Housewarming Party (with PRESENTS) !!!


Most of our blog boxes are unpacked and we’re finally feeling a little settled over here at the new URL, so we decided it was time for a fun–

Housewarming Party !!!

Please come on in, take a look around, and make yourself at home!  If this is your first time visiting, please take a moment to check out our  “Meet the Chuppies” page (above).  Our “categories tab” in the top navigation bar will give you a sense of what we like to talk about over here.  And if you’d like to stay in touch, there are options for connecting with us on the sidebar.

Please be patient with us as we work out some minor glitches and we still haven’t been able to find all those comments from our previous home that we packed up and planned to move with us.

Mostly we just want to welcome you and to celebrate and to–

Thank God for providing this new spot.

I also want to say a special thank you to my designer friend Julie, who basically did all the heavy lifting in this blog move and who was SUPER patient with me as I said things like:

“I think those green little button things look better right next to that circle dotty thing…no wait…I changed my mind…let’s actually set them right on top of that big long box…under that place where things drop down with more places you can go.”

But now, it’s time for the celebration-presents-giveaway!!!  From us to you…     (some of our favorite things from some of our favorite people)

First, a set of these beautiful Wood Redeemed Letters from Dayspring

Next, 3 copies of my friend Rachel Wojnarowski’s ebook

 The Sensational Scent of Prayer…

(I love Rachel.  She is such an encouragement to me and even if you don’t take her book home with you, please take a minute to stop by and say “hi” to her for me.)

Do your kiddos enjoy Adventures in Odyssey?  We also have an entire set of the Adventures in Odyssey Passages Book Series to share with you…

This next gift is from my kindred-spirit-friend-Jen who writes at This Gal’s Journey.  She and her husband Seth, who is an amazing photographer, live in Ireland.  They’ve offered to share (your choice of) one of his Irish Countryside Photos in a 5X7 or 8X10 size, with one of our readers.

We love The Child Training Bible!    “The Child Training Bible is a tool that allows parents and children (and anyone who loves the Word of God) to go directly to the pages of Scripture for instruction in 20 key areas with a complete section dedicated to the gospel.”

And finally, from our family to yours, two of our favorites…

Meet the Rizers– from a band that puts God’s Word to music in a way your children (and you) will remember…

Notes from the Tilt-A Whirl– a book by N.D. Wilson that we love!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

We hope to see you again soon…

(You may enter once per day up until next-Monday-midnight.) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sharing with thanks over at: Jenni Mullinix
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  1. Looks wonderful! Congratulations on your new home. :)

  2. Brandi Watson says:

    Im Brandi from Forks ,Wa :)

  3. love the new place! nice job :-)

  4. Yay! Welcome to your new home! I totally get the comment thing. When I transferred to my dot com, only some comments went with me. And I have no idea why some did and others didn’t. Someone much more techie than me could probably figure it out. Right now, I am just hoping no one is offended.=)

    • Well…even if the comments don’t make it over…I’m going to just take it as a “fresh start”…I wouldn’t have been able to ANY of this without Julie (the one I mentioned above). I’m totally not computer-tech-savvy…

  5. Hello I am Kelly from New Jersey. Congrats on the move!

  6. The new blog looks great. Colorful and easy to navigate. Love it!

  7. Yay! Your new home is just as cozy as the other one. Still great to be here. So happy for you, K. Thx for the great giveaways! :)

  8. Welcome :) Looks great, Kara!

  9. It looks great, Kara! Congrats on the move :)

  10. I love the new look! All those button thingys look so organized and neat! :)

    • Ha! I thought you would like that… :)
      And believe me, poor Julie…I am a mess when it comes to anything that involve html…but I’m sloooowly learning. It’s fun to learn something new too!
      I have no idea how-in-the-world you set up your own new site “all by yourself”.
      I’m still looking up passwords when I want to log in.

  11. Hi Kara!

    Congrats on the new look and move :) Looks great! Great giveaway too! I would love to win the Adventures in Odyssey books that I think my kids would love :)

  12. I am fairly new to The Chuppies. Love the green all over your new “home.” I was especially touched this morning when I read on your Meet the Chuppies page, “We fail on a daily basis and are constantly thankful for 1 John 1:9.” Although we all need someone to look up to, it’s so nice to see a blogger who admits to being human. :)

    • Oh Irene…that means a lot to me…thank you.
      Honestly, even just last night I went to 1 John 1:9…so thankful for fresh starts and His forgiveness that removes my sin as far as the east is from the west (I love Psalm 103).
      If you want to read about more of my mama-humanity :)
      Check out the post called “Rats in My Cellar”
      The quote in there from C.S. Lewis is incredibly convicting!

  13. So excited to see your new site up and running! :) It’s looking wonderful! I look forward to getting to know you more! (I’m Jessica! :) and I have 6 little ones ages seven and under, and am always excited to find others that are passionate about leading families to Christ.) Blessings!

  14. Jeannie says:

    I am Jeannie, a mom of 10 living blessings (one being knit within) and 3 awaiting us in eternity. I am a homeschool mom, and love so many of the resources you have listed here! It is great to hear from another mom who loves Christ and is doing her best to raise up godly children. Blessings to you~ Jeannie

    • I paused in replying to you…
      I guess it just always hits hard when someone shares about little ones in Heaven (and I know our hearts must be knit in a special way).
      I love what you shared in your comment and feel the same way…praying our kiddos will grow to know and love Him in a real, life transforming way.
      Thanks so much for stopping by…

  15. Monique marron says:

    Love Love Love your story..xo

  16. Dana Miller says:

    Happy housewarming! May God bless your new home!

  17. Love the site!

  18. What a creative idea!

  19. Welcome to your new on-line home! Thanks for the amazing giveaway. I heard about it on The Training Bible’s Facebook page.

  20. jennifer humphrey says:

    So excited about finding your site. It is very encouraging to me. Thanks!

  21. YAY!!! You did it!! :) So excited for you, Kara!! I am taking notes about those AinO books… I didn’t even know they existed!! Love you!!

  22. Congratulations on your new blog home! It looks lovely :-)

  23. Suzanna says:

    Hi, Thanks for these great give-aways. I love your blog. I found it a few months ago through your nature table post and have enjoyed reading your other posts, especially your thoughts on heaven.

    • Thanks Suzanna…
      I love that you love thinking about Heaven…for me…it changes EVERYTHING.
      How I live now…
      What I’m willing to risk…
      Where I look for hope…
      But I’m quick to forget.
      Have you read Paul Tripp’s book called “Forever”?
      If not–it’s just. so. good.
      All about how it’s so easy to live with what he calls “eternity amnesia”.

  24. Thanks for the give-aways!

  25. Thanks for all the fun and awesome giveaways. We are a young military family with three children under four, all girls and a little boy on the way.

  26. Excited to see your new site! Blessings!

  27. Thanks for sharing!

  28. So glad to have found your blog, can’t wait to read more!

  29. Michelle T says:

    I am new to your blog and I love it. Thanks for the offer.

  30. I love this new home of yours! I can’t wait between posts to read what is happening with you all! I receive so much encouragement from you and your posts! You have really challenged me to be in the word more! Thanks for serving our Heavenly Father!

    • Thank you Amanda…that means a lot to me and I need that encouragement so much too…to be in His Word…to really let it sink in, take hold and change me.
      Thanks for the encouraging comment! Love, K

  31. Mary A. says:

    I’m Mary, from Oklahoma- and the home school mom to one, soon to be two little girls! :)

  32. I’m new to the blog. Can’t wait to read more!

  33. MomofTwinGirls says:

    Congrats on your new home! Thanks for the opportunity to win such excellent prizes!

  34. Love the new look Kara! Your friend, Cheryl

  35. What fun! Wish we were still nearby to see your gang running through the church. But the blog is the next best thing! :)

  36. Rebecca says:

    Wow! I look forward to seeing what the Lord lays on your heart.


  37. You’re so fun! Love this Kara!

  38. Lovely blog design and fun giveaways!

  39. Hi Kara! It was super special to finally chat with you and your husbie last night at the International outreach thingie at Southwest Bible. You were very encouraging as we explained our hearts and adoptions ups and downs.

    • I really enjoyed talking too…and was praying for your family this morning. The whole adoption road is such an incredibly wonderful-painful-exhausting-beautiful-emtional-BLESSING.
      I know God will give you clear direction…but I’ll be praying for His kind of patience and trust and strength for you as you wait.
      We always feel such a connection with others on the adoption journey.

  40. Looks wonderful! Congrats!

  41. Heather o says:

    The Rizers rock our house:).

  42. Very excited to take a look around. I’m a missionary wife and mum in the Northern Territory of Australia. I blog at

    • Will stop by and say “hi”…one of my closest friends just returned from being a missionary in Australia with CRU (Campus Crusade). I wonder if she knows you? Ticiana Gordillo?

      Or is that like saying…”You’re from America?…I know someone who lives in America!” :)

  43. Thanks for the offers!

  44. Jlwilmer says:

    Hi! I ‘m new to your site. Looking forward to exploring you blog!

  45. I found your site from the Raising Arrows link up. I blog over at

  46. I love your new “home.” Thanks for all the fun giveaways :)

  47. Your new stomping grounds looks great!! :) I’m excited to look around a bit and get to “know” you!!

    I have a giveaway on my blog at the moment you might like – our families favorite Bible story book written by a man who was a missionary in the Muslim world for 30 years. He wrote it to “cross cultures” so to speak. Our boys {and us parents!!} really enjoy it!

    • It sounds great! Will stop by…we LOVE missionary stories and biographies…we’re almost finished with The Hiding Place (our nightly reading book right now) :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  48. Rachel Tilly says:

    Just discovering your blog! Would love to win any of these prizes!! They all look wonderful!

  49. Kara, you all are just so lovely! Thanks for being a blessing!

  50. Claudia says:

    Nice way to meet you! looking forward to read more of you :-)

  51. Kara,
    The site really looks wonderful! I’m sure it was a tremendous amount of work!
    Love and God Bless,

  52. Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. The new site is great! Can’t wait to read more inspiring posts!

  54. Thank you so much for all the fun giveaways!

  55. Your “new home” looks great! What fabulous give aways!!

  56. The site looks great!

  57. Thanks for offering some great giveaways!

  58. Thanks for all the chances to win.

  59. I really enjoy your blog…thanks for the giveaways!

  60. Hi, I started reading your blog a few weeks back. I try to cheek back every few days. Love your blog

  61. CultivatedLives says:

    Welcome to your new blog home… I hope you continue to settle in well…

  62. Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

  63. Graham189 says:

    Looks Wonderful!

  64. Hey there, found you through WLW link up! Love getting to know you thru your blog! If you ever have any healthy posts like recipes, remedies, natural tips, etc., I hope you’ll link up over at my hop Healthy 2day Wednesdays! I am on blogger but hopefully will switch to WP soon!

    • Hi Rachel…
      Thanks for stopping by!
      The switch from blogger to WP wasn’t too bad, but I had TONS of help :)
      I only post recipes from time to time, but my friend Kelly at Nourishing Home has great, HEALTHY recipes…we write together at The Better Mom…and she does their weekly meal plans. She’d be a great place to stop in at–

  65. We love our Child Training Bible! What a great tool! Excited about your other giveaways!

  66. Raquel Higdon says:

    The new blog site looks fantastic!!! I found you through Women Living Well, and I can’t wait to browse your blog. Have a wonderful day!

  67. It is nice to meet you :) I am excited about the giveaway :)

  68. thanks for the opportunity!

  69. JessicaF says:

    Just found your blog and love it! Putting it on my list of must reads everyday!

  70. Hi! My name is Kelli and I’m from WV. Happy settling in!

  71. Just found your blog through the Time-warp wife…I am excited to explore your new site!! :)

  72. Jamie L Torres says:

    Welcome to your new blog home!!! Thank you for your sweet and generous giveaway. Whomever wins will be exceptionally blessed. God bless you!

  73. Reese Michele says:

    I know I appreciate your blog….thanks! Can you buy that children’s bible on amazon?

    • Hi Michele :)
      I’m not sure about amazon, but if you look to the right under my “sponsors and affilitates”…there is a cross in a blue square and that is there link. If you need help putting it together or getting started, I’d be happy to have ya over. I need to order a new set and put another one together too :)

  74. Hi my name is Shannon and I blog over at Growing Roots

  75. Kelli_kleindl says:

    Great new site and great giveaway! I just found your blot and can’t wait to read more

  76. So exciting! I really love your blog. :)

  77. Stacee T. says:

    I just love you, Kara!!! Praying God blesses you extra this week!! {{{HUGS}}}

  78. Kelly D. says:

    Excited to check out your blog – Yay for Rachel!!! Hope to win one of your amazing giveaways!

  79. Jacqueline says:

    Love your blog!! Read the post and these are hard words the other night and it was such a blessing! You are a great encouragement & blessing!! Much love for you and your family!

  80. So many neat things. You are so sweet for doing this. I hope I am blessed with one of the prizes. Have a great day!

  81. Hey, there! I’m a friend of Rachel’s (we go to church together) and I’m excited to make a new bloggy friend – I blog over at

  82. Hpassalaqua says:

    What a great blog and so much fun!! I am a mom of 4 boys, soon to be 5 in October!! And I am currently working on getting their homeschooling started, how to get more income due to my husbands job loss… and stay sane… LOL God is good always and that’s enough.

  83. finding_the_beauty says:

    Fun, fun!


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