The home stretch, the final countdown, and it ain't over till the fat lady sings! | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Friday, May 09, 2008

The home stretch, the final countdown, and it ain't over till the fat lady sings!

ETA: It's now 9:21 EST. Looks like WE WON! I say we, because I did not do this on my own. Thank you to EVERYONE who has voted and spread the word. I am forever indebted. The website will officially announce the winner on Mother's Day, but unless something crazy happens I'm pretty sure WE DID IT!!!!

This week will go down in the annals of history as the longest week of my life. Officially.

Okay. So maybe there have been other weeks (like the week before I gave birth to each child) that have felt longer, but whew! This one certainly makes the top five.

I was never the type of person that really wanted to run for public office. Not in elementary school. Not in Jr. High. Not in High School, and definitely not in college. We won't even discuss city, state and country! I do like to be in leadership positions though, so go figure.

But I think I now know why I wouldn't have run for office. The campaigning for votes. It's not really in my personality to self-promote very much (and yes, I realize that kind of goes against keeping a blog...but it's not like I advertise my blog constantly to every single person I've ever met...it's more of an "if I write it, they will come" mentality). Believe it or not, I am kind of shy, and I prefer to sit and watch others do things like campaign for votes.

But, apparently, I will do anything when it comes to 1000 dollars. Especially when I see it as such a huge blessing from above. It killed us financially to buy Joel's plane ticket to Spain (if you must know, it was 1161 dollars and that was the cheapest fare on the internet), but we have felt so right about it after praying and fasting about this trip. We know this is what the Lord wants us to do. So this amazing opportunity to win this money just feels like another confirmation that we made the correct decision.

Except I haven't won the money yet. And I have to campaign like crazy!!! And I kind of don't like that part, but I figure if I want blessings, I better work for them! I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart who are campaigning just as hard as I am for this, and for no other reason than that you love me. It has really warmed my soul this week, and I am not just saying that. Many times I have sat here crying as I have felt the love and support from each of your emails and messages and updates about how the votes are currently standing.

And, despite an amazing surge today by the other picture, I am again in the lead. A very small lead, but a lead nonetheless. And less than 24 hours left to this horribly long week of voting.

So here comes the campaign part: Go vote. Tell your friends. Put flyers up all over your neighborhood (okay, maybe that's going a bit too far...).

And have a wonderful Friday!

18 comments :

  1. Lara,

    Just found your blog through Flip Flop Mom. I'm hooked. My husband is also musically inclined - he's a choir director. Anyway, just stopping by to say I love your blog and I'll be back to visit often. (And I also voted for your photo - too cute!)

    Shana

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  2. There's no shame in self-promotion, especially when $1000 is involved.

    I've been campaigning for you like crazy and agonizing over the votes too! When you were down by something like 60 or 70 votes yesterday, I freaked out a little and sent out more emails and made some calls.

    I really hope you win this, not only because I love your photo, but because I know you can use/really need that money.

    Good luck!

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  3. You know I'm campaigning like crazy for you! I really hope you win!

    Fight to the finish!!!

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  4. La-ra
    La-ra
    La-ra
    gggggGGGGGoooooOOOOOOO
    LARA!!!!!!
    gimmee an L....

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  5. found your link to the contest through Scrapsupply! i voted for you! just wanted to stop by and say that i totally LOVE what i've seen so far on your blog and that picture of your daughter is PRICELESS (with a very lovely sentiment to go along.) wishing you LUCK and monetary blessings!

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  6. hey, thanks for visiting my blog yesterday and just so you know....I've voted for your super cute picture a few times!! Your in the lead!! Go peas!!! Hopefully, the power of the peas can win it in the end for you! Good luck!

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  7. Oh my gosh -- when will this contest be over??? When you were down in the votes, I made my sister go put it on her facebook account. So hopefully that will pull in some votes! She knows about a zillion people.

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  8. You are up by 42 votes at this very second. Hopefully that gets bigger and bigger.

    I so wish I knew more people to tell them to vote!

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  9. Lara my darling!! It makes me so happy to see all the love everyone has for you! Because I sure love you, and I know just how lovable you are! It confirms the truth of just what kind of woman you are!! So grateful to have you as my daughter! I'm with Hillary.....gimme a L, gimme an A, gimme a R, gimme an A, what does that spell???? LARA, YAYYYYYY!

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  10. I told my husband to go and vote. He also told all of his buddy to vote for you too. Love you tons.

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  11. When I last looked you were up by 1oo votes! WOO HOO! I can't believe I have gotten so involved in this whole ordeal as well! GOOD LUCK! You totally deserve it. I'm always amazed by how much you sacrifice for your family. I hope you can win and have a little "extra" -- even if it pays for Joels' place ticket, lol!

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  12. OK, it's 9 PM EST... does this mean we can all relax now? 'Cause it looks like you won!!!

    Why oh why do they have to wait until Sunday to formally announce it? It looks obvious to me! (Unless someone cheated?)

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  13. Yes, you won, and we announced it (because as you could see--everyone knew). It's official.

    Please send me your name, address, and phone number to this email address and we'll get your prize mailed out.

    Congrats!

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  14. The announcement is on their front page--it's you! I am so happy for you, and know it meant a lot--what a wonderful blessing (of course, it's a darling picture!), congrats!

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  15. CONGRATS!! THAT IS SO AWESOME! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! LOVE YA!!

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS!! That is SO great for you guys. You totally deserve it. Your photo is fantastic!!

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  17. YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! I was hoping so hard for you to win and I was more than happy to do everything in my power to make it happen!!! Congratulations; you absolutely deserve it.

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  18. I pray that you won! I am so sorry that I cannot access any parts of that site - tried it also this morning :(, but I am glad that other people could and did it! hugs!

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