600

Friday, February 5, 2010

When I started this blog, nearly two years ago on a cold February night, I had no idea I would have so much to say!

But here we are now, 600 posts later! That's a lot of words, pictures, thoughts, and stories!

Here in Blogland, I have learned there seems to be a secret code (which by that I mean it's a given) that when you hit such a milestone as 600 posts, you hold a contest giveaway!

Well I'm here to say that I feel so excited about my 600 posts that I want to give away something for free.

Everyone loves free stuff!

So up for winning is one of my custom hat creations.

The person that wins gets to choose the size and gender specific hat.

To enter the contest, all you have to do is leave a comment.

Pretty simple right? I like to keep things simple.

Contest will close on Sunday February 7 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

The winner will be revealed on Monday morning.

To see some of the hats I've made click:

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And because it would simply be shameful for my 600th post to be lacking a Cayman photo, here is that little angel in her tutu glory...Photo by Kim Fordham Photography

58 Showin' Comment Love:

Shannon said...

I love reading your blog and watching Cayman grow! Would love to win a hat made by you! Still have not perfected my knitting like you have!

The "other" shannon

Uncle Ty Ty said...

Two years = 730 days....You are slacking... See you guys hopefully soon

Cayman's Daddy said...

Uncle Ty Ty Wants a Hat!

I want a Hat too!!!

Aunt Madison said...

Cayman's Daddy already has a hat(s) and so do I :o) Thanks Krissy for by beautiful blue hat!!

Anonymous said...

We'd love to see pictures of Tyson and Mike in the hats you make them!!!
Nicholas and Valerie
and Ashalyn

Tsquared417 said...

Yeah for 600!!! I just hit 300 the other day and didn't even notice. I love your blog and is so glad you started it!!

Beth said...

I too love your blog!!!! And Cayman just gets more adorable with each post! Would love to win one of your hats!

Tyler said...

Congrats on your 600th post. I am so glad you have brought us all along on your journey. Cayman is a true miracle and her story has traveled many places and has inspired so many people in believing that the impossible is possible even if the doctors say it wasn't.

Diane, Tyler's mom

Josephine said...

Wow, 600! It will probably be several years before I reach that milestone :) But I'm glad you post as much as you do - I always love reading your thoughts and seeing your photos :)
Oh, and Avery would look adorable in one of your hats........ :)

Angie said...

Your blog is amazing! I've been reading it since I was pregnant with Joey and you have helped me so much. I love seeing pictures of your beautiful Cayman :)

Lisa said...

Congrats on 600 posts! I have enjoyed each and every one of them. And even more than that, I have enjoyed getting to know you and your family. Isn't it amazing how something like a blog can help develop great friendships? And it helps make the distance between our families seem not quite so far :)

Here's to 600 more!

(laughed at Ty's comment!! ha!)

Betsey said...

Congratulations! I love reading about sweet little Cayman. I've never commented before, but I've been "lurking" for a while. Your hats are awesome!

Stephanie said...

It is pleasure to read your blog. I would be delighted to have one of your creations.

Grandma Cindy said...

Does the 600th commenter get the prize? Instead of a hat I would rather have a day with Cayman.. & you....Mike can come along too if he would want :o)

Mary said...

WOW 600....reading your blog back in the begining was part of what inspired me to start my own... I'm approaching 200 but I'm a bit slower than you with the posts:-)
Thank you for allowing us to travel this journey with your family. Cayman is an amazing little girl with beautiful parents. I want to win a hat too...I'm sure I could find a super cute girl to share it with.

Tara said...

I love reading your blog :) Learning how Cayman is growing and seeing how wonderfully she is doing.

600 blogs ? Wow!!!!!! Can't wait to read more : )

Sherri said...

I'm thankful for all 600 posts! You are a part of my "morning news" ritual :) I think Miles needs a hat just as cool as his sisters!!!

Grandma S said...

What an excuse to put links in to some of Cayman's most adorable pictures.

I agree with Grandma Cindy, I would rather win a day with Cayman!

Or, I could win a hat for Grandpa. He would look good in one with tassles!

Amy J. said...

Are you kidding me!? We would have to choose! Your hats are amazing...and then you go and place them on the head of a perfect little angel! There is no way we could choose a favorite! :) Great giveaway. Happy 600 and here is to 600 more!

Saraista said...

I know that you don't know me but I have been reading your blog fro some time now. I just wanted to let you know that i think your an amazing mother and person and that Cayman is wonderful! She is such an inspiration and absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for Sharing her and your with us all!

Gabriella said...

Ha! Figures that my first post would be for a freebie! LOL!

I'd love to win! I love your hats!

Sue said...

Geeez, you have to 'tell' us to leave a comment!! You have no idea how much I have enjoyed this blog...the ups, the downs and everything in between!! It is a part of my day!!

Katie said...

600 posts is GREAT!!!

WOW! I am totally slacking.

thanks for always being positive, yet at the same time honest and real without hiding true emotions and feelings.

Kristin said...

I was just thinking the other day "I should ask Kristen to make Abigail one of her famous hats." Stay tuned to my blog for a hats post to hear about our hat issues. :)

Dana said...

I have followed your blog for awhile but don't think I have ever commented. I got to see little Cayman in person when she was very little. You were at a funeral in Waynesfield, OH. She is a beautiful little girl. Congrats on your 600 posts.

TannaLee said...

Cayman's so beautiful. You are such an inspiration. Have a rockin' superbowl Saturday..... Cayman's 2nd Superbowl???

Have fun :-)

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on 600 posts! I post so infrequently that it would take me quite some time to hit that milestone! Hmmmm... wonder how many posts I do have?

Cayman is as adorable as ever! Kiss her cheeks for me. :c)

Shannon said...

Wow! 600 posts IS quite a milestone! Congratulations, and I (for one) am so glad you've found so much to post. :) I have LOVED every moment you've shared of your family's journey and all of Cayman's accomplishments so far. I can remember praying for her very life in the weeks leading up to her birth...I am AWED at how the Lord has chosen to use His little miracle to reach and touch so many! :)

And, I also wouldn't mind if Collin ended up with one of your fabulous hats. :) Tee hee.

Love to your family!

Krissy said...

Love Cayman in her tutu! She is such a doll!

Sarah said...

Wow 600! I have been doing Violet's blog since 2006 and only have 220 posts to date!

s said...

Congrats on 600! It's been so fun watching Cayman grow and reading your awesome stories, thoughts & feelings.

Allison

K said...

600 is a lot. I hope I get to that number sometime. If I win send a hat to Matthew from his Aunt Kim. Jill can pick out the colors and such.

SuzanSayz said...

Would I like to win one of your darling hats?!?
WOOH HOOH!!!!!!
You better believe I would. I love them all but the little 1920's looking ones like the dark brown with pink trim and flower are my absolute favorites. I remember back in the days when every day Elisabeth would wear her hats. And I know that a few of them were from you. That had always touched my heart, and now I have a chance to have one of my very own.
So YOU BETCHA! Sign me UP!

The Soldatke family said...

I would love to win one of your hats!! I'm sure you could do something extra manly for Matthew! Love, love, love reading your blog and most importantly LOVE you guys too!! MUAAAAH!! *and a slobbery kiss from Matthew*

Keeslermom said...

I've been reading your blog for quite a while now, hopped over from Jill's blog. Cayman is the cutest thing ever, and I'd love to win a girly hat!

Debbie said...

Love reading your blog daily...I have really enjoyed being able to follow Cayman and your lovely family.

Zoe said...

Yeah... 600 posts! :D I love Caymans TuTu photo. She is so precious! :)

Sheila Smith said...

I've read all 600 and can't wait to read more! That's a super cool prize you're giving away.... Mama might have to keep that one for herself! Thank you Kristin for blessing all of us, at least 600 times!

*Monica said...

yah for giveaway and 600 posts!

Congrats

therextras said...

GLORY indeed!

Barbara

Mom said...

40 and counting.... People LOVE your hats !!!!!

Sara said...

What a sweet sweet little tu tu girl :). You think she is going to be a ballerina?

600 posts is amazing. :) Congrats!!!

Jerry, Tia, Kaiden And Hunter said...

well now...I can't believe it is 600!!! You are an amazing person and this is one way to stay connect to you guys! miss you so!

p.s. free hats for new little ones are always good too! :)

love ya!

Ann said...

Kristen I'm so glad that you started this blog. I'm so blessed that I have gotten to know you and your family. Connected through blogland! Hopefully one of these days we'll get to meet in real life!

Hannon! said...

Love your Hat creations! You are very talented and creative!

; o D said...

Hey - Will you personally deliver the reward? Just was wondering.

the Bowerman's said...

I just wanted to say I check your blog often. I go to church with Dan and Stacey, and I was also pregnant when you and Mike found out that medically, things with Cayman were not what one would hope for. I cried while I read your blog, praying for Cayman, you, Mike, and for my baby as well. Well, to make this short- now Ethan and I read your blog together and I praise God for your happy healthy beautiful little girl, and my little boy as well. Thanks for all your encouragement (that you didnt even realize you were sending my way) and your example of faith.
Krysti B.

Jennifer said...

I'm SO happy that you have kept up with this blog. I love love LOVE how often you update it, and I love the pics of the gorgeous Cayman, too. :)
I ALSO like that you read MY blog. :)
I ALSO! would love a hat for my Vannah.
Congrats on your 600th post!

amy flege said...

I just love reading about your beautiful girl. Your pictures and writing are awesome!! thank you for opening your life to us!
oh and love our hats!

Gretchen said...

Yours was the first blog I ever read, I didn't even know what a blog was. I found Cayman by searching for answers to what might be happening to my own child. Your blog, in the end, inspired me to first, praise God again and again for the our children, and the second, to finally start a blog of my own. I have been admiring your hats and it would be awesome to win one. Thank you Kristen for 600 wonderful posts, and for sharing your life with us.

KajnBlonde said...

Kristen,
Congratulations on your 600th blog... As I have stated before, your writing and pictures truly amaze me. I look forward daily to seeing pictures of beautiful Cayman, and hearing what she is doing.
Thanks for keeping with it!!

WHO DAT!!!
Mary

David said...

congrats on 600 posts! you've got me beat by 100!

i love how everybody comes out of the woodwork for a contest lol

The Vigue Family said...

Long time reader, first time commenter - thank you for sharing your story. I am continually inspired by your loving thoughts and amazing pictures.

Missy in Maine

Michelle said...

Hi, Kristen--

I've been following your blog ever since Cayman's great-grandma Jeanne showed it to me. I'm her niece and Cayman's grandpa Mark's cousin. Your blog inspired me to start my own so I could share pictures of our little man, Jackson. Thank you!

Alice Kubac said...

Love the tutu pic!

Anonymous said...

TICK - TICK - GOES THE CLOCK. The countdown. Who will it be?

Stephanie said...

OMG you have done a great job keeping up with this blog. I absolutely love reading yours and others blogs. I start my mornings of at work by reading everyones blogs. They are so encouraging and interesting.
Cayman picture is adorable!!

Kristen said...

TannaLee,

We had a great Super Bowl Sunday! We were invited to a friend's house that has a crazy big sweet TV...like an 82 inch or something like that! Cayman enjoyed herself as she played with another little girl that was there. Cayman almost made it to the end of the game but she became cranky as it approached her bedtime.

So even though this is technically her 2nd Super Bowl Sunday, it's kind of like her first, because Mike and I, for the likes of us, can't remember what we did last year. We're not even sure if we watched the game or what we were doing on Super Bowl Sunday.

So I guess this one gets marked down as her 1st Super Bowl Sunday. And what a way to experience it on an 80-something inch TV in high definition!

Fun times!