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Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Homecoming and a Give Away!!!!

We live in a pretty small town. Population under 7,000. Each year, our town hosts Homecoming Weekend, complete with a carnival at the park. Rides, games, carnival food- all the delightful things about carnival's...right there at the park, 2 minutes from our driveway. We can hear the live music from our house. This past weekend was homecoming and Saturday night, we took the kids to the fair. And I was reminded why a small little town has its benefits.

I should admit that recently, I'd become a bit irritated with some of the other unavoidable things that come with living in a small town...the recognizability, the fact that everyone knows everyone either directly or indirectly. For example, the teller at the local bank might be your child's teacher's sister-in-law. Or the grocery store clerk may be the wife of the local barber. What that adds up to, is the fact that generally speaking, people know other people's business. Not that we really have any business to know...but if we did...in this town, not much is private.

At the fair, I realized why I love this town. We saw our children's teachers. We saw our friends, our neighbors, our pharmacist, our bank teller, and on and on. We know them all, they know us. They know our children well. It was nice. It's a lovely small town feel.

For our little ones, it was the first time they'd been to a fair, the first time they've gone on rides, or seen all the spectacles that make up a carnival. They had a blast. Some were braver than others when it came to riding. Alexandria was very brave. Brice was very, very brave. He rode EVERYTHING. Isaiah and Sydney were more reserved. We stayed out really late. Our babies didn't get to bed until almost midnight! But we had a blast. Made lots of memories and everyone slept in the next morning!


As for the give away...I am giving away a $25.00 gift card to Target. All you have to do to enter this give away is leave me a comment telling me you are interested. That's it! Super simple. I will draw a random winner next Monday. Good luck!

36 comments:

Court said...

Hi Angela! I am definitely interested in the Target card. Thanks for the opportunity. You have a beautiful family.
-Courtney

Alisha M said...

I've been lurking on your blog for some time now. I suppose it's time to comment! I would be interested in the gift card, but will try to post more comments about how great your family is. You're an inspiration.

Alisha (of sandpaper06 fame)

Niema said...

Hey, Angela! I love Target and I'm definitely interested! I love your blog BTW, I dont think I've ever told you that! Thanks for allowing me this opportunity!

Meighan Hopper (JM) said...

Interested as well! Lol! I watch your blog a lot too! It is way better than our family blog! :)

Your mom said...

Yes, I'm interested too!

Patricia said...

Hey Angela. I'm interested in the Target card. I could use it towards getting a jumperoo. Thanks!

Sandra said...

Hey Angela, You can sign me up for your Target give away! I loved reading about your family!
--Sandy

Mandy said...

That sounds like so so much fun. I think a small town would be interesting in some ways. I will have to come check your blog out more often.

Also, I am interested in your give away. How fun of you to do that!

Mandy ( Mandyalsomommy from JM)

Anonymous said...

Well since I'm signing in anyway I'll bite and say I'm interested...
Always here praying!
Psalms 62:1-2 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
Prayer Bears
My email address

AlexasMomma (JM) said...

Hey Girl I am defiantly interested in the 25 dollar card I would love to buy alexa some toys or some more clothes :) thanks for lettin us know

Melissa (previously mcurby09 now AlexasMomma on jm)

Christy said...

Hey Ang! LOVE your new blog look! (ok maybe its not new but I'm a slacker when it comes to reading blogs and when I do it's normally through google reader). So great to read about your family and catch up on what's been happening with you.

I'd be interested in the gift card. :)

Mami2jcn said...

I'm interested! I love Target!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Lauren said...

From JM. Love your blog! Your kids are beautiful. And, of course, who wouldn't be interested in a Target gift card? I know I am :)

Christy from Texas said...

I have been lurking too. I am interested in the gift card. Thanks for offering it. (from JM)

Krista said...

I'm definitely interested! I love Target!! Thanks for sharing :)

Krista

MyLinda said...

I'm interested, love me some Target :-)

Piper said...

I think I'm ready to come live in your town :p It sounds like the type of place I envisioned for raising my children. We also live in the small town that I grew up in but the feel is definitely not the same as it was in my childhood :\ If you wave and try to say hello as you pass someone, they invariably look at the ground and avoid looking at you, as though maybe by making eye contact, you might go crazy on them and attack :p I think it may just be our area as I've lived in other places where its friendly, everyone-knows-everyone, if you didn't wave the neighbors would come to see if you are okay :p

interested :)

Kendra said...

I grew up in a small town. I definitely understand the gossip and then the great community times! It is rewarding in the end to live in a small town :)

Oh, and I'm interested in the Target card ;)

debi9kids said...

That's why i love small towns too! How fun! Sounds like a great time!

I'd love to win the giftcard... esp now that Russ is getting laid off. UGH!

debi9kids said...

PS You have a lot of lurkers. LOL

lakesa said...

Hey Angela,
I am interested in the Target giveaway... sign me up? We need to catch up soon!

LaKesa

Anonymous said...

Know that I'm still here praying!
Psalms 62:5-7 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Prayer Bears
My email address

Simply, Sarah said...

Gift card would be awesome! :)

drew said...

hey mom... um im relly interested in getting the card.... cuz i need sum bak to skool cloths nd a new pair of shoes! plus ur the best and most amazing mom in the world so i know ull pick fairlly
drew

Obsessedwithlife said...

Definitely interested! Awesome giveaway!

Rachel (from Dr. Bob's)

Anonymous said...

Praying in Seattle!
Psalms 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Prayer Bears
My email address

Anonymous said...

So I want to keep stopping by and letting you know that I'm still praying but don't want extra posts to skew the drawing...so do whatever you want.
Know that the Lord is always with you, wrapping His loving arms around you and holding on tight!
Psalms 18:2-6 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Prayer Bears
My email address

One Big Fat Sugar Mama said...

I would love to have a Target gift card! I also enjoy your blog. Your gift for being real brings me back over and over!

Cindy said...

OH I want to wn the card. Hope it is not to late to enter

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