Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ultimate Blog Party 2012 and You're Invited!


It's time to break out the party hats, get ready to meet new bloggers and maybe even win some fabulous prizes!  It's time for the 5 Minutes for Moms Ultimate Blog Party 2012!

Not sure what the Blog Party is all about?  Watch this quick video for details.

For those of you new to these parts, arriving because of the Blog Party, please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Lana and I am a preacher's wife and mom to three daughters, the youngest of which has autism.  Her name is Lily, though she is more often called "Bird", thus the name of this blog: Along Came the Bird.

I blog five days a week, mostly about special needs and the impact it has on our family.  But I also have plenty of things to say about all kinds of stuff so you can never be too sure what will show up here.

Want to know more?  Check out my About Me page for the all the nitty-gritty details.

And here are a couple of posts that might help you get to know me even better:

The Story of the Bird
This is OUR Story

To celebrate the Ultimate Blog Party, I'll be just one of the many, many people doing a give-away!  And it's a good one, if I do say so myself!  Check this out:


A kid-friendly, drool-proof, very durable iPad Case from Fisher Price.

Click here to be entered to win this, or any of the other amazing prizes.

And here's the agenda for all that will be going on during the Ultimate Blog Party 2012.

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Why don't you go ahead and RSVP for one or all of these fun events?  It's a great chance to broaden your "blog horizons", learn some new things, and again - those prizes!!

Looking forward to the fun!

24 comments:

  1. I'm so touched by your posts about your daughter. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

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  2. Found you thru the UBP! Love the story behind your blog name! Looking forward to following your adventures! Happy Friday!

    Kristine from TheFoleyFam - Unedited

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Look forward to meeting "The Foley Fam". Have a lovely weekend!

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  3. Hi! Stopping by from the UBP! I read the Story of the Bird and WOW. First, you're a great writer, and second, what a challenge. I have two adopted sons that were born with drug effects and deal with multiple challenges and delays. I am thankful autism isn't one of them, but we have enough other things. It takes a special set of parents to take on special needs kids, whether the Lord blesses you with them through birth or otherwise. He's got something in mind for us. Wish I knew what. It's nice to "meet" you! :)

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    1. So glad you found me, Dawn - and thanks for your sweet words! I can't wait to catch up with you and hear about your boys and other adventures. We definitely have our hands full, don't we?? :)

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  4. Lana, it's so nice to "meet" you here, and to read a bit about your little Bird. ;) We have our own special needs kiddo, Isaac. He keeps our life from being too boring and we are so thankful the Lord brought him into our lives via adoption.

    I'll be following you @Twitter. I am @ObtainingMercy there.

    Alesha Kay

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Alesha! I look forward to catching up with you and Isaac!

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  5. so, so nice to meet you! My youngest has autism as well.
    That iPad case looks AWESOME! I didn't know Fisher Price made them. WOW!
    I've been searching for one for my son Will for ages.
    Off to get to know your bird better :)

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    1. Hey there! Thanks for the comment! Nice to meet you, too! Your blog is full of lovely pictures and I can't wait to spend a little time there, getting to know all of you better! :)

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  6. Nice to "meet" you! Just dropping by from The Ultimate Blog Party I am looking forward to networking with you and getting to know you better! I hope you have the opportunity to visit our blog! http://www.thehealthymoms.net/2012/04/ultimate-blog-party-2012.html

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    1. Hi Cascia! I will definitely visit your blog and look forward to meeting you there!

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  7. What a heart touching story about your site's name. Thank you so much for sharing your story. (stopping by via UBP) A lovely site with lots of wisdom to share with others.

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words, Samantha. Look forward to catching up with you!

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  8. You have a very interesting blog, with topics that touch the soul. I will read your blog over and over. Keep blogging. Came from UBP.

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    1. Thanks so much for those kind words! Look forward visiting your blog as well.

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  9. I stopped by from the UBP and so glad I did. I am also a pastor's wife AND have 3 girls as well! My 2 youngest ones have special needs. One has Down syndrome and one has Cerebral palsy. I am your newest follower :)

    When you get a chance stop by and say hi, and if you like what you see, stay for a while and follow our journey.

    www.elliestumbo.blogspot.com

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    1. What a lot we have in common! How fun! I can't wait to spend some time meeting your sweet family and catching up on your journey.

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  10. Hi! I am participating in my first UBParty and I am so glad I found your blog. You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing yourself and your family with others. You will probably never know how many lives you have touched nor how deeply. God bless you and your family!

    I am new to blogging but I would love for you to stop by my blog when you have time. It is www.librarystorytimeabcs.blogspot.com

    The ABC'S stands for Activities, Books, Crafts, and Snacks ~ the things I share about on my blog.

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    1. Hello K! I just left a comment on your blog, which is so cute and fun. Thanks for your kind words about my blog - I really appreciate it. Look forward to catching up with you!

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  11. Hi there! I am dropping in from UBP! I loved reading your about us. I have a brother with down syndrome and autism. It's great to read about other children with similar disabilities and see how others interact with their child. It takes a very special person to raise a child with a disability! I blog over at http://garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ take a look when you get a chance. I will be following to keep up on the Bird! I love her Fear the bird shirt! SO dang cute!

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    1. Hi Robin! I've already been over to your site and checked it out - what a fun blog you have! Looking forward to learning all kinds of fun stuff from you! Thanks for the comment and follow.

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  12. Hi Lana ~
    Stopping by from the UBP12. Looking forward to reading more when time permits, in the meantime, off to find ways to follow.

    Blessings.

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    1. Hey Trish! So glad you dropped in and I look forward to doing the same on your blog. Talk to you soon!

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