Thursday, March 31, 2011

Whoa...Where have I been?

Wow!?! Has it really been a week since I last posted? Things are so crazy for me right now. The semester is ending in 4 weeks, so it's crunch time to tie up loose ends. And, can you believe another month has came and gone? What happened to March? And February? And January, for that matter? Can you believe Christmas is only 9 months away? Here is a random update on how things are going in our neck of the woods:

  • I have fallen off the wagon pretty much for doing my stairs for Lent! Everything was going so well, but then I missed a day. Which turned into another day...then another. Next thing I know, here it's Friday (almost) and I haven't done stairs all week.

  • It's been really cold and rainy this week. I'm so ready for summer.

  • My sweet nephew, Josef, celebrated a birthday this past week!

  • I had dinner with some of my favorite future teachers last week. These are some of the classmates I have grown so close to over the past three years! I don't know what I'll do when I don't get to see these girls once-twice a week when we graduate.

  • Bobbie, Kim, Me


  • For the past three nights, we've made Kade cry it out in his crib. This part of parenting stinks! Someone should have warned me how hard it would be to hear him sobbing between his "Ma-Maaaaaaaaaaaa's."

  • We also took Kade roller skating! He loved it. At one point, I glanced over and saw this

  • Uncle Shawn, Kade, Kenleigh


  • Kohen is almost 5 months old. He has a cow-lick which makes me call him Alfalfa. You can barely see it in the picture.

  • Still getting the silent treatment from some family members. It's been a month and a half now.

  • Life goes on.


    • That's our life pretty much in a nutshell! I hope you all are having a fantastic week!

      Wednesday, March 23, 2011

      Week of answered prayers!

      Hey Y'all! I hope you are having a blessed week! I am dragging my heels today at work. I probably look something similar to this:





      Last night, I stayed up way too late watching my favorite basketball team LOSE!!!! UGH! If you listened closely, you could probably have heard Kyle screaming at the TV last night. It wasn't a pretty sight.

      Regardless of our loss, thanks Duke for a great season! We will be pulling for any team BUT the Carolina Tarheels for the rest of the NCAA tournament! Few people understand the UNC and Duke rivalry. If you live in the south, you know it's called the Battle of the Blues! You can't be a diehard fan for one, and pull for the other when your team is out of the tournament. It's against the rules. So, despite our loss, we bleed Duke Blue in the Killian household.


      Otherwise, the rest of our week has been very exciting! I've had three very special prayers answered this week.


      My sweet friends Kara, Katy, and Ashley all found out they were expecting this week! I've been praying for all of them for quite sometime. It's very exciting! The Lord is still working miracles every day! Keep the faith Ladies!

      Tuesday, March 22, 2011

      Book Teaser...

      I have my first book to review! I am so excited to read it... Here you will find a little teaser from the pages I read last night:

      "Often we feel life is unfair. Hard times and tough circumstances can trigger self-doubt and despair. I understand that well. But the Bible says, 'Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of any kinds." That is the lesson I struggled many years to learn. I eventually figured it out, and through my experiences I can help you see that most of the hardships we face provide us with opportunities to discover who we are meant to be and what we can share of our gifts to benefit others."

      "...my 'burden' could also be a blessing, offering me unique opportunities for reaching out to others, empathizing with them, understanding their pain, and offering them comfort...neither my faith nor my sense of purpose grew strong until I went through some very scary times."

      "...I despaired over my circumstances , feeling that I would never be 'normal.'...My heart ached. I was depressed, overwhelmed with negative thoughts and didn't see any point in my life. I felt alone even when I was surrounded by family and friends."

      "If you have the desire and passion to do something, and it's within God's will, you will achieve it."

      "You may hit hard times. You may fall down and feel as though you don't have the strength to get back up. I know the feeling...we all do. Life isn't always easy, but when we overcome challenges, we become stronger and more grateful for our opportunities. What really matters are the lives you touch along the way and how you finish your journey."

      And all of these excerpts are from the Introduction!!!!!! I cannot wait to devour this book page for page! Full review and title coming soon!

      Monday, March 21, 2011

      SSMT #6




      I am really late posting my 6th verse for the SSMT 2011. It's taken me some time to pick out a good, appropriate verse. But, alas, I found the perfect one--or two! There's nothing like God revealing Himself in his Word, is there? Especially when you seek Him for guidance and direction. So, he showed Himself to me in two verse's this week...so why not meditate on 2, yes? The more I learn, the better!

      First:
      "Don't act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do."
      (Ephesians 5:17, NLV)


      Second:
      "That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10, NIV)


      Here are the other verses I have memorized:
      SSMT #5
      "Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:31-32)

      SSMT #4
      "Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." (Colossians 3:23 NIV)

      SSMT #3
      "Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender." (Proverbs 22:7 NIV)

      SSMT #2
      "Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces." (Proverbs 3:9 NIV)

      SSMT #1
      "Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed." (Joshua 1:8 NIV)

      Winner, Winner!

      Sorry for the delayed post! We've had a really busy weekend! I know that some of you have been patiently waiting on the edge of your seat, right??? ;)




      Congratulations Kara!!!! Send me a quick email with your address and I'll get the $25 Visa giftcard sent out to you this week! And, since she has already made her big announcement, please go over and congratulate her on her positive pregnancy test :) So exctied for her!


      Thursday, March 17, 2011

      Tell me Thursday: Thankful week

      This has been a week for bullet points:

      • I just finished reading By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters. I posted a review on my other blog here. If you like to read, check it out. It was really good, but more importantly, it was "real." It's a young adult literature novel, and let me just interject here...my, oh my, how books have changed since I was a kid. I read YAL novels because I am going to school to become a middle grades teacher, and I want to be knowledgeable about what books my students will be reading and which books I can recommend.
      • I have a mid-term tonight at school which I am in no way, shape, or form ready for. I have been the epiphany of the procrastinator student this semester. I'd really appreciate your prayers for me to do my best, and that will be good enough for me.
      • Still having some family drama. We are currently getting the silent treatment from members of our family. I wish I could say I don't care, but if I'm honest, I care a lot. Maybe too much. Time heals all wounds right?
      • New Life Lesson Learned: If I would have know then, what I know now I probably wouldn't have "opened the can of worms" with said Family. Nothing has changed. Nothing good has been gained. Although everything we said (both parties) were true, I don't know now that it was worth it.
      • My Sweet Kade has pee-peed in the potty 4 times today! My mom is the best! She keeps my boys during the day, and she works so hard with them. I'm so glad they are in her care and are smothered with hugs and kisses all day long.
      • My Sweet Kade won't sleep in his big boy bed. He wants to snuggle with Mommy, which I am loving a little too much. Daddy, not so much. I think he is scared of the dark :(
      • My Sweet Kohen is teething! I anticipate he will have one come through soon.
      • My Sweet Kohen also had his 4 month well visit this week. He had to get shots. I've never quite seen the shade of red his face turned before. He was so friendly and flirting with his nurses before the shots. I'm pretty sure he broke up with her after that.
      • My husband is the best. Have I told you that lately? He is. I use to want to win the lottery. But now, I look around at my husband, our boys, and the life that we share, and I realize I already have.

      What are you thankful for? Tell me...It's one of the last days to enter to win a $25 visa giftcard. Go to this post to enter now! By the way, I filled up completely my car with gas this week, and it cost $62.25! Ouch!

      Tuesday, March 15, 2011

      Thoughts to ponder...

      Some of the things I hated during our journey...
      • One of my friends told me she was once told by her mother-in-law to watch me while I interacted with my friend's son, H. She, the mother-in-law, said there were statistics that would show people who suffer from miscarriages "sometimes" hurt children. I have no idea why my friend felt the need to share this conversation with me unless it was to prove how closed minded her mother-in-law was at this time. I hated how someone could even suggest such an idea about me. And, newsflash...for every 1 case you can show me of where a woman who has had miscarriages and has hurt a child, I can also show you a grandparent who has.
      • No one understood what was happening to me. I was uncontrollably spiraling downward, and I didn't have anyone in my real life who understood. I didn't even understand. I couldn't make sense of why God had chosen this path for me to walk. He couldn't possibly think I was physically or emotionally stable enough to handle it. When I did, I hated how I was wrong.
      • I hated working. I hated being forced to get out of bed every day and face the reality that was my life. I hated working for a big company because there was always someone who was pregnant. I hated how uncomfortable I felt. I hated the jealousy that fostered in my heart. I hated the pity that my co-workers had for me.
      • Not proud of this next one, but I am keeping it real. I hated God. I hated church. I hated praying. I hated anything that pointed towards that God ways were better than my ways. I hated I had no control and all control was His. I hated anything spiritual which could have helped alleviate some of the pain I felt. I hated waiting on Him to answer my prayers.

      Some of the things I loved during our journey...

      • I loved how I learned some really important life lessons. I learned how to let people's inconsiderate comments roll off my back. I learned that if you haven't walked in my shoe's you were completely oblivious to the hell I was living. I learned that if you hadn't "been there" it wasn't fair for me to blame you for your ignorance. That was once me.
      • I loved how I learned having a baby doesn't make you family. I am quite certain Kyle and I can get through anything now. I know, no matter what, he will be standing right by my side, and I by his. I loved how we found a way to hold on to our love and commitment of "for better or for worse." I loved he loved me enough to stay.
      • I loved how even though I was bitter and angry with God, He still walked beside of me giving me the strength I needed to sustain the circumstances. I loved even when I didn't want to worship Him, He still loved me. I loved the way He understood the hurt and the heartache I felt and how He was using our experience to draw me closer to Him. I am closer to Him.
      • I love how I look at my kids with grateful eyes and an overflowing heart. I don't think I am a better mom than someone who hasn't walked through infertility, but I do feel as though I have an appreciation that can only be gained by struggle. I love how God saved these two sweet, handsome, funny, perfect boys for me when He could have given me different children. I can't imagine my life with any other children but these. His ways are better than mine.
      • I love how medical intervention can be wrong. I love how God pointed out to me that He is in control. Where doctors told me it wouldn't happen, He swooped in and said, "Oh yes it can..."
      • I love my journey to parenthood. The pain, the sorrow, the tears, the prayers, and ultimately the triumph. I loved that my desire for children was greater than my fear...and I love God for choosing me to walk through this path.

      It's the last few days to enter this gi*veaway. Go here to read more. Do you want to be listed under my Support Circle page? It's been updated already with new names.

      Lastly, please go visit Kellie & James on the Support Circle page. They are learning to live again after the loss of a child. Their little girl, Maddie, died three weeks ago unexpectedly to SIDS. She was only 4 months old, the same age as Kohen. She needs our prayers and support.

      Friday, March 11, 2011

      Lots of good stuff going on...

      We had an important week of events to occur in the Killian household this week.


      My Sweet Kade....pee-peed in the potty for the first time.

      He also learned to share with his brother.

      And my Sweet Kohen...

      rolled over from his back to his stomach.

      video

      He also declared his thoughts on the UNC/Miami game from Friday.

      Life is good in the Killian house!

      Happy Friday: Filler' (almost Half Way) Up On Me!

      First of all, have you checked out this post? If not, please do so. I'd love to have you listed under my Support Circle and list any Bible verse that were helpful to you.


      Ugh!!!! Gas prices are killing me...what about y'all? Seriously, I have yet to fill up my car completely. Once the pump hits $50, I stop it...it's just too painful to watch!

      So, I decided since my last gi*veaway was so much fun, why not have another one?

      Here you go... I have purchased a $25 visa gift card to provide you some relief at the gas pumps (or whatever else you need it for).

      Requriement to enter:

      You must be a follower of this blog =) Not a follower yet? It's so easy! Look over to the right where you see the link "Follow" click on it, and it will take you about 15 seconds to become one. If you have trouble, please email me. I'll help you become one. When you are a follower, leave me a comment answering the following statement:

      Gas prices make me wanna.... = 1 entry

      Want a chance to earn even more additional entries? These blogs can be found -----------> over here listed under My Other Blogs:

      • Become a follower of the Killian Corner. When you do (or if you already are) let me know in a comment = 1 entry

      • Become a follower of Between the Covers Book Nook. When you do (or if you already are) let me know in a comment = 1 entry

      And, just for fun, I'll give you one more way to enter:

      • Blog about and link to this gi*veaway. Come back and leave me a comment telling me so. = 1 entry
      There are 4 ways to enter. Pick as many or as few as you like. No comment, No entry. And I will again use a random comment generator to pick the winner, so don't sell yourself short by completing 1-4 in a single comment.

      This contest will be open to US residents only, and will run until Friday, March 18, 2011 at midnight. I will draw a winner on Saturday, March 19th!

      And it has to be said: I really hope this gi*veaway isn't "google"-able. (Is that a word?) I really want one of my loyal, dedicated readers to win--enough so that I pulled out my own funds for this prize. I won't make assumptions on the last prize I hosted. I'll just say my Feedjit told on some of you who googled "csn gi*veaway"...haha!

      Please be creative! I'd love for us all to get a little giggle out of this. I actually heard it on a local radio station and it was pretty funny! This is to make not so pleasant situation be a little more tolerable!

      I'll go first...Gas prices make me wanna walk! =) And that's bad! Yall know how much I hate exercising!

      Good Luck!

      Thursday, March 10, 2011

      Tell me Thursday: Support Circle & Bible Verses

      Hey Y'all! Hope this week has been treating you well! In NC, I think I need to build an ark. It's been raining for 24 hours now (on top of all the rain we had last weekend). It makes the day gloomy, but we'll survive.

      I have been adding some pages to my blog (as you can see by the tabs above). This is currently a work in progress that I hope to complete in a few days. The tabs I am concentrating on right now are Support Circle and Bible Verses. Take a minute to check them out. I've linked to some of the blogs I've been following for quite some time. If you don't see your name, and would like to be listed, please leave a comment telling me so. Let me know where your link belongs, even if you don't see a header for it at this time. I've also listed some bible verses which have helped me throughout life. If you have a verse that has brought you comfort and would like to see it added, please tell me in a comment below.

      Also, are you a follower of this blog? If not, I would love to have you be one.

      Happy Thursday! New Gi*veaway to be posted this weekend :)

      Wednesday, March 9, 2011

      Lent 2011

      I have never really participated in Lent, or if I have, I don't recall it. This year, I've felt a tugging from Someone to do it. I've been considering for weeks on what I could give up that would "hurt"--or really notice--to remind me to go to God and give thanks for the blessings in my life which he has poured upon me too generously. My first thoughts were caffeine, but I've given up caffeine before, so it wasn't all too difficult to do.

      What would really hurt?


      Sigh.

      Exercise.

      I'm not an exercise sort of person. It's not my idea of fun--at all. I just don't enjoy it. I wish I did, but I don't. My attitude is pretty much summed up in this cartoon.

      So, yesterday I convinced myself that while on break at work I would do 4 sets of stairs. Not four flights of stairs, four sets of FOUR FLIGHTS of stairs. That's sixteen flights of stairs for you math whizzes out there. Why stairs? Well, the weather in NC is so odd these days. I didn't want the ability to use "weather" as an excuse to quit. I also feel that stairs involve more physical stamina than walking--my calves are so sore today!! They couldn't possibly be this sore from walking.

      Now some of you, I realize, are probably thinking, "Well, that's so easy...blah, blah, blah." Holy moly! I almost died. Twice. I think I heard angles singing at one point. I was breathing so heavily on my second set that I decided to stop at 8 flights on shear fear that I would pass out. Maybe by the end of Lent I'll be able to do the 3rd and 4th sets.

      The entire time I had to push myself. I prayed to God and thanked Him for the blessings he has placed in my life. I prayed for guidance and direction. I prayed for you, my sweet friends. I prayed for family and good health. I prayed for my friends. I prayed for God to make me godly. Every step was so hard for me...each next step, a little harder than the prior step.

      Ironically it reminded me so much of my journey to parenthood. It started out easy...then it got a little harder...a little more hard...a lot more hard. When I was finished I felt so relieved and fulfilled. It's almost hard to put into words. It was a "me and God" moment that I will cherish where He put some things in perspective for me.

      I will press on, one step at a time.

      Tuesday, March 8, 2011

      Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!


      The winner of the $20 promotional code to csn.com is comment # 8 Beth!

      If you didn't win, don't be sad. I have a new surprise up my sleeves for later this week.

      Thank you to those of you who entered. This was fun =) Congratulations Beth!

      Monday, March 7, 2011

      Last chance to enter

      Today is your last chance to enter my CSN.com giveaway. Tomorrow I will be selecting a winner with a random comment generator. Go here for more details.

      Good Luck! :)

      Thursday, March 3, 2011

      Tell Me Thursday: Stepping Stones Ministry

      I wanted to take a moment to tell you today about one of my favorite resources who offer Christian Support for Couples facing Infertility or Pregnancy Loss. It's Stepping Stones by Bethany Christian Services. If you've never heard of them stick around for a minute. I'm sure you will be blessed.

      I received my latest issue yesterday from Stepping Stones. One of the articles was so encouraging that I wanted to share it with you guys:


      The Last Words I Expected

      by Robin Blonsky



      "I'm pregnant."

      Those were the last words I ever expected to hear from my sister.

      We were sitting in my car after work one day, and she dropped this bombshell on me. Between sobs, she said, "I wanted it to be you." I knew she wanted me to be the one. I was so completely taken aback at this news that I didn't know what to say. I laughed, I cried, and we hugged.

      I was relieved that the health concerns that led to this revelation were not more serious than a "bun in the oven," yet I was shocked, completely blindsided, by the news.

      A few days later, the reality of it all settled in.

      Driving home from work, as thoughts were culminating in my head, I had a meltdown. It started earlier in the day. Did I mention that my sister and I work together?

      While we were at work, I heard her plans for the baby's nursery theme, the gadget she wanted to buy so she could make organic baby food, the sports-theme outfits she just bought, and on and on...

      They were all of the things I wanted to do. I was supposed to be the one.

      After nearly nine years of marriage, having children had yet to become a reality for me and my husband. We wanted children so much.

      Driving home, I just could not take it. It was too much. I did not think she would accept her pregnancy quite so quickly, since she and her husband never wanted children. But after having time to think about it, they had accepted their situation and were starting to make preparations.

      So I went home, changed clothes, pulled my sneakers on, and headed for a nearby haunt, the Creek Turnpike trail.

      The trail is grueling because of all the hills, plus temperature was in the mid-nineties. My stomach was cramped because my cycle was near, so it was a struggle to run that day, to say the least. But I had to.

      Running had become an old friend since I hit my 30s. I can vent...clear my head...pray...whatever. It's just me and the pavement, alone with my thoughts.

      I began with a brisk walk and a few stretches and then started jogging. It was a tough run. I hadn't done one in months, so I felt like I had to push for every step. It was not the emotionally motivated sprint I had envisioned while driving home.

      So, after getting to the top of one of the biggest hills, I stopped to take a breath and collect my energy. As thoughts again flooded my mind and feelings began to resurface, tears flowed. I was overwhelmed by this unexpected turn of events in our lives.

      As I took a deep breath and turned around to go back, I saw a billboard on the other side of the highway that arrested my attention. It said, "From here, you can go anywhere."

      Hmm, is that so? Sometimes nagging doubts creep up and suggest otherwise.

      Tyler, my 5-year-old nephew, learned a big word the other day. My husband taught him what "momentum" means by calling it "mo." Several weeks later, Tyler actually used the word correctly. When he learned that a friend had broken his arm, Tyler said, "Mom, I guess Logan just didn't have enough 'mo,' you know, momentum."

      Standing on the top of that hill with tears in my eyes was a defining moment. At times like that, you have to ask yourself, Am I going to stop my journey here and just stay camped out on this hill, or am I going to get my "mo" back and get back on the path?

      "Sometimes the moments that challenge us the most define us." (from the documentary, Spirit of the Marathon)

      That tough run on that September day and the hard hitting season of life at that moment reminded me that I was indeed, in a significant moment. Sure, life doesn't always turn out the way we hoped. But during times like this, when an old wound re-opens before our eyes, we must decide what we will do.

      Will we get our "mo" back or will we lie down and ignore the path that lies ahead of us? Will we finish our course victoriously?

      I had to choose that day (and must keep choosing) to keep moving, just as many of us have to choose, sometimes daily, to get up, get back on the path, and keep going, all the while remember Paul's wise words:

      ...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus...so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV)

      I'd like to say that I finished strong that day, but I didn't. It was a struggle. Yet I did finish and so will you if you keep running toward Jesus. From this season, you and I truly can go anywhere. And the choice is up to us.

      P.S. Through the past few months, this experience has drawn me and my sister closer than ever. And I am reminded that hope celebrates with others because it knows that good things are on the way.


      *******
      Reprinted by permission from Stepping Stones, a newsletter for infertile
      couples published by Bethany Christian Services. For more information
      go to www.ssministry.net.
      ********

      If you have been blessed by this message, I hope you will consider looking into Bethany Christian Services and supporting them with your prayers and/or donations. This month, they will offer a free gift to you: Empty Womb: Full Heart (CD). This gift is a message on infertility brought by Pastor Gregg Matte of Houston's First Baptist Church. When you make a donation on the Stepping Stones secure website you must request the CD or contact Phyllis at stepasst@bethany.org.

      If you are interesed in receiving the Stepping Stones newsletter, please email stepasst@bethany.org or call (616) 224-7488

      They also have a bookstore (www.bethany.org/stepstore) which will contain Christian resources for couples facing infertility or pregnancy loss. You can even access a selection of past Stepping Stones artilces by visiting the website http://www.ssministry.net/


      As a participant in Tell me Thursday, please let me know in the comment below if you subsribed or any thoughts you have. I was not prompted to write this promotion for the website. It's just something I felt led to share. It was one of the resources I found to be most helpful while I walked through infertility.



      (Thanks to all of you who participated in last weeks Tell Me Thursday!)

      Wednesday, March 2, 2011

      SSMT # 5


      Sorry, I failed to post my new bible verse for yesterday. I can't believe another month has come and gone. I need to strive to live in the moment. There are so many moments of February that I don't rememeber (or I'd like to forget).

      I decided to memorize Ephesians 4:31-32

      "Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behaviour. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." (NIV)

      Here are the other verses I have meditated on so far this year:

      SSMT #4
      "Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." (Colossians 3:23 NIV)

      SSMT #3
      "Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender." (Proverbs 22:7 NIV)

      SSMT #2
      "Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces." (Proverbs 3:9 NIV)

      SSMT #1
      "Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed." (Joshua 1:8 NIV)

      Tuesday, March 1, 2011

      CSN Giveaway :)

      Can you believe it? When does that ever happen here? I'm hosting my very first giveaway!

      So, what do you need? Sheets for your bed? A new kitchen gadget? A toy for your kid? This is what I want! A L Shaped desk. Yes, I'm a nerd. One of my goals for 2011 is to turn our guest room into a home office/playroom. I'm trying to convince Kyle that new office = new desk, right? I would so be Ms. Organized for sure (and I could actually put away all the stuff that keeps piling up in our guest room (aka junk room). Just additional drawer space alone creates instant storage, folks! Also, I want my own little nook in the room (aka the corner). And well, since I'll be looking at the walls while working at this desk, I would be forced to be productive, right?

      Most of the world is fond of one stop shopping. Well, I like the perks of shopping online. (After all, any day that I don't need to fix my hair and apply make-up is a good day!) I am thrilled to offer you the best of both worlds. One stop shopping? Please meet CSN.com. Ta-dah!

      Ok, ok. That was a totally lame segway to my CSN giveaway, but I gave it a shot.

      When Cameron from the CSN promo team contacted me to do a review or giveaway, I was thrilled. Well, actually my first thoughts went more along the lines of "There must be some sort of a mistake. Me? You want ME to have a review or giveaway?" Once Cameron convinced me there was indeed no mistake, I was stoked! STOKED! Then, my thoughts sort of transitioned to "OOOOhhhh.....what can I get?" But I eventually settled on you guys, my loyal readers.

      Why you might be wondering? Glad you asked! Well, I have entered every giveaway I could for CSN.com. I've never won any of them, but I've been in love with their website--not to mention some of the things that they offer for ridiculously cheap--for quite some time.

      Just look how cute this is:




      If you’ve never heard of them before, CSN Stores is kind of like a shopping mall--only better. You never have to leave your house. You even save gas! (Sell that one to your spouse!) You don't even need to fight traffic to get there! And, (see how important I made that by bolding and italicizing it) you won't have to deal with the hundreds of teeny-bopper shoppers who have been dropped off by their parents. Or, is that just our mall?


      So, who wants to win a $20 promotional code to be used on anything in their store? One of my lucky followers will do just that, so lets run my first giveaway, shall we? Wow, this is so much fun!

      Here is your requirement to Enter:

      1. You must (see, I bolded and italicized that too) be a follower of this blog. Not a follower yet? No big deal. Just click over there where you see my happy little group of loyal people on the right. It will take you all of about 10 seconds to become one. Once you are a follower (new or old), leave me a comment telling me so. 1 entry

      Want to increase your chances of winning? Here are some ways to get additional entries:

      2. In a new comment, check out the CSN Stores website and tell me what you think you’d buy using this gift card. Don’t worry, I won’t hold you to it since there are 1,265,458,965,657 + more options. 1 entry

      3. In a new comment, let me know that you Blogged about or added a link on your blog about this contest. 1 entry

      4. Jump over to my new blog and become a follower there also. [I fully intend by the end of 2011 to transition most of my blogging over to the new one.] Then you will have to come back to this post and leave a comment saying you are now following The Killian Corner.

      So that’s the deal. Four chances to win. You are not required to do all of the above listed methods of entry. Choose as many or as few as you like, but please leave me a comment for each way you have entered. No comment no entry. I will be using a random comment generator to select the winner, so don't sell yourself short by doing 1-4 in one comment ;)

      You have until Monday, March 7th 11:59:59 PM to submit all of your entries. I’ll pick the winner on Tuesday, March 8th.

      For this contest, you must be a U.S. or Canadian resident to enter. Sorry to my international readers! The winner will have 1 week to respond and if they don’t, a new winner will be chosen. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know.

      Good luck! Happy Winning!



      Anyone else sense a theme to the play area?

      And this: