Happy Birthday to My Blog and Giveaways Kickoff!!!

>> Saturday, May 1, 2010

Today is the big day! Not only is my blog a year old but today marks the beginning of the Big Birthday Blog Giveaway!! Be sure to come back and visit EVERY DAY for a new giveaway!! You won't regret it!!

I never imagined, when I started blogging a year ago, that I would be where I am today. I have met so many wonderful people and have been touched by so many stories of faith, perseverance, and love. I have found some great recipes, good book recommendations, and fun crafts and projects for myself and the girls.

I never expected that I would inspire or encourage someone. But as I wrote, I would get comments thanking me for sharing my bad day because it let someone know they are not alone. Or if I would write about a Bible verse I read, someone would write telling me how timely it was that they read my post at the exact time they needed some encouragement. Some would write and say I made them laugh.

That, my friends, is payment enough for me. I never wanted my blog to go "mainstream". I never wanted advertisers or sponsors. I enjoy doing the few giveaways I get contacted for, but I never wanted to get to the point where I had to spend more time blogging than I do with my family.

So this month, I am celebrating YOU -- my readers. It's because of you that I keep going. You keep coming back. You keep encouraging me. You keep sharing your stories with mine. And you make me laugh with your comments.

My first giveaway is actually my last giveaway - if that makes sense! This post is the beginning of the big "Get To Know Me" giveaway which will be awarded at the end of the month. And the big prize -- a $50 Starbucks gift card!!

My last post of the month will be an interview with me -- using questions that you all post here. All you need to do to enter the giveaway is to post a question in the comment section of THIS blog. For each question, you get a separate entry. That's it! It's that simple!

So, throughout the month of May, come back here and leave a comment/question and have it counted as an entry for the big giveaway!

And don't forget to come back every day for more giveaways and fun posts!!

Thanks to you for sticking with me through my first year of blogging!


Merri Ann May 1, 2010 at 5:22 AM  

Okay ... you got me with the Starbucks card :))

My question ...

Will you be repostng your very first post???

Merri Ann May 1, 2010 at 5:23 AM  

OOpps ... Congrats on your blogoversary .... is that the right word??

Sandy May 1, 2010 at 5:52 AM  

Congratulations on your anniversary!

My first question: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Bethany May 1, 2010 at 8:10 AM  


What did you do in the "corporate world"?

Dina May 1, 2010 at 8:21 AM  

congrats jen! I have all the stuff for your giveaway, let me know when and how you want to get it.

Pixie May 1, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

Congrats on your first year! Here's to many more!

Aging Mommy May 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM  

Hi Jen - congratulations on making it to one whole year of blogging! The blogging world is a better place for it!

As a Starbucks fanatic who since becoming a SAHM feels guilty going there I am definitely interested in the gift card, but in any case would love to ask you a whole lot of questions.

My first: Are you going to get your Dad to do a guest post series?

Aging Mommy May 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

Me again: next question

What plans do you have for your blog in year 2? Do you expect to make changes and if so what and why?

Aging Mommy May 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

Me again:

Third question: do you have a favorite post of all time? If so what is it?

Aging Mommy May 1, 2010 at 2:57 PM  

Me again:

What are your top three favorite Mom blogs out there and why?

OK, I'll stop now!

Gen May 1, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

happy blogiversary! :) i think i made up a word! lol

katia May 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

what is the best and worst part of being married to someone who is a soldier?


Julie May 1, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

Happy Blogaversary! Got a little something for you on my blog!

Heather May 1, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

Where in Japan did you live?

Adrienne May 2, 2010 at 12:04 AM  

Happy Bloggaversary! =) congrats on being blogger of the week and happy Sunday!

bbcd mama May 2, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

Happy Birthday to you! And how fun is your giveaway!?!? That's great!

Much More Than Mommy May 2, 2010 at 12:57 PM  

It's my blog's birthday too! :-D My question: As a military wife, do you think it's important to find other wives in similar circumstances? I have a friend whose husband is in the AF and she doesn't do *anything* with other military wives and I always thought that would benefit her! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Ioana May 2, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

happy birthday, the toy box years hpusehold:)

how did you get all those awesome books to read and review?

MarthaE May 2, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

Congratulations on your 1st year anniversary! Looks like you will have a fun month.
Lots of good questions have already been asked.
I am new to your blog so there may have been some posts that told more about you so sorry if I ask a previously answered question ...or two.
How long were you in Japan? and did you learn to speak Japanese?

(Not sure if that counts as one or two questions.

I mentioned your Birthday Bash on my Monday Mail box post and included a link. I hope that is okay!

MarthaE May 2, 2010 at 11:07 PM  

Another Q- How many places have you moved to since being a military wife?

Chawksgirl4ever May 2, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

hi i love starbucks i just have to ask was marc a soldier when you first got together or did he join after you met?>

ModernMom May 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM  

Congrats on one year of blogging! I'd love to know why you started and if your focus has changed over the past year?

jewelknits May 4, 2010 at 4:01 AM  

Hmmm ... my question was already asked, so I have to think of another...OK, here goes: When did you make a total commitment to live a Christian life? Was there something or someone that inspired you to do so?

Too Many Hats May 4, 2010 at 6:25 AM  

Happy Bloggy Birthday! You are singing my tune with a Starbucks card. Now the question: When you were younger is this the life you envisioned leading and if not, what were your plans? I often wonder that as mine is nothing like what I planned, but I am so happy God had other plans than me because I totally love my life.

Amanda May 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM  

Happy blogiversary! My question is how are deployments for you? Harder now that you have kids, etc...

Raising a Happy Child May 7, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Happy bloggiversary. My question is: How did you meet your husband? Was it hard to leave your career behind and become a military wife?

Helene May 9, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

Oooh la la a $50 Starbuck's gift card??!! Wowza!!

Congrats on your blogiversary!!

What would your friends say is your best quality?

Helene May 9, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

What household chore do you absolutely hate and avoid at all costs, when possible?

Helene May 9, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

How would you handle the situation if one of your daughters wanted to marry a guy that you didn't like?

I♥thesecrazykids May 10, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

Congrats! My question:
If you could go back and experience 1 day from your childhood over again what would it be?

I♥thesecrazykids May 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

I blogged about it http://atrioofboys.blogspot.com/2010/05/make-best-of-situation.html

JTR May 10, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

How often do you read other blogs (hours per week maybe)?

kari jasus May 11, 2010 at 6:14 AM  

My first question:
Did you go to prom?

TheChattyMom May 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

Hello! I just discovered your blog...and LOVE it.

I have two little girls (5 & 3.5) and there is always constant competition...
My question to you is:
How do you keep harmony in your house?

Linda May 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

How did you choose your web site design. Love it!

Please enter me.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

mandala May 24, 2010 at 9:13 PM  

Congrats on your blog anniversary! My question, when you were starting out with your blog, how did you get sponsors for product reviews? What did you do to increase your followers?

thanks :)


LAMusing May 24, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

Is it called a bogaverssary or a blogbirthday? Either way CONGRATS!

apatti May 25, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

Congrats Jen! You have a great thing going here.

My question is "How do you balance all that you do and do so well?"

Chawksgirl4ever May 25, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

do you have a time of the day that you blog most/?

justicecw May 28, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

Congrats! My question is do military families overseas really use expired coupons and where should we send them if they do? Nice to meet you :)

Annette W. May 29, 2010 at 6:19 AM  

What is your favorite date night?

I'm a new fan of Starbucks. Yep. Me...who does not drink coffee, but they have more than coffee, thankfully.

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