twirly tuesday

A big thank-you to everyone who entered the t-shirt drawing yesterday! I hope lots of you go and order a shirt from Jess ASAP. Just shoot her an e-mail at, and she’ll tell you everything you need to know. Remember–they’re just $10 (+ $4 shipping). What a steal!

Without further hubbub, the winner is…

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-07-07 04:44:00 UTC

And oh, my goodness. I think I’m gonna cry. The winner is Amy M, who just happens to be one of my dearest real-life friends. And God sure knows how to wrap His arms around a person and give her a hug. Many of you know Amy’s story. And you’ve prayed for her. Because just four months ago, Amy got to hug her baby daughter Abigail for the first time–but the real Abigail was already up in heaven dancing and skipping with Jesus. Like I’ve said before, and I’ll say a zillion more times, meeting Abigail was one of the greatest honors of my life.

I love you, Amy. God bless you and sweet Billy. And God, thanks for blessing’s Integer Generator tonight.

Whew. That was more emotion than I needed at 1:00 a.m.

What else was I going to write about??

Well, the Zoo Craziness is coming together. We have free tickets lined up for 5 zoos and Sea World. Waiting to hear back from 6 more zoos. Eek! We still need a place to stay in Denver (July 12), Kansas City (July 22) and St. Louis (July 23). We have a couple people checking on some places for us but nothing set up yet. If you’d like to help us out, give me a holler.

Have I mentioned that Gabe has been busting his tail this week so we can make this trip happen? Thank you, God, for my husband.

Tuesday and Wednesday I’ll be at my mom and dad’s all day. Hanging out with them, my girlies, Bethy and Isabelle, my brother’s kiddos, and some of my kin from AZ. Fun times! I’ll do my Pack-in-a-Hurry Thing Wednesday night and Thursday. Then we’re heading West at 5:30 a.m. Friday!

I’m kind of bursting with lots of things to share, but I’ll space it out. I’ve got some fun posts planned for while I’m gone. Here are a couple teaser pics from a little photo shoot I did with my girlies and Izzy Kate a few weeks ago.

Have a beautiful Tuesday, friends!!

14 thoughts on “twirly tuesday

  1. Lynda

    Love the shirt and would have loved to win but love it even more that Amy won. Still asking that the Lord will hold her close (and Billy) and bless them abundantly. Hope your trip goes great!

  2. Sarah Murphy

    Ideas….for Denver…did you think about Asking Aaron and Laurie Cook? They still have friends and family there. I also passed on the link of your blog and 52 zoos to a couple I went to college with and went to high school with the husband. Great couple who love the Lord. Thought Jenn would love your blog! Just thought I’d share!

  3. Missy

    I love that Amy won the shirt!
    Love those pics of your girls, too….you can almost feel the sun in those shots.

  4. Jonna

    Hi Marla! My cousin Abby & her hubby live in Colorado Springs–is that too far away from Denver? If not, I could check with her!!!

  5. jessthebabyhugger

    YAY AMY!! 🙂 email me your info & I’ll get one to you asap!

    And to the rest of you a HUGE THANK YOU for your enthusiasm about my tees. You all blew me away yesterday! 🙂

    I could say more…but I need to be running out the door with the kids in tow in 23 minutes!

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