January 26, 2009

Wilbert the Bear

It's Bloggy Giveaway Carnival time again!

Years and years ago, when I was a wee small thing, a department store in our town held a regular drawing for kids. Each month my younger brother and I would carefully write down our names and phone numbers on the tiny entry slips and watch them drop through the slot into the wooden box with all the naive hope of youth.

The drawings were usually for a small stuffed animal or toy, probably some leftover item the staff wanted to clear out of the storeroom. But one month we rounded the corner to see what we were sure was the most wonderful teddy bear in the world. Four feet tall with honey brown fur and arms open wide like he was waiting for a hug. I never filled out an entry form with such passion. I loved that bear. I wanted that bear.

My dumb pipsqueak of a brother won that bear. It took me years to forgive him.

It's no four foot tall bear, but you can have your choice of a $15 gift card for iTunes or Amazon. Because online shopping is just right for these dreary winter months. To enter, leave a comment on this post. You don't need to be a blogger to win, but you do need to leave me a way to contact you. One entry per person per day, please. Comments will close at 10:00 p.m. PST on January 30. The winner will be chosen randomly and posted this weekend.

If you are stuck in The Diaper Years--or need a gift for someone else who is--be sure to check out the chic handmade diaper tote we're giving away at the review blog Northwest Mom Finds. And of course you're more than welcome to subscribe or come back here to visit for a glimpse into the life of an adoptive mom of two spunky babes.

Good luck!

The entry period has closed--thanks to all who entered! The winner will be announced some time this weekend.

726 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Ah. what a great story (for your brother anyway) .. I hope he appreciated that bear like you would have :)

Belinda said...

Amazon would be my pick.

For me, it was always a giant stocking that a local supermarket gave away each Christmas.
Thanks!
1bmore @ gmail . com

cdziuba said...

Interesting tale. Would love to win the Amazon card. cdziuba@aol.com

Deb said...

Would love to win an Amazon gift card. Thanks for the giveaway.

Michelle Fluttering Butterflies said...

I'd have been devastated if my brother won a huge bear and I didn't. I wonder if it's taken you all these years to get over it? :)

Thanks for the chance to win a GC!

bunnie3788 said...

would love the amazon card. loved your story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Chantelle said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

chantellesabino at mac dot com

idahomom said...

My son's love for reading is breaking the bank.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

Sena said...

Amazon sounds just fabby! Thanks so much!
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

mstaken05 said...

My choice would be an Amazon GC. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sarah said...

I had never won anything either, until I started spending a week every quarter registering for the bloggy carnival.

I think I'd go Amazon, because everyone gave us itunes cards for Christmas. Not that we won't use them!!

Unknown said...

Those things are hugely disappointing as a child, aren't they? Lol!
Thanks for a great giveaway!
frog123 (at) cyipcom (dot) net

denyse said...

Amazon

Helena Batt-Vesey said...

1/28/09 - Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Noel said...

tough choice betweent he two for sure, but i'd proabbly go itunes. love my music

Anonymous said...

Always need more itunes! thanks. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lady Christie said...

I'd love to win the giftcard

imchristiedammit[at]yahoo[dot]com

Maggie said...

I love amazon. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Another entry for me please. Thanks. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Wednesday! I'm back for today's chance to win.

author_erin(at)lycos(dot)com

delta dawn said...

I love Amazon I get a lot of my books from there.

Unknown said...

I love Amazon! Thanks for the chance. freetibet1974 at yahoo dot com

jennem said...

Cute memory, please enter me and thanks!
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

miriama said...

Both prizes are great. Thanks for the contest.

Anonymous said...

I would choose the Amazon!

Anonymous said...

Ooh...painful memory! I'm impressed that you are still able to offer giveaways ;) I'd love to win a g.c. for Amazon, so please enter me.

Molly said...

Yay Amazon!
mrigell(at)gmail(dot)com

Ames said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Meredith said...

Man, that is a sad story.

But, I would love an iTunes gc! I have a shopping cart on there that is pretty full!

~Meredith F.
rosesaremyfavorite at hotmail dot com

tlcfromtn said...

Great story! And thanks for the great giveaway!

braaisjo at gmail dot com

rlgrady said...

Brothers....ugh!
I would love an Amazon gc. Thanks!

rlgrady[at]yahoo[dot]com

Unknown said...

I'd love the Amazon card.
dolphee@sbcglobal(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful day!
;)

Thanks for this chance at your contest.

Alexia said...

I'd love to win an Amazon GC - you can always find something at Amazon!

Becca said...

I shop on amazon all the time. This would be amazing, thanks! sbcashortie (at) hotmail (dot) com

shaunjoy said...

Awww, maybe you should keep the money and buy yourself a bear! (brothers can be so mean) Thanks for sharing. :)

pitaharmon said...

An itunes card would be a nice surprise, especially since hubby got laid off a couple days ago!
harmonden[at]wowway.com

Erika said...

An Amazon gift card would be great! I am saving up for a new coffee maker.

Emily said...

Thanks for offering it!

princesslimey (at) gmail (dot) com

Springjoy said...

Sounds like my brother- he *always* won everything, I was quite convinced as a child. ;)

alaskawildrose AT gmail DOT com

Colengal said...

Love both Amazon and Itunes. Thanks for the give away

Ang said...

I would love the iTunes for my son.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Third day!! Please enter me again, of course!!!

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Anonymous said...

itunes would be great...since I gave my boss an itunes card christmas than one week later he layed me off! LOL should have kept it for myself.
xlr8cindy(at)gmail(dot)com
~Cindy

vhsurvey said...

Thanks for this contest! I'd like an Amazon card if I win. Sorry about losing the giant bear...

vhsurvey@hotmail.com

Karen said...

I could finds lots to get at Amazon!

6Daughters6WeddingDresses.com said...

Great story!
Thanks for the giveaway chance.
Ellen
raelle32@yahoo.com

KLTTX said...

Enter me please.

Anonymous said...

Another one for me, please.

carlton170 said...

Many years ago I was lucky enough to win a teddy bear similar to the one in your story and he's still around today - makes me smile whenever I see him!

Reva Skie said...

I hope your brother at least let you play with the bear.

Stacey said...

He never gave you the bear? How mean!

Simply Stacie said...

I love Amazon!

kayte71 said...

Entering again! Thanks so much.
kaytewatts AT aol DOT com

Jenna said...

I'm sorry about the bear... but I bet your brother doesn't have a blog entry that now has close to 500 comments!

Lance said...

Sorry about the bear ... Iwould be made too.

Amazon! allt he way

justtrashemail(at)yahoo(dot)come

jzagarjr said...

iTunes is great!

kmg365 said...

I can bearly stand the suspense.

chromiumman said...

love to win this

noreen said...

did you snaek the bear hugs when he was not around?

Andrea Clifton said...

Thanks for the chance. I would choose the Amazon since I do a lot of my Christmas shopping there.

Anonymous said...

I hope you can get five feet tall bear!
thanks for the giveaway!
diable.jambe at yahoo d0t com

Rita M said...

An Amzazon GC would be great... count me in!

Sam said...

Entering my name again...
Sam
samiam1117 at gmail dot com

Jingle said...

I'd have to go with Amazon if given the choice, but both are fabulous!
jinglesells at gmail dot com

dvice12 said...

The Amazon gift would be great

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Thanks so much for sharing I would love to win!
mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Sonya said...

Amazon! Thanks for the giveaway!

CC said...

I'd love to win the Amazon card. Cool!

I'm an adoptive mommy too! :)

Katie said...

I could use an Amazon gc. Thanks katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com.

Kelly said...

Amazon has been teasing me since I did my last round of Christmas shopping. I'd like to fight back with a purchase! ;) Thanks for the giveaway! :)

techyone said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I love Amazon.

lsfish said...

Thanks and have a good day

Anonymous said...

thanks for the chance to win! I'd like amazon to go towards a car seat! thanks.

Jes (at) beautyfromchaos (dot) com

Jennifer Wilson said...

I'd love Amazon esp. since my mother's birthday is coming up and she's a fan of B movies. I could get her one of those "50 movie packs" of substandard movies and she'd love it.

covercover said...

Awww the bear! :)
Count me in for Amazon GC!
Thanks for the giveaway :)

Tomcat5251 said...

Great story. I tunes, please.

Sarah Z said...

iTunes card would be snatched from me by my daughter - isn't she a dear?
Thanks
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Suzanne said...

My daughter's birthday is coming up and she would love on iTunes GC!

Anonymous said...

I'd totally love the amazon gift card. Sorry about the bear. :(

Thanks for the chance to win! :)

adashofsassitude(at)gmail.com

carolpie said...

Sorry abiut the bear! This is a great giveaway tho! Amazon is a great site!

Karrie said...

i love amazon :)

Jinxy and Me said...

Sorry to hear about your bear!

Unknown said...

I would love the Itunes since I got an Iphone for Christmas but have bought no music yet. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Tammy said...

Now the question really is: Does your brother still have the bear? Because I bet if you had won, You would still have it. Because I can tell just by your story, you're sentimental like that.

In any case thanks for the giveaway, we need some new luggage for a trip next year, so I'm hoping to win a bunch of Amazon Gcs from the Bloggy Carnival (lol!)

Patrice said...

I have several things on my wish list at Amazon, so this would be a nice win. Thanks!

remarker/fcffollower said...

I really hope you go to a carnival sometime and win yourself a 4 foot bear!

AK Momma said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

akjml@hotmail.com

Miranda Ward said...

I would like an I-tunes GC so I can put music on my new ipod

LivingforGod said...

Please enter me in your giveaway for Amazon. Thanks!

serving_theKingofkings(at)yahoo(dot)com

Suz said...

I wouldn't be able to make up my mind. If I got Itunes, I could use it as a gift for my roommate's birthday. If I got Amazon, I could splurge on myself.


txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

Cynthia said...

Great giveaway

Unknown said...

I would like the amazon,my sons birthday is coming up!!

ahdrad2932(at)msn(dot)com

Jeanette J said...

I would love the Amazon GC. Please enter me.
I know how you feel about that bear. My sister and I entered a contest when we were kids for a bike...guess who won.

pestkaj said...

please enter me



pestkaj(at)yahoo(com

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, im definitely picking iTunes1 =)

katch05 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Sorry about the bear! I would love to win a GC to Amazon.com. Thanks!

Andi said...

Thanks for the chance!

Unknown said...

I could download some serious music with that ITunes GC. Thanks for the chance to win.

daphne10171 (at) yahoo (dot) com

engelsigh said...

I would love the itunes gift card. I recently moved to a small desert down and there are no good radio stations out here.

Lindsey said...

There are a lot of people here for me to hold a grudge against if I don't win...let's just make this easy on everyone ;)

Amazon rocks!

dd said...

Awww, I’m so sorry about that bear! Lol, I really wanted this stuffed bumper rabbit for easter when I was little- I was drawing pictures of it for weeks, but my parents couldn’t afford it. =( So, they got me this smaller stuffed rabbit that I loved to pieces anyway! =D Thanks so much for your generous giveaway, and I hope you have a great day!

~Lucy D =)

Kelly said...

I really could use some new music on my ipod :)

guettel78 said...

My sister and I share a similar kind of friendly rivalry, so I can relate to the story (though, truth be told, I'd probably be more like your brother and win the bear!). Thanks for the chance to win -- would love to use that Amazon code to buy a book or DVD for my sister to make up for all the metaphorical bears I took from her growing up :)

gkaufmanss(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

My sister also won the item I wanted when I was 10 years old - a Nintendo and rarely would she let me play... LOL! Please enter me. Thank you.

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

Mer said...

I'd love to win an iTunes giftcard--some new music might be just what I need to get going on dark winter mornings. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Awww too bad you didn't get the bear. Love this giveaway, definitely would get used quick!

Ginny said...

I normally would pick amazon, but I want some ipod games bad!

L. K. said...

I would love to add to my Amazon account. Sorry about the bear but at least you can still hold it against your brother. Thanks for the giveaway!

lmillitch (at) gmail (dot) com

Shanda said...

I would love the itunes gift card. I had one but seem to have lost it. Thanks
shan_da@hotmail.com

wildflower00 said...

Id like the i-tunes GC.


Thank you for being part of the Bloggy giveaway. We all appreciate it.
texasgirl(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Kaycee said...

I would love to win the Amazon card and get my little girl some See Kai Run shoes! They are so cute and on sale on Amazon!

kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

Ken said...

iTunes and Amazon have awesome stuff, dude. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Sandy S said...

I loved stuffed animals when I was a kid. Sorry our brother won.

skstigger (at) hotmail.com

live42day said...

I would be delighted with either of these wins! Please enter me and thanks!
luckofdraw777(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Maybe your luck is holding out for a really gigantic win - like the million dollar Publisher's Clearing House check. That would be worth waiting for! LOL! Thanks for the giveaway - and not making us wait too long! I would love an Amazon gift card!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Colored With Memories said...

hmmm...i tunes or amazon...so tough!
i'd love either though...thanks.

come over and visit my page when you can!

Katrina said...

I would love to win this, thanks!

Cori Westphal said...

Great giveaway. Thanks!

Valancia said...

Bummer on the bear,. I'd like the amazon card. Thank you kindly! skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

cheryl c said...

thanks for the fun giveaway :-)

castings[at]mindspring[dot]com

Megan said...

This would be a tricky choice. I'm inclined toward Amazon most of the time, but just might tip toward iTunes if I won.

Thanks!

msrodeobrat said...

i love amazon! and they have great prices on wii video games

cvdmvega said...

My kids do something like the raffle for learning bible verses and participation at church...we would like the amazon gc...thank you for participating in the giveaway...Carol Jo...cvdmvega@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

thanks for the giveaway :)

Terri said...

Love books. Amazon card would be great. I don't have deep pockets these days.


flinflanbeach@gmail.ccom

dianerph said...

Please enter me.I need a little shopping fix.

cdziuba said...

I'd LOVE to win the Amazon card.

mar said...

I shop Amazon and I tunes!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance!
mitanari[at]yahoo[dot]com

Fae said...

i used to enter those drawings as a kid. they were fun and i won a few. i love amazon!

Bunny B said...

Amazon can brighten up my day!
bunnybx at gmail . com

Bunny B said...
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Unknown said...

i tunes and amazon?? WOW!!! I will take either one please :)

Deb said...

I'd love to win a gift card for Amazon. Thank you for the giveaway.

A Reader said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

This is so great :) thanks for the giveaway :)

anastasia-at-mediamafia-dot-org

mstaken05 said...

My choice would be the Amazon GC. Thank you for the chance to win.

bunnie3788 said...

I would love the amazon gift card. I also loved your story. hope you have a great day.

idahomom said...

I need to feed my son's reading addiction.

Tammy said...

Sorry about the bear. When I was 16 I won a 6 ft bunny and I strapped him in the passenger seat of my car. Boy did I get a lot of funny looks from other drivers!

Unknown said...

I'd love to win!

Sue A. said...

Thanks for the chance at the Amazon GC!

Ginny said...

Trying again for that itunes card!

timothy l said...

would love to win the itunes card

Jill Watkins said...

It stinks being the one who doesnt win anything, sorry you didnt get the bear.

I won a bicycle when I was 8. ( Or actually, Dad won a girls bike) I dont think I have won anything since then! ;-)

jill(dot)watkins(at)gmail(dot)com

Tinyblessing said...

Sorry about the bear, but the giftcard is still a great prize! Thanks!

Mary said...

I remember entering contests just like that! Never won though...

Anyway, thanks so much for the chance to win here!

Crystal F said...

I love Amazon! thanks for the great giveaway!

Unknown said...

I think I would go for amazon because there is this cute little tasty baker I would love to get so that I can make cute little treats for my dd. Thanks

pauline15 said...

Loved the bear story! That's something that always stays with you! Would love to win!
pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

Helena Batt-Vesey said...

1/29/09 - Thanks for the giveaway!

Karen said...

Count me in :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

denyse said...

I'd LOVE the Amazon, if I HAD to choose.

islandgirl said...

Awesome giveaway, thanks!

Peggy said...

I hope your brother shared the bear. Thanks for this great GC giveaway,I love Amazon.
matternu@aol.com

Unknown said...

Back for another chance to win- thanks.

Anonymous said...

I'm here for Thursday's chance to win the Amazon gift card. Thank you so much!

author_erin(at)lycos(dot)com

37 Questions said...

Thanks for a super giveaway!
jjdragonfly [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

I'd love another entry, please.

Anonymous said...

Fun! Thanks!

misterjimmy at sbcglobal dot net

Melissa said...

oooooo....free-to-me music!

Anonymous said...

Amazon please!
Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

Janna Johnson
jannajanna@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the bear. Thanks for the great giveaway!

gmerrell@cox.net

LFinn said...

Funny story! Thanks for the giveaway.

Sarah Rose said...

Would love an itunes card... but amazon is great, too!

Ang said...

I would love the iTunes. Thank you for the giveaway!

Rita M said...

I'd love to win the Amazon Gift Certificate!

Unknown said...

hmmm, i have 2 small kids, maybe i'll buy a bear w/ the amazon gc...

LoriM said...

Brothers are so annoying. Even after all these years. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance. I'd say amazon but it's a tough choice.

kdkdkd said...

Maybe you could find the vintage bear on eBay :) I would LOVE Amazon, thanks for the chance

Anonymous said...

I love itunes.

mike.kris said...

Talk about opening old wounds - Same thing happened to me involving my sister, a vending machine and a Transformers watch. I sympathize!

pattycake said...

thanks for the nice giveaway

Fangirl Jen said...

I'd love to win the I-Tunes card for my I-Phone addicted hubby.

CanAmBlond said...

Aww, I'm sorry your pipsqueak...err..brother won the bear. If he has kids, maybe buying them something REALLY noisy might help you feel better. (IE - drum set, electric guitar, or that awful giant keyboard you jump on that MY pipsqueak bought my daughter. I wonder what he was getting me back for!)
Anyway, thanks for offering the gift card in your giveaway!

pitaharmon said...

An itunes card sure would brighten up my day...hubby just got laid off and I cannot afford such luxuries right now, so I'm thankful for the chance!
harmonden[at]wowway.com

Happi Shopr said...

sorry about the bear...perhaps that's why you're so generous today? trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

chromiumman said...

great prize

The Need 2 Read said...

This would be great! I always do the majority of my shopping at Amazon - what a great giveaway!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thursday Comment! I think i forgot to say it yesterday, but i'm going for Amazon. :)

-lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

kmg365 said...

In Soviet Russia, bear win you.
(I have no idea what that means.)

kal said...

Your brother didn't share? Well, it's nice that you are sharing with us. Thanks!

jzagarjr said...

Great prize

Maggie Smith said...

Amazon is my pick!

THANKS!

newmommyin08 {at} yahoo {dot} com

http://dexterphilip.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

When I was little I won a bicycle by dropping my entry slip into a wooden box. What a thrill that was.

Unknown said...

Oh my It'd be so great to win an amazon gc!

lsfish said...

Amazon rocks!

buzzd said...

Sorry about the bear. I like amazon. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Here is my January 29th entry, please. Hmmm... The dilemma is, which one do I want more, iTunes GC or an Amazon GC? LOL! Thanks!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

Unknown said...

Please enter me into the contest.

Suz said...

I think I made up my mind, Amazon would be my choice.

txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Count me in!

tettro[at]gmail.com

dhunt said...

nice!

jemscout425 said...

you had a dumb pipsqueak of a brother too? did he at least share it with you? my brother would go buy himself a treat and eat it in front of me, never offering me a morsel. brothers are so fun when your young

MewzMe2 said...

Aww maybe some day you will win another bear.
govgirl@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Your brother better have shared the bear!

:]


clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

cdmtx said...

sorry about the Bear,but cute story !
great giveaway!!!

Anonymous said...

good prize

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