A Birthday Gift

by | Jan 16, 2008 | Contests, Giveaway | 19 comments

OK, you all know how much I LOVE comments, so today, I’m offering a bribe for all you in lurkdom “birthday” gift for commenting!

All you have to do is leave me a comment sometime today, January 16th. I will number the comments, place the numbers in a jar, and tomorrow morning, I will have one of the kids draw a winning number!

The prize will be this lovely Dotted Heart FindersKeyPurse Key Hook! Tomorrow, I will post the winner, and have them email me their mailing address directly.

(Right now, I have the Silver Floral key hook hanging on my purse… If you hate digging for your keys, you will just love it, as I do mine! It is SO handy!)
Just remember to be nice, and not rub in how old I now am, or I just might forget to place your comment number in the bowl! 😉


  1. Anonymous


    Happy 30th Birthday! I pray that God bless you today with much joy. You have a beautiful family and you are a fine instrument of His Grace. Thank you for your friendship in blogoshere.

    God Bless, Kathy

  2. Anonymous


    Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

    ‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key

    You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

    ‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

    But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

    You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

    But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

    So you BECO ME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

    You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

    You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

    Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
    May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

    Happy birthday Jess. You are so beautiful,always an inspiration to me and such fun to be near. Thanks for all you have given me. It truely was a glorious day when you were born. SO LETS PARTY!!!!! love you and God bless you today and every day! AUNTIE B

  3. Sweetness and Light

    Well, I’m honored to wish such a sweet lady the happiest of birthdays, all of 30 are ya, HA! You ain’t seen nothing yet honey! Many more blessings to you in this new b-day year! Have the best day!

  4. Anonymous

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSY! I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH! You can’t be 30….i dont beleive it! Your definetely one of the best role model moms i could look up to! Love ya sis!

  5. Regina

    Happy Happy Birthday
    May all your dreams come true.
    Happy Happy Birthday
    From the (insert our last names here) to you.

    Welcome to the decade!

  6. The Wades


    I was actually going to comment on how very YOUNG you are. I turned 30 seven whole years ago. You’re a little wee one to me! 🙂 Happy Birthday.


  7. Juliana

    Happy Birthday 30th Birthday Jess!! #0 years old isn’t that old look at grandma and grandpa there over 80 years old. I hope you have a wonderful birthday may it be filled with love and happiness.


    P.S. My Mom and I found the cutest things for James And John.

  8. humble_mother

    Happy Birthday, Jessica!! You are truly a sweet person, and I value your friendship. Congratulations on entering a new decade!!

  9. Anonymous

    Happy birthday! Thanks for sharing your menu planning. I am off to make taco soup.


  10. Christie@tisbutaseason


    I just love how you’ve celebrated your day…A Look Back! Isn’t it fun to remember the ‘good ole days’?

    Here’s to 30, all that it holds for you and your family. May God continue to bless you abundantly!

    Peace & Blessings,
    PS – I read your blog ALL the time and have been really inspired and blessed by it! Can’t remember if I’ve ever said “hello” – Happy Birthday from a Texas Catholic Momma!

  11. Allison

    Hi – I just found y our blog today, happy birthday!

    Please don’t enter me for the prize, I just wanted to say you have a lovely family and a great blog!

  12. Trina

    Happy birthday to my dear friend Jessica!!

    I LOVE the baby picture!

    I hope you have a wonderful day full of happy memories with your precious family!

  13. Amy

    30 is NOT old! That would make more than old at 33!

  14. JoAnn

    OOoohh….that is so cute! I have to put my name in here, even though i wont be getting my liscense fooor a while…lol. (Permit soon though! ;))
    Love you sis <3

  15. Anonymous

    Hey Jess,

    Which is the lesser of two evils, a sick husband or an absent husband on your birthday? That’s a tough one because ether way their’s more cake for you!!!
    Happy birthday Jess!!! One year closer to Eternity!
    Wish I could be there to celebrate with you, we would have lots of fun!
    I hope Sean feels better so he can take you out dancing or something. God bless “BIG” sis.
    Your “little but not so little” sis.

  16. Anonymous

    Happy Birthday from one Catholic mama all the way across the continent!


  17. The Brownies

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  18. The Brownies

    Happy Birthday, Jessica!!!!! I hope that your day was full of blessings and love!
    Are you really 30??? Do you feel that old! Isn’t it funny that we get older but don’t feel that old?
    P.S. Love all the pictures!

  19. Anonymous

    holy cow you got so many comments..and i dont think its just because of that prize..even though i want it! lol. I love you so much jessica!! your are such a great sister! Thanks again for being my sponsor for Confirmation..im so unbelivably lucky to have you!!! =D. Have an awsome year! lol and day! Love always


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