Birthday Giveaway

Edit: This giveaway is now closed. I will announce the winner tomorrow morning!

Today I turned 25 years old. I knew I would be working all day, so I decided to celebrate by hosting my first ever blog giveaway.

Welcome!

I tried especially hard to craft a package that would be interesting to everyone who reads my blog, whether they are young or old, male or female.

Birthday

(I put the items on my head in a sad attempt to make the picture less boring.)

If you win the giveaway, you will receive…

1. A signed copy of my book, “Emily.”

2. A green pottery mug so that you can sip tasty beverages while reading good books.

3. The book “Paris Underground” by Etta Shiber.

…never heard of it? Neither had I, until I randomly pulled it off of our bookshelf and started reading it. I was immediately FASCINATED.

Basically, it is a true story about two middle-aged ladies who smuggled British soldiers out of Paris during WWII. It is equal parts funny and frightening and historical and enlightening.

Turns out it came into our household from Ben’s girlfriend Amanda, who gave it to Ben for Christmas. So far me, my mom, and my 98-year-old grandfather have all read it. None of us could put it down.

That’s why I bought a second copy for a blog giveaway. I figured it was a book that everyone would like.

4. Bonus gift! I’ll write you a short story in which you will be a primary character.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog post stating a random fact about yourself. If you win, I’ll use that fact in your story. (If you can’t think of anything to say, just make up a random fact. It will make your story more interesting)

Oh, and if you share this on Facebook or Twitter I’ll give you an extra entry. Or two extra entries, if you share on both. But PLEASE tell me in your comment if you shared it, because I’ll too lazy to go track it down. 🙂

The giveaway ends Sunday July 12 at midnight. Check back in a week to see if you’re a winner.

Okay, I’m just gonna say, doing a giveaway makes me feel like one of “those bloggers” who are more concerned about branding and traffic than anything else. Please know that was not my intention at all. Honestly, I am so thankful to all you loyal readers who keep coming back to my little blog. I stopped blogging for an ENTIRE YEAR, and you all came back. You are such a blessing to me, and I wanted to do a giveaway for you. I tried to specifically pick things that my readers would like.

Anyway.

Comment! Win! Enjoy!

P.S. I will ship anywhere in the world. So if you are my one reader from Finland, or the people from Columbia that sometimes show up, please enter!

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141 responses to “Birthday Giveaway

  1. Hannah Alexander

    I love mushrooms

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  2. I once illegally crossed a border (hopefully posting this fact on the internet won’t get me arrested)! Happy birthday to you Emily the amazing person that you are :). P.S. I miss you, therefore I think a personal delivery if I win should be in order, hehe!

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  3. I used to have a fascination with snacking on dried glue and crayons…

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  4. I once accidentally got caught up with anarchists in anti war ralley! went to support the troops, got caught up in marching against cops, accidentally. lol.
    Shared on facebook.

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  5. I really want this!
    When I was younger I used to check the toilet all the time before I sat down to make sure there wasn’t a snake in it or wrapped around the base. (Not like we had snakes in our house at all!)

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  6. Going around that turn in my driveway, in my mini van…Sometimes I pretend I’m a race car driver.

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  7. Happy Birthday! In my 30’s (back in the “70s!) I knitted 3 sweaters as gifts for my wife and a niece! I did share this on facebook!

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  8. When I was too young to know better (I hope) some of my cousins and I played with and chased my grandma’s rabbits so hard that some of them died afterward. It was so long ago that I’m not sure if I remember it or it was a dream.

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  9. Happy birthday! Your story inspired me when it came out because we shared not only the same name and age, but also constant illness. Your book was incredible and I hope you continue writing! Have an amazing birthday!

    Random fact about myself? Three years ago I found myself being falsely accused of a horrible crime by someone with so much hate in their heart, it left me fighting for my innocence. (After almost a year of court and thousands of dollars my name was finally cleared). This has given me an entirely new outlook on life.

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  10. Love your blog, intrigued by the books you are giving away. My interesting fact is that I was a missionary in Guatemala for 10 years. oh, & I married the largest souvenir I could find. 🙂

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  11. I don’t have a real bellybutton.

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  12. What fun!😊 My random fact…I love to read and travel.

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  13. Harmony Headings

    I love to wrestle. Shared.On. Facebook

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  14. Rosene Martin

    hmmmm….a random fact about me? Perhaps that every time I mow the yard I always hit the same tree. Every time. I think it moves in front of me as I come by. 😉 Or maybe it’s that I discovered that if I try to do chin ups on my Grandpa’s washline…most likely it will break & come down. Especially if 2 of my girl cousins are doing it at the same time. Whoops.

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  15. Happy birthday:)
    I’m a diehard Oregonian that now lives in the over populated state pa……..:/
    I miss my home but the outreach to the kids is what keeps me here……
    Shared on fb

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  16. Michelle weaver

    Hey Emily. Random fact? Hmm…I spent a few years in Haiti.

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  17. Count me in, how fun! My random fact: I love to cook and bake every day, but I’ve never fried a chicken because I’ve been too afraid to try it. There, it’s out in the open and I feel much better. HAHA

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  18. Random fact? I am the only EMT on the West Coast that I am aware of that wears a skirt instead of pants. A fact that has generated plenty of conversations everywhere. 🙂

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  19. I love to explore abandoned buildings and cemeteries! 🙂 shared on Twitter.

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  20. Sandra Miller

    When I was a bitty girl we had an outhouse…became so fascinated with it that whenever we went somewhere and I had to go potty I insisted on using these folks outhouse even though they had a nice porcelain toilet inside! It annoyed mom to no end. I am a tad bit old – like 68…:-)

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  21. Happy 25th Birthday! The books sound very interesting. A fact: the aroma a skunk leaves in the air when it sprays is not very pleasant. It brought me fully awake very quickly this morning. But, not in time to close the windows before the smell permeated the whole house. 😦

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  22. Happy Birthday Emily! A homeless man came into my office yesterday and asked me for food. I offered him some roasted almonds, but he said he doesn’t like almonds. (Maybe someone needs to learn not to look a gift horse in the mouth?)
    I told my mom about the encounter and now she’s certain he will return and kidnap me but it hasn’t happened yet.
    Also, shared on Twitter.

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  23. Happy Birthday to the “other Emily”!

    🙂 I do enjoy your blog, though I am not the most faithful reader. I hope your birthday was special and well celebrated…even if just in little ways.

    Random fact: I collect 4 leaf clovers and paste them in my journal. I generally find about 8-10 every summer from all kinds of places.

    Book giveaways are always the best!

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  24. In high school we used to jump off the roof of the Oregon State crew docks (right there by the golf course ). We would jump off one end, float to the other, and climb back up and do it again. God is so good… With so many fallen trees in the Williamette, it is a wonder we didn’t get caught on one and drown. This was 35+ years ago, I am sure they have better security now!
    What a fun give away idea…VERY creative!

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  25. I just found your blog! Can I still chime in for the giveaway? I am a US citizen but live Chile and the since the weather here is cold and rainy for the greater part of the year. I love love wood fires, hot coffee and i have this love of pottery and one of these days I am gonna fullfill my dream of having a mug! Is that a random fact about me??? I love sewing doll clothes for my little girls and am always looking for new ideas and patterns for things to sew (in between staying by the fire and drinking my coffee ;-)))

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  26. Would love to win!

    Several years ago, on a medical mission trip to Kenya, I helped deliver a baby boy who the mother then named after my husband, Brendan.

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  27. I traveled to Chile at least 7 times in a 5 year period. For 10 years, the longest I lived in one place was 2 years before moving on to a new town and a new job. I shared this on Facebook.

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  28. oh,I also shared on facebook 😉

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  29. My favorite foods are Swiss cheese and Garlic stuffed olives! 🙂

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  30. I would love to win!!! =) Got your Book already, and love your Mom’s too! =)

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  31. I like horseradish sauce on my eggs in the morning.

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  32. The only broken bone I ever had was my nose😏

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  33. Ha, the random facts in the comments are quite fascinating!! My random fact: I have seen the Pacific Ocean from both ends: California and Australia. 🙂

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  34. I know Harrison Ford’s cell phone number.

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  35. I hope you had a lovely birthday. =)
    Random Fact: I sing in public bathrooms if they are empty because it sounds very cool and echoes.
    *shared on Facebook

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  36. Fact: I love road trips with my husband! 😀

    Sharing on Facebook

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  37. I would MUCH rather drive than fly. Shared on Facebook.

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  38. Random fact: i love to swim and play piano!

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  39. I fear and loathe moths more than snakes or spiders or almost any critter. They are so creepy when they swoop down on you in bed.

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  40. Random fact: I spent 9 months doing VS work in Nicaragua. Sharing on Facebook. Happy Birthday! 🙂

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  41. I don’t really like pop.

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  42. When I turned 25 (just a few months ago), my husband asked what I wanted to do for the day. I told him I wanted to build a fort in the woods and cook lunch over a campfire. =) Happy Birthday, Emily!

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  43. juniorandlydia

    Randomness keeps life interesting. I love sea salt caramel and dark chocolate.

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  44. Barbara Miller

    I would love to be a detective when i grow up, love figuring things out….(I am 60 so not sure when that will happen)

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  45. I hit a bear with my car. And I’m sharing on facebook!

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  46. Happy Birthday, Emily! Your gift package sounds wonderful. Some random facts about myself … I am 50 years older than you are. I married at the age of 47, and after 28 years of marriage, my husband and I are taking care of each other through ‘sickness and health.’ I enjoyed my life as a single person, and I love married life.

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  47. I used to think everything had feelings. Chairs, refrigerators, floors, doors….
    And you could just bring me the prize and stay the night. : D

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  48. Fact number one: I have thee most amazing niece ever! Fact number 2: Years ago I worked as a nurse on a VIP unit in California. I took care of a CEO of a movie corporation who was visited in the hospital by Robert Redford and Sean Connery.

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  49. Love your Blog!!! Happy Birthday cousin!!(isn’t that weird to think we’ve never met!!) Random Fact…. I love all kinds of hot or cold coffee drinks!!! ~shared on FB

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  50. Rachael Sloan

    Ooh! I love giveaways! I shared it on Facebook…I don’t have a Twitter. 🙂

    Hmm…a random fact about me…how about this? The first time I flew on an airplane was when I went from Virginia to Bulgaria at age 20. It was kind of intense!

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  51. I once left a spider live in the corner of my room. I named it and it had a bunch of tiny little babies.

    Happy Birthday! 🙂

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  52. Rhonda Strite

    My absentminded habit is biting the side of the forefinger on my left hand.
    I learned this by some careful sleuthing after realizing that finger maintained a constant callous.
    Please do pick me because I am needing a good book to read.

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  53. Cool giveaway! I will share on Facebook and Twitter!
    Random fact—-about 35 years ago,for a couple years when I was in high school we lived without electricity and running water!! We used oil lamps and an outhouse!!

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  54. Been to 20 countries and lived in Thailand for 3 years.

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  55. Catherine Yoder

    Hi Emily – Of course I would love to win because I am one of those thrifty Mennonites :). I so enjoy your writing and your Mom’s writing. A random fact about me is that I was once demonstrating to my daughters that it does not take an entire hour to mix up a batch of cookies, so I timed myself and made a large batch of oatmeal cookies in only 12 minutes. Just one problem, I forgot to put in flour. They have never forgotten the demo! I will share on Facebook too.

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  56. LaRonda Snader

    Fabulous giveaway that I shared on fb. Random fact: first year of marriage (22 years ago) my hubby and I spent a month on a mission trip in Papua New Guinea. On our way home we vacationed 6 days near Cairns, Australia.

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  57. I would love to win. A mug and books!!
    Random fact–I have lived in 5 states and 15 different houses in my lifetime so far. Sharing on FB.

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  58. Austin Fahnestock

    I once saved a small European country using a plastic toilet seat and a half bottle of bleach.
    I also shared on facebook and twitter.

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  59. I grew up in Philly and owned a steer while living there. Shared on FB

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  60. crystalkupper

    I have an extra ankle bone in each foot. It is a gender-specific genetic condition, meaning all the women on my mom’s side of the family have it. It makes buying running shoes very interesting, to say the least.

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  61. Sharon Stoltzfus

    I have never been on your blog before or heard of you but saw the post from a friend of mine who I respect (LaRonda Snader) and your giveaway looked enticing. 🙂
    So hard to come up with a random fact about myself. My life has been so full and I doesn’t need any fiction added to it – ha!
    Oh, and birthday blessings to you! Whether I win or not, I plan to check out your book! 🙂

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  62. Lolita Hershberger

    My husband brings me raspberry white chocolate muffins in bed for my birthday every year.

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  63. What a fun giveaway!! Happy Birthday to you! I have visited all 50 states. Also in 1990 I went to PWTC in Canada. As part of our training we went to local missionary families to help for a day, I remember being sent to help a family with young children, any chance it would have been your family??

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    • Yes, a good chance. We were living in a trailer on the south side of the lake at the beginning of that summer. Emily was born in July, and we moved to a reserve 8 weeks later.
      –Emily’s mom

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  64. I am legally blind in 1 eye from a medical accident when I was 14.

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  65. Love your Mom’s blog, and sure I’d love the books! (Random fact #1)- I met your Mom at the Denver airport about 6+ years ago. Also, in my solo drive from northern Indiana to Boise, I certainly felt like a race car driver when I was going down Teton Pass’ 10% grade! I will share on FB!

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  66. Rachel Doutrich

    I can not believe your 25! You are a great gal. When I was young I dream was to go to the moon or be a nurse..here I am a florist!

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  67. One random fact about myself is that I can not stand the feeling of flour, and it makes baking bread dreadfully horrid.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  68. random facts (you get to choose which one{s} to use if i win): i’m one of 5 daughters, no brothers…i once got locked inside a souvenir shop w/ my sister while in FL…i’d rather rake hay or transport a large piece of farm equipment than plan a party or other social event. sharing on fb & twitter…

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  69. Random fact #1: I have never won a blog giveaway…I think it’s about time. Fact #2: I attended my great-grandpa’s wedding (age 7 weeks).

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  70. Random fact: I was born on April 15th (tax day) and became a CPA, but I feel like I should make up something more interesting than accounting.

    Shared on Facebook and Twitter.

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  71. I would love to win. Random fact, when I was a young girl my leg was run over by a dually pick-up truck and was not broken.

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  72. Kathryn Nisly

    Happy 25th birthday, Emily! Random fact: I’ve tried backing through a closed garage door…

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  73. I don’t think I need to make anything up…. let me think……. I hired a taxi and went 3 hours from Togo to Ghana by myself….. I also got my passport stolen a different time and was stuck in Ghana for a day…. I worked in prisons in several West African countries, and was stranded in the middle of the ocean for a day…. Sorry you said one random fact…. Shared on FB! 🙂

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  74. Shot my first (& last) paper wad in class when a high school senior. Teacher caught me!

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  75. Last year I lived in the middle of nowhere, Montana where I had to drive an hour to get to the grocery store and three hours to get to the nearest Walmart. Good times. 🙂

    This is so thoughtful of you to do a giveaway on your birthday. 🙂 I don’t know you well, but I’ve seen you at some Fairview events. 🙂 Happy birthday!

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  76. Susanna Yoder

    I am a 63 year old great grandma to Ronan Wesley Hancock born on 6/17/15. I shared this page.

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  77. Went to England and Scotland for the first time this past month…

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  78. I love your wit. I played Hide and Seek with your Mom and her older siblings at their house near Somerset, Ohio, way back in 1967. I shared it on Facebook.

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  79. Happy Birthday Emily! My life is full of random facts 🙂 My dad was in the US NAVY, stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, and because he and my mom lived in Honolulu, I was born at Tripler Army Hospital in 1953 (It wasn’t even a state yet) . I shared it on Facebook. I think I have Twitter, but I don’t know how it works 🙂

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  80. Kaylin landis

    Shared on Facebook.
    I love pretty things, and envision them In my head, but can NOT decorate it in person how I want it to look.

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  81. I traveled to Europe when I was 16 under a passport with the wrong name on it. I also died once, but that’s probably not as interesting as the other fact….or maybe it is…Coming back to life was more interesting than dying, and way less scary for my family. 🙂

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  82. regina martin

    I have to bounce the volleyball 3 times before serving to get it over the net

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  83. Amy Zimmerman

    A man and his suitcase ran over me at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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  84. Dolly Smucker

    I can convince people I was attacked by a shark at a young age. And I’m sharing this on Facebook.

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  85. Would love to win, the book sounds very interesting. Random fact: A couple months ago I had a kidney stone. Yes, it was more painful than childbirth! I should know, I’ve had 4 kids!
    I also shared on twitter.

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  86. I’m the lady who woke up when a snake crawled over my leg in bed…then got five bruises on my shin while trying to get something to kill it with!

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  87. I shared it on Facebook 🙂

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  88. I’m mostly a silent blog reader and slightly embarrassed to break the silence for a giveaway. But who can resist such an mug and books? A stronger person than I. Forgive me?
    Random fact: years ago, before the age of cell phones, my parents had an 800 number we could use to call home from anywhere without bothering with collect calls or calling cards. One evening I attempted to call home and discovered by accident that transposing two numbers instead rang the FBI!

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  89. Random fact about myself, hmmm I’m trying to think of something more interesting than I’m a mom of five under 8 which seems to define me right now. I have accidentally taken something from a store three times without paying for it and had to drag everybody back inside and admit embarrassingly enough what I had done. I once put a pen in a microwave, and I’ve put random things in the refrigerator from time to time. All this to say I am very scatterbrained. I am sharing this on Facebook.

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  90. Random fact about myself… I live in Ireland and love it! I’ve been here 4 years and 6 months so far, counting my time here as a child with my family. I would love to read your book and sip tea from that lovely mug!

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  91. Happy birthday, emily! I really enjoy reading your blog! You’ve put together an awesome give-away!! Random fact: today I turn 35!

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  92. I love VW vans!

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  93. I have traveled to ireland, kenya, romania, ukraine, and ontario, within the last 3 years.

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  94. The pottery mug! Love it! The books sound like a great idea as well!

    Random fact about me…hmmmm….I sort of enjoy junk mail.

    And I’m sharing this on facebook.

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  95. My birth certificate had the wrong date on it for the first 12 years of my life.

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  96. I have two cats named Polly and Charlotte Fern. And the present looks delightful! 🙂

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  97. I’ve read your blog a few times, mostly because of other people liking a post & it showing up on Facebook 🙂 I haven’t read either book, but my interest has definitely been piqued! And you can never have too many mugs!

    Random fact: I spent a month in Kenya 13 years ago & helped to mud a house. Definition of mud: water, dirt & cow manure :/ 🙂

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  98. I shared on Facebook.

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  99. Happy birthday! I was kissed by a drunk man on New Year’s Eve.

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  100. Can’t go wrong with a good book and a mug…of coffee! 🙂
    Random fact: Soon after we were married the lid to a pot of soup became suctioned fast and neither me nor my husband were able to get it off so he eventually drilled a hole in the lid to let the pressure out so we could remove the lid.

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  101. Happy 25th! I am sure you will find the next 25 or more years to be equally or more adventurous than your first 25 years. Now you can say you are a quarter of a century old 🙂
    A little over 25 years ago, I spent several months in a small village in Belize. During that time, the river flooded so much that there was no way to get across the floating bridge so the only way to get out was to cross the river in a dory. Was that ever a scary experience! It seems like there was only a few inches of clearance above the water and you had to hold very still so it wouldn’t tip over. The man that was paddling for me had to tell me it would be ok as I was deathly scared! During my stay there, I contracted malaria and needed to go to the doctor. I am not quite sure but I think it may have been over the time the river was flooded. We were afraid we wouldn’t be able to leave the country before the water went down so we took our vehicle across the river before the river got too high. It was an adventure I will never forget!

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  102. My heart breaks for children in broken homes.

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  103. Wow! This is so much fun reading everyone’s random facts! My random fact is that my eyes have been changing colors all my life. They have been anything from dark blue to brown to green to gray. Currently they are a brown/gray combination.

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  104. I like freckles and red hair.

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  105. I’ve never gotten a speeding ticket. Very interesting to read thru the comments.

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  106. Just found your blog but have read quite a bit of your Mom’s books. The books you are giving away sound really interesting. I love beach combing and collecting the unusual “treasures”. I make up a song as I go along to sing for my grandsons when I tuck them in at night. My daughter tells me I have a vivid imagination and collect pebbles from driveways. 🙂

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  107. Shared on Facebook. Thanks. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. 25 was an awesome age.

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  108. I enjoy your Blog and wouldn’t mind having more reading material! 😉
    For the random fact(s):1.I’ve only been as far west as to Montana when I went with a friend in April! 2. We were packed up and headed west to MN from NY(moved) on my 13th birthday 4.5 years ago. 3.I’m left-handed.

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  110. Sadie Stoltzfoos

    Hey! I love your blog. Thanks for coming back. 🙂
    I like giveaways too. (who doesn’t)
    When I was in the 6th grade, I grabbed a 7th grader (a BOY, mind you) by the suspenders and flung him to the ground. Oh, and the bonus was that I tore his suspenders in the meantime.
    Since then I’ve worked through my anger and violence issues. (Well, most of them) Every now and then I get the urge to fling certain people, but thanks be to God, I am able to suppress it. Otherwise I may be in prison for domestic violence.
    I do consider myself somewhat non-resistant.
    I know, what a hypocrite.

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  111. My main mode of transportation is a bright green motorbike.

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  112. Happy Birthday! I’ve been a blog stalker for the past several years and never commented, so I’m feeling rather shy.😳
    Here’s my random fact: I leave notes taped onto the mirrors of public restrooms. Usually it’s to notify them that the restroom is in need of a good cleaning or complimenting them on a extra nice clean restroom. If the restroom is in nuetral condition I’ll just leave a note with something happy written on it and pray that it will make a sad person smile.

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  113. I’ve been following your blog for years but don’t think I’ve ever commented. My random fact is that I’ve made it to my thirties without every mowing a lawn.

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  114. I once was on a highspeed escape at night from an angry armed woman high on meth. (Yep she was following and no I didnt make this up.) :0
    Emily, nice giveaway and nice blog all around.:)

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  115. Happy birthday Emily! I enjoy your blog and your mom’s too.
    Back in the 60s I was stuck in an automatic car wash. The washer apparatus kept going around and around until someone finally saw my plight and turned it off.

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  116. Random fact: I once was held up by a man with a cutlass who dramatically exclaimed, “Give me your money or your life!” It was doubtful he actually would’ve done anything, but we didn’t take a chance!

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  117. Fun! A giveaway! Happy birthday again. 🙂

    I was once chased around my Spanish streets by a yelling Arab man trying to get me into his car. I fled by using opposite One Way streets, and when I got home my dad and a friend barged out to the streets to intimidate him forever. Thankfully, I never saw him again!

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  118. I’d rather go out and take care of the animals than cook.

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  119. Louella Martin

    I used to have a list of random questions I was gonna ask God when I died. Not disrespecting or angry at all, just genuine childhood curiosity questions. I don’t have the list anymore 😝

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  120. Wow! the comments are a wonderful read all by themselves! That “Paris Underground” sounds like a great read. I’ll have to see if I can get a copy. I’ve already read your book and given it away twice.
    Random fact: As a substitute teacher, I usually don’t know where I’ll be working on my birthday which is in January but I take something to give away to the whole class. Stickers. Pencils. shaped erasers. 2 years ago the present I gave my family on my birthday was a biopsy on the lump found in my left breast which was cancer. My cancer was easily treated so I’m doing very well now but I do look at life differently and have different priorities

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  121. I canned 36 pints and 7 quarts of Amish church pickles this afternoon.

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  122. your harvest job sounds fun. I’ve rarely ran the combine but I’ve spent many hours in my tractor cab during harvest in Iowa.

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  123. Tabitha Schmidt

    I want to win that mug AND those books! I love your writing and your blog.
    Random fact: when I was pregnant, I could fry meat and eggs without an abdominal twinge. But I couldn’t wash lettuce without gagging.

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  124. hi, Emily!! happy birthday 😉 since i live in China, i think it would be really cool to recieve a package from America 😉 And at the young age of 42, i’m training to be a doula and have attended more than 10 births here in china. I’m no where near the numbers of 100’s or 1000s birth, but everyone has to start somewhere and I personally think there is nothing like experiencing new life with a family!!! here’s to another amazing 25 and an invite to deliver my package in person- hee hee

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  125. Happy birthday, Emily! Have a wonderful, blessed year ahead!! I would love to win this giveaway! It sounds like your summer is fun. =-) Mine is interesting and very busy!! See ya.

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  126. Happy birthday, dear Emily! Sorry I am late with my birthday wishes. I hope you have a wonderful, blessed year! My random fact is I haven’t been on a vacation for 4 years. I need to something about that! =-) I would love to win this giveaway! See ya.

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  127. Fabulous post. We should do some portraits! We could trade a book or two. I read Seabiscuit one Summer, with my kids. Alex would read the most, she is the oldest. Sierra would watch her older sister with a curiosity that was fascinating. We don’t watch television. The 40-inch TV in the living room has not been on since Winter. I love this blog post, by the way!

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  128. Sounds fascinating! It’s a first for your blog. I only came across it because of a friend sharing it on fb. Happy 25th, have a wonderful year! Here’s my fact- It’s been a summer of making cake pops for a local bakery.. most weeks between 50-80. And I get to choose how to decorate them. That’s the best part!

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  129. Happy Birthday Emily!
    I’m a friends of your Mom’s- she may have called me Erma Bombeck. Or something like that.
    My daughters read your book in school last year, good read!
    I’m curious, do you have followers from Colombia, as in South America? That’s our daughter’s country of birth.
    Interesting, true fact about me- I like chickens. I just do. Cheap therapy.
    Linda B.

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  130. I am just delighted that you all are falling in love with Etta Shiber. 🙂 Christmas in July. What a jolly thing. Random fact. Hmm. You remember the time I accepted food from a stranger in a NYC subway station? Yeah. And there was the time a dude nearly proposed to me in Spanish and I nearly accepted. I’ve really got to learn Spanish.

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  131. Deanna Martin

    Random fact:
    I have blue eyes that turn green when I wear my green dress
    I love reading ur blog I hope I’m not late to enter!!!crossing my fingers and toes haha

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  132. I love rainy afternoons. Especially when there’s a good book to read.

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  133. i Love using a daily planner and making lists and menus. And I love Mondays. I will share this on FB.

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