Saturday, July 24, 2010

First ever giveaway!

Dear Readers,
So I never win anything. Like, ever. I used to always joke about it. Now, since Stevie's died I've been at events where they do raffles and I'll say things like, "you know, there's no way I am going to win. I mean yeah, when the odds are 1 in 10,000 (or whatever they actually were) of winning the prize of having your baby die from a blood clot, I'm that lucky 1, but I'll never be the 1 in 200 (or however many raffle tickets are in that box) who wins the prize you actually want to win." A bit over-dramatic, but you know what I mean.

So imagine my surprise last night when I saw that I had won Jill's awesome giveaway, in honor of her 100th blog post! I couldn't believe it when I saw my name. I was and am so excited. Maybe my luck is changing! I won a gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs, and I picked out this adorable necklace:

I am going to get Andy's name on the key, and the rectangle tag with Stevie's name. There's even room to add more tags for more children, assuming we have them someday :)

I had so much fun winning Jill's giveaway, I decided I should do one of my own. I noticed yesterday I hit 200 followers, and I want to thank you all for the incredible love and support you've shown me during the past (almost) three months. I don't know where I'd be today if it weren't for this blog. It's been so helpful and healing for me to have a place to share all the thoughts and feelings floating around in my head. And there have been days where your comments have literally kept me afloat, where I'd sit and hit "refresh" over and over again and read new ones as they came in.

So to thank you all, I am going to be giving away a $40 gift certificate to Mama Mia Custom Hand-Stamped Jewelry. Tina is a babyloss mom herself, having lost her twins, Sophie and Ellie, in April of 2009; she blogs about her journey here. Her jewelry is incredibly beautiful, and it's even more special, knowing it's created by a fellow "angel mommy."

One of my favorite Mama Mia pieces

To enter this giveaway:
  1. Become a follower of my blog (if you're not already!)
  2. Leave a comment on this post
  3. Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway for additional entries (leave a separate comment for each)
  4. If you don't have a blog of your own, but still "follow" my blog (Mom, that's you!), you can leave an "anonymous" comment with your name and email address to enter
  5. You do not have to be a babyloss mom to enter this giveaway! Enter to win a piece for your angel babies, living children, or even to give to your own mother :)
  6. Winner will be chosen (using random.org) and announced on Wednesday, July 28th.
Thanks again for all your support, everyone, and to Jill for the inspiration!

Love,
Kristin

76 comments:

Holly said...

How sweet! Tina made me a piece for my daughter and I love it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristin :)

I do not have a blog of my own so I will be leaving my name and email addy.

Tiffany McBride
tiffmcbride@hotmail.com

Is there a website that we could go on to buy these necklaces in memory of our angel babies?

Curls O Fred said...

Congrats on your win! It's kinda fun :) I'm interested in your giveaway...so sweet all the giveaways happening. I have an inkling to do one myself soon :)

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog, so here is my name and e-mail address.
April Stow
meri_0427@yahoo.com
Thanks!

pennynjon said...

How sweet! Congrats on winning yours. Please enter me:)

Danae said...

I've always had the same thoughts about winning, but I guess I can't win if I don't enter...so here's to entering!

Anonymous said...

I love handstamped jewelry!!! Congrats on winning. I never have any luck with these kind of things
Heather Hollingsworht
hlauren2003@yahoo.com

Danae said...

Just added it to Facebook too. I know BLM especially who don't follow any blogs out there would love this!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I posted the comment above and apparently I can't type this morning. My last name is Hollingsworth. lol..

Jill said...

Kristin, you are so welcome! :) I love the necklace your picked out. Tina makes such lovely jewelry and I love how she supports this babyloss community. xo

Emily said...

Yeah I never win anything except the sucky stuff. See my blog post about "the odds" where I detail how I seem to always be on the winning (losing?) side of the odds. http://aidanbabyofmine.blogspot.com/2010/06/what-are-odds.html

So yeah, enter me in. Maybe this time I'll get lucky in a good way.

Julie said...

congrats on winning. please enter me! :)

Angela said...

I'm with you on the never winning anything Kristin. Enter me in as well! And congrats for winning something.

JENJEN said...

Like the many above, I too never win. I've one once - a little TV from work lol

The piece you picked out is really pretty! I'd like to be entered too!

Lucid Anne said...

I want to win! :D lol. (More than the babyloss lottery..)

Lucid Anne said...

And I shared it on FB!

Tania said...

This is just so sweet of you! It's amazing how something so simple as winning a drawing can really renew your state of mind- how kind of you to do the same for someone else! Let the entering begin :)!

Zannergirl said...

You ladies are so awesome. I've grown alot in my battle with loss just by sharing with others and knowing that I'm not alone.

ksmom said...

Congrats its a beautiful necklace!!!! Please enter me!!

TwoDogMama said...

I am so happy you won something. I am the exact same way. Of all the statistical odds of something happening to me - it will be bad luck never good I feel. Especially in the past two years. However, you give me hope since you won that maybe I'll win something one of these days? I am already a follower, but I just have to tell you again how much I love your blog. Some days it is so hard to read through the tears, but it is a beautiful tribute to your daughter. Blogging has saved me so many times as well. I don't know where I would be if I did not blog. I don't even want to think about it. Congrats on having so many followers and thanks for the contest!

mommy4boys said...

Kristin,

How exciting that you won. What a beautiful necklace you picked out!

I was thinking of Stevie today as I was buying more buttons and went ahead and did her name.

Carrie

Breanna said...

Congrats on your new necklace =)

I read your blog everyday.

Breanna said...

I am a follower :)

Kalialani said...

VERY cute neclace you won! Love it :)

Ashlee G. said...

I already follow, and here I am leaving a comment! That necklace is super cute. Congrats on your winning as well!

Ashlee G. said...

I facebooked about this!

Ashlee G. said...

I tweeted about it too!

thishumanscondition said...

Congratulations on winning! That necklace is beautiful, too! I have not figured out the odds yet for what happened to my little girl (I also found out that a clotting issue was to blame) but I know it's small. May the GOOD luck continue!
-Mary

Lilly's Mom (Desiree) said...

congrats on your win!! lol i enter all kinds of giveaways, but like you ... never win anything. oh well, still fun.
:) i love tina's work :)

The Mama said...

How great that you won! Such a cute necklace too!!

Antoinette said...

I couldnt believe when i saw you had won!! WOOHOO!!! I started to realize i would be "winning" or getting certain things in my favor, and i love it too!! What a nice gift from you...Good luck to everyone!!

Kristine said...

I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Have been following your blog since the beginning of your heartfelt journey. Look forward to each of your new entries every day. This giveaway is a really nice idea! I'm glad you won Jill's contest; you really deserve to have some good news come your way. :) Amy

amycabrera73@yahoo.com

Angela said...

Thank you for the chance to win... please enter me:)

Hope's Mama said...

Oooh lovely. Throwing my name in the hat!
xo

Leanne said...

Congratulations on your win! I love that necklace you won! What a great piece of jewelry to add to through the years. :)

I'd love to enter your giveaway! I already follow your blog, and I'm (obviously) leaving a comment now.

Andrea said...

Congrats on your win as well! The necklace you picked is beautiful.

shabbycottagegirl said...

This is such a sweet thing to do Kristin!

shabbycottagegirl said...

Ok, I just facebooked about it too!

Nellie said...

I love the necklace you won! It's beautiful.

I follow you already. I am leaving a comment. I will facebook a link and I will also do a post and leave a link on my blog.

Pick me, pick me! (can you see my raised hand flopping around in the air :))

Erin said...

Sign me up for the contest, please!!!

Congrats on winning your own prize :)

Anonymous said...

I do not have a blog so I am leaving my name and email:

Pam Trebets
pdlmama99@yahoo.com

Mattie said...

Congratulations on winning that beautiful jewelry and on your first giveaway!!!

I'm a follower and would love to win some of Jill's jewelry!

Melissa said...

Congrats on winning! I love hand stamped Jewelery too - so nice to support another BL mom!

Britt said...

Kristin! I am already a follower and I am leaving you a comment! This is a GREAT giveaway! Thank you for giving me the chance to win!

tattgiff said...

Following.
Please enter me! thank you!

Celeste said...

just became a follower of your blog :)

celeste@mail4me.com

Elaine said...

Congrats Kristen! I never win anything either! Sucks. But maybe I'll win this!

Jami Lyn B. said...

That is amazing! I've never had much luck winning things either but I'll give it a try here. :)

Jami Lyn B. said...

I twittered!!

Texas flower artist said...

Congrates on your win, and thank you for carving my grandson Duncan's name on your beautiful tree, I would love to have Duncan's name on one of these beautiful pieces.

typicalchick said...

best of luck

Anonymous said...

What a great idea - and a beautiful piece! Don't have a blog of my own but log in to read yours every single day (Followed you from BBC). Thanks!

Blair Fass
bmgray81@yahoo.com

Mina said...

I have been following your blog for a few weeks now, and I think it is beautifully written. I think the Faces of Loss project you started is amazing as well. My nephew passed away after a month in the NICU almost two years ago, and I wish my sister would've had a place like your project to go to.

Congrats on your giveaway win, and I would love to enter this one!

princess_in_nyc@yahoo.com

butterflymom said...

Hi Kristin,
First off...your blog is beautiful. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Jewelry is a beautiful way to keep people who are away from you close to your heart...
Take care and congrats on your win! :)

Allison (Ali) said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

i got my husband a key chain from tina and it turned out great, he loves it.

cowgirltn said...

The nechlace is so pretty. I can't wait till you post a pic of your custom one.

Erin said...

I facebooked; enter me again, please!

Anonymous said...

You may already know about this site, but if not, I thought I'd pass it along. It's www.myforeverchild.com. A friend of mine had her baby's footprint engraved on a necklace. She love sthat she can wear that and keep her boy with her at all times.

Brenda

PFM said...

You have a lovely blog. I am following for the giveaway.

PFM said...

I am posting this on my fb page- Parenthood for Me.org. Please visit our website and blog to learn about our non profit. OUr mission is to provide financial and emotional support to those building families through adoption or medical intervention.

Whitney Anderson said...

What a great idea. Please enter me.

Anonymous said...

This is great! I had my baby girl at 29 weeks, thank to the Lord she is healthy and home with her family after 6 weeks in the Nicu. Please enter my name.

Thank you,

Solange Malek
solmalek@msn.com

Nicole said...

Commenting to enter! I never win anything either! lol! :) What a fun idea!

lacey said...

I read about your blog form Nicole's facebook post. I thought I would come over and read some and enter the contest. Your blog is beautiful!
Lacey
Lpioch@mail.usf.edu

Sharpiegirl said...

Congrats on your win! I would love to win. I've had 4 losses, named 3 of them in my heart. It would be a beautiful keepsake.
Carla

renfo82 said...

Congrats on your beatiful win, this is a great idea. We have had one loss and are trying for another currently.
Talisa
renfo82@hotmail.com

MamaE said...

I've always wanted one of these wonderful necklaces! I'm a mom of 3-ish. Lost one at 20-21 weeks, then had a gorgeous daughter, and now may be trying again (nervously) to have another. Your blog is wonderful. Glad I found it. It's too bad moms have to bond over such sad circumstances...

April said...

I'm here, and of course I follow your blog!

The Gimlins said...

Already a follower, and like you, I don't ever seem to win anything. But I'm gonna give it a try anyway. :)

Aethianema said...

This is such a wonderful idea. I'm with you on the 'never winning' thing. The only time I've EVER won any sort of raffle was when I jokingly put my name in a draw for something my mom was giving away (I was 13 or something), and my name came out - and she wouldn't let me keep it! She drew again. Sigh.

Anyway, this is a great idea. Even if I don't win, I think I'm going to buy a piece of that jewelry. I'd love to memorialize my baby in some way, because I don't have a whole lot to remember him/her by.

Anonymous said...

That jewelry is absolutely beautiful. I'd love to enter your giveaway, thanks for the chance to win! I never win anything either, so maybe I'll be lucky :) I don't have a blog (yet!), but here's my info:
Cari
cjordan527@gmail.com

You and your family are in my prayers!

{ J } said...

I'm already a follower of your blog :)

{ J } said...

Here's Entry #2, leaving a comment. I'd love to win this and pass it along. I'm not a Baby Loss Mom, but my friend has said goodbye to four of her little ones...I'd love to give this to her.

Meghan said...

I'm a new follower of your blog. I lost my baby boy a year and a half ago about an hour after he was born, so I know so many of your feelings so well. That is such a neat necklace! My name is Meghan and my email is meggers2287@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

No blog but a follower!!
Chrissy Truett clt_bah@yahoo.com

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