Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Relevant Conference Giveaway!

When I first heard that the Relevant Conference would be happening I was thrilled to register.  I have spent a good part of this year looking forward to traveling to Pennsylvania to learn and meet more people.  I was very fortunate to attend several conferences this year and it has been very interesting to compare the experiences.  Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way of my journey to Relevant.  My father has terrible arthritis in most of his joints.  He has had one hip replaced and was scheduled to have the other replaced on October 6th.  I thought about selling my Relevant ticket when he scheduled that surgery, but he has already been through one and we know what to expect.  And then the unexpected.  His right knee has started to bother him.  He started to fall.  He's over six feet tall so he has a long way to the ground.  Problems with his muscles and his arthritis make it terrifying when he falls.  He can't necessarily catch himself.

All of this makes him sound very frail and I assure you he is not.  He is hearty and funny and trapped in this body that is failing him.  So they changed his hip surgery to a knee surgery.  Yikes.  Longer time in the hospital and longer rehab.  Boo.  I also have to admit that I am feeling a little "conferenced-out."  I have been so fortunate to attend these conferences this year, but it has meant being away a lot.  Well, maybe not a lot, but more than we are used to.  I have decided to spread a little good fortune around by giving my ticket away.

I will accept entries through Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 12 noon Eastern Time.  All valid entries will be entered into Random.com and a winner will be selected.  The winner will be announced here, on the blog, early Saturday evening.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected!  Best of luck!

For EACH entry you must leave a comment! To Enter:
  1. Follow this blog by RSS feed, Google Friend Connect or by email.
  2. Follow me on Twitter
  3. Tweet this ONCE a day "Win a ticket to The Relevant Conference via @amymchodges http://bit.ly/8ZzgUB "
  4. Mention this contest and link back to this site in a blog post.
I hope the Relevant Conference is a rewarding experience for all!

***EDITED FRIDAY 10/8 TO CLARIFY #3- If you tweet on subsequent days(today and tomorrow) please leave another comment that you have tweeted!  Please don't tweet more than once a day, only once will count and I don't want to clog everyone's twitter streams! I wish I had more than one ticket to give away!!*****

*******Winner Information*******
My most sincere apologies.  My dad was having a very bad day at the rehab center and I wasn't able to leave there until after 7pm.  (then I had to pick up dinner, family was starving!) So, drumroll please**********the winner is***********
Sprittibee!!
Please DM me the name you want me to transfer the ticket to.
I wish I had tickets so you all could go!  I entered all of the entries into a spreadsheet and drew a number with Random.org.  If any of you would like more information please don't hesitate to email me. 

    112 comments:

    Michelle said...

    Sorry you won't be coming, Amy. I was looking forward to meeting you! But I'm sure it feels good to make the best decision. I hope everything goes well for your Dad!

    Shannon said...

    I follow you on Twitter.

    Shannon said...

    I tweeted. http://twitter.com/PotamusPrefers/status/26551885450

    Lindsey @ A New Life said...

    Did all of the above except the blog post because I can't get into blogger right now~ Hoping to win for a friend :-)

    nichole@esmon.net said...

    I follow you on twitter!

    Skip'sMKGirl said...

    praying for your dad right now! I know someone who would love to use this ticket!

    Lindsey @ A New Life said...

    Um, totally just re-read the directions, lol. Added you as a friend on google connect

    Lindsey @ A New Life said...

    Already follow you on Twitter!

    Skip'sMKGirl said...

    I followed you on Twitter :)

    Skip'sMKGirl said...

    I tweeted your contest :)

    Skip'sMKGirl said...

    I blogged your giveaway too :) http://www.amillionbox.com/2010/10/relevant-conference-giveaway.html

    Skip'sMKGirl said...

    And finally, I followed your blog with Google Connect :)

    Thou Art Jules said...

    I had something similar happen with my father a few years ago.. I'm entering because to win would really be a "God thing" for me! lol

    I am following with google

    Thou Art Jules said...

    and of course I'm following on Twitter. I've just started using it in the last few weeks and LOVE it!

    simplyrebekah said...

    Oh boy, I hope I win! I subscribe with my Google Reader!

    Thou Art Jules said...

    tweeted @thouartjules

    simplyrebekah said...

    I now follow you on Twitter!

    simplyrebekah said...

    I just tweeted about your giveaway (even though I don't want anyone else to know about it!! HAHA!) Question: You said to tweet once a day about it... Does that mean I get 1 entry for EACH daily tweet?

    Kaira said...

    I tweeted it. :)

    Maria Tiongco Ramos, My Chicago Mommy said...

    I'm following you on Google Connect.

    Maria Tiongco Ramos, My Chicago Mommy said...

    I'm following you on Twitter (@mychicagomommy).

    Mandy said...

    Aww, Amy! I'm so sorry you won't be able to make it to Relevant! And I will be praying for your dad and his recovery as well!

    Maria Tiongco Ramos, My Chicago Mommy said...

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/mychicagomommy/status/26706795550.

    Mandy said...

    I tweeted it!

    Mandy said...

    I follow your blog!

    Mandy said...

    And I follow you on Twitter! :)

    Meg said...

    Praying for you and your family!! So sorry to hear that you can't go. But I will surely take you up on the ticket, if that's God's will for me. Blessings to you and yours. I follow you on GFC.

    Meg said...

    I follow you on Twitter @megsmorningcup

    Meg said...

    I tweeted this @megsmorningcup. I would post the link to the specific tweet but I don't know how, lol!!

    Michelle said...

    You are being so generous in giving your ticket away vs. selling it! I follow your blog in RSS.

    Michelle said...

    I follow you on Twitter via @TradSimplicity

    Michelle said...

    I tweeted about the giveaway too!

    Meg said...

    This will be featured in my blog post tomorrow morning, in my regularly scheduled Friday Finds post! http://www.morningcupwithmeg.com

    Sprittibee said...

    So sorry you can't come! :( I added myself to your Google Friend Box! I'm trying to win the ticket for my friend Jenn of @dazeofadventure because I already have one.

    Sprittibee said...

    I follow you on twitter. @sprittibee

    Trying to win the ticket for @dazeofadventure :)

    Sprittibee said...

    http://twitter.com/sprittibee/statuses/26713081774

    Tweet! @sprittibee for @dazeofadventure

    Jenn said...

    Girl - I am following you on twitter.
    Hope your sweet daddy is better very soon!

    Jenn said...

    I am following your blog.... :)

    Jenn said...

    I just tweeted. I will have a blog post up TOMORROW with your name ALL IN IT!!! ;)
    Muah!

    Amy Bayliss said...

    Hi Amy! I'm so sad that I won't be able to meet you at Relevant. It is so sweet of you to bless someone else though. I'm also praying th\at your dad gets better. (((BIG hug)))

    I follow you on twitter. @amygbayliss

    I have a ticket already but I would like to win the ticket for @dazeofadventure :)

    Amy Bayliss said...

    I am following your blog too!

    I have a ticket already but I would like to win the ticket for @dazeofadventure :)

    Amy Bayliss said...

    I subscribed to the feed through my feed reader.

    I have a ticket already but I would like to win the ticket for @dazeofadventure :)

    Amy Bayliss said...

    I tweeted about it a couple of times but here is one of the links: http://twitter.com/#!/AmyGBayliss/statuses/26713955793

    I have a ticket already but I would like to win the ticket for @dazeofadventure :)

    Stephanie said...

    Amy, thanks for doing this - it rocks! I'm following you on blogger.

    Stephanie said...

    And following on Twitter!

    Stephanie said...

    I tweeted about your giveaway!

    Sara said...

    I'm following your blog.

    Sara said...

    Following on Twitter

    Sara said...

    I tweeted (@happybrownhouse)

    Sara said...

    Just wanted to tell you I'm sad we won't see you at Relevant, but love that you are blessing someone else with a ticket! Praying for your dad! I already have a ticket, but if I win, I will be giving my ticket to my friend Kelly (@domesticdesign)www.domesticbydesign.com. We were college friends and haven't seen each other in 7 years. I'd love to reconnect with her at Relevant!

    Heather Laurie said...

    I tweeted @gfcfmomofmany

    Heather Laurie said...

    I am following you on Google.

    God bless
    Heather Laurie

    :( Twitter won't let me follow you, stupid follow caps!

    Genevieve Thul said...

    Blogged about it here: http://turquoisegates.blogspot.com/2010/10/stand-up-stand-up-for-jesus.html. Tweeted, here: @gmthul. Following you, too. Thanks for the opportunity - sorry you can't make it!

    Genevieve Thul said...

    I guess that should have been 3 separate comments?? So consider the LAST one the blog post entry. THIS one for the tweet.

    Genevieve Thul said...
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    Genevieve Thul said...

    And THIS one for following your Twitter account!

    Genevieve Thul said...

    And THIS one for following the blog.

    Kelly said...

    I follow you on Twitter.

    Kelly said...

    I tweeted about about the giveaway

    Kelly said...

    I blogged about it, too!

    Kelly said...

    I subscribed via RSS!

    Kelly said...

    You can read my blog post in which I mention the giveaway - http://domesticbydesign.com/?p=1988

    Kim Hyland said...

    Following!

    Meg said...

    I tweeted this again @megsmorningcup

    Kim Hyland said...

    Twittered . . tweeted?

    Kim Hyland said...

    Following you on twitter! Thanks for sharing the opportunity. Best wishes to the winner!

    Phyllis@Aimless Conversation said...

    Following you on twitter (chocolatejunky)

    Stephanie said...

    I tweeted today! Happy Friday everyone. =D

    Frank said...

    I am following your blog...

    Frank said...

    I am following you on twitter. Trying to win ticket for @dazeofadventure.

    Frank said...

    I tweeted.

    Amy @amymchodges said...

    Putting this in the comments as well, if you tweet once a day(yesterday, today and tomorrow) please leave a comment for the new tweets so they will be added to the contest. Please don't tweet more than once a day, we don't want to clog up twitter streams. I truly wish I had more than one ticket to give!!

    simplyrebekah said...

    I tweeted again just now! Thanks for clarifying about the twitter entries!

    PS. I wish you had more than one ticket too!!! LOL!

    Sprittibee said...

    http://twitter.com/sprittibee/statuses/26765044905

    Tweeting for Jenn !!!

    Tara said...

    I already follow you on Twitter (@taramcclenahan). Entering for a friend! I already have a ticket! I actually won mine in another giveaway!

    Tara said...

    I tweeted for you! Entering for a friend!

    Amy Bayliss said...

    I tweeted about it: http://twitter.com/#!/AmyGBayliss/statuses/26765986552

    I have a ticket already but I would like to win the ticket for @dazeofadventure :)

    Michelle said...

    following your blog ;)
    entering for Jenn @ Daze of Adventure

    Tina Jobe said...

    Following your blog.

    Tina Jobe said...

    I am unable to post a direct link to my current blog but I'm blogging about this! Sarah Pinnix sent me. www.tina.thejobe.com

    Marisha said...

    I follow you through RSS! Thanks for offering a giveaway for your ticket. I'm sure it was a hard decision.

    Marisha said...

    I'm also a twitter follower! @frugallymarisha

    Marisha said...

    I tweeted! @frugallymarisha

    Kris @ WUHS and Eclipsed said...

    I'm sorry to hear about the circumstances that have led you to decide to give away your ticket. Praying that your Dad's surgery goes well. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm following via Google Reader.

    Kris @ WUHS and Eclipsed said...

    I tweeted.

    Tina Jobe said...

    Blogged about the contest.

    http://www.tina.thejobes.com/2010/10/relevant/

    Again, I apologize for not being able to make the direct link appear.

    Kimmywizzie said...

    What a loving thing to do. I hope your Dad gets well on his way soon. I signed up for your RSS feed.

    Kimmywizzie said...

    I follow you on Twitter.

    Kimmywizzie said...

    I just tweeted. @kimcalhoun

    joyfulmothering said...

    I am following via Google Connect :) I'm entering for DazeofAdventure :)

    joyfulmothering said...

    I'm already following you on Twitter :) @followmyjourney (entering for @DazeofAdventure)
    christin.slade @ yahoo (dot) com

    joyfulmothering said...

    I tweeted about the contest! :)
    christin.slade @ yahoo (dot) com

    Tina Jobe said...

    Tweeted.

    Tina Jobe said...

    And now I follow you on Twitter! I signed up for Twitter for this!

    Kacia @ Coconut Robot said...

    I subscribe!! Via email

    Kacia @ Coconut Robot said...

    And I follow you on twitter!

    Genevieve Thul said...

    Tweeted again for Friday!

    Jenn said...

    I tweeted this earlier today & forgot to come leave a comment! DUH!! So, this is my comment for tweeting on Friday. :)

    Jenn said...

    I blogged. And included you and this FANTABULOUS giveaway in this post.... http://www.dazeofadventure.com/2010/10/weekly-wrap-up.html
    Muah!

    Meg said...

    I tweeted again @megsmorningcup

    Kelly said...

    Tweeted on Sat. @domesticdesign

    Kelly said...

    blogged about it again on Saturday http://domesticbydesign.com/2010/10/2312/

    Stephanie said...

    I tweeted!!

    Sprittibee said...

    http://twitter.com/sprittibee/statuses/26847453160

    :) For @dazeofadventure by @sprittibee

    Donna Shenk said...

    I follow you on Google Connect (entering for my dear friend Rebekah!)

    Donna S said...

    I follow you on twitter!

    Donna S said...

    I tweeted today!

    Genevieve Thul said...

    Tweeted twice again today for Saturday's entry! Now let's see what God does...

    Amy @amymchodges said...

    Entries closed at !2 noon Eastern time, Best of luck to everyone. I am at the rehab facility with my father and will announce the winner by 7pm Eastern time tonight!!

    Amy @amymchodges said...

    My most sincere apologies. My dad was having a very bad day at the rehab center and I wasn't able to leave there until after 7pm. (then I had to pick up dinner, family was starving!) So, drumroll please**********the winner is***********
    Sprittibee!! Please DM me the name you want me to transfer the ticket to.
    I wish I had tickets so you all could go! I entered all of the entries into a spreadsheet and drew a number with Random.org. If any of you would like more information please don't hesitate to email me.

    Jen@BigBinder said...

    I can't go to Relevant but I just wanted to say good luck with your dad's knee surgery. My dad had it done 2 years ago, it's a long recovery but he was in so much less pain afterwards it's worth it. He'll treasure having you to help him, I'm sure!

    Hannah said...

    Hey, thanks for the give away. Would love to win it for a friend! Thanks!