Fit to Burst with Birthdays! Giveaway!

Give away is now closed! Yeehaw for the winners: Maranda, Meghan Auxier, and Garstabugg!

Guess what! Yesterday was my birthday (it was bound to happen sometime), and today is the day where I get ready for the twin’s birthday tomorrow. I’ve still got to talk them onto the same page about their birthday dinner. They have a lot of ideas, my favorite being Butternut Squash soup for all the boys, and Sloppy Joes for the girls. It is a good kind of crazy around here.

Bekah told you all a while ago about my new book which is pre-releasing in time for Christmas (at least for USA folk), but I thought my birthday would be a perfect time to do a little giveaway! It will not be in from the printers until December 7, and they can ship it off to you then. International shipping is not a problem, but it will take longer due to oceans.

Anyway, I thought I’d give away three different prizes, but all the same. Each winner will get two copies of the book, one to keep and one to share. Or two to share and none to keep. Or two to keep? I don’t know. The distribution of the prize will be left in your capable hands! Just leave a comment to enter, and I will do the drawing on Friday!

Sometimes people ask me about how I manage to write with so much to do at home. I never really know how to answer that because I do, in fact, have a lot to do at home. The answer is really that I don’t spend time thinking at the computer. I think and talk to people as I do other things. The content of the books make this possible, because what I write about is what I need to deal with. Sometimes something provokes a thought that needs to be fleshed out. Sometimes I realize some way that I have been stinking it up, and sometimes I don’t like something that comes up and need to work through why. But all this happens while I am folding laundry, doing dishes, at the store, cleaning bathrooms, or what have you. I never sit at the computer and think. I think while I live, and then periodically write.

I agreed to write this book while I was preggers with Shadrach, and the initial plan was to do it earlier. But, writing for me has to squeek in somewhere, and the somewhere just wasn’t showing up. I got the emailed contract after dinner one night when I had crashed on the couch and was talking to my husband. I got the giggles when I read it. Yes! I should write up a little something about how easily this is all going! Because I am struggling to complete a thought in a conversation with my husband! Yes! Let me try to bless others with some of this insight!

My husband offered to blurb my book for me, even though I had yet to write it. “I don’t know how she managed it, but this book reads as muddled as I feel!” We had a good laugh about it all, and then I said I needed more time. Turns out writing for me is like being stuck in traffic. Sometimes there is no way to go anywhere, and then you either get moving with the other cars, or you decide to go ahead and drive on the shoulder.

Fit to Burst is a little bit of shoulder driving. But, thankfully, at last, we got somewhere!

535 thoughts on “Fit to Burst with Birthdays! Giveaway!

  1. I was so blessed by “Loving the Little Years”! I’d love to win a copy of “Fit to Burst” to keep and one to share (I know exactly who I’d pass the second copy along to!). :)

  2. Yay! I’ve re-read “Loving the Little Years” and if i had more money, i’d make sure all my new mom friends had a copy. But i guess if i win the new book, i can make sure at least one gets a copy of it. But i will definitely be keeping one. :)

  3. I’ve read “Loving the Little Years” many times! Can’t wait to read this one. Grateful for your words and wisdom.

  4. Oh I loved your first one and am sure we would be blessed to win this one and share it!! You have been such an encouragement to me!

  5. Well, I for one look forward to this contest! I loved your first book. A lady friend from church loaned it to me to read. Maybe I could return the favor with your second except with a more permanent plan in mind?

    I especially liked the part (in your first book) about women getting hung up on our bodies and forgetting they are a vessel for womanly things- not a statue to admire. That really struck a cord with me. I love too, that you come across just as you did in the above post- humble.

    Why do all the cool people have to live in Idaho?!? ;-)

    Happy Birthday to you and yours!

    Love from PA~

  6. LOVED “Loving the Little Years” and can’t wait for this new book to come out! Definitely on the reading list!

  7. I was so blessed by your first book! I’ve read it several times, and right now it’s on loan to a friend who’s also in the middle of the little years. :) I would love to win (and share!) this book, too!

  8. I would LOVE a copy of your new book, and even more, 1 to share with a friend! I have passed around “Loving the Little Years” to several dear sisters in the trenches with me, what a blessing it would be to have another encouraging, strengthening resource to pass along. (Happy belated birthday to you!)

  9. I absolutely love your book Loving the Little Years. I am a mom of 5 boys and it was such a blessing to me at the perfect time in my life! I would love to have a copy of Fit to Burst an I know exactly who I would share my second copy with!

  10. I love the first book “Loving the Little Years”, I don’t even know how many times I have read it. A kind friend passed it on to me and I did the same for a friend. I am excited to read the new book. We just had our fourth child with our oldest being 4 years of age, we are Fit to Burst! :)

  11. I’m really excited about this new book! I read through “Loving the Little Years” twice (at least) and then tucked it into a baby gift for a friend because it was too good not to share! Looking forward to this new one, and winning one would really be fun.

  12. Oh I would LOVE to win this! I know just who I would gift with the second! Thank you for all your writings, Rachel! They are a huge blessing and encouragement to so many! :)

  13. I loved the little years and already know the two women I would give the extra copies too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. I have read your book Loving the Little years so many times and passed it on to several friends! It has been such a blessing to me and my family and now that our fifth boy arrived in October I could use another dose of a Rachel Jankovic book! :)

  15. Your first book reeaallly Blessed me. Sometimes I felt like you were actually in my head! Creepy!! I never win a thing, ever. So, I don’t expect to win. BUT I do plan to read this book eventually and perhaps the Lord will decide it’s time for a treat! You have a great gift in writing. I commend you for not taking that gift for granted despite the busy life of children. Looking forward to bursting with delight in reading you new book!
    – MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy birthday to you and the twins.

  16. I am so excited for this book! I gave so many copies of Loving the Little Years away to my friends… Good stuff, good stuff! Happy birthday to you (yesterday) and to the twins (tomorrow)!

  17. My friend and I make references to things we learned from the Little Years all the time! :) Thank you for somehow putting your thoughts together and sharing them with us! I’m looking forward to reading this one, too.

  18. Looking forward to reading your new book & might just need to pull out your old ones for the reminders on Loving the Little Years!

  19. I have a lot to learn about raising children and your first book was so helpful to me. 3 kids in 3 years has me searching for tips on how to keep up with it all!

  20. As a mommy of six kids 8 and younger, I’ve got to get my hands on this book. Your words always bless my socks off, I can’t wait to read this one!

  21. Loved “Loving the Little Years”…read it twice in the middle of the night insomnia in my last pregnancy. Also love your articles on Desiring God…such gospel truth. Would love to win 2 copies of your new book!

  22. Thank you, Rachel, for somehow putting your words to paper for the rest of us to benefit from! I look forward to reading this!

  23. I read your last book several times from cover to cover and have passed out copies like candy. I can’t wait to read this newest one!

  24. Thank you in advance for writing this. Your writing has been tremendously helpful to me and the women I’ve passed it on to.

  25. Ooooh, a giveaway! Happy Birthday and thanks for being so brave and slogging through it all and then writing about it! It’s a fun, blessed life, for sure and I enjoy your perspective.

  26. I would love a couple copies of your new book. I really enjoyed and was encouraged by Loving the Little Years.

  27. I only have one baby so far, but I’d love to read your book! Hoping that gleaning some wisdom from you on the “small” side of things will help make the transition to a larger family a little less harrowing. ;-)

  28. This book is already on my wish list for Christmas, so I would love to win and either keep one or pass them both along!

  29. I’d love a copy! Please enter me! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and I’d be thrilled to have two copies so I could share the encouragement with a friend. :)

    Bethany, a reader

  30. I really benefited from reading “Loving the Little Years” and can’t wait to read this one! Blessings to you and your family!

  31. Happy birthday! I loved Loving the Little Years. It was such a blessing to me and many friends I have shared it with. Can’t wait to read your new book!

  32. I would looooove to win! I am a mother of a 9 month old with another on the way. They will be 13 months apart, and I feel so overwhelmed sometimes already! I love reading your books because you are so real yet biblical and I feel like Fit to Burst would be so encouraging to me!

  33. Happy birthday Rachel! I loved Loving the Little Years! It was a blessing to me and many friends I shared it with. Can’t wait to read your new book.

  34. I LOVED your first book so much I’m about to read it again! I would definitely love to read your second!

  35. Yay! Didn’t know another one was coming. Looking forward to it. I’m sure I’ll be passing this one around the young moms at church as well.

  36. Yes! This is superduper haxciting as we say around here! Little person number two is due is february and I know it will make great nursing reading!

  37. Loving the Little Years has been a life raft for this mother of littles. I’m not exaggerating when I say I think back on certain passages most every day. I’ve already pre-ordered Fit to Burst, but it would be such a treat to share the love. Pick me!

  38. Oh Rachel. I think I might have Loving the Little Years memorized. I am so excited for this book. Pick me, pick me!!! :) (Mom of Jacob 20 months and Meredith 3 months)

  39. I LOVED your Little Years book and gave one to all young moms at my church for Mother’s Day. Can’t wait to read this one! In fact, it will be released on my birthday! Happy birthday to me!

  40. I loved “Loving the Little Years”! Definitely hit me right where I’m at. “Fit to Burst” is on my Christmas list! =)

  41. ooo! ooo! ooo! I would love a copy for me and a copy for my sister in-law who is expecting her first! I am currently resetting my normal around here with a 15 month old and a 2 month old – my 8 is now my new 2! :) Could always use some more encouragement in this crazy, fun, hard road of motherhood. Thanks for sharing your crazy life with us! Happy late Birthday!

  42. Would love the opportunity to read this book, I was blessed to read Loving the Little Years and then passed it on to friends who all got so much encouragement from it. This would be such a treat to win!

  43. Two copies?? How perfect and generous!! Just what this mama with mama friends would love…Congrats on your house full of joy!

  44. You wrote a book–congrats to you! I would love to receive a free copy of it. I love all the blog posts you write. I am a mother of 5 children and have found it very challanging. Your wisdom has helped me to deal with the everyday stresses of children, messes, and motherhood.

  45. Loving the Little years is one of my favorite books on mothering. I can’t wait to read your newest and would love to win!!

  46. As a mother with almost 6 children and the oldest being 7, I appreciate your perspective about how quickly this time passes and how our hearts should be focused on the eternal! I pray that your birthday is sweet and blessed! I actually bought two of Loving the Little Years to share and I am waiting for at least one of the copies to make its way back home :)

  47. Found your posts on Desiring God by accident and was so blessed, I had to come seeking out more. Haven’t read your first book (but will go on my wish list now), and yet I would love to read this one. You speak my language! ;-)

  48. Wit four babies and trying to midwife s few families too Ican appreciate and desire the book. Guessing my keeper copy will end up shared repeatedly as well if I win! Happy birthday!!

  49. I just recently found your website through a friend. I love your writing and would love to win a copy of your new book.

  50. Loving the little years is my favourite book on motherhood! would love to win this, but if not I’m for sure buying it!

  51. I’d love to win this! (I’ll definitely be buying it if I don’t!) I give Loving the Little Years to all my new mom friends now. :)

  52. Yeah, I’m a bit greedy. I already pre-ordered it but I’ve got some sister-in-laws to share with!

  53. Love your writing! You have such a unique and fresh way of thinking through parenting. My husband and I very often look at each other, take a deep breath and say, “bulk effect”! I pre-ordered your book already, but would love to pass extra copies around to friends if I win!

  54. Loving the Little Years has been one of my favorite books in this season of my life….such encouragement. I would love to have a copy of your new book and share one with my best friend .

  55. Love, love, love your book. Your heart for your family is precious. I would love to read your next adventure. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy and one to share….love it!

  56. Thank you for blessing me (& my little ones) through your sharing. I would love to get a copy (one way or another). Blessings to you and yours.

  57. I LOVED your book “Loving the Little Years”. Having darling twin boys, I laughed until I cried over a few parts in your book regarding your experiences with the twins. God is good and we are certainly blessed!

  58. I am very excited to read your new book. I loved the other and can’t wait to read this one. We just had our fourth (that makes 4 kids 5 and under) so I really related to and learned from your other book!

  59. In a time of serious financial pinch I bought “Loving the Little Years” as a treat for myself. It is still quoted to friends and other moms! I would be wonderfully surprised to win this book! Thank you for the chance! Merry Christmas, Heidi :)

  60. This is the best giveaway I’ve seen in a long time! I’m am always encouraged by your articles on motherhood. It’s def. a battle to keep my mind in the right place and the things you share are so encouraging and right on. I know you understand the struggles!

  61. Ohh… I LOVE this!! My birthday was just last week AND I’m due with Baby Girl #2 in February! I own and love your Little Years book. It’s been a precious read to me! :-) Thank you!

  62. Can’t wait to read your latest. I have 4 boys 5 and under and there are many days I wonder how in the world we make it work. And now I know–it’s like driving on the shoulder, baby! :)

  63. As a mom of four, expatriate, and language learner living with my family overseas, my reading time is limited. However, I loved “Loving the Little Years” and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book (even if I have to wait for it to cross the ocean). :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. OH ME PLEASE! I really enjoyed your last book, and have taken many nuggets of wisdom from it! I am a homeschooling mom of 4, and really enjoy your writing and encouragement:)

  65. I have read Loving the Little Years many times and plan to get your new book. I would love to win two copies!!! :) Thank you for the giveaway!! And Happy Birthday!

  66. Reading Loving the Little Years was like reading my life. I’ve given so many of those as gifts to mom friends! I can’t wait to read Fit to Burst. I am confident that it will be every bit as real and applicable as the other.

  67. I have already ordered myself a copy, but I would LOVE the two to giveaway option. The only tricky part would be narrowing down the ‘who’. I might be quite popular for a bit. . Ha ha.

  68. I ordered a copy the day Bekah told us the new book was out, but have two friends I’d love to share it with! My first baby is just 1 and Loving the Little Years has been such a great attitude adjuster for me :)

  69. I loved, loved you first book and am so excited to receive the second. I already pre-ordered it for myself, but I would be so excited to give two away.

  70. i would love to win a copy of “fit to burst!” your ministry is incredible, and i’m so thankful that you admit you can’t do it all, but do what you can in your time. blessings to you!!

  71. Throwing my hat in the ring. Loved the first book and all your posts. Many blessings and much strength and joy to you!

  72. Hurray! I’ve given Loving the Little Years to all my mom friends, and I’ve already preordered this one for a new mom. But I could definitely use another couple copies to share. Thanks for taking the time to write!

  73. My “little years” are over and I wished terribly that I would have had some similar advice back in the day. But God is sovereign and may the next generation learn from our mistakes. I have 3 girls that will one day, Lord willing, have children to raise and enjoy for His good pleasure.

  74. Can’t wait to read this one! After reading the first, I went out and bought 6 more to share! I like the keep-one-share-one giveway :)

  75. With 4 5 and under (2 of them twins), I was encouraged by your first book. Thank you for it — and thanks for the encouragement about how you get writing in, as I’m supposed to be doing that too!

  76. I’ve already pre-ordered 3 copies (Svea, if you’re reading this, pre e to be surprised on Christmas morning!) but would love a few more to I’ve away! Your life and your words bless me so.

  77. Yes please! As of Monday, we’ll be on baby number 4 under age 5 and I refer to your first book often. Looking forward to reading this one, even if I don’t win!!

    –C in England

  78. Happy birthday! I already pre-ordered but have plenty of friends I’d love to bless with another copy! Thanks for doing this drawing.

  79. Loved your first book – laughed till I cried reading about the midnight twin feeding episode, bought several copies at the last sale to give away – it’s one of my favorites right now! Looking forward to this next one, too. :)

  80. I would love to have two extra copies to give away, since I’ve spelled out your first book to all of my friends. And I would absolutely LOVE to translate it in Dutch, for my non-English-reading friends.

  81. Ohhh the pool is so big again, what are my chances? Slim I’d say…but I’m excited about the book, loved “loving the little….” And hey HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA!!!! You are an inspiration!!

  82. I’m planning to get the new book anyway, but a free one would be a nice treat. Thanks for this giveaway and your wisdom!

  83. Thank you for your ministry to other mamas. It is a blessing to find some extra encouragement through your writing.

  84. Ooh, I’m in. AND it would be nice to have two copies, so when my kids steal and bury one copy in the backyard, I’ll still probably be able to read through the crayon on every page of the second!

  85. Thanks for your humility and honesty in your writings. I do love “Loving the Little Years.” …(pause to deal with my #4 and #5 throwing trucks) Ok, just wanted to say that I believe we may be kindred spirits, and it is not just because we have the same birthday or the same number of kids. My family has been extremely challenged and inspired by yours. Like the last post, the chances seem slim for a win, but thought I would give it a try.

  86. I hope the book includes the amazing way you must make Butternut Squash Soup for your kids to ask for it for birthday dinner!

  87. I continue to be so thankful that God used you to teach me through your first book. I can’t wait to see what He will show me through this one!

  88. Rachel, the announcement of your new book came just days after a personal family tragedy in which we lost our son at 23 weeks pregnant. Our deepest desire is to one day have a house full of children and hearts that are fit to burst. My husband and I also have a 2 year old son and I read Loving the Little Years with great thankfulness for the blessing of an active, curious little boy. Thank you for ministering to exhausted mommies the way you do!

  89. I will definitely be buying this book if I don’t win it! (but I hope I do win it!) Thanks for writing books like these!

  90. I’d love to win a copy, but I’d love to read the new book even more. Loving The Little Years is a book I keep going back to. I’d love some more wisdom!

  91. I find so much encouragement when you bring all the chaos back home to the heart before Christ. Never entered a give-away, but thought I would give it a try! So looking forward to reading and sharing copies of your new book!

  92. I loved reading “Loving the Little Years” and I can’t wait to read your latest volume! I’ve given LTLY to at least 3 friends and they’ve all resonated with it as much as I have. It would be great to have a second copy of “Fit to Burst” to gift!

  93. I would love to win a copy!!! It’s my birthday tomorrow (Wednesday, the 28th). Happy birthday to you, a day late!

  94. This is the perfect Christmas gift! I am very thankful for your books and articles….such a blessing!

  95. I bought 10 copies of Loving the Little Years, gave most of them away, and hoped to hold on to 1 or 2 copies to lend out. As it turns out, I now have none left on my shelf, so I have to replenish my supply soon!

    As for Fit to Burst, whether I win a couple of copies or not, I’m sure I’ll be stocking up on with several copies to give away. But hey, a couple of freebies won’t go amiss! :-)

  96. I loved your first book. I turn to it for encoragement when I feel alone in my attempt at being a godly mother. Thank you for letting the Lord use you and your circumstances to help others to fight the good fight. :)

  97. Happy birthday to you and the twins! I already ordered a copy for myself but as with your last book I ended up reccomending it to everyone and buying one for a friend. I would love to have more copies to hand out! One of my friends told me I should blog some of my wise thoughts and ideas- I had to laugh first because Im not that wise and second because I don’t think that would be the best use of my time. But I’m so glad for your wisdom (along with your mom and sisters) and that you make the time to share with us. Thank you!

  98. Really enjoy the blog. Have 2 copies of Loving the Little Years…one to keep and one I share. I’m excited to read this next installment. Thanks, Melanie

  99. My copy of Loving the Little Years has been passed around to many friends. I would love to have a copy of your new book to give away!

  100. I am an older mom and lead a Mom’s Group at my church to encourage the younger moms. We used Loving the Little Years a lot and I would love to be able to share your new book. Thanks for your honest and challenging look at being a mother of young children.

  101. Thank you Lizzy! … And thank you for faithful encouragement! We have four kids, born right in a row, who were 3,2,1, and 0 for a couple of months this year. So life is lots of crazy and lots of fun around here. I’d love a copy of Fit to Burst!! :)

  102. I have re-read Loving the Little Years several times, and it edifies and encourages me every time! Would love to win this one. :)

  103. I don’t know if this is a random choosing of who gets the book or if it’s based on wittiness of the post…however, I’m hoping for the former! :) “Loving the Little Years” spoke volumes into my life and there is definite wear and tear to show for it. I’m “Fit to Burst” waiting for this new one to come out!!!

  104. How fun! Happy birthday, and congrats on the new book! I’d love to win a copy or two! :) thanks for the chance!

  105. I just read “Loving the Little Years” a couple months ago, and I read it so fast that I had to re-read it to really process all of what you wrote. You write so beautifully and generally and specifically all at once, I can tell you are a born writer. So thank you for blessing us all with your insights from God! (And I would LOVE to be able to get a copy of the new book and pass one along to a friend, as I have told so many people about your first book.)

  106. I would love to share this book with my church family! That’s what I did with “Loving the Little Years.” I am so glad you did a bit of shoulder driving.

  107. Loving the Little Years was great and a real blessing. I am looking forward to reading Fit to Burst and just like your last book, I’m sure I’ll be recommending it to my friends so an extra copy to give away would be great. Have fun with the birthday preparations.

  108. Your book was/is a life-changer, I can only imagine this one will be as well. Thanks for letting God use your words to speak to us mamas! Hope I win :)

  109. Can’t wait to read the new book!! Would love to share with the moms at my MOPS table!! Thank you for this giveaway!

  110. I read Loving the Little Years a couple months ago, loved it, and highly recommend it to family and friends! Excited I don’t have long to wait before Fit to Burst comes out! Would love to win it and would share with my SIL. Thanks for your great insights and honesty in your writing!

  111. Very much looking forward to the thoughts and wonderful words in this book! Thank you for helping so many others by writing down your thoughts!

  112. It all comes down to time, doesn’t it? I frequently remind myself of one of your statements in “Loving the Little Years”: when my three-year-old is having a meltdown because he can’t find his Fuzzy, and my ten-month-old twins are crying because they’re hungry/poopy/stressed-because-their-big-brother-is-yelling-his-head-off… I look at the clock and remind myself that this will all be over in twenty minutes! :-) We’re having fun! (And I’m sure I could find the time to read your new book…!)

  113. I’ll join the ranks of those saying “I loved your first book and passed it around to all my friends.” Keep ‘em coming!

  114. As always, thank you for your thoughts, through this blog, your books, and elsewhere. I am so grateful to have discovered Femina during late-night nursing sessions with my firstborn. God’s grace to me during those early days in the trenches. =)

  115. Am grateful for this blog… God has used it in my life to bring encouragement, growth, & conviction. Thanks for helping so many of us be reminded how to keep our eyes fixed on Christ & glorify Him even in the “mundane” at home & in the trenches of raising our little arrows! Loved your first book… :)

  116. Enter me, please. Shared your 1st book and snippets with all the young mommas – I work with. Loved it! “Fat souls are better than clean floors” – makes me smile. Blessings and Happy, Happy Birthday to you and the twins. =o]

  117. Would love to win this book! A couple of Christmases ago, my husband got me the first book, and it was such a help to me as a mom of two little boys. I can’t wait to read the next one!

  118. I would love to win copies of your new book! Loving the Little Years has been an enormous blessing to me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  119. I neeed need need this book! I found your first book brilliant and I definitely want a copy of this one too! I have so many lovely friends who’ve just had kids, so the challenge will be deciding who gets the second copy…

    Please pick me!

  120. I’m so excited about this book, Rachel! I was so blessed and encouraged by Loving the Little Years that I bought several extra copies to give to friends. Thank you!

  121. I’m very excited about this new book of yours! I’m right in the thick of raising lots of littles and I have a dear friend who is too. :-)

  122. Today is my birthday! I almost share a day with you and your twins :-) I definitely think that’s a good reason for me to be one of your winners. My husband bought me Loving the Little Years when our little girl was born this year. I bought a copy for my mom for Mother’s Day. Can’t wait to read the sequel!

  123. Would love to win a few copies of these books……the “loving the little years” book was amazing and has been so helpful!

  124. I also have preordered the book (first time ever!), but I have frequently wished I had a whole box of copies of Loving the Little Years to give away, and I’m sure this one will be no different. You have been a huge source of both encouragement and conviction.

  125. I just bought six copies of Loving the Little Years for the mommies of little ones on my Christmas list (that includes my mother and mother-in-law, grandmothers who still have little ones of their own at home!)…would love to win a couple of copies, one for me and one to add to these gifts!

  126. Oh Thank you for the giveaway. I’m so happy to hear that “International shipping is not a problem”. I`d love to win the copies. I loved your first book. I read it and gave to a friend. She loved too.

  127. your first book was the most encouraging parenting book i have read so far. i so appreciate your perspective! i can’t wait to read this one and pass it on to friends that have also been encouraged by your writing!

  128. I read your first book while pregnant with our first and loved it. Now that our daughter is here, I pull it out for encouragement and heart checks :) Can’t wait to read this new book!!

  129. Thanks for sharing about how you got it all done! If I don’t win, I’m looking forward to ordering one (some?) anyway! :)

  130. Well I have to say, I went ahead and ordered 10 copies when Bekah first posted about it but I know that I can come up with 2 more people to give them to — I’ve often wanted to keep a copy of Loving the Little Years in my diaper bag to give to random mothers at Wal-Mart.

  131. Sorry, the comment above had the wrong information…just on the chance that I win this give away, I really would like you to be able to contact me! Blessings!

  132. Happy Birthday! We closing in on the end of our birthday season here. We are a family of 7 and all of have birthdays that fall between July 28 and January 13. Nothing for 6 1/2 months…and then, bam!…seven birthdays, and our anniversary, too. :-)

  133. I would love to win two copies of this book! I would love to read it, and I have a cousin who will have 5 kids under five in January! I imagine it would be something she’d enjoy, too! Can’t wait to read it!

  134. Loving the Little Years was a HUGE blessing to me as I muddle my way through with my little ones. I cannot wait to read your next book! Thank you for being a blessing.

  135. Yes, please! I am so encouraged and edified by everything you all write. The Lord uses you in mighty ways. Looking forward to reading this book! :)

  136. I already know who I would give my second copy to and how nice to be able to have one present ready to go for Christmas! Thank you for being a blessing in my life!

  137. Loved your first book, love your blog! Thank you sharing your life in such an honest way. Can’t wait to read the new book! (And Happy Belated Birthday!)

  138. I love loving the little years (read it at the hospital with my newbie #5 in June). Thank you for writing it. This one looks fun too.

  139. I have already pre-ordered my copy, but would love to have two as gifts!! Thank you for writing, Rachel. I am blessed my your wisdom and you humor!!

  140. Hi! So I live in Australia so I’m out of the running but would love a book for my very encouraging friend in Oregon, who introduced me to you and family by showing me their books. She then sent me your first book for my birthday. Loved it! Great way to encourage a friend ‘across the ocean’.

  141. Here’s hoping for a winning post! I, like all 332 posts before me, love your writing…totally encouraging and inspiring, and constantly reminding me of the hilarity of this mom project. Thanks for all your thinking and your willingness to write it down!

  142. My hubs already bought me a pre-release copy, which I look forward to keeping, but I could give them both! I know 2 friends who loved “Loving the Little Years” and would love to receive this one as well!

  143. Thanks for the blessing you are to all us women in the thick of it! :) Looking forward to reading your new book.

  144. How exciting. Your first book was great – I made notes on it of things to remember in the heat of parenting. Would love a copy of the new one!

  145. Ooooh would love to win two copies! Look forward to reading it whether I win or not :) happy birthday to all xxx

  146. Ah, I would love to win one (and one to share)! It will be especially welcome in time to go in my hospital bag for when I deliver baby no3 in February! Your words are often a very timely source of encouragement to a weary heart, so a big thankyou all the way from the UK :)

  147. I was so encouraged by your “Motherhood in the Trenches” book that i bought 5 copies to give away as baby gifts! Would love to win 2 copies of your new book. thanks for this blog, i have been challenged and encouraged many a times! God’s blessing to you, your sister, and your mom. Thanks for being real!

  148. I was so excited when I found out you had a new book out! I was so encouraged by your first, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one as well. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  149. Really looking forward to this book. I don’t live in US, so not sure if I’m really in the draw at all, but thought I’d take the opportunity to say thank you. My little girls have a lot of feelings at the minute and I have found your first book invaluable in changing how I respond to them when they seem overwhelmed!

  150. I loved your first book and would love to read this one. Also, I know exactly who I would give the second book to. My friend Julie, who is the person who gave me your first book. I would love to return the favor by giving her this book.

  151. There is nothing I’m more excited about being released than this book! (Ok, possibly Downton Abbey Season 3, but other than that, nothing.) ;)

  152. Oh my! So many people wanting your new book! I can’t wait to read this new book, I loved your previous one so much. If I don’t win I will certainly be buying it, and if I do the second copy will be sent to one of my good friends.

  153. Happy birthday to you and to the twins! I look forward to reading your new book. Your last one was such a blessing to this mother of five. I regularly gift it to mommy friends now. Thank you for sharing your insights and good humor with us!

  154. I’d love a couple of copies of this book. I’m blessed by your writing-happy birthday to your twins-mine will be 6 in April! Whew… :)

  155. I would love to be able to give your book to my daughter and daughter-in-law. They each have 3 kids and are deep in the “little years”. I know the book would bless them greatly.

  156. Since the title is simply so clever, I have no doubts that the interior will have us all fit to burst (with giggles? with groans of understanding? with ways to eliminate to dressers from our rooms?) as well.
    Thanks for desiring to share with all of us, and allowing the Lord to use you.

  157. So looking forward to this new book!!! I just loved ‘Loving the Little Years’. I have loaned a copy out to many people and have even used a chapter of it in a devotion at a baby shower where 3 or 4 people asked me for the information about that book! :) Thank you for finding those times to write in order to teach and encourage each of us!

  158. Happy Birthday! I am so excited to read your new book and would love to win a copy for myself and for the friend who introduced me to your first book and this blog. :)

  159. Happy Birthday!!! I enjoyed your last book and I look forward to reading this one- whether I get picked or not!!! Jen Kruse

  160. Thanks for your posts – I can relate to most of what you say as I have 5 that are 8 and under. May God continue to use you as you write!

  161. Loved your first book, and I look forward to reading the new one! I would love to have an extra copy to pass on to a friend.

  162. Oh! I’d so love to win! But if I don’t, I hope I won’t be too late to pre-order. I want to give your new book to a friend who gave me your “loving the little years” book last year for Christmas. It has been a wonderful encouragement to me and I’d love to return the blessing.

  163. Looks like everyone would love a copy or two, including me! It is so encouraging to hear from other mummies in the trenches seeking to glorify God in the midst of chaos. Better go as the one and a half year old has taken advantage of mommy’s hands being busy to draw on the table and eat off the floor.

  164. Thank you so much for “Loving the Little Years.” It has helped me so much! I cannot wait to read your second book. With three under four, I only have a few minutes during the day as well. I love coming to your blog and reading all of the encouraging posts!


  165. I just finished Loving the Little Years (borrowed from a friend) and would love to give that same friend a copy of your new book. (I love that her copy has highlighter scribbles in the front and back – she has 3 kids!). I’m pregnant with my first, and my husband and I both liked the approach to parenting you describe. Thanks for the encouragement!

  166. I love Loving the Little Years so much! It has revolutionized how I view my 3 young children and my job as their mother. I would love your new book!

  167. I just finished “Loving the Little Years.” I laughed, I cried, I wondered how you knew me so well. I loved it! I’m so excited about this new book, too!

  168. Happy Birthday to you and the twins! Thanks for giving us a chance to win copies of your new book :) Your writing apostolate is doing some amazing things. God bless you!

  169. Happy Birthday!! I hope I’m not too late. I loved your little years book.(and was just thinking I need to read it again…) I would feel truly blessed to win these and I have just the friend to give the other copy too…:) Thanks!

  170. Happy Birthday Rachel! Mine is on Friday! Love your writing in Loving the Little Years, and have often passed on quotes and your articles in Desiring God to my fellow mommy friends to provide encouragement in the trenches. You bless me with reminding me so gracefully of the attributes of our Savior.
    Blessings, my sister in Christ!

  171. Well, here is one more Sara-without-an-H who has already pre-ordered your book, but who would love to win two more to share. Thanks so much for the offer!

  172. I’m thinking I need to reorder Loving the Little Years since I lent (i.e. gave) it to a friend, and I’ll definitely be ordering Fit to Burst, unless I just happen to win this giveaway. Thanks for offering it and can’t WAIT to read it! :)

  173. I am so excited about this book! I loved reading your first one. My friend and I agree that your writing is the perfect mix of challenge and inspiration! If I win this giveaway I will definitely be giving her a copy! Thank you for driving on the shoulder to get this one done. And happy belated birthday to you and your twins!!

  174. Awesome. One of my sisters and I could share the prize. I have two toddler boys, and she has two toddler girls (plus she also has three teenage girls, so her brain might blow up any day now with potty training and ACT prep in one house). We loved LLTLY. I recently told a friend that it’s my favorite mothering book because it’s both hilarious and convicting. Keep up the hilarity.

  175. Hello Rachel,
    I was very blessed by your book, Loving the Little Years. I would be thrilled to receive your new book! Happy Birthday!

  176. I really want to win! Because I’m poor, don’t have the money to buy one and secondly I’m not a great mom and need all the help I can get. Oh, its only a drawing, not a sad story contest. Anyways, would love love a copy and a copy for a friend!

  177. Enjoyed your last book very much; would enjoy this one,too, I’m sure, and would be happy to give one to a friend!

  178. In two days, I leave the job I’ve loved and held for almost 6 years to be a stay-at-home mom. I’m a little terrified, but less so after reading Loving the Little Years. :)

  179. I was very blessed by Loving the Little Years, and loaned it to my young mommy friends at church. Cannot wait to read this one! Keep writing!

  180. Loved your first book–given to me by a friend who probably bought ten copies to give away. Can’t wait to read this one!

  181. Pick me! Pick me! (I’m shameless…:) But, only because I want to continue growing as a mama who perseveres and serves with true biblical joy! So blessed by your first book and have given copies to all my new mama friends.

  182. Would love for my friends and I to have the opportunity to read this together and grow by God’s grace as Mamas!

  183. Would love a copy of your new book. Or your other book. Always looking for new reading material on how to grow as a mother. Thanks so much for doing this!

  184. Very much looking forward to your new book. Loving the Little Years has always given me fresh perspective and encouragement when wading in those mucky trenches. It has helped shape the way I view my life’s work in caring for my own little ones. Thanks for always faithfully sharing the ways in which you are growing.

  185. THANK YOU for being a willing vessel of practical LOVE and joyous surrender for your babies and then for us!

    The treasure of His GLORY radiates through each experience you share with us. It is in your genes to pen encouragement. :) But also, I know the Holy Spirit blessed you with mercy and exhortation.

    I already know of two friends who would benefit greatly from more “ABUNDANCE and MAYHEM”.

    Deut. 3:2-3.


  186. Could use some parenting inspiration about now. I LOVED your first book and have reread it many times to help me keep a good perspective on things! Can’t wait to read your new one!!!

  187. Oh I’d love a copy for me and one to share, fabulous idea! (Apparently so do about 100 other smart people – what can we say, your writing is just the bee’s knees!)

  188. I just finished your first book after borrowing it from a friend and so enjoyed it! I have 4 right now – 4,3,2, and 9 months and so much of what you said just hit home! Also loved the story about your husband and the “dream” babies. I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes – reminds me of some of our nights here. Thanks for being vulnerable with us about your life and what you are learning – I was so encouraged.

  189. Reading your first book was such a blessing. I am so excited to hear that you have another one coming!!!. You are a gifted wife, mother, and writer!!!!

  190. I loved your first book. It was such a blessing to read!!! I am SO excited you have another one coming!!!! You’re such a gifted mother and writer.

  191. You have been blessed with such a gift and I am thankful that you share it with all of us! I look forward to reading your newest book!

  192. I am really looking forward to your new book; loved your first one. Thanks for all your writing – it’s very helpful!

  193. “Loving the Little Years” is on my wish list, and I’d love to have a copy of this new book. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the encouraging blogs. :)

  194. Oh golly – I hope you pick me! I have a bucket of friends that I would share those books with… only after I read my own copy, of course! Pick me! Pick me!

    Oh, and thank you for writing about real life. I love Pinterest, but sometimes I think it creates a false sense of “what a mom can do” and I can’t live up to all that! Your book helped me replant my feet on the ground and pray for grace for every moment (again and again and again), once more….

  195. I haven’t read your book, but I want to! By the time my mommy-reading time comes around each day I promptly fall asleep. But if I win, I promise to make time. Thanks for the giveaway!

  196. I don’t know if there is place for one more comment. Offcourse I want the books and pass around in the family and friends I have hereon the other side of the ocean. Especially for my sister in law who is herself a twin and got twins this last summer. I think she will be encouraged in her mothering of 4 little ones.

  197. I may be one of the only men to comment on this, but I would love to win this for my wife and surprise her with it. She loved your first book and gave away several copies to friends.

  198. As a mother of 4 children and a daycare provider, and reading your first book with the women at my church. I would love to read this one. thanx :)

  199. Had a blast tonight scrolling through all these comments. Made me wonder about your method of choosing a winner. A blind scroll and point with the mouse? Amused me during a late night feeding session. Thanks.

  200. I LOVED Loving the Little Years. My husband and I shared much laughter over that book! We look foward to the next!

  201. I love that you have written despite being in a phase of life that one thinks, “Oh, I can’t do anything but change diapers and train up these kids…” You have been such an encouragement to me and I’ve heard your exhortations in my head at times when the difficulties of motherhood get twisted by the enemy making me think I’m owed something. I love Jesus and your book just encouraged me to continue laying my life down. HE IS WORTHY OF IT. I’ve already given away 2 copies of your book and can’t wait to read the new one! Praising God for you and truly praying for you.

  202. Oh! And your story about seeing your hubby rocking the imaginary babies with you whisper shouting…”You have no babies, I have the babies” still makes me laugh out loud when it comes to mind!

  203. Ooh la la! I was totally going to by two also, one to keep and one two give to my friend who totally snatched your first book from me ;). (I got another one of those too. A good mini perspective while trying to make dinner and save the world at the same time!) thanks for sharing your trials, it reminds me I’m not in it alone, and wild is normal!

  204. A friend blessed me with a copy of “Loving the Little Years,” and I would love to be able to surprise her with a copy of “Fit to Burst”!
    And a very happy birthday to you and your twins!

  205. I would love to get some free copies. I would probably gift them to others and still buy the book. I loved “Loving the Little Year.” I probably should go back and reread it.

  206. woo hoo! Lets hope ur publishers are ready with a whole vault of books judging from these comments! Thanks for unleashing ur abundance & mayhem on us as we rejoice in the work of raising children.

  207. My 5 kiddos were born in 7 years. When pregnant with my first I read Nancy’s book on Motherhood. Then, when pregnant with number 5 I read yours (Loving the Little Years). I am thankful for your ministry and look forward to be blessed by another book from such Godly women as yourselves!

  208. Just had #5 this year and our oldest is 7. Life is never dull and I need all of the help I can get! Would love to read your new book. I gave my copy of “Loving the Little Years” away to a friend but enjoyed reading through it twice.

  209. I love that you are thinking while you are working. It still takes self-discipline to actually DO the writing later.

    I’m guessing that you also have your parents and teachers to thank for giving you all the necessary background in composition, rhetoric to be able to write well.

    I’m thankful you are using the gifts with which you have been blessed!

  210. I’d love to have a copy for each of my daughter-in-laws since they have their hands full with little ones. I’m sure they will be encouraged by your book.

  211. Oh man! Do you serve up those Sloppy Joes on Grandma’s Sandwich Buns from Hot Providence? So good. Anyway, I’m thrilled about this next book!

  212. Thank you for sharing about how your book came to be. When I read that you had written a book I was flabbergasted! You are an amazing woman and I admire you. I’d live to read your new book!

  213. Rachel, I just read your last two posts whilst trying to rock my teething baby to sleep and comfort half-napping toddler crying out in the background.
    Your posts, your last book and your reminders about Jesus keep this mummy on the other side of the pond both in tears, grateful and inspired to carry on. Thank you so much.
    Maybe am too late to enter your giveaway but I would so love this book and have just started young mums bible study group in our church – women are coming to me each day asking to join. I will tell them all to buy a copy! : ) x Martha, UK

  214. Happy Birthday!!! Would love to win a copy and share the other copy with my friend who introduced your book, “Loving the Little Years” to me. :)

  215. Thanks for writing. My wife really appreciates your writing, and I’d love to gift her the book. Regardless, thanks.

  216. Everytime all 4 of my kids come running into the kitchen to “help” make dinner, I think of you and try to remember not to freak out. ;)

  217. I’m not sure how I could be more excited about your new book, unless I won it and got it sooner! ;) Our fourth is due a few months after our oldest’s 5th birthday, and sometimes I feel like I’m on a roller coaster that keeps going faster and I’d just like everything to slow down for a moment so I can put my hair in a ponytail and grab some goggles or something. Lots of the ‘encouraging’ resources I find are actually not encouraging at all, because I can’t relate to people who have it all together. You don’t pretend that your house is always clean or that you are always perfect and that humility makes your insights twice as valuable to me. Thank you so much for writing this new book! Can’t wait to read it!

  218. Would love a copy! I am in the process of reading “Loving the Little Years” and would love to win this one! Thanks for a chance to win and Happy Birthday!!!

  219. I love your blog! My little’s aren’t little any more, but I so appreciate your encouraging words! God bless you and your ministry to mom’s!!!

  220. Can’t wait! I’ll buy it if I don’t win it! I’ve given away more copies of Loving the Little Years than I can count.

  221. At a quick glance, I don’t think I already entered to win a copy of your new book. But with 6 kids, one newly home from Africa, forgive me if I did. Anyway, can’t wait to read your book!! Loved the first one.

  222. Pick me! Just bought my own copy of The Little Years and also gave one to my mother-in-law who is reading it with the ladies in her church soon. Thanks for writing, Rachel!

  223. Oh, sweet Rachel, do you know how far I had to scroll down to get to the sign up. That just tickled my heart! Happy Birthday to you, and may the Lord return many blessings for your birthday generosity. Throw my entry in the hat please. Both the moms of my (almost 12) grandkids would be thrilled to receive a copy in their Christmas stocking.

  224. Just like so many others I have been blessed and encouraged and rebuked by reading Loving the Little Years! I would LOVE to win this new book. Just had #3 and am needing some more encouragement these days! Plus, I have another friend in the same boat who I would love to share this book with should I win! Thank you for being real and transparent and pointing us to Christ in your writings!

  225. Loved your first book, and the things you have blogged about have provided immense encouragement to a new mom!! Would love to win your new book!

  226. I bet I’m too late, but I would sure love a copy (and I know exactly who I would share the other one with!).

  227. I really enjoyed your new book, Rachel. You are a very gifted writer. It is so fun to see how God is blessing so many mothers, young and old, with your books. Merry Christmas!

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