Crazy Christmas Giveaway!!

By December 13, 2009 Everyday Life 117 Comments

Giveaway ends December 15th at midnight.

For my LAST GIVEAWAY of the YEAR, everyone can join in on the craziness…. you and your kiddos. You can earn up to 5 entries for doing something crazy. Here’s what you do- you choose:

1 entryshare your favorite Christmas carol title. (I love singing them loud and all day long!)

1 entry spread the word to all your FB friends about my Crazy Christmas Giveaway on your status or wall post will do.

1 entry add our Simply Love Button on your blog.  Your readers can learn more about the crazy adventure of mommyhood & adoption.

2 entries– Give me a shout out on your blog! Spread the word about our Simply Love T shirt fundraiser in a post, and you will receive 2 entries!  Comment on this post and let me know where to visit you!

You can pick one or do them all!  Make sure you leave in your comment how many entries you’ve earned = up to 5 entries. I trust all my bloggy peeps.  I will count all your entries & pick a random winner from Santa’s hat.

My Grand Giveaway Winner will receive-

  • 2 Simply Love T shirts (you choose!)
  • 1 Free Child’s Pass (Courtesy of Disney) to the NEW Princess and the Frog movie.
  • Autographed copies of the Best Seller Redemption novel series (5 book set) with Karen Kingsbury & my dad, Gary Smalley.
  • Kisses From Katie handmade Ugandan beaded necklace (extra-long & beautiful)
  • My 2 Children’s books- Mookie Series
  • 1 dozen Krispy Kreme donut gift certificate (Zoie’s favorite)
  • Sugar Cookie mix & mit for kids- Target goodie
  • Chick Flick- Julia & Julia (Meryl Streep rocks in this DVD)
  • $20 Starbucks Gift Card

You win a value of over $200 in gifts…from me to you.  Thanks for ALL the donations…you know who you are.  Our stack of Christmas goodies just got BIG BIGGER!  Email me if you have any questions.

There will be 3 Mini Giveaways for 3 random winners-  1 Free Child’s Pass (Courtesy of Disney) to the NEW Princess and the Frog movie.

Also, 5 random winners will receive my dad’s brand new book autographed- As Long As We Both Shall Love.

IMG_2319We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Crazy New Year!  Don’t forget to Pre-Order your Simply Love T shirts by 12/15 for 2nd adoption fundraiser.  100% of donations help us bring our new daughter home!


  • Amy Mo says:

    I just finished my shout out on my blog which brings me to 5 entries total (including the ones I posted above). Thanks for this opportunity Kari.

  • Have enjoyed discovering the blog. I posted on FB, added the button and gave a "shout out" on the blog for the fundraiser (

    Oh, my favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night.

    Thanks so much!


  • My favorite Christmas Carol is Oh Holy Night.

  • DeDe Lange says:

    I wrote about your fantastic blog on my blog, added a link and my favorite song is Oh Holy night :)

  • Sherry Semlow says:

    Hey Sweet friend! What a FUN contest!!! My favorite Christmas title is "DO you Hear what I hear?" :)

  • Betsy says:

    My favorite Christmas Carol is O Holy Night!!!

  • carla says:

    You have a very nice website. Can't wait to spend some time on here. Anyway, I met all the requirements for a full batch of entries. My favorite Christmas song is Jesus, Joy of My Desiring (especially w/the lyrics.)

  • my favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night!

    also gave a shout out on facebook and twitter :)

  • Yay! Very cool! I've earned two entries, and my favorite Christmas Carol is probably "O Come All Ye Faithful", though it's hard to just pick one :)

  • Pam says:

    I'm so glad you're selling shirts again. When it's warm, I wear my "vintage" adoption #1 shirt a LOT! Love it. I really like the men's shirt. Gotta show it to my hubby.

    It's hard to pick a fave Christmas carol, but probably "O Holy Night." But lately I'm mostly singing the 2-year-old variety of Christmas songs!

    I posted your button and a big thumbs up for the shirts on my blog.

  • Kelly says:

    First of all, I think these are the coolest adoption tshirts around!!!! Second, you have a beautiful family!!!! Third, my favorite Christmas song is "While You Were Sleeping" by Casting Crowns. I also posted this as a blog entry, a facebook entry, and posted your button twice on my blog. :) What a fun way to spread the word!

  • Ramona says:

    My favorite Christmas carol is "What child is this" (1 entry) However, the Third Day "Merry Christmas" song is the one that makes me cry the most seeing as our kids won't be home from Ethiopia by Christmas after all…

    I put your button on my blog (which sorry- it's password protected but if you want to check, I can send you an invite) (1 entry)

    And I'm off to put a shout on my blog becasue I love you shirts. My last one is getting a little warn so I'm off to order a new one and one for my hubby for his Christmas gift (do I get a bonus entry for that? heehee) (2 entries)


  • Kristina says:

    My favorite Christmas carol is a toss-up between The Little Drummer Boy and Mary Did you Know

  • Kari, shout out on FB, your blog button on my simple, newish blog, a shout out on my blog (you're the first entry – what can I say I'm not good at these things) and…

    my favorite Christmas song title is somthing like Mary's Song sung by Amy Grant. :)

    There…5 entries. :)

  • Kate says:

    What a great gift bag full of goodies!! Okay, favorite song is "Tender TN Christmas"!! I love being with family and they live in TN! OR, I'm dreaming of a white Christmas…cause I am!

  • Kim says:

    Fave carol – Joy to the World (1 entry)

    Posted your giveawya on my facebook page (1 entry)

    Button on my blog – (1 entry)

  • Wendy says:

    Hi, Kari!

    I'm so excited you're having this contest, as I LOVE your shirt designs! Is it true that you can only order the shirts through the 15th, though? Hoping to win the contest, of course :), and whoever wins won't know if they've won or not to know if they should just purchase them…just my thought as with money tight (you'd think we were in the middle of financing an adoption or something-lol), I would be thrilled to win them instead of putting them on a credit card!

    At any rate, sorry for my rambling:

    1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is my favorite Christmas song!

    2. Did a wall post on FB!

    3, 4, & 5. Simply Love Button and a post are on my blog at!

    Thanks so much for the fun contest and for your entire site!

  • Lynda Steuer says:

    My favorite carol is "O Holy Night" but it must be sung well.

  • Hannah Russell says:

    I posted about you on FB, " O Holy Night" shout out on my blog, and your simply love button was already on there!!!

  • Kara P. says:

    Hi Kari! I don't ever post but I read your blog EVERYDAY!!! You are truly an inspiration! My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. I posted about your giveaway on FB and I added your button to my blog! Good luck on your fundraising efforts, may the Lord richly bless you! Please enter me for 3 entries. I would LOVE to win!!!

    P.S. We would love to have you join us in New Orleans in January. Let me know if you need any information!

    • Kari Gibson says:

      Kara, thank you sooo much!! My YG sisters ROCK! I would give anything to join you all in New Orlands in January… I'm asking for that for Christmas & my bday. I would bring Zoie girl! I've tried winning on your crazzzy sister's blog, but no luck yet. Adoption families are THAT family, huh:) lol I hope my crazy blog can inspire- promise me you'll say hi when you pop by:) Hope to meet you soon!

      Did you add your family adoption pic on the top- its super easy to do.

  • Hey Kari,

    My favorite Christmas carol is "Go Tell It On The Mountain":) Oh, btw, we are back in the states from Paraguay & will be back in Springfield, MO in Feb. We look forward to seeing you:)



  • Carissa says:

    What a great contest! One of my new favorite carols is "While by my Sheep" (esp. the Veggie Tales version). Please put me down for 2 entries (Facebook!). Thanks!

  • Shannon says:

    I love reading blogs about adoption…..our dd is from Guatemala and I always enjoy following journies! Posted about your contest on my own blog….good luck on your journey!

  • Angela Wells says:


    Hello YG Sister! Your SIMPLY LOVE blog was one of the first I began stalking faithfully. I enjoyed your journey to Zoie and look forward to seeing God grow your family again.

    My favorite Christmas Carol is "O Come All Ye Faithful." I posted about your contest on my FB status, mentioned the contest and t-shirts on my blog, and added the button. I think that is 5. Love what you are doing for adoption!!!!! A great resource to so many.


  • AlliD says:

    my favorite Christmas carol is the Little Drummer Boy…he gave what he had and it was more than enough. i am not a blogger, so can't enter that way, but i will put you on my fb page! (and i've sent you link to our church's orphan care ministry team :)!)



  • My favorite Christmas song is All I Want by Stephen Curtis Chapman. I did all for 5 entries. I posted about the give-away today on my blog and facebook. I also put the button on my side-bar. My blog is and I have 4 adoptees (and 5 biologicals) – the last three from W. Africa, Liberia.

    Thanks for the chance – God bless,


  • Jennifer says:

    My favorite Christmas carol is "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus". I also facebooked about the giveaway.

    Your new daughter is adorable!

    ~ Jennifer

  • Amy says:

    My favorite Christmas Carol is O Holy Night. Put me down for 4 entries.

  • Merica says:


    1. Carol of the Bells and Tender Tennessee Christmas – too close to call

    1. shout out on FB status

    1. Button on my blog

    So happy to help get the word out!

  • Claudine T in MD says:

    My favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night. My parents are German immigrants and I also have family in various other countries, one of which is France.

    Each Christmas we sing Christmas songs in various languages. This was the first I remember learning. I sing it in English, German, and French and just hearing the various languages reminds me that Christ died for ALL — every tribe and tongue!!!

    Wish I was more up on the technical end; I'd put you everywhere :)

  • rachel says:

    I love O Holy Night

  • Dena Johnson says:

    Favorite christmas carol is walking in a winter wonderland and I am going to put this up on my facebook so you can receive more entries!

  • Anne says:

    O Holy Night is my favorite!

  • Chrisanna says:

    Wow, thank you for the chance at the generous giveaway! I love reading your blog and I love your t-shirts. We are waiting to bring our daughter home from Ethiopia as well. We can't wait!

    My favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night, I blogged about your giveaway, and I added your button. That equals 4 entries I think…Oh, I hope I win! Merry Christmas and a Crazy New Year to you too. You can visit me at

  • My favorite Cmas carol is Oh Come all ye Faithful! I blogged your giveaway at, added your simply love button to blog as well. Good luck on the T-shirt sale. We are praying for you guys as you being this journey again. We have our first home study set for Wednesday and I can't wait!! So exciting!!! We really need to get together after the holidays. Talk to you soon! Tiffany

  • Stephanie says:

    Love "Christmas Lullaby (I will lead you home)" by Amy Grant!

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi, I pressed "submit" too early on my last post!

    Here's my entries:

    1. Love “Christmas Lullaby (I will lead you home)” by Amy Grant!

    2. Posted your link on our blog:

  • Rebecca says:

    My favorite Christmas carol is Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel. Here's to hoping….

  • Dionna says:

    My favorite Christmas carol is "O Holy Night." Non – traditional favorites are "Breath of Heaven" and "Mary Did You Know."

    I will be back to check out your blog further.

  • Devon Tarr says:

    Hi! I am part of the AWAA YG on our way to a baby girl. I will post a link to your blog on mine and on FB. Your blog is such a blessing. My Favorite Christmas Carol is "O Come O Come Emmanuel." By the way, I just met Steve Scott at a fly-in for Max International, who happens to have been really close with my best friends family. He talked about your Dad and how the Lord has used him in his life. :) I love all the divine connections being made. Our blog is

  • Amy Post says:

    Just put your button on my blog!

  • 'becca says:

    Facebook Status – check

    blog link to this post & to the main page for t-shirt sales – check

    Favorite Christmas Carol – I have no idea, I love so many, at this moment, it would have to be Mary's Song (i don't even know if that is the title… the Mary did you know that your baby would….that one)

    SO great to have coffee this morning. We will do it again and that will be our regular meeting spot! I love it.

  • Abigail says:

    My favorite Christmas Carol is Silent NIght :)

    Abigail Shaw…

    also, I will write something in my post about your blog tonight :)

  • favorite christmas carol = o holy night

    i facebooked about you!

    total: 2 entries

  • Wow! what a fun giveaway!

    My favorite carol is "O Come O Come Emmanuel". I LOVE it, especially the Bebo Norman version

  • Caleb David says:

    Just posted to my facebook and Sakari's favorite Christmas carol is Angels we have heard on high :) And jingle bells, of course…

  • Nancie-Joy Ogden says:

    -posted your link on my fb.

    -fav. christmas carol What Child Is This

    -i don't have a blog or i would put up your button and give you a shout out

    2 entries total

  • Amy Millett says:

    O Come All Ye Faithful

  • Paige Alleca says:

    Facebook post….check

    Favorite christmas carol:Silent night(sung without music) gives me chills

    Posting to my blog..

    Putting a button on my blog

    Merry Christmas!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    it's hard to narrow down a favorite carol, but i'll go with "silent night."

    also, i posted a link about the Christmas giveaway on facebook.

    be blessed!

  • Amanda says:

    My favorite Christmas song is "Mary Did You Know?"

    I facebooked.

    And I added a bloggy button.

    Lots of love to you! :)

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