There were 11 entries, 11 quite adorable entries I might add, so I decide to use a very scientific method- of drawing a name from a hat.  Please, do try and follow along as I attempt to visualize this complicated process. 😉


I employed the useful eye of my 3 year old for impartiality’s sake.


A winner in chosen!  What number is it?????


Four!  The lucky winner is 4!

"I grab my daughter, stick my face in her neck and,


She is almost 12 years old and STILL laughs like crazy when I do this!"

-Julie in WA

Thanks so much for all the participants!  You never cease to amaze me with with your ingenuity and joyful creativity!

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Reader Comments

  1. Hi Amanda,
    Sad? I’m confused. I mean, I would totally love my kids no matter what they choose to do, and would support them in it. But, like Ree, I would have to lean more towards musical and academic preferences myself. I’m a nerd, and totally okay with that. I embrace my nerdiness. And my music geekiness. It’s not a bad thing at all. =D
    Ah, if only it were so simple as follow God or don’t. If only God made everything so clear-cut that we always knew exactly how to follow Him. Alas. There are silences, and grey areas. *sigh* Which is were my PhD in practical theology comes in (practical as opposed to systematic theology, or church history, or biblical studies…). It’s about taking what we do know, from Scripture and tradition and experience, and using all that to work through the things that aren’t so clear– my topic is on using literature in raising children in faith. Does that make sense?
    Your little boy is too cute, by the way! =D

  2. Cute way to choose a winner…and he looks so happy to help you with it : )
    Congrats to the winner!!

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