A Giveaway

by jessicaturner on August 12, 2008


One of the perks of being married to an author is that we receive A LOT of books – and sometimes some to give away on our blogs.

I am excited that I have two copies of Six Prayers God Always Answers by Mark Herringshaw and Jennifer Schuchmann to give away.

Here’s what the inside flap says:
Is it okay to pray for selfish things?

Does a desperate God help me! count as a real prayer?

Is a quickly tossed up prayer-thought as likely to be answered as a carefully articulated and well-thought-out prayer prayed on your knees before the sun rises?

We all have an impulse to pray, but sometimes when we don’t get the answers we expect, we question whether we know how to pray the right way.

In Six Prayers God Always Answers, Mark Herringshaw and Jennifer Schuchmann point out that the most authentic prayers may not look, feel, or smell like the ones we were taught in Sunday school. Using illustrations from the Bible, history, and pop culture, they demonstrate that prayer isn’t about a specific posture or a recitation of words, but rather the foundation of a relationshipa relationship where some unexpected results can occur.

If you’re frustrated because it seems your prayers often go unanswered, Six Prayers won’t show you how to pray better, but it will show you how to discover the answers you may have overlooked, and how relationship matters more than the words.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me where you live. I will randomly select two winners on Friday night. Google analytics tells me that in an average week I get visits from every state and more than 30 countries – let’s prove it true. :)

Can’t wait for your comments! xoxo



{ 226 comments… read them below or add one }

Aliya August 12, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Hey Jessica,

I live in Jackson Mississippi. I would really enjoy reading that book as I have recently started researching prayer and the right way to go about it. Elias is precious. Cherish your time home with him because it flies away so quickly.

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Dugans August 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Jess,
I live in Mpls Mn! My husband and I are going into ministry and that looks like a great resource! Would love to have it on my book shelf!

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Steph August 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Hi Jessica,

regular reader here but first time commenter! *blush* Congrats on sweet Elias.

I’m somewhere down in Texas and it is too dang Hot!

XOXO

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Kayla August 12, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Hi. I am in southeast Alabama. I enjoy reading your blog and congrats on the new baby.

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marioanddebra August 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm

I live in Lubbock, Texas. Congratulations on Elias! I love reading about him and seeing all of the pictures!

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S. August 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Hey Jessica,
I am from Beckley, West Virginia.
My sister (Leila) was your neighbor in Nashville before getting married and moving. Congratulations on Baby Elias as well.

Be Blessed!

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redpolkadotsgirl August 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Hi Jess!

I'm from a little town in Texas made famous by a little movie staring Dolly Parton & Burt Reynolds and oh, a song by ZZ Top.

~Angie

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Kristi August 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I’m reading from Dayton, OH =o)

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Jenny~ August 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm

I live in Louisville, KY. I was praying while driving this morning and wondered if a quick prayer while driving means as much. Would love to read the book! BTW, love your blog! You and your family are so cute!

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The Thai Family August 12, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I live in Maine. Elias is beautiful! I can’t remember how I found your blog… either by blog hopping or through googles recommended reads. Either way, I’m enjoying your blog. Come stop by mine sometime!

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Amy Nabors August 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm

hi jessica! i’m in alex city, alabama.

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Kelly August 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Hello from North TX! I moved here a year and a half ago from Nashville. I found your blog through Angie. Elias is a beautiful baby!! Congrats again on his arrival!

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Sallie August 12, 2008 at 2:03 pm

I'm in eastern NC. Love scrappin' & enjoy your blog!

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Lori August 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Hi Jessica!

I live in Bethany, Oklahoma. Congratulations on baby Elias! You 3 make a beautiful family!

God Bless!

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm

I live in Winston-Salem, NC – enjoy your blog. Elias is precious!

Nancy

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Leonard Family August 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I live in a tiny town called Dayton in Washington state. I’ve ENJOYED reading your blog since you were in labor with your sweet Elias. Have a blessed day!!!

Jana

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AJ August 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I live in Granada Hills, CA right outside of Los Angeles. :)

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Kelli August 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Hi Jessica,
I live in Dallas, Georgia. I love books! I’ve enjoyed your blog and posts about Elias. Enjoy these sweet days!

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Jill August 12, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I live in the middle of the country: Nebraska.
This book sounds great. I have a friend who struggles with a prayer she has been giving to God for years. She’d love this book

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sammiebell August 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm

I live in Charleston, MS. I am commenting from my work computer. I started reading your blog when you guest blogged for Angie Smith. Elias is just precious. Thanks for this opportunity. beth

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Michelle August 12, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Posting from the great corn state of IOWA! I had a little boy in April so I love to read about Elias.

~Michelle πŸ˜€

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kim August 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Hi Jessica,
I live in Pensacola, Florida. I absolutely enjoy reading your blog…my “first time” to leave a comment….Congratulations on Elias! He is so precious!!!

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the donovan family August 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I live in littleton, colorado again after a 3 month temporary stay (for my hubby’s work) in west palm beach, florida. SO glad to be back!

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The Couch Family August 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Jessica,
I live in the small town of Alma, Arkansas. I found your blog through Angie Smith’s blog. In the past few months, i have become a “blog stalker” and yours is one that i check on a regular basis. Your new addition is beautiful! I have a little one who is 14 months old. They are such a joy!!!! :) If you want pics on what to expect as Elias grows, check out my blog!!! :) Children are certainly a gift from God!!

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Kristina August 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Hey Jessica,
British Columbia, Canada!
Hope you are having a good day.

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Jessica August 12, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Hi! I’m Jessica from Michigan!

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Tarren August 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Hi.

I am from the Elmira, NY area. That would be a neat resource to have. I bet the information in it is awesome. I love reading the posts about Elias. Our daughter, Camielle, was born around the same time. I think she was a day or two later. She was on July 13th.

Have a blessed day!

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Jess August 12, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Hi Jessica,

Jessica here from Charlottesville VA… Long time reader but first time delurking. Hope you don’t mind! :)

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Sarah August 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Hi Jessica,

I’m from Dacula, GA. Elias is just beautiful!

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Laura August 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm

I live in Canton, GA. Your little guy is adorable!

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Elizabeth August 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Hello there! I live in Louisville, KY. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks, ever since I began reading Angie’s blog. You all remind me so much of me and my group of girlfriends. Congratulations on Elias! He’s beautiful.

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Kayla Grace August 12, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Hi there :]

My boyfriend, Jon, and I are so excited about reading Churched. It sounds just like something Jon would write (except in his sarcastic tone, of course πŸ˜‰

Congrats on the beautiful baby boy. I love the pictures you have of him :]

I live in Kingwood, Texas. It is just outside Houston.

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Sally August 12, 2008 at 3:12 pm

OK, the comment I deleted above boasted that I was the first commenter outside of the US, but then I re-read the list again and saw you have a comment from Canada, so I’ll try again:

Oooh, first commenter outside of North America!

I’m in Southampton, on the South Coast of England, and like a couple of others, I found you via Angie. Lots of love from this side (the colder side) of the pond…

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Jen August 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm

I live in East Meadow, NY..originally from WI tho :)

Jen

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Jennifer August 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I’ve enjoyed it very much. I’m from eastern NC.

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Bridgette August 12, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Hi Jessica, my name is Bridgette. I live in Lima, Ohio. We are getting ready to go to China to adopt our daughter. We have been through two years of waiting, patience and lots of prayer. I would love this book! I read your blog everyday. Elias is beautiful and you are so cute!

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3QTGUYS August 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Hey, Jessica, posting from Alabma here!!

The book looks cool!

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 3:52 pm

For the summer, I’m living in Santa Barbara, California with my husband and 9 month old baby, Jude. But we’ll be moving to Rome in the fall!

Congratulations on Elias. He’s adorable!

Bernadette

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Good Morning Jessica!

I live in Ellicott City, MD. I just finished reading “The Shack” and would love to read this book on prayer as the other books on my nightstand ate the vaccine book and shepherding a childrens heart. Great books but I need a ME and God book!!!!
Thanks for the give-away!

Shelley
Allyk8@aol.com

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MandieGirl August 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm

I”m in Albuquerque, New Mexico!
:)

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.Bella. August 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm

I live in Grand Blanc, Michigan!
I love reading your blog and your husbands!! You guys are fantastic and your son is adorable!!

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mamma2 August 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Hi! I live in Healy, KS.

Sabrina

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Christi August 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Hi from sunny and very hot Orlando, Florida! I’d so love to win that book. Just reading the explanation I knew it’s a topic I could really use insight on right now. I find it hard to decipher God’s answers to my prayers. I also have trouble finding time to have “quality” prayer time with God. Here’s hoping I’m one of the lucky random winnners! Thanks!

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Nen August 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

I live in Brookville, PA… born and raised… :)

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Norma August 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm

OK……I live on an island on the west coast of Canada.
I enjoy both of your blogs and am kind of new to the whole bloggy world

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sawin August 12, 2008 at 4:18 pm

I live in Camby, IN!!!

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Lisa August 12, 2008 at 4:18 pm

I’m in B’ham Alabama!!

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Merry August 12, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Hello! from Springfield VA –

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DeAnne August 12, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Hi Jessica,

I would love to read this book. Congrats on your beautiful son, what a blessing he is. I live in Arvada, CO.

Thanks!
De Anne

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M August 12, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Reading from Washington, DC area =)

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Marianne August 12, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Reading your blog and enjoying Elias from a small town outside of Phialdelphia PA

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Melissa August 12, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Hi Jessica,
I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile now from Central Texas. (Hopped over from Angie’s.) I try not to comment too often – makes me feel less like a crazy stalker – which I guess I am – but I’m a quiet stalker. :) Anyway, love checking in on you and sweet Elias. He is beautiful. My daughter says he looks just like my boys’ and her baby pictures. He actually does, which is probably why I think he’s beautiful – that and the fact that he really is. And by the way, I follow your husband’s blog too. He is completely hysterical. Enjoy these moments with Elias. They go so fast.

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tab August 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I would love to get this book! I have recently started an email based prayer group with some girls that are spread around the country. I’d enjoy some insight on prayer as we continue our journey… maybe we could pass it around and recycle the freebie:)

A suburban Chicago reader:)

Tasha

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photoeye August 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Hi Jessica, I live in rural Riverside, Iowa. I’m a first time poster, it’s sad you had to have a give away for me to post :) I felt that watching you on your little video clips in the hospital and since I’ve gotten to know you a little. You seems so fun, as does your husband. My husband and myself have similar backgrounds as your husband, so your husbands blog has been great to read! Looking forward to his book coming out. Anyway, so that’s not short, but I felt bad for just lurking this whole time. I enjoy your blog, and congrats on little Elias, he’s a doll!
Sarah

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm

I'm from Southeast Missouri and after going through L&D with ya'all I can't stop "watching" for updates on your little cutie. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs!
Sher

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Jill August 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Hey Jessica –

I live in SW Michigan…love your blog :)

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Michelle Cearley August 12, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Would love to read it! I live in Cabot, Arkansas/

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queenoftheclick August 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm

I’m Marlene from Brooklyn, NY and I would love to read this book for end the summer.

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Katie August 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Hi Jessica,
I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. I found you through Angie’s blog. I live in Gaffney, SC. Elias is so sweet. Congrats!

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Mary August 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm

I live in Rayne, Louisiana and I enjoy your blog. I want to thank you for sharing your world with all of us. Little Eli is so adorable! I’ve been with your blog since your labor for Elias. I keep up with about 4 blogs and yours is one of my very favorites! Mary

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Tonia August 12, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Hey Jessica,
I am a mom of 3 (ages 7,4,and 17 mos)from Staples, MN. I love reading your blog. You have a very magnetic personality. And a very BEAUTIFUL baby also. Thank you for the opportunity to try and win the book!! How fun.

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Cheryl August 12, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Jess,

I enjoy reading what you have written, and congrats on little Elias. I live in Edwardsville, IL.

Cheryl

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Julie August 12, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Hello Jessica!

I am in Chicago, IL. We actually went to the UW together…and lived in the same dorm (Go, Bradley)! I read your blog and find great inspiration in your words as well as your committment to your faith and your never ending search for the Lord’s goodness in all things. Congratulations on the newest addition to your family!

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 5:50 pm

San Diego, California loves your blog!!!

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MEGAN August 12, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Hi Jessica,
Just found your blog, and lucky me, I love to read.
I live in southern CA.

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Melody August 12, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Hi Jessica! I live in Southern CA. Nice and hot, but lots of palm trees! πŸ˜‰

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Busy1 August 12, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Jessica,
I live in Warsaw, IN and Love your blog!

Thanks for sharing and making me laugh.

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brittany August 12, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Sweet Home Alabama… Elkmont, Alabama that is… Approximate population:500…

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kv August 12, 2008 at 6:15 pm

I love that you are married to an author. I have been reading his blog too. Absolutely love books! I’m in Brentwood, TN … a local.

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Kristie August 12, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Hi Jessica,

I live in Groveton, New Hampshire!! Congratulations on Elias!

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Lisa August 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I live in Omaha, NE. I love reading your blog. Your little boy is just precious!

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Hello from North Kingsville, OH

Susan

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lifelaughsandlove August 12, 2008 at 6:49 pm

I am from Madison, WI!

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Lauren August 12, 2008 at 6:50 pm

I’m from Fort Worth, TX!

Love your blog and Elias is precious!

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K. Anne August 12, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Jessica,
I am from Factoryville, in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

I found your blog through Angie’s and have enjoyed reading about little Elias. My youngest is almost 5, so it’s enjoyable to hear about babies. I miss having one around!

I would love a new book to read!

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Lauren August 12, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Hi Jessica,

I am posting from Dallas, Texas. I found your blog through Angie’s and enjoy reading all about your incredible scrapbooking. I really like seeing all the great photos of that precious baby!

Lauren

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Kendra August 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Hi Jessica,
I love you blog and Elias is such a handsome little guy! Congrats! We live in Dallas, Texas.
Kendra

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Jenni Runyan August 12, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Hi Jessica,
We live in Shakopee, MN (near to the cities). I am also a first time commenter- I love your blog- hearing about (and seeing via video and photos) your beautiful family. Congratulations on Elias. What a sweetheart!

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Amanda August 12, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Hi Jessica,

I’m just up the road from you in Clarksville, TN. I think I found your blog through another scrapbooker. Your blog led me to Angie’s and I just have to say you two are the most amazing godly women. Really. Your little Elias is a handsome guy too.

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Simplyliz August 12, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I’m in California… we haven’t fallen into the ocean out here yet.

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Joy August 12, 2008 at 7:34 pm

My hubby was just on the phone with me for an hour, upset, because he didn’t know if it was “okay” to pray and believe that God was going to use him as a musician. It’s his dream, but he’s so confused. He wants to do what God wants.

So I’m def. entering this giveaway! I live in KC, Missouri.

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dee August 12, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Hi Jessica,
I live in southeastern Connecticut and have really enjoyed reading your blog every week. I found it through Angie’s blog.
The book sounds like it would be very interesting to read.
Dee

p.s. Elias is adorable!

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Christy August 12, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Christy from Springdale, Arkansas! Sounds like a great book!

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Christy August 12, 2008 at 7:45 pm

I live in Chandler, AZ (a suburb of Phoenix) I love reading your blog to remind myself of home-I’m originally from Dickson! Have a blessed day!

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rebecca August 12, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Hi Jessica,

Been enjoying your blog…I am a reader of Angie’s Blog….congrats on such a beautiful baby boy!

I would love to be blessed by that book! πŸ˜‰

Oh yeah….I live in Shiloh, NJ!

Blessings!

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Noah's Mommy August 12, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Hi Jessica, I live in Rossville, GA
I am fairly familar with Nashville because we lived in Clarksville for a few years

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Nanja August 12, 2008 at 7:59 pm

I am the furthest away, reading from Holland, but I don’t really want you to send me the book, I have too many I still have to read. Nanja

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Crystal August 12, 2008 at 7:59 pm

I live in Lakeland, FL. Since moving to Florida and being recently separated, I've been doing a lot of soul searching. Ways that I can better my life not only for myself but my three children. Growing up we attended church regularly & I've slowly lost my way from God & would like to fill that hole in my life again. I think this book would be a great asset.

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Ashley August 12, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Hey Jessica

I live in Greensboro NC and love visiting your blog! Elias is so handsome and you are glowing! Looks like a great book about prayer!

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Rachel Anderson August 12, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Tacoma, WA!! Love your blog and your commentary on all things!! Keep writing! -Rachel

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Chris August 12, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Chris from M I crooked letter, crooked letter I…..ah well, you get it…Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Hi Jessica, I love to read your blog…found you through Angie. Your sweet boy is precious, enjoy every moment. My Levi is almost 3 and it is going by so fast! :) I live in Lenoir, NC. God bless you! Sheyna

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Sara August 12, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Hi, Jessica…

Sara from Cedar Falls, Iowa

I was literally having a conversation today with a friend about different ways to pray and listen. We decided we had a lot yet to learn. :)

sara
http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

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Tracy August 12, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Hey there!
I’m in Louisville, KY. I won one of your giveaways before – so please don’t pick me. I didn’t see anone from KY and couldn’t let you go without all 50 states.

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Missy August 12, 2008 at 8:29 pm

i live in millersburg pa. its a 1/2 hour’s drive north of the state capitol of harrisburg. we’re known for our river ferry. its the oldest working ferry in the country (i think..)

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Kylea August 12, 2008 at 9:03 pm

I’m about 30 min. down the road- Dickson, TN
Elias is getting so big- so fast. Enjoy every second of Mommyhood!

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Gracie August 12, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Hi Jessica:

I live in Houston, Texas. BTW, you have a beautiful family!

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Sally August 12, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Hi Jessica,

I have been reading your blog now since you posted on Angie’s blog during sweet Audrey’s birth. You are an inspirational person.

I am reading from Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia and it is freezing here at the moment.

Take Care and keep enjoying your beautiful Elias

Sally

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christi28 August 12, 2008 at 9:12 pm

hi jessica!
i live in leander texas where it is horribly HOT!! i love you and your husbands blog. i came via angie’s blog.

blessings from texas ~

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Bevy August 12, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Put one of those live feed on your blog and you will see people from all over the place. Finland, Sweden, Bolivia – I’ve seen lots from international.
I’m in Washington state!
I’ve found that the desparate prayer gets answered – esp. IMMEDIATELY w/comfort! But maybe that’s just me!
God bless!

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Daddy's Dream ~Mommy's Miracle August 12, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Jessica,
Interesting that I found this post, I have been questioning all of my prayers. We lost our son on Valentine’s Day this year, and have since lost 2 through MC. I am struggling terribly with my faith right now. It looks like I should read this to see what prayers are really being answered.

Destiny

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Cindi August 12, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Hi there!

I am in Knoxville, TN and would love a chance to win this book! I’ve been following your blog since before precious Elias was born and just love it! He is TOOOOOO CUTE!

Cindi

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Rachel August 12, 2008 at 9:44 pm

I’d love to win this!!

-Rachel from Norfolk, VA

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Arrrrggghhhhh I lost my post to cyber-space! I love your blog and then I came to see this post. Some would say I’m a voracious reader and I love to read and use that gift as a ministry. Alot of the books I get my hands on get donated to my church’s library OR the favs I keep and will circulate amongst the peeps!
I live in Wisconsin but wish I could move to a warmer area…maybe Nashville?!
Thank you for the updates on your family and the baby. So cute!! Love the pictures! Blessings to you…..

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The Kahler Family August 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Angie in AZ.
Since I’m stuck inside most of the time for a fear of melting outside, I would love this book to keep me busy!
Elias is so cute… you’re going to be so happy that you did a weekly update later on… keep it up, it’s a great record!

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Lindsey August 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Hey Jessica,

I’m from Jonesboro, Arkansas!! I love reading your and your husband’s blogs. You guys seem like such great, down to earth people. I would love to meet you one day and kiss little Elias’ cheeks!!

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Eric and Emily August 12, 2008 at 10:24 pm

HI,
I’m Emily Rowe and live in Sayre, PA! Yipee, I love books!

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Hey, Jessica, I live in Midlothian, TX, and enjoy hearing your updates. The book on orayer sounds awesome as I know my prayers are answered BUT I tend to overlook that if they aren’t answered obviously.
Enjoy being at home with Elias. Even though when you do return to work, know it will be bittersweet. I actually was a better mom once I returned because I had “me” productive time and then when I was at home, I cherished the time and was more efficient in all areas. I encourage my fellow new mommies that it will be good!
Kathleen

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Jessica,

Thought it would be fun to get in on the chance to win the book. Even if I don't win I think it is great that you are doing this give away. Your son is so cute. Best wishes to you and your family. Oh, I almost forgot, my name is Marie (wife to Dan, mom to Stavros & Eleni in New Port Richey, FL)

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Hi Jessica. I’m a lurker. : ) I live in Largo, Florida.
Sarah

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Emily August 12, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Hi Jessica!

I’m in Knoxville, TN. I found you through Angie’s blog. You are hilarious, and little Elias is adorable!

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btcole August 12, 2008 at 11:11 pm

I live in Lubbock, Texas. HOT, Windy, west Texas!

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Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Hi Jessica,
I live in Virginia. Nothing too exciting, but it feels like home :)

Congrats on having Elias home, he is beautiful!

~Melissa

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Anna August 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm

I am reading from Mckenzie TN

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Jenna August 12, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Hey Jessica! I check your blog out about 3-6 times a day to see if you have added more! Elias is GORGEOUS! I’m reading from Jacksonville,FL

Jenna

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Cindy August 12, 2008 at 11:40 pm

Hi Jessica,
I check in on you daily from Phoenix, AZ. Elias is such a cutie. I am excited that you are back to blogging about crafting and memory making. That is ONE of my passions.
Cindy

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RVG August 12, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Here’s another Canadian! I’m in Windsor, Ontario. I don’t want the book on my bookshelf – I want it in my hands, being read :-) (and written in and underlined and highlighted and tear-stained). Thanks for sharing Elias with us.

God bless you,

Rick

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mpeachyk August 13, 2008 at 12:06 am

Hi Jessica,

I found your blog because of Angie’s (and Audrey’s) story. Your son is adorable-something I’m sure you’ve heard a kabillion times. I live in Baltimore and I’m a big fan of reading…looking forward to Churched! :)

MAK

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Kim August 13, 2008 at 12:09 am

Jessica,

I am Kim and I live in Indiana

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Christy August 13, 2008 at 12:15 am

Hi Jessica!
I live in Canton Ohio. I love reading your blog & would love to win the book!

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Carrie August 13, 2008 at 12:25 am

Hi Jessica!

I’m a regular reader from Chicago, IL, but first time responder (amazing what a free giveaway will do to get people to respond!). Love reading your blog, and seeing new pictures of that beautiful baby of yours!

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Jennifer August 13, 2008 at 12:44 am

Eastern NC

I stumbled across your blog by another and have followed. You have a beautiful family.

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pgwwcs August 13, 2008 at 12:47 am

Hey! We’re in Snellville, GA! Would love the read and am looking forward to your husband’s new book – out soon, right?

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Mar August 13, 2008 at 12:52 am

Waukesha Wisconsin — enjoying Provocative Faith and Beatitudes by Matthew right now — no brownie points, I know this selection is random :)

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Peace, Love, and Happiness August 13, 2008 at 1:10 am

Hi Jessica-
I am Britt from Lincolnton, Georgia. Read your blog daily and look forward to the humor!

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Melissa August 13, 2008 at 1:11 am

I love reading your blog from Plymouth, MN. I too am a new mom to a 3 month old baby boy and love hearing your stories…Don’t you LOVE being a mom! Feel free to visit our blog if you have time…
brandonjurgens.blogspot.com

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 1:19 am

Hi Jessica!

I have been following your blog since your wonderful labor!! I have two boys of my own and it is so awesome to be a mom.

Christine
Fairfield,CA

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Shelly August 13, 2008 at 1:27 am

I am reading from Mt. Juliet, TN. Very close to you! :-)

Shelly

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Still Cross Photography August 13, 2008 at 1:28 am

I live in southwestern Michigan. Thank you for your blog entries and updates and personal items as well as God’s glory!

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RZ August 13, 2008 at 2:11 am

Well, I didn’t read through all your comments, but here’s me from Pittsburgh PA!! I certainly don’t expect you to send me a book, but I am looking for any new reading material to jump start my spiritual journey

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Marla Taviano August 13, 2008 at 2:12 am

Columbus, Ohio!

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Nancy Peacock August 13, 2008 at 2:18 am

I live in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
Love your blog (and your husband’s too)and hearing about your little boy. He’s adorable!

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Jennifer M. August 13, 2008 at 2:21 am

Jessica,
I live in St. Louis,Missouri. Been following your blog for awhile now :) Congrats on baby Elias, he is precious! You have an adorable family! Looks like a great book!

Blessings,
Jennifer

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Kristin August 13, 2008 at 2:22 am

Southeastern Idaho!

Love your blog.
–Kristin

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 2:28 am

Hi Jessica,
Your son is beautiful.
I live in Mahwah, NJ.
Keep writing!
Andrea

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Alex August 13, 2008 at 2:44 am

Hi Jessica! I’m a lurker… I found your site through Angie’s… Congrats on baby Elias, he’s gorgeous!! I’m from Kansas. I usually live in Wichita, but I’m about to head back to school in Manhattan (KS… the Little Apple. =) )
God bless!

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Katherine Page August 13, 2008 at 2:47 am

Hey Hey! I live in Katy, Tx. I throughly enjoy your blog for many reasons. 1. Elias is a cutie and its been fun to see the both of you share your experiences. I love your sense of humor! 2. I love your artistic side. I am about to start my 1st yr. teaching. I am actually getting my room together now and kids come in 2 weeks. I am going to use some of your scrapbook ideas. O yea, I am an art teacher. Love it! Be Blessed.

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Amy August 13, 2008 at 2:51 am

I’m a close neighbor…Dickson, TN

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The O'Brien Family August 13, 2008 at 2:55 am

Hi…I am in Colorado Springs, CO

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surfmomma4 August 13, 2008 at 3:00 am

Hi there. You have one cute baby. I live in sunny Key West, Florida. Come on down and see us sometime.
Susan

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geekslikeus August 13, 2008 at 3:03 am

Hello Jessica,

I live in Anchorage, Alaska. With my husband and our two daughters. I love reading your blog and am imspired by your faith.

God Bless!!

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Shelly August 13, 2008 at 4:34 am

another “secret reader” from TX…haha! :-) love reading your blog, matthews and angies! come visit me anytime! and feel free to send me an email so i can send you an invite to my family blog. oh, btw, i just ordered the scrapbooking kit you suggested in a previous post! can’t wait to get it!

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Stacy August 13, 2008 at 4:36 am

Hi Jessica,

I live in Bismarck, ND. I am a faithful reader of your blog, and have commented a few times.

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The Barnes Crew August 13, 2008 at 5:56 am

Hi Jessica,

I live in Columbia, MO! I enjoy reading your blog and really enjoy your video blogs! Congrats on your new baby…cherish every little second because what they say is true…it goes by fast!

From,
A mom of 4!

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 5:59 am

I live in Fontana, California. I would love to read that book as I recently lost my first grandchild and lately I feel like my prayers are totally unheard, even though I know that is not true. I’m struggling and any help that I can get is welcomed. Your son, Elias is just precious! Thank you for sharing him with us.

Maria P.

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Nicki August 13, 2008 at 7:39 am

Hi there Nicki here from New Zealand – I’m still finding my faith – have always believed but have felt very disappointed with some ‘Christians’ who leave their Christianity at the Church door. I have have stumbled on to both yours and Matthews blog. I’m learning to pray and many of my prayers are being answered.
You have a precious wee boy.
Nicki

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 10:57 am

Jess,
You, your blog, your husband and your sweet son are all adorable…not necessarily in order of rank! :) I read your blog regularly and love hearing about Elias’ progress.

Up north in Wisconsin,
Lisa
marklisa@borderlandnet.net

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Marije August 13, 2008 at 11:27 am

Hi,

I live in the Netherlands.

I’ve been reading your blog since I saw the videoblogs surrounding Elias’ birth :)

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jackie August 13, 2008 at 11:52 am

Hi Jess !

One of your faithful readers….

Jackie Carl, from Marion, IN.

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Jill August 13, 2008 at 12:34 pm

hey there!
just left a comment about diapers before I read this post…

I’m reading from central Virginia!

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Hi Jessica,
I have been a long time reader of your blog and now I’ve got my husband reading Matthew’s blog (they have a lot in common). Congrats on Elias, he is so sweet and he was born on our 11th wedding anniversary!

Anyway, I live in Goodlettsville, TN!

Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Nicole Stropes

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.Bella. August 13, 2008 at 1:15 pm

I’ve already left a comment, but I thought leaving two wouldn’t hurt. I live in Grand Blanc, Michigan and would very much enjoy a copy of this book. I’m growing everyday in my faith and am eager to read anything I can get my hands on. =]

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Two Become Three August 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm

So to be I’ve been reading for a while. When I first started reading, we lived in California, now we live in Virginia. Our little guy in 4 1/2 months old now. I’ve been praying for you all as you enter into the amazing journey of being parents. Thanks for writing!

Meredith

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Patti August 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Hi Jessica. I live in Chapel Hill. I love your blog, it brings back so many memories of when my four kids were babies. And you have inspired my youngest daughter (11 years old) to start scrapbooking!

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Gabrielle August 13, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Jessica,
First of all…congratulations on your adorable Elias!! I found your blog through Angie’s and have been reading but haven’t commented before. I would LOVE to receive a package here in upstate NY from you containing the Six Prayers God Always Answers book.

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roberts05 August 13, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Hi I’m from Clinton, IA and somehow stumbled across your blog. I find it very entertaining and inspiring. I have a 2.75 year old and another due early January. I would love to have a book for me to read that wasn’t about pregnancy or child development. Thanks for the opportunity!
Dawn

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Shelly August 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Hi Jessica,
I live in Massachusetts and I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now. I think I found it through a link to your husband’s page in Stuff Christian’s Like. Congrats on your beautiful boy, enjoy him. :)

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Walking by Faith August 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Not too far…Knoxville,TN. Love our blog!!! I’m hooked=)

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Lori Darlin August 13, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Hey Jessica-

First of all I love your blog and ur husband blog is so funny. I found you by reading Angie’s blog. BTW.. Elias is one cute adorable baby is I have to say so myself.

I live in Fruitvale, Texas. A very small town in East Texas. Im close to the famous First Monday Grounds in Canton, Texas. Maybe I will get lucky and win. Have a great week having fun with Elias.

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Beth August 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Hey Jessica,

I live in Bentonville, Arkansas!!

Your little guy is so precious! Ditto on the fact that it goes by soooo fast! My little one is 9 months old, and I am trying to figure out where the time has gone?!

Beth

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Simone August 13, 2008 at 4:06 pm

OK, the funny thing is, I wasn’t going to post for this because I didn’t want to seem greedy. However, after reading your reminder, I realize that it’s OK to be greedy for how to better communicate with God! :) As a fairly new prayer warrior, this would be a great resource for me, I think.

Simone in MN

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Chad, Amy, Grace and Olivia August 13, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Hey Jessica – I live in Loganville, Ga and have been keeping up with you through your pregnancy and birth of your adorable son.
Amy

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Hi Jessica!

I’ve been a fan of your blog for a few months now, anticipating the arrival of Elias and so enjoying the stories of both his arrival and how he has so wonderfully found his place in your family. The book sounds like something that would be perfect for me right now. Hope I win :) Thanks!

Tara Greeson
Climax, NC

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Hey Jessica –
Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win the book! I also love reading your blog – only wish I had started one when my first one was born.

I live in Claremore, OK.

Diana

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Hi

I live in Macomb, Michigan. Congrats on the beautiful baby :)

Linda

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 4:56 pm

I’m from Southeast Alabama and love reading your blog. Elias is so adorable. Enjoy every minute with him because they grow SO fast!

Amy

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My Sweethearts August 13, 2008 at 5:40 pm

I live in Alabama. I’d love to read that book!

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Frandsen Family August 13, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Brandi –
From Utah.
Also a first time commentor but regular reader.
You have such a cute family.

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Colette August 13, 2008 at 5:57 pm

‘Is it okay to pray for selfish things?’. That’s something I ask myself every day!

I live in Dundee in Scotland :)

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Kathryn August 13, 2008 at 6:35 pm

I live in Austin, Texas. Thanks for you giveaway!

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 7:18 pm

The book sounds very interesting. My father-in-law was just diagnosed with Lymphoma, so the prayer thing is huge right now. I feel like I am praying selfishly, so it would be neat to read this book. Sonya W.

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Hello Jessica,
I am from Rayne, La. and I love reading your blog and congrats on Baby Eli…..he’s a cuttie! If I’d win the book….I would give it to my neighbors who are suffering the loss of their beautiful baby girl. You can read their blog at http://www.catecantrell.blogspot
God bless you
and
your beautiful fly.,
Mary

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 8:27 pm

South Carolina.

Came to your site through Angie’s months and months ago. Love your blog and your husband’s.

Renee

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 9:39 pm

I live in NC. Go Heels! Maybe this book would tell me why God hasn’t answered my prayers for a husband. Just kidding! Sort of :)

Em

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Melissa August 13, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Pennsylvania

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Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 10:30 pm

I donΒ΄t see any other swedes.But heres one!=) IΒ΄m from a city called Karlskrona (karlscrown) in the south of Sweden,just by the baltic sea.That sea is the first thing I see when I look out of the window. lovely.

//Johanna

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The Lowells August 13, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Love your blog! Howdy from Houston, Texas.

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Nancy August 13, 2008 at 11:01 pm

I live in Levelland, TX. I enjoy reading your blog. It does not really seem that long ago that we were first time parents with a beautiful baby boy (he is 30 now)! Elias is just precious, perfectly made and perfectly loved by his mommy and daddy. Enjoy! He will still be precious at 30!

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kas August 13, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Hi Jessica,
I live in Aurora Colorado. I enjoy your blog. Your baby is a cutie. I can’t believe he is a month old already.
I would love the book on prayer.
God Bless

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rachelisabel August 13, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Hey Jessica,

I must say, you have a very cute little guy! He’s sure to be a heart breaker!!
I live in Edmonton Alberta (Canada)

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Ginger August 14, 2008 at 12:52 am

Jess…I am from your home town OSHKOSH WI!!!! Also a classmate of yours :) Would love to read this book. mylittlecavey97@yahoo.com

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Lisa August 14, 2008 at 1:47 am

Hello from Braselton,Georgia

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Jennifer Powers August 14, 2008 at 2:07 am

Hi Jessica,

I’m from Yukon, Oklahoma and love reading your blog. Elias is adorable.

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Katrina August 14, 2008 at 3:01 am

Dropping into say hi Jessica, and throwing my name in for the book – Madison, WI! Elias is adorable – congratulations to you and Matthew!

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Kristy August 14, 2008 at 4:04 am

Nashville, Tn…..very curious about my faith and what direction to go in next. Even if I am not chosen blogs like yours are very encouraging and are helping me in my journey!

Thanks and welcome to parenthood!

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Sarah August 14, 2008 at 4:49 am

We’re in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada! *waves towards the south-east*

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Jennifer August 14, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I’m in good old Nashville. Congrats on the newest edition to your family!

-Jennifer

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christy August 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm

HEY JESSICA…MY NAME IS CHRISTY AND I LIVE IN PARIS,TN. I HAVE BEEN READING YOUR BLOG NOW FOR A WHILE. ELIAS IS SO SWEET! I AM A STAY AT HOME MOM OF 4 KIDS UNDER AGE 7. THEY ARE SUCH A BLESSING TO ME. I OFTEN THINK I AM PRAYING SELFISHLY OR NOT ENOUGH…WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE BOOK. HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOUR FAMILY.

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Christi August 14, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Hi Jessica.
I live in Kingwood, Texas (outside of Houston). I see you have another reader from my neck of the woods. Your baby boy is precious!

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Anonymous August 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Hey! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog, your little guy is precious!

Catrina
From Corvallis, OR
Home of OSU, GO BEAVS!!!

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~ robin ~ August 14, 2008 at 4:33 pm

hey there,
reading from saskatoon, saskatchewan (canada)!
been reading matthew’s blog for a while now, and we just had a baby boy in march so i love reading all about elias on your blog!

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fuzzyorthodoxy.com August 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm

hi, i am Jonny McCormick and i live in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Study in Sheffield, England. And at present working in Muskoka, Canada.

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Randi Jo :) August 14, 2008 at 5:12 pm

SouthEast Coast of North Carolina! :)

thanks!

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the bantam menace August 14, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Marie from Grand Rapids, Michigan :)

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Anonymous August 14, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Our small group is always looking for interesting books to discuss. Would love to read this one together.

Sherry
sventer@comcast.net
Lynchburg, VA

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Janice August 14, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Hi Jessica!

I’m a regular reader (linked over from Angie’s blog) but this is my first post! Congrats on Elias! He’s absolutely adorable. :)

For the record, I’m in extreme south Alabama! :)

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questionabletheology August 14, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Dearest Lord,

Here I reside in El Cajon, California, in the eastern proximity of San Diego. I pray for thine divine guidance in Jessica, Lord, thus granting her to randomly chooseth my humble soul to receivith this literary collection of knowledge concerning divine meditation and supplication.

And everyone agreeing that I should get the book said….Amen.

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pam August 14, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Hi Jessica and Matthew, and baby Elias. I started reading your blogs when the baby was born, after following the link from Angie’s. I live in small town Ontario, called St Marys. Nice to meet your family!

Pam

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Daniel August 14, 2008 at 7:51 pm

I live in Minneapolis. That is all.

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Amber August 14, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Hi Jessica,

I live in Round Rock, Texas.

Thanks!

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Sarah August 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Hi Jessica,

I’m from San Diego!!!!! :)

Sarah

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Amy August 14, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Blog hopped here from Angie’s blog and have been checking in ever since from just south of you in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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MELANIE August 14, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Congratulations on your family now that sweet Elias made y’all one! Enjoying your blog in Keller, TX (just north of Fort Worth).

Melanie :)

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jenny wells August 14, 2008 at 10:43 pm

I live in Sabina, Ohio. I found your blog via Angie Smith’s and have been praying for you through your pregnancy and enjoy seeing how happy your family is! Elias is adorable!! Jenny Wells jennandmarkwells@hotmail.com

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Abby Vostad August 15, 2008 at 12:42 am

Hey Jessica,

I’ve gotten hooked on reading your blog about litte Elias from Angie’s blog. What a great family with such great faith. I’ve picked up a couple of your husband’s books and I am hooked.

I live in Sioux Falls, SD.

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Stacy D August 15, 2008 at 12:48 am

Hi Jessica,

I live in Frederick, Maryland and I would love to read this book :)

~ Stacy

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Ben Wright August 15, 2008 at 1:56 am

I’m from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Kathy August 15, 2008 at 4:14 am

I think if I ever had over 200 posts to my blog I might either die or think I won a popularity contest. I live in Danville, PA

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Erika Chester August 15, 2008 at 6:33 am

Hello!

I’m living abroad in Bavaria, the southernmost part of Germany.

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nels August 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Jessica, I live in Jacksonville, Fl. I would love to read this book. Thats so cool of you to give them away. Congrats on your new baby. He is adorable. I have my third on the way.
Ashlee

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BC August 15, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I’m a Carolina girl! Charlotte, NC to be exact.

What a great giveaway!

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Sunny August 15, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Hello,
I am from a tiny town,Covinton, Indiana, and I love how easy it is to relate to you guys. Your blog is quite refreshing.

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Matthew Costner August 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Hey Jessica,
I live in Nashville down the street from you, and I would like the book because I need to help my friend Matthew out who needs to learn how to pray. He is a lovely lad, yet the questions he asks me about prayer are so hard that I don’t always know how to answer. For instance, one time he asked me to pray for a boy named sue.
I was horrified. I guess I just didn’t know where to begin. Anyway thank you for listening. Keep me in your prayers!

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Anonymous August 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Hi Jessica,
I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan! I found your blog through Angie’s, and I am a regular reader! Congratulations on Elias! He is adorable!
~Lacy

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ttm August 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Reading from Miami, Florida (and wondering more about prayer as I currently pray that tropical waves/depressions/storms veer away from land…)

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Jimmy August 15, 2008 at 7:49 pm

I am from Chattanooga, Tennessee

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ev102007 August 15, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Hi Jessica- I live in Savannah, Ga and found your blog months ago through Angie’s. I have enjoyed so much reading about your pregnancy (I am due in December), hearing about Elias and your awesome scrapbooking ideas. As I get more and more pregnant and less and less energetic, I would love to have a book to read- especial a Christian one! Congrats and GL!

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ev102007 August 15, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Opps- forgot my name!
Elizabeth :-)

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Michelle August 15, 2008 at 10:18 pm

You guys are precious! :-)

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Amanda Rooney August 15, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Hi Jessica,

Long time reader, but first time to comment.

I live in Mansfield, TX. I am a wife and mother of four.

to get to know me see our family blog: rollinwiththerooneys.blogspot.com

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Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul August 16, 2008 at 12:12 am

I live in Texas, where yes, it has been hot but we are supposed to cool down starting tomorrow!!!

Love, Pamela

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Anonymous August 16, 2008 at 4:10 am

Hi Jessica,

This may be past your Friday night comment dead line, as I am reading late tonight. I have linked to your blog from Angie’s back when you were writing for her during Audrey’s delivery. I have enjoyed your writing and seeing your beautiful Elias! I’m writing tonight from Magnolia TX.

Jenny F.

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Christy August 19, 2008 at 2:11 am

Hi Jessica,
I really enjoy your husband’s books. The one you are giving away sounds very interesting too, although I’m not sure if you gave it away yet…

I’m from right here in Nashville, TN! I was trying to see if I was the only one, but there are way too many comments.

Congrats on your baby boy. My daughter is turning one tomorrow. They really do grow up so fast.

P.S. My family is looking for a church since we very recently moved here. Do yall have any suggestions? Thanks so much! God Bless – Christy

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Crafty girl stuck working in the real world August 20, 2008 at 7:56 pm

I live in Lafayette, Indiana

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Leona August 23, 2008 at 1:05 am

My name is Leona and I live in Jacksonville Florida

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Megan August 14, 2009 at 6:46 am

Right now, I'm living in Switzerland. But, usually, I live in Seattle, WA.

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