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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

**Brenna's Favorite Things Giveaway!!**



Tomorrow is Brenna's BIG Day - turning ONE!! So what better way to celebrate on the blog than with an amazing giveaway full of so many of Brenna's favorite things?!?!

We have been looking forward to and planning for this huge milestone for a long time - and lots of companies and businesses were so excited for Brenna's birthday too, so they very generously agreed to participate in a blog giveaway for our awesome readers this week!

We have either bought or been given all of these items for our own family to use, and we are HUGE fans...so we hope you check them all out because these would make amazing gifts for the moms and babies in your life too :)

1. Aquaphor gift set - includes 14 oz. jar, lip repair/protectant, 1.75 oz. tube and baby shampoo/body wash. Obviously it's no secret that we are Aquaphor fans - their products literally save Brenna's life every day! We have tried other brands of emollients for her skin, but Aquaphor is THE BEST. We also use the baby wash for her baths. I've talked to so many other moms who use Aquaphor for diaper rash and other dry areas on their babies, and everyone agrees it is practically magic :)

2. Aquaphor gift set - includes 3 oz. tube, lip repair, and $50 Visa gift card. (I decided to break the Aquaphor products into two sets so that more of you could experience the wonders of Aquaphor :) )

3. Moms on Call gift sets - three winners!. A lot of moms have asked me how Brenna has gotten on such a great daily routine and will go right down for her naps and bedtime with no fussing. It is all Moms on Call!! A friend recommended it to me, so I checked it out and took notes during the online seminar, and it has worked wonders for our sleep routine. You can choose a program based on your child's age, and it is focused on routines so that your child knows what to expect. It is so helpful to know what kind of schedule your child should be on and how to develop good sleep habits! The Basic Baby Care 0-6 months book and an online seminar are included in the gift set for three different winners.

4. Baby Einstein discovery kits - World of Rhythm and Baby Lullaby. 
Baby Einstein videos have been a God-send for Brenna! They are one of the very few things that keep her occupied while she's getting fed through her pump, and aside from being held and rocked, they were the ONLY thing that would keep her from screaming when she was really sick this past summer. We have lots of Baby Einstein products and love them all!
Sitting up to watch her videos

5. $25 gift certificate to Breely's Garden. A few months ago, a blog reader sent us these beautiful bows from her Etsy shop, Breely's Garden, named after her own daughter. These bows are absolutely GORGEOUS! Brenna wore one in her 10-month photo shoot and has worn several more for Christmas events. Just browsing through her Etsy shop, you can see how exquisite these little bows and headbands are...and what also struck me when I first checked it out is that in some of the photos, there are beautiful little girls with special needs who are modeling the headbands - of course this made my heart so happy to see! :)

6. Bumbo seat. We love love love our Bumbo seat!! We loved it for Connor, and we've especially loved it for Brenna, who wants to be up and part of the action all the time, but isn't quite sturdy enough to be left to her own devices. If you browse the archives of our blog, you'll see many a picture with the Bumbo seat in it!

7. A copy of "Professionalizing Motherhood" by Jill Savage, along with a "Things That Go" scratch and sketch book for kids and CDs from the Hearts at Home national conference. One of the staff from Hearts at Home sent me some books by Hearts at Home founder Jill Savage after I expressed frustration in my role as a stay-at-home mom. It was such a thoughtful surprise! Within the first chapter of this book, "Professionalizing Motherhood", my mind was completely changed! I have felt a huge difference in my mindset each day and have felt so much more fulfilled being at home after reading this book. It's definitely a must-read for any stay-at-home mom! And now I can't wait to attend the 2013 Hearts at Home national conference in Bloomington :)

8. A toddler-sized boutique hat from Kremer's Hats of Love.
When Brenna first came home, a blog reader contacted me about sending her some hats that her mother makes...and when we received them, I could not get over how unique and cute they are. Brenna looks adorable in them too - of course! The girl can rock a hat like no other :) The hat that Kremer's Hats of Love donated for the giveaway is sized for an 18-month to 2-year-old and would be so perfect for a cool fall day or for a photo shoot!

9. A copy of "On the Night You Were Born" by Nancy Tillman. This is a gift from our family to yours. We received this book when Brenna was born, and read it to her many times - with tears rolling down our faces! - while in the hospital and after we brought her home. It is such a special and beautiful book, and we even based my best friend Kristin's baby shower theme around it.

10. A boxy backpack from Petunia Pickle Bottom. These diaper bags are AWESOME! I received mine from my friend Lauren, and it's so high quality and adorable. I love that it has little pockets all over the inside, so I can organize all the stuff I have to lug around with two little ones! 
Petunia Pickle Bottom has generously donated the backpack-style bag, called a boxy backpack, in the same Santiago Sunset print as the "touring tote" that I have. This is definitely a wish list item for a new or expecting mom! While their diaper bags are one of the most popular items, Petunia Pickle Bottom has all kinds of amazing baby products - you'll definitely want to spend some time browsing their site!

***Here's how to win one of these AMAZING items:
1. Leave me a comment and tell me briefly how you've been blessed by Brenna! If you're new to the blog, just tell me you're a new reader and can't wait to start following our story now too ;) Leave your email in the comment in this format: blessedbybrenna (at) gmail (dot) com so I can contact you when you win!

2. For a second "entry" to the giveaway, link up to this post! Blog about it, tweet about it, or share it on Facebook...and then leave me a comment telling me you did so. I trust you! :)

That's it - easy right?! The giveaway will be open through Thursday at 5 p.m. CST, and we will use a random integer selector to pick the winners. We will choose one winner for each item. We can't wait to read all of your comments and to give away these awesome goodies to our wonderful readers in honor of Brenna's first birthday - a big THANK YOU to all of these wonderful companies/businesses for participating! What a cause for celebration here on the blog!!

Don't forget to "like" Brenna's Facebook page and add Blessed by Brenna to your blog reader!


**The giveaway has ended and winners have been contacted. Thank you all so much for entering!!**

222 comments:

  1. I'm new to the blog. Thanks for the giiveaway

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  2. I have read "Blessed By Brenna" from the very beginning, when Brenna was still in the NICU. I started reading it because I, too, have a beautiful daughter named Brenna who was born a preemie and spent 9 weeks in the NICU. I kept reading it, however, because I fell in love with this special, beautiful little girl who has blessed the lives of so many people. Happy Birthday Beautiful Brenna!

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  3. I cant wait to watch her grow up to be a beautiful young lady. I have been following her for a couple of months now. She is such a cutie.

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  4. A friend shared Brenna's story when she was first born and I've been following it ever since! As a new mother, I enjoy your story even more! :) Keep blessing the world, Brenna!
    Megan Flanary, meganflanary (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. I cant wait to watch her grow up to be a beautiful young lady. I have been following her for a couple of months now. She is such a cutie.

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  6. A friend of mine shared Brenna's Facebook link and so I went and read and went to your blog. I cried and read some more and smiled more and more as I saw how your sweet girl was growing and beating the odds. I look forward to every new blog you post, i read them with my 3 older girls, I have 5 girls 13, 11, 11, 5 and my youngest who will be 1 December 27th. I feel anyone who reads your blog about your sweet girl has been blessed.

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  7. I eagerly await your posts of your beautiful daughter. I didn't know anything about her skin disorder and I'm an educator. She's beautiful and loks like a porcalin doll but what I love mot is the normalacy that you portray. Every family has bumps in their road. You learn to live wiith them and you move on. Keep up the blog! I turn to it daily! Your family is truey blessed ad mine because we stumbled on your precious cargo. My name is Lori Cole & I'm writing from Clearwater FL

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  8. We love Brenna and her fighting spirit! (Tweeted as well )

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  9. I just love reading your daily post. Your are always so positive and your lil darlings (Connor included) are just beautiful! I can not wait till your book is published :D

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  10. I'm leaving a comment and will also share Miss Brenna with others. I don't need to be entered into a drawing, tho. I thank you anyway. There will be lots of new moms and dads that can use them.

    I love your daughter so very much. I feel incredibly blessed to get to read about her as she has fought some pretty tough battle this year. As a mom of an infant born with some pretty tough stuff of her own (she's fine now) I can certainly relate to what you have been going through. Nothing happens by chance. Brenna Girl has been given to you for a reason. I'm so thankful she has such a strong mom that can teach her to be a strong young woman as well. Her dad and brother are amazing as well. I hope the roughest is behind you now and that each year is easier for you and our little butterfly. Love to all this beautiful day. Love, Dawn Robinson, Arthur

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  11. she is so beautiful, and a true blessing. :) I absolutely love seeing her little smiling face when i et on here shes an amazing strong little girl.... heather altig

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  12. We don't need to be in the drawing....save those for families with special little ones!:) We can't get enough of Brenna...her blog...and you, Evan and Connor...you are ALL VERY special. You will probably never know the hearts you are touching and the love surrounding you all.

    Pete and Judy Olesen

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  13. We have loved following Brennas story from the beginning! She has been such a blessing by bringing all kinds of people together, and by being living proof of the power of prayer. That little rockstar will do great things, and we can't wait too see it! -ashley leach

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  14. What a great list for all new moms and dads. I'm going to pass it along. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  15. I've been reading your blog for the past couple months and am just amazed by how strong you are... you are an amazing mom and YOU inspire me every day to be just a little bit better. Brenna is such a special little girl and I'm so lucky to have found your blog.

    susan.bechtle(at) gmail (dot) com

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  16. I shared your link to the blog on Facebook :)

    susan.bechtle (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. I just started reading 2 weeks ago and have been brought to tears multiple times reading about your precious little girl! We are all blessed to be able to read her story. I'm in love with your little family! Happy Birthday Brenna!! JennKPotts@gmail.com

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  18. I came across your blog a couple of months ago and am amazed by your strength. You motivate me to be a better person everyday. Alaynaot (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Thanks

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  19. I just found your blog and so enjoy reading about your precious little angel.You are one strong momma. I have 3 girls. My oldest has SPD and anxiety, my middle daughter was born with a genetic condition and is legally blind and then we have a spunky 8 month old little girl. I gain inspiration from you and your strength. thanks for sharing with all of us strangers.

    I shared on FB!

    Summer jsb_gibson (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  20. I am going through some tough health problems right now and reading stories about this little girls fight makes me feel like if she can do it so can I! Just heard I'm going to be a Grandma so that is my new focus so I enjoy seeing Brenna's milestones!

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  21. I have smiled and cryed reading your blog from the beginning. You are an amazing mom and Brenna and Connor are lucky to have you for a mom.

    Vicki

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  22. I've followed your blog from day one. I've enjoyed watching Brenna (and Conner) grow and flourish! Brenna has taught me not to take my kids' health for granted. Courtney, you've taught me so much as a mom: patience, kindness for others, and the importance of not judging based on appearance alone. Thank you and Happy Birthday, Brenna!!! I shared on Facebook, too!!! Email: linseyhutson@yahoo.com

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  23. Aside from the fact that Brenna's smiles are the best give away you could possibly have, this is amazing! Brenna has touched me in ways I cannot describe. She is truly an inspiration to all of us who follow the blog as well as the entire family and your coping methods. She brought back my faith in many things.

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  24. I have read your blog from the beginning, and have been touched in ways I never thought possible. At first I wondered how you had the strength and the time to share your story, though I was so glad you did. Through your blog, I have realized that anything is possible. Brenna is an absolute inspiration to everyone, and I now stop and think before complaining about my life or the difficulties I face. Admittedly, there are times that my son (will soon be 2) has been sick or not feeling well, and I worry about his condition and agonize over every symptom. As if on cue, Brenna's name pops into my head and I think of all the times you have worried about her infections and illnesses, and I am reminded that I am not alone, and there are others much more critical than us. Not only has Brenna been an inspiration for me, but your entire family beams with strength and determination. Though the rigorous schedule cannot always be pleasing, you all take it in stride with smiles upon your face and love in your heart. And any person can take a quick look at your children and see how wonderfully you are doing raising them both. They are beautiful and happy. As I said in the beginning, I am not sure how you had the strength to start the blog, but am so thankful that you did. It is extremely encouraging to me and a special time I look forward to each day. I can only imagine how wonderful it will be for you to look back on it one day and smile at the memories that you have captured. Thanks for sharing your life, your love, and most importantly, your babies with us. We are better people because of you. ssbmcclure@gmail.com

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  25. I have been Blessed by Brenna. Your family has shown me that all though we all hope and Pray for a healthy child sometimes God chooses to bless familys with a special child to show the world all though not every human may look the same we are all beautiful in the eyes of God and can bring glory to him. Brenna has shown me that the power of love and prayer is amazing and can overcome all.

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  26. I have followed your blog from day one. It's the first thing I do in the morning - log in and check up on Brenna. She is an amazing little girl. I have two sons, one 18 and one 13. However, motherhood did not come easy for me. It took us 4 1/2 years and lots and lots of help to finally conceive our first son and 3 years and lots of lots of help to conceive our second son. So, I fully understand how special being a mommy is! There's nothing greater! Your family is such an inspiration to me and to a lot of people and I'm so glad I'm a part of it (if only by reading your blog!)

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  27. I have been "Blessed by Brenna" in so many ways... She has helped me to develop an even greater understanding of the importance of community and family support, patience and love. Reading your story brings me such joy in seeing your daughter flourish. She is such a fighter and a beautiful little girl. I wish a very happy birthday to your little butterfly. sbehr2482@gmail.com

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  28. What a joy it's been to watch Brenna grow this year. Blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas!!!

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  29. I have been following you since the beginning...I believe I found Miss Brenna through Brooke Grieder's blog... You are in inspiration to moms everywhere! You have touched my heart, and you make me want to be a better mom. Thank you Cortney! jill.tucci(at)gmail(dot)com.
    I will be attending the Hearts at Home conference in Bloomington as well (that's where I live) - hope to meet you!

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  30. Hi Courtney! I shared your link on Facebook. Your story is too wonderful not to share...and I warned my friends that it is a tear jerker! =)

    Happy Holidays to your family!!

    sbehr2482@gmail.com

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  31. shared on facebook earlier comment is as Melissa Mullins when it posted i realized i hadnt changed my name on here lol. Sorry if that confuises ya. Melissaann7221985(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. what a great idea!!! I discovered your facebook page thanks to 12 of my friends. The facebook page, of course lead me to your blog. I have a 2 1/2 month old daughter and Brenna has been an inspiration as well as you and your husband to us as parents. Happy Birthday beautiful Brenna!!!!

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  33. I've followed Brenna's story from the beginning and have been so incredibly touched by the strength and faith that you and your family maintains. I have a five month old little girl and feel so blessed. Having gone through the loss of our son, when I was almost 6 months along, I know how trying and helpless a mother can feel. My faith was strengthened through our journey and I can see how it has gotten your family through tough times. You are such a talented writer and have just fallen in love with Brenna. She is so, so cute and sweet and you continue to be in my prayers! Happy Birthday, sweet girl!! Ashleyscaifedesigns@hotmail.com

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  34. I am blessed by Brenna every time I read one of your blogs! As a mommy myself you and your family's faith and dedication through all or your struggles are an inspiration to me to get through whatever rough days we face as a family. And...OMG...Brenna's smile! Talk about a blessing!She is such a little doll!!! I know it can't be easy and I read about the bumps in the road from time to time but I believe in every way that Brenna is a blessing to you and I THANK you for sharing your lives and her story with us! Leah
    leah_7800 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  36. Hi Courtney! I have been following your story for about 3 months now..and I look forward to your posts everyday! I love how positive you are and how devoted you are to your children! Brenna is absolutely precious and I love her smile:) Thanks for sharing your story!
    Courtney
    courtneyfinigan@gmail.com

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  37. Brenna is beautiful and is a daily reminder that blessings come in all forms. I love reading her story and rejoicing in her triumphs.

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  38. Forgot my email! Jennmcartor (at)gmail (dot) com

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  39. I was first Blessed by Brenna through updates from my dad (he works with your in-laws at the mine) I was so excited to stumble across your blog and facebook page earlier this year. I love reading your story and can't wait until the book is finished! Tara B.
    tjohinds@yahoo.com

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  40. How could anyone not love this little girl and be inspired by both her journey and yours?! I love the pictures and the good days and the bad days. As a stay at home mom it's nice to see someone struggle and learn as I do every day. Plus I have learned so much about brenna's condition that I didn't know.

    Lizzi87@hotmail.com

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  41. Tweeted about Brenna's fave things! https://twitter.com/amilitarymommy/status/281042710712954880 jennmcartor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. I began reading the blog a couple months ago and have since read every post. Brenna is an amazing and beautiful little girl! As a nurse I currently care for a child with special needs and I love your blog because you are reaching so many people and not only educating them on Brenna's condition but you are teaching them about love and respect for ALL! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.

    April Summers
    April_RN1@hotmail.com

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  43. Shared on Facebook as well!!

    Lizzi87@hotmail.com

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  44. Hello! I started following your blog last January after seeing a link on a friends facebook page. I feel so blessed that you share your wonderful family with everyone through your blog. I check in every day to see if there's an update on how Brenna and the family are doing. She is a very special little girl and God definitely knew what he was doing when he gave her such wonderful parents! Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless!

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  45. When I am having a "bad day" I come to your blog and look at Brenna's beautiful face. Through your posts, I see how hard she has fought in her short time since her birth. For that, she is truly an inspiration, a hero, MY hero. I have been following your blog for almost a year now, and I thank you so very much for sharing your journey with me. Your daughter has taught me strength, courage, and determination to never stop fighting.

    mkries@sbcglobal.net

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  46. Shared on Facebook and twitter

    April Summers
    April_RN1@hotmail.com

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  47. I have been reading your blog from the beginning. I am a friend of one of you sorority sisters. As a soon to be new mom, reading about Brenna has calmed my nerves. Knowing that whatever God gives me there is a reason. Seeing your commitment to making others aware of harlequin ichthyosis is inspiring. Connor and Brenna are blessed to have you as a Mom! May you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!!

    kellyconrad@me.com

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  48. Aimee hale came to me at church and was telling us this whole story. The church became so involved in prayer. She sat me down at her house and showed me the blog. I was stunned. The pure loveand faith was amazing. Myself, husband and 5 kids have been following and so touched. When that song comes on the radio that you had for the video....it brennas song. Don't even know what its called!!!! Thanks for sharing your story, faith and talents with us. Youare so real and let is on what life is truly like.

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  49. Carleen from IrelandDecember 18, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    Hey guys, firstly a huge Happy Birthday to the FAB Miss Brenna!! As you hopefully realise you have made so many lives better for sharing Brenna's wonderful journey! We too are on the same journey with our little miracle. You have been SUCH amazing support to us, we thank you. Due to you sharing all the good and troubled times, it's helped us realise we too can help Lucy to cope with Harlequins, xxx Hope tomorrow is a truly special day.

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  50. Shared this link on facebook.

    Ann Yeagle
    annmariamidden@gmail.com

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  51. Been reading and praying for Brenna from the very beginning. I've been touched by you, Courtney. You're an amazingly strong woman. I hope that if I'm ever in a situation like yours that I would carry myself with the grace and poise you have. What an amazing gift of writing you have. Thank you so much for sharing with everyone. Reading your excerpts from the book had me crying and wanting to read more, even though I basically know the whole story and had to keep reminding myself that I know she is now a happy and practically healthy ONE year old!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!! Thanks for sharing so many great gifts with your readers!

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  52. I received an email one day at work, asking me to pray for your family & I've been following your blog ever since. Brenna's story has touched my life and has inspired me to look past the physical and get to know people for who they truly are, because people are so much more then outward appearances. Some of your posts have made me cry, some have made me smile, but they all have touched me heart in some way or another. I can only thank you for sharing your story because some would not be so brave to create a blog, share their lives, or share their child's pics out of fear of criticism. Brenna is a beautiful blessing and I look forward to reading more, and to the days where she can help you blog her story.

    chynachicka@yahoo.com

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  53. A friend of mine shared Brennas story on Facebook, and knew I just had to follow this girl. My sister Daisy was born in 2007 with a skin disorder; Epidermolysis Bullosa. While reading Brennas's story, I knew all to well how hard the struggles could be, but also how rewarding the smallest things could be, like her first smile. And as a new mom I know how anxiously those small things are awaited. In one of your first posts, you posted a video about a teenage girl with Harlequinn Ichthyosis. I have had the honor of meeting her, as she was one of my campers, and then one of my co-counselors at Camp Horizon; a camp specially for kids with skin conditions.
    All of these kids; Brenna, my sister, Hunter, are truly remarkable and they amaze me every
    day with their unbreakable spirits. Keep Brenna's story coming. She's an amazing little girl.

    Jessica Martin, sister to Daisy, 5, Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa.
    Jkerr818 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  54. We've been following since the day she was born, before the blog existed! We were in labor while the Westlake's were in labor as well and our daughter was born the same day as Brenna (4 weeks early).

    You have provided inspiration on so many levels- the inspiration to be the best mommy I can be, to take one day at a time, to enjoy every blessing in the face of every situation, and to also speak with care and tact about those who may not understand things you are going through.

    On a side note- That girl sure can rock a hat!!! LOL- love that! : ) Also, we have been reading Tillman's book, "On the Night You Were Born" as well since last December. It is hard to get through without crying! I hope to read it to our birthday girl every year on her birthday until she is old enough to make me stop!! : )

    kcostello@springfield.k12.il.us

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  55. I am a mother of two as well, my daughter is 2 and 1/2 and my son is 6 months old. I started reading your blog soon after brenna was born and have been praying for you all since cynthia first put a call out for prayers. When I get stressed as a mom or frustrated, I pray, and since reading your blog I pray and think of you and your ability to make it all work and smile. I know if you can make it through everyday with faith and love, I definitely can. God bless you all and thank you for helping me keep life in perspective. And I must say Brenna is so cute. :)
    Ann Yeagle
    annmariamidden@gmail.com

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  56. I have been following your blog through FB. You guys are truly inspiring! What an exciting milestone for your sweet Brenna, and Merry Christmas to all of you!

    Tambi
    btwhite2001 at aol dot com

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  57. I have been reading your blog since the beginning. Your love for Brenna has been such an inspiration for me as a mother to two small children. I will never take for granted my children's health or my precious time at home with them again.

    lkvillar(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. Also shared on Facebook. mskershaw@gmail.com

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  59. I shared with my FB page :)

    btwhite2001 at aol dot com

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  60. I shared about your blog and the giveaway on FB.

    lkvillar(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Hello! I'm a new reader but I've already spent a long time catching up on sweet Brennas story. What a beautiful baby girl!

    Tara.e.walker@gmail.com

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  62. Evan and Courtney,
    For Christmas last year I received an IPad and Blessed by Brenna was added to my favorites and myself and my daughter follow your blog daily. We love the fact that we actually got to see Brenna at our church in Litchfield. She is precious beyond words.

    bishopcheryl05@gmail.com

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  63. I had never heard of brennas disorder until.meeting sweet brenna's page. I wanted to be a high risk obgyn n now btenna has made that dream that much more intense yes she has a rare disorder but hopefully if i can aid in one special baby living longer then.expected then i did my small part for the world. Brenna.you are a special.girl and ty to your momny n daddy for sharing your life with us.

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  64. I have followed Blessed by Brenna since day 1. I can't tell you how much it has meant. I have suffered tremendous loss in the past year, but this blog taught me to look at others differently. I hope it has made me a more sensitive mother. Your daughter never ceases to amaze me.

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  65. I'm a new reader, what an amazing little girl you have!

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  66. Love reading every day!
    paigebauer (at) gmail (dot) com

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  67. Thank you for the fun giveaway! I have loved watching Brenna grow and THRIVE over the past year. Your precious family is an inspiration to me as a new mom! At my son's doctor's appointment last week, he instructed me to start using Aquaphor for multiple reasons and I knew what it was because of you! :) My husband was impressed! Your family is absolutely beautiful!
    haley.weiner@gmail.com

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  68. I have been following Brenna's story and progress for awhile. What an amazing and beautiful little girl! I have a four month old daughter and you are an inspiration to any mother!

    tiffnation2@gmail.com

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  69. I have read your blog since the begining and love seeing how Brenna has progressed. Brenna and your blog inspire me to try harder to look at someone's beauty instead of their differences. We don't always know the story behind the face and everyone has a story! Thanks for the inspiration! bbishop0583(at)gamil(dot)com

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    1. I also posted about your give away and blog on my blog!!!

      Thanks for sharing

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  70. I've been reading your blog since my dad told me about his role in Brenna's baptism. I have a son about six months younger than Brenna and am learning all about my new role as a stay-at-home-mom. Each day you remind me to treasure every moment, to be thankful for this life, and to be open and accepting of people who have lives different than my own. Your optimism and obvious zest for life are contagious!

    Would you believe I actually have a blog post scheduled to go out tomorrow in honor of Brenna's birthday? She is such an inspiration to everyone and I just want to share the love!
    nicki.rathert(at)gmail(dot)com

    http://www.nickstirs.com

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  71. I've been following Brenna's story since the beginning. I don't remember how I even came across your blog, but I've truly been blessed by her strength and fighting spirit. I love her bright, shining eyes, and chubby little cheeks. Her beauty shines through past her physical appearance and after a while you barely notice her skin. I can't wait to hear about Brenna's second year of life.

    You and your family are truly amazing!!

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    1. I don't need the give away stuff, I just wanted to comment!

      Merry Christmas!!

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  72. I heard about Brenna through a friend on Facebook and have been reading for 9 or 10 months or so. I've had my perspective shifted from reading Brenna's story.

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  73. I am Blessed by Brenna everytime I see a post about her on Facebook, everytime I see a new blog update. Her journey is incredible. It hit close to home when you struggled with the decision for the feeding tube, as my daughter has a feeding tube for other reasons, and it was life saving as well. I made Brenna the button buddy, and my little girl still talks about how we gave it to her, and how she hopes it makes her happy on days she is sad, and how she can take it to school when she is bigger to teach her friends (like my Carolyn does now that she is in preschool). I will of course share the giveaway, the blog, the blessings of Brenna as I always do. I hope to win any of the items as my friend recently had an unexpected arrival who had open heart surgery at 6 days and is a little fighter now. :) This would be a blessing for him and his mommy.

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  74. I love following Brenna's story and learning more about your family!

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  75. Shared the link to your blog on my Facebook:)

    I am so glad you found a way to share Brenna's story and love reading new updates. I am also glad you have shared ways for people to ask about someone that may look or act a little different rather than staring or not making eye contact. I think next time I come across someone I am wondering about it will make me more confident to just go say hi and ask questions. Thank you!

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  76. I am so touched by your family's streghth and faith. I have been following your story from the beginning. Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey.

    kristen_bartek(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  77. It is really amazing to see how far Brenna has come since she was born. What an amazing God we serve!! I hope she has a wonderful Birthday I know she is truely a blessing in your lifes! She has made me realize just how precious life is! :)

    kpowell(at)stetson(dot)edu

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  79. I've been following your blog in January, when I was 7 months pregnant. Brenna's spirit, and your strength as parents, gives much-needed perspective on daily little issues. Thank you for sharing your lovely family with all of us. Happy Birthday, Brenna!

    ewelch8199(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. I have been reading your blog since January or February. My son is also a patient of Dr Conlon, and he also has a complicated diagnosis. I would dearly love to win the Aquaphor set :) Merry Christmas Westlakes!

    flwrgirl96 at yahoo dot com

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  81. I've also linked this post on my Facebook :)

    flwrgirl96 at yahoo dot com

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  82. I was blessed by brenna when I was able to meet her and your family and care for her in the NICU! We love brenna at our house! Also shared your Blog on Facebook. Christinasheets08@yahoo.com

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  83. I stumbled across Brenna's blog by accident... can't even remember how now. I was enthralled, of course, with the pictures of her birth. It all seemed so sad to me. Now, one of my daughters (8) and I argue over who gets to read about Brenna first when a new post comes up in my blogger! Lol She is such a sweetie and a fat-cheeked cutie, but more than that you inspire me to be a better mother to my kids.

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  84. First time reading your blog. I can't wait to read more of your story - you have such a beautiful family and I can tell you all love each other very much.
    Happy birthday to Brenna and thanks for doing such a wonderful giveaway!

    Kendra.stuppi@gmail.com

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  85. Hi I am a new follower just found your page a week ago. I keep your family in my thoughts and prayers! I can't wait to see Brenna grow! Amanda spencer
    Spencer12188(at)gmail(dot)com

    And i'm sharing on Facebook too!

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  86. I can't remember how I came across your blog, but it was about 3 months ago and I read all of your earlier posts within 2 days. I have found myself checking in every day to see if there has been an update on beautiful Brenna and the rest of your family. I loved Conner's birthday post, he looked so excited in all of the pictures. I also love that he looks just as excited at Brenna's birthday party.

    I am days away from becoming an aunt to a little girl and have never been more excited for anything. Thank you for sharing everything that you have and Happy Birthday to Brenna.
    megan(dot)farley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. I've followed Brenna's story for around 9 months now. I kept seeing it on Facebook and since I was 3 months pregnant at the time, I wanted to read anything that had to do with babies. I love seeing how she is doing and to bare witness to such a strong and humble family has been amazing. Brenna crosses my mind every time I use Aquaphor :)

    I shared the blog on my own page and I hope you don't mind that I shared it on some mommy pages that I'm a part of. My email address is evamarie19(at)hotmail(dot)com.

    Thank you so much for all you do and for keeping up with this blog :)

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  88. We had fun at Brenna's party - so excited to get to meet her in person! I loved the theme. And I posted a link about it on my blog. :)

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  89. I just started following Brenna's story last week. I kept seeing photos of her via my facebook feed and had to learn about her. I also am a new Auntie to twin nieces who were born at 26 weeks in November. They are still in the St. Johns NICU and will be 33 weeks on Thursday! Reading your story has given me hope that these little girls will be fighters just like Brenna! She such an inspiration to all!

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  90. I have been following since just a few days after Brenna was born. Brenna's strength and beautiful smile are such an inspiration as is your whole family! I can't believe she is 1 already! :) Even if I think I am having a rough day or my own 2 year old is bouncing off the walls her little face brightens up my day! To see her growing, thriving, and smiling through her obstacles reminds us all to stop and be thankful for all the miracles in our lives! Thank you for keeping up this blog and letting us see the honest ups and downs. Her story really is a blessing to so many! Happy Birthday Brenna!!
    Mindy
    mimidesigns1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  91. I have been following your blog for some time now. You and your family inspire me everyday to look at the inner beauty of a person, not just how a person looks. Thanks! And Happy Birthday, Brenna!! Becky
    stlblues3483(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  92. I have been following Brenna's blog for nearly a year. I feel so blessed to have been told about Brenna and her wonderful family - thanks you Mindi A. Your strength, courage, grace and faith are so inspiring! I look forward to hearing about Brenna and her family every week. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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  93. I just found your blog and I'm so blessed and thankful to read all your posts. Brenna is such a pretty girl. Thanks very much for sharing with us.

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  95. I first heard about Brenna from my husband's cousin several months ago. I feel like I know you and your family personally already just from reading your blog. I laugh, I cry, and I am so amazed at how far that beautiful little girl of yours has come in such a short amount of time! God has blessed many people through Brenna's story. Thank you for sharing with us! I look forward to every new blog post and pray that things continually get easier for everyone as you continue on this journey with Brenna. Love and prayers to you all!
    hunterzgirl88(at)juno(dot)come

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  96. I found your blog almost a year ago, and I have been following Brenna's story and praying for you all. I am blessed by your attitude of acceptance to God's plan, even with her Harlequin diagnosis, and I hope that if I am faced with an issue with one of my children I can face it with the same attitude that you have! Thank you for sharing.

    megseven AT yahoo DOT com

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  97. I've been following your blog from the beginning and your story has touched my heart so much. My son was born with a rare skin condition (nothing close to what Brenna has endured) so your perspective on life and how you have handled the situation has shined a bright light on how I have dealt with our situation. I love reading about how far you have come and look forward to the future posts and milestones.
    melie_heart (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  98. I also just shared this post on my Facebook page encouraging people to read the blog if they haven't already to be inspired!
    melie_heart (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  99. I love reading this blog because it reminds me to slow down and appreciate my children and be thankful. My email is jvokurka@gmail.com. Thanks:)

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  100. I shared Brenna's blog on Facebook!
    Jvokurka@gmail.com

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  101. Hi Courtney!
    My name is Suzy and I work with your mom at DSCC. I started following Brenna's story shortly after you began posting. I absolutely love reading your posts as you always remind me how far positivity can take you. I shared Brenna's story on Facebook with the hopes that everyone will take a peak and be as inspired by your family as I am! Thanks for always being so open :)!
    Susange23@yahoo.com

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  102. You went to college with someone I went to high school with and through Facebook I saw your "going home" picture when Brenna was released from the hospital. At the time my nephew was hitting some bumps in the road following his cancer treatments and I was 6 months pregnant...I had babies on the brain all the time and immediately got sucked into your story of struggle and hope.

    amynd06 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  103. Happy birthday Brenna! We love reading your blog..including my son Caleb who frequently asks me what "baby Brenna and Connor are doing?" ;) I look forward to your book. Brenna is an inspiration. You and your family are in our prayers!
    Ellissj (at) illinoisalumni (dot) org

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  104. Happy birthday Brenna! What a first year it's been! One way I've been blessed by Brenna - I think every mom wonders if they will have a child with special needs and if so, how it will affect their family. The addition of Brenna to your family has shown me that special needs or not, it doesn't matter. She is a blessing and gives you so much joy and love. Yes it's a lot of work, but you manage and keep going. It gives me peace to know that if I were to have a child that had special needs, I too would be able to handle what that brings.
    lesligresholdt@sbcglobal.net

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  105. I absolutely love Brenna and her story. She has touched my heart which has definitely enhanced my life. I prayed when she wasn't doing well, and I rejoice now that she is.

    Mom24(dot)4evermom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  106. I have followed Brenna and her story from the beginning. I had never heard of anything like her story until I found your blog. I continue to come back every day because her story is so uplifting and miraculous :-) Go Brenna, Go!!

    thepinkscribbler (at) gmail (dot) com

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  108. We love Brenna and think her parents and brother are the best! Brenna's story and her struggles have brought so many people together in prayer. What a blessing she is. Not to mention... she is pretty darn adorable!

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  109. Watching Brenna's journey almost every day in her first year has been such a blessing for me as well as my family and friends who I have introduced to your blog. Courtney, you have blessed all of your readers in so many ways through your words and your ability to articulate this journey in such an absolutely inspiring way. I can't express that enough. Thank you for sharing your story, and Happy Birthday Brenna!!
    Molly (Cleary) Hammond

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  110. I have been following your blog for quite some time. Brenna is such an inspiration to all of us! I can't wait for your book!
    jenmartinez123 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  111. We have followed your blog from the beginning and my children ask me to check your blog as soon as we finish morning devotions :) We pray for Brenna and she's taught us what a healer our God is and just how beautiful His handiwork is when we look into those bright blue eyes.

    ladybugmommy(at)gmail(dot) com

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  112. I love reading your blog and watching Miss Brenna grow......she is an amazing little girl who was born into an amazing family!

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  113. I have been following Brenna's story for a couple months now. I am a music therapist that works at the Children's Hospital in Springfield part time. When I looked at my roster, I saw a diagnosis that was completely new to me and did some investigation. (I wanted to meet your family, but you were gone before I had the chance to say hello) When I asked my fiance if he know anything about Harlequin Icthyosis, he immediately informed me about your family and told me that he always asks Brenna's Grandma and Grandpa about her. We say a prayer for Brenna and your family every day and have shared your amazing story with friends and family members. You have shown us what being a family is all about and how being strong and keeping faith makes all the difference. You help us remember that we always have something to be thankful for. Seeing pictures of Brenna's progress as well as pictures of her loving big brother always brightens my day and puts a smile on my face! Thank you for sharing your inspirational story!

    HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY BRENNA!!

    krkratz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  114. We have been following Brenna's story from the very beginning while she was in the NICU. She has inspired me to continue my education with hopes of helping other little ones and their families with the struggles they face while in the NICU. Brenna is a beautiful little girl with a truly inspirational story! She has touched more people than you will ever know! God bless you little Brenna and Happy 1st birthday beautiful!!! <3

    aprilstandly(at)gmail(dot)com

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  115. One question- how have I not been blessed by Brenna. Her story is inspirational! I was blessed enough to stumble across your blog from another blog.

    Happy birthday precious Brenna!!

    Icheerma@hotmail.com

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  116. I just love following along to beautiful little Brenna {and Conner!} Brenna is an inspiration and I think she has blessed everyone that has read her story. You are such a beautiful writer, your words are so insprining. Happy 1st Birthday Brenna!

    sarathorns (at) gmail (dot) com

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  117. Our family has followed Brenna's story for almost the entire last year! She is a beautiful little girl who has brought so many people together in faith and is truly an inspiration to us all to continue on through any and all struggles we are faced with. Thank you for sharing Brenna's story!

    uraqt_33(at)gmail(dot)com

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  118. Shared on Facebook.

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  119. We love Brenna! How wonderful to be celebrating ONE year with all of you! I'm so excited for Hearts at Home Conference this year too. I went last year and was so blessed being surrounded by moms of all ages.

    aubreykrol(at)gmail(dot)com

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  120. I am blessed by Brenna, every time I read a new entry to the blog. I very much enjoy seeing how well she is now doing. I also love reading about your life as a stay at home mom. I am one as well, and it is so nice to hear that I am not alone in sometimes feeling frustrated. Your words about your faith are wonderful to read too. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

    pbwsgolladay(at)gmail(dot)com

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  122. I have been blessed by Brenna and her story as you have told it over the past year. I never knew about Harlequin Ichthiosis and have found that I can pronouce it and explain it to my three congregations when they ask who is Brenna on the prayer list. I officiated a wedding on New Year's Eve of some relatives of yours, and right before the wedding I was told about Brenna. I lnever miss reading one of your blog entries. I pray for Brenna and your family and ask my congregations to, as well. Thank you for sharing the ups and downs of Brenna's life and the rest of your family as well. My email address is judyvidakovich@gmail.com

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  123. I started reading your blog about 9 months ago, I have a 15 month old also named Brenna! I saw your blog on a friends facebook page and thought I would check it out! I check back daily to hear what you are all up to and how Brenna's health is faring! My little Brenna was also born premature with some health complications and just like your Brenna she is thriving now! I have a lot of your "Brenna's favorite things" items already and I agree, as a mom, they are perfect items to make our life easier and our babies just a little happier and cuter! Keep on blogging, I love to read your posts! Happy Holidays to yourself, Brenna, Connor and your husband! I wish you many more happy, healthy days to come in the new year! :)
    Cassie

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  124. I have followed your blog practically since it was started. My son turned one in November, and really your blog has taught me to make time for the fun messy things. For instance over Thanksgiving, while making noodles my little one wanted to play in the flour. Before I would have thought way too messy, but I took off his clothes and let him get all kinds of messy in it.. It is now a great memory. I think of you often at those times, because I cherish every moment with my son as you do your children. I take the time to get messy with my son instead of making sure everything is perfect. I am now expecting my second child in July and know that I can handle anything before me. I look at Brenna's perfect smile and she melts my heart, to know this little fighter has come so far, fills so many people hearts with joy.. thank you so much for blogging..

    lexinic77@yahoo.com

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  125. First off Happy Birthday Brenna! I hope tomorrow is perfect for you!

    Courtney, you are amazing! I have been reading your blog since day one! Everytime you post a new post I cannot wait to read it! I have shared your story with so many people!

    Have a Merry Christmas!
    Kristi
    khoffmeister@hotmail.com

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  126. It has been such a blessing to me to see how God been so faithful in your family. It might not always be the easiest situation for you, but you rely on God and He has come through over and over again. I first started following you blog shortly after Brenna was born when a friend shared it on FB. It has been a blessing and an encouragement! Thank you!

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  127. I started following your blog when a cousin posted on a picture of Brenna on Facebook. Now I look forward to seeing her sweet smiling face and hearing how she is overcoming all the obstacles that come her way. I often marvel at how graciously you have handled Brenna's condition, and try to remember how lucky we all are (espcially after the events of last Friday) to have children alive and thriving. I can't wait to see what the future brings. Happy First Birthday!

    carenfroe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  128. New to the blog. I 1st learned about brenna from all his children and now want to know more about brenna. Love the boots so far. orgies@yahoo.com

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  129. I'm new to the blog!
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  130. Tweeted
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  131. I am a new reader & I look forward to following along. Thanks.
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  133. I love to read your blog and check for new posts each day. I have a daughter that is two days older than Brenna. You are such an inspiration. When I think my day is tough, I often think of you and all that your family has gone through and realize I don't have it tough at all. You and Evan are great parents to Brenna....she is blessed to have you as her parents! I enjoy reading your updates on facebook too.

    ciara_bradley (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  134. I have been reading and following for a while. A fellow Catholic Springfield SAHM (BSS). Prayers all the time from our home to yours! carrie (at) sluga (dot) net :)

    And I will link on FB too. :)

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  135. I have read all about Brenna, and you are all truley blessed! Have a very Merry Christmas and a healty happy New Year!
    ptwins83(at)hotmail(dot)(com)

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  136. "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
    -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

    Court, your light from within is an inspiration.
    You have taken an obstacle in life that many people would look at as a burden- and seen it only as a blessing. You have opened countless people's eyes to true inner beauty.

    Dashboard,
    :) Em

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  137. I have only been following Brenna's story the last couple months. I am amazed by your perseverance. You are an amazing mom! I have been blessed by your story! Reminds me that God is ever-present and no matter how hard it gets we can't give up!

    Bless you!
    Jennifer

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  138. And I just shared your blog on Facebook!

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  139. Forgot my email. jmorrow915(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  140. I absolutely adore miss Brenna :) I have been following your blog for several months now, which I found because several of my friends follow (43 of them!). I always look forward to hearing about Brenna's journey and also your perspective as a mother. I also enjoy all the pictures of her and your beautiful family. I can not imagine what you all have been through and have laughed and cried reading your amazing story of struggle, hope, and survival. Brenna is an amazing little girl and she is so blessed to have you and your husband as her parents. Rachel.patarozzi(at)gmail(dot)com

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  141. I have been following your blog from the beginning! God's blessings for a healthy new year, HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY!!!!

    ahunnibunni13(at)aol(dot)com

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  142. Wow...where to even begin?! My dad is cousins with Evan's mom so I heard about your blog right away and have been keeping up constantly. Watching Brenna grow and reading your inspiring words have strengthened my faith so much. My husband and I are now expecting in May and I have such a sense of calmness with my pregnancy, for Brenna has taught me that faith in God and the power of prayer will get us through anything that may come our way in life.

    Thank you Brenna, Courtney, Evan and Connor for blessing my life! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Brenna! You are absolutely beautiful!!

    -Hailey (Watkins) Blair
    Watkinsh@mail.ic.edu

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  143. Shared on Facebook as well! :)
    -Hailey Blair
    Watkinsh@mail.ic.edu

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  144. Brenna has blessed our family in many ways as my husband, 4 year old son and myself have enjoyed following the blog. The most important lesson for my son: All children have differences and may look different but that's just a small part of what makes them special and unique. He noticed that Brenna had grown in her 1st birthday photos and we loved the hungry caterpillar theme. May God continue to bless you and your family.
    kris_75_(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  145. We shared the blog on Facebook.
    Thanks, Kristen Butterfield
    kris_75_(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  146. I have been following since shortly after Brenna's birth, and am amazed at her strength and that of your entire family. What an amazing miracle baby you have!! sakrak7982(at)aol(dot)com

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  147. Happy *ALMOST* FIRST Birthday, Brenna!! I have been following your story every since my sweet Adalyn and Brenna were "neighbors" in the NICU at St. John's. We have been praying for her ever since and following your blog. Thank you for reminding us there are good people in the world, that a mom's job is hard and never finished, and no matter what, we will love our children. Also--thank you for letting a student of mine write a letter to Brenna last year. That was so sweet of you. Take care!!!

    jodi8582(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  148. Happy happy birthday Brenna. What a fun way to honor such a big day for tour sweet family. I haven't missed a single post since your blog began. God bless you on your special day.

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  149. I love the pic of her watching her video - she's so little !!

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  150. So blessed to read about Brenna's journey. I've laughed, I've cried and cheered her on along the way. I feel a little special connection since she and my son are 3 weeks apart and was born in Springfield at St. Johns. :)

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  151. Brenna ( and her mommy) have taught me how truly enjoy my children and not sweat the small things :) I, too, have laughed, cried and cheered Brenna on since day 1!
    I will share on FB as well!

    Betsy Matthew
    betsymatthew4@gmail.com

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  152. I am blessed by Brenna every time I see her picture or read a blog post. Her story teaches me lessons about perseverance and love. Brenna also has given me pause when I get frustrated because I have no idea what battles other people are fighting. Thank you for sharing the story of Brenna!

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  153. I shared to facebook.
    hollyjfowler (at) gmail (dot) com

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  154. Hi! I am a medical student and have been following your story since the beginning. In class we have touched upon Harlequin Ichthyosis several times and I was very intrigued. Thanks for sharing your story and sweet Brenna!

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  155. You are an inspiration to any mother! Brenna is blessed to have such a devoted and loving mother. She is beautiful!

    ehpianezza(at)sps186(dot)org

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  156. Just posted a link back to your blog on my blog.
    www.anewstaci.blogspot.com

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  157. You are an inspiration to so many! I have followed your blog since Brenna was born. You you are wonderful mother and role model. Thank you for sharing your journey.

    Merry Christmas,
    Elizabeth

    elizabeth(dot)morris0708(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  158. I've been reading Blessed by Brenna since your story was in the SJ-R. As a mother, I need to be reminded from time to time to 'stop & smell the roses' and appreciate little moments- your blog reminds me often!

    sallytavender (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  159. shared! :)

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  160. I can't believe that a stranger following a blog can be so touched by one little girl that I actually felt raw emotions that I would expect from a mother, friend, family member but not myself a blog reader especially over the post where you mentioned unkind comments about her. What an amazing little girl who I look forward to seeing what great things come from her. And what mothers like you must do on a daily basis to keep her healthy and happy --- you are a role model. themunchkinsmama@gmail.com

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  161. Shared via twitter. themunchkinsmama@gmail.com

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  163. To be totally honest, I'm more touched by YOU! Because of Brenna, you've adapted and become a great educator. I follow your blog to see what life has thrown at you and how you've managed to hit it right back out of the ballpark!

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  164. New follower! Your daughter is adorable! Stacey Abraham sabraham1186(at)gmail(dot)com

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  165. shared your awesome giveaway on twitter! Thanks! Stacey Abraham sabraham1186(at)gmail(dot)com

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  166. Your daughter has been such a joy for me to follow for the past few months! I am originally from the Springfield area, so I was drawn to your family and her story even more! Brenna has blessed so many people on a daily basis with her strength <3 Happy 1st Birthday, sweet girl!
    melrae8403(at)gmail(dot)com

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  167. I began reading Brenna's blog earlier this year. I love seeing Brenna grow and come through all of the struggles she has had at this young age. Also, you have been a wonderful role model and helping educate others on her condition. This blog has really opened my eyes and Brenna has shown me what true beauty is. Happy Birthday, Brenna!
    s.leverton23@gmail.com

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  168. I am a fairly new reader, but even in the last few weeks, Brenna makes me feel hopeful and optimistic. I love following your story. Thank you for sharing it. chrissyhfischer (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  169. I started reading Brenna's blog after someone from UofI linked to it on their facebook. You are truly an inspiration to parents! Thank you for sharing!
    katievercellino (at) gmail (dot) com

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  170. I have loved reading your blog...you have been such an inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing your amazing story...with me and everyone else! owl2501@yahoo.com

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  171. just found your blog and read through some of your posts, very inspiring and heartwarming!
    thismomwins at gmail.com

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  172. I have been following this blog since Brenna's birth and have been keeping her in my prayers ever since. You guys are such an amazing and inspirational family and I am thrilled that Brenna is thriving and celebrating her 1st birthday!! She is such a beautiful little girl and truly a blessing from God!
    Love, Laura LauraLStoll (at) gmail (dot) com

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  173. I've been following your journey for months now - what an inspiring story, and you tell it so beautifully.

    Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas

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  174. I'm new but love your blog! thanks for the fun contest!

    ladyboarder9669@yahoo.com

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  175. I'm a new reader and can't wait to start following your story now too!
    jenie8284 (at) hotmail (dot)com

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  176. I have been following along since the beginning. It's so awesome to see how far Brenna and the family have come. You all are inspirations! Merry Christmas!!!

    Kaawaller(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  177. I love seeing new blog entries on Brenna and following her progress. She is one special little girl who is very fortunate to have such a great family.

    trsta5 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  178. I have been blessed by Brenna through reading your updates on her and how you have managed to care for her so well. What a good mom you are, and you are definitely an inspiration!
    Clarissa

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    1. Brenna has truly changed our lives. I strive each day to be as positive and strong as you are as a mother. Your story has changed the way I think about life so thank you for that! Happy 1st Birthday Brenna!

      stoddart2 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  179. tweet https://twitter.com/kj20082006/status/281494214737534979

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  180. I was really lucky to happen to see someone "like" a post of yours on facebook a month or so ago, and i quickly read through all of your posts. I always look forward to reading what new things Brenna is accomplishing and how she is flourishing! You really are blessed, and we are all blessed to get to learn how precious life is through Brenna's eyes!
    slprice1312@gmail.com

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  181. I am a new follower thanks to the Skinny on Staci blog. I am very excited to catch up on the story of Brenna!

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  182. I shared it on my Facebook and I tweeted it to my twitter. :-)

    LeeAndra from central Illinois.

    Leeandram07@yahoo.com

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  183. Wow! Almost 200 replies!! I have been following Brenna's story since she was born. I am friends with Steve and Jen Allen and really love to hear about their super cute GREAT niece and nephew! I will share her story on Facebook so that even more people can see what a loving family you have. Happy Birthday to Brenna and Merry Christmas to all! :O)

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  184. I just found your blog about 2 weeks ago and I am so inspired by you and your family! My fourth child (my sweet Josie) was born last December 27th so she is very close in age to Brenna. I think this is one reason I have felt drawn to your story. Thank you so much for sharing your sweet, beautiful girl with us!! :)

    brittanyreynolds@comcast.net

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  185. I have been Blessed by Brenna for quite some time now. I have followed the blog for quite awhile and look forward to new posts about Miss Brenna. To read about the huge obstacles that she has overcome in her short year of life and the new achievements she's making on a regular basis makes me think that anything is possible! Thank you for sharing your sweet girl with us.

    elizabeth.sexton@live.com

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