomiac.com)


Kristen, from Baby Brewing, is dontaing any t-shirt, with any saying for man, woman, or child. She is the one who made the Mom Loves Me Best t-shirts for me last summer.

The winner is:

Janet (jsongbird4@aol.com)


Merry, from Patch of Puddles, runs a shop and is donating one of these little cuties

Jen Jacobs (drjenniferj@yahoo.com/ http://thejacobsfamilyhomepage.com)


Julie, from And Katie Makes Three, is offering to make a set of 3 personalized cloth diaper burp cloths. You can see a sample modeled by Katie here:

The winner can specify 2 lines for each, one larger (usually used for the name) and one smaller line (usually used for a birthdate or nickname). They can also specify colors for the text and edging, as well as script versus block letters. They’re made from brand new cloth diapers.

Photo of them click here.

The winner is:

Holly (lione@rcn.com)


Kara is 16 yrs. old and she paints and would like to donate one of her prints for Heather’s cause.

Here is a link to Kara’s page.

What makes this donation even more special is that Kara sells prints of her paintings to raise money for a rare brain & spinal cord disorder that she was diagnosed with in 2001. Not only that, but the paintings are really beautiful.

The winner is:

Susan (murphys@rowan.edu)


Michele, from Blue Eyed Creations

which is a small embroidery business, is donating:

1) A children’s birthday (or whatever) shirt

The winner is:

Emily (emily.a.moothart@biola.edu/ http://www.laundryandlullabies.blogspot.com

2) A Birthday Bib

The winner is:

Courtney (court475@charter.net/ http://court475.blogspot.com)


Jaimie, who doesn’t blog but reads blogs secretly from work, donated a fabulous bracelet that her mother made.
She sells jewelry on ebay, under the seller name of *alligatorsoup*.


The winner is:

Lauren (lauren@intertext.com/ http://intertext.com/lauren)

Angela, from Corn Patch Creations, is donating a Cozy Carseat Cover from her website She can make either a boy, girl or neutral cover for the winner. Those are really fabulous for keeping infants warm in the frigid temperatures. Those of you in warm climates have no idea.

The winner is:

brit (terrapintextiles@gmail.com/ http://www.turtledash.net/wordpress)


Meg has a husband who dabbles in graphic design and has a shop at cafepress. He has made up some humorous designs about
having lots of kids. http://cafepress.com/bigbaddaddy

The winner can chose which one they would like.

The winner is:

Karen (Marmee8@msn.com)

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  1. Yet another Jennifer says:

    Whoo hoo I won! Not the point, but still nice to get a pretty for myself now and again! Happy Mother’s day to me!

  2. DW says:

    Yea for everyone that donated!

  3. Yvonne says:

    Amazing at the generosity of people - and you, Chris, for taking all the time to do this raffle! Thinking of Heather, and hoping all goes well this week for her. And thank you for drawing my name to win that beautiful framed print from Karen!!

  4. stephanie says:

    yay for winning a beautiful necklace set but even more yay for all the money heather and her family got!!! how do we email you our addresses privately?

  5. Kim says:

    I am so happy for Heather and her family!

  6. Holly says:

    YAY!! I would have donated anyway but this is just so nice. I won burpcloths and we are about to have our child third join our family! Burpcloths couldn’t be more perfect!! OHHH so excited!

  7. Karen says:

    Wow I won. And my prize is quite fitting. Since I’m a mom of eight who is often asked if I want more!

    Thanks for the prize and for the opportunity to help Heather.

  8. Veronica says:

    Oh, wow! I so rarely win anything, how cool! I’m a big homemade soap fan too… thanks so much for doing this for Heather and all of us.

  9. Military Mommy says:

    Congrats to the winners and especially a big thank you to the people who donated gifts. Such generosity it is mind-boggling. Truly.

    Thank you for taking your time to post these and put all this together.

    It truly is amazing what can happen when we all pull together. Very inspiring.

    Hugs for a happy Sunday,

  10. The Wooden Porch says:

    Wow! Thanks for the prize!

    It is truly amazing the amount of time you had to have put into this for Heather. (and the people who donated their items too!)

  11. fidget says:

    Thank you for organizing this!! I’ll contact my winner asap.

    um and please dont curse me for tell you this too late but this might have made the selection process easier


    *flees quickly

  12. Christine says:

    This was such a great idea - to celebrate all of this love and sharing and giving. You’re cool!

  13. Heather says:

    This was so awesome to watch unfold. Congrats to the winners, but most of all, best wishes for Heather. I am sure the $$ raised is helping her more than we could ever know. :)

    Your awesome, Chris!

  14. Jen says:

    Congrats to the winners, thanks to the donors, and Chris, you are amazing!

  15. Bobbie says:

    How fun it was to open my email and discover I had one a prize…
    Thank you so much.
    because of Jesus, Bobbie

  16. BooMama » Click To Claim Your Fabulous Prizes says:

    [...] And as a result of Chris’ efforts, we have us some winners, ladies and gentlemen. Be sure to click over and see if you’re one of the lucky ones - and to thank all the people who gave of their talents so selflessly. [...]

  17. becky says:

    wow, how cool is all of this, chris! you are awesome. (can’t wait to get my email. wow!)

    and best of all is the help to heather’s family. i was just reading her site earlier, and because of the money raised they are going to be able to have some family with them for heather’s surgery on thursday.

  18. becky says:

    (and duh, you already said that, chris. but still, so glad they’ll be able to have some family with them.)

  19. Sallie says:

    Thanks for doing this.. I’m sure everyone really will be please with their winning’s.. God bless!

  20. Katie says:

    Woohoo, I won! But back to the point, I’m so thrilled we all raised so much money for Heather. And her winning those pictures, that sent serious chills down my spine.

    Off to email my handbag winner, thanks again Chris!

  21. myrna says:

    How wonderful! I am so glad I decided to become a part of the blogging community.I’m delighted to be getting to know so many special, talented, caring people and thrilled we were able to help Heather and her family.

  22. Deputy's Wife says:

    Thanks again Chris for doing all of this work! I never win anything so I did a little happy dance over my vase… Yes, I am very excitable!

    Thanks again!

  23. BChsMamaof3 says:

    Oh, I absolutely love the little girls bonnet!! Would you be able to tell me if the lady that donated the bonnet has a website where she sells them? I would love one : )
    Thanks so much,

  24. Emily says:

    Oh fun! Thank you!

  25. Diane says:

    Even if we didn’t win…we are all winners…to be part of such a loving, generous and PRAYING blogging community!


  26. Robin says:

    Thanks Chris for all of the time you put into this!

  27. Gretchen Hanna says:

    Thank you, Jesus, for how you work in Chris. In your name. Amen

  28. Karen says:

    Chris, thank you for all your hard work in organizing this, and to everyone that donated a prize, their time, or cash. You all are amazing!

  29. Running Stitch » I refuse to be 29 again says:

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  30. Joy H says:

    fantastic prizes!

    ….I thought I was just going to donate and not say anything. Shoot, I could have won something really cool……..slapping forehead!

  31. Comfy Denim says:

    Wow! There are some talented people out there! Blessings to them that created and gave! And to you that organized them all into one post. ;-)

  32. Brandie says:

    How wonderful! Yeah for everyone who donated something - how very kind and generous and congrats to all those lucky winners! =)

  33. Jessica says:

    I am in awe of the generosity of the people who participated and the people who donated gifts. Yay us!

  34. t in hd says:

    Why does it strike me as funny to see a pic of my kid in your blog, Chris? I need to get a life.

    The raffle prizes look wonderful. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t enter. Many prayers and positive thoughts to Heather and her family.

    BChsMamaof3, I’ve e-mailed you about the bonnets.

  35. Kerflop » A day of sewing. And also screaming. says:

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