Eddie’s One-Year Pics…and a GIVEAWAY!

Oh yes, I am in the giveaway mood around here with Eddie’s first birthday coming up next week Wednesday.

My wonderful, talented, beautiful friend, Missy of mL photography has been taking Eddie’s pictures his whole life.  She started when he was six days old:

Can you believe how itty bitty he was?  Ahhh…so squishable!!!

Then she took his four month shot because, well, she was giving birth to Eddie’s BFF when he would have had his three month shot:

Seriously?  That smile still melts me.  MELTS. ME.

Then, since we were off schedule anyway, we did a seven month shoot.  Eddie rocked it out:

Gah! He is the ultimate sweetie pie!  Isn’t he?  Tell me it’s not just momma love.

And of course we did at 9.5 month shoot just to squeeze one more of this rock star before he became a toddler:

Is he GQ or WHAT?!?!  I mean, come on.  Heartbreaker!

Did I mention that he is BFF’s with Missy’s son, Ethan.  Yeah, they are awesome.  They like to hang out exchanging stories about the ladies:

Sigh…is my baby really growing up this fast?

Soo…in honor of his ONE YEAR picture debut, Missy and I are teaming up for a GIVEAWAY of a $25 gift certificate to mL photography!!!  Believe me when I tell you this is an awesome deal.  Her prices are so reasonable that this $25 can go a LONG way!

Unfortunately you need to be local (or willing to become local for the prize) in order to win.  Sorry to my friends from afar…unless winning this means you will come see me? Then BRING IT!

So here is how you enter:

MANDATORY ENTRY:  Go to Missy’s Blog and check out Eddie’s One Year picture preview.  Leave her a comment about them and then come back here and tell me that you did.

Additional Entries (Optional):  To gain more chances at winning you can do the following (remember to use a separate comment for each entry):

1. “like” mL photography on facebook and come tell me that you did (1 entry)
2. “follow” the mL photography blog and come tell me that you did (1 entry)
3. tweet about this giveaway: “enter to win a $25 GC to mL photography from @ksluiter at the Sluiter Nation blog! http://bit.ly/ctS3lp” and come back and tell me you did (1 entry per day)
4. “like” Sluiter Nation on facebook and come tell me you did (1 entry)
5. “follow” Sluiter Nation and tell me that you are (1 entry)

This giveaway is live until Sunday, June 20th at 5:00pm Eastern.  Then I will draw a winner using random.org.

Oh, and ps…even if you aren’t local, you really should go check out Missy’s blog.  Not only does she take super pictures, but she is a witty blogger.  Follow her just because of that.  You will not be sad about it!

And pPs…for those of you NOT local, there will be ONE MORE giveaway open to all of you for Eddie’s bday.  Get excited.

Um, and the very last thing?  Don’t forget to enter to win a custom-designed button for you blog here.  That ends tomorrow (Wednesday, June 16 at 11:00pm Eastern).

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Garcia Family says

    I left a comment for Missy! I LOVE following both of your blogs!

  2. Garcia Family says

    I "like" sluiter nation on Facebook!

  3. Garcia Family says

    I already "like" mL photography on Facebook also! What's not to "like" about you two? 🙂

  4. missy widener says

    this is a super awesome and kind post. thank you for all of your sweet words and support, katie!! you are an easy famiy to photograph. and your son? you know he has my heart in the palm of his hand…
    ps- that was actually six *days* old and not six weeks. even bittier!! can't wait to see who wins and get to work with another wonderful family!!

  5. PrincessJonna says

    i left a comment for missy saying I love to watch eddie grown and he is one of the cutest kids ive ever seen and I liked her work

  6. Love all the pictures! He's so adorably cute 😀 Happy almost First Birthday Eddie!

  7. left a comment AND followed all of the other directions! (I already "liked" the mL page…) I have been admiring Missy's work since I met you and Tricia and you have been sharing it with me. She does awesome work and I would LOVE to drive up to Holland/GR and have her shoot my boys (photo, not guns, right?) Let's just say….it would be the best thing since bread came sliced. 🙂

  8. Trisha V. says

    MANDATORY: I have checked you and Missy out! Love ALLLL of it!! One already!!!… I can't believe it!

  9. Trisha V. says

    Of course I "like" ML Photography on facebook! I like everything about that photographer!

  10. Pumpkin and Piglet says

    Gorgeous photo's! And the photo's of all 3 or you on Missy's blog? So beautiful. I know I can't enter even if it means that I would have the chance to come and see you but wow, wow, wow! Your little man is just so adorable, I want to squish him 🙂

  11. swonderful says

    I'm not local, but I wanted to say happy birthday anyway! I LOVE the second year. 🙂

  12. Anonymous says

    I left a comment on Missy's blog and now follow it and I already "like" mL photography on Facebook!
    Thanks for doing the giveaway!!!!

  13. I LOVE giveaways! I left a comment on ML Blog, I am now following both Sluiter Nation and ML Photography, and I "liked" both Sluiter Nation and ML Photography on Facebook.

  14. torie@Life With Rylie says

    OMG he is so adorable! I love the pictures!!

  15. Eddie is way too cute for his own good

  16. Love the pics! He is ADORBALE!!

  17. Anonymous says

    Love the blog and pics. Lets see, I went blog and left a comment, like both sluiter nation, and ML Photography, and I already follow the your blog. We are actually coming up this weekend and for the 4th of July. Hopefully we will get to see you guys. Heather Holtz

  18. Trisha V. says

    I am following Slutier Nation….

  19. Trisha V. says

    …and mL photography!

  20. Trisha V. says

    you know I don't really tweet… but for this I did! yay.

  21. amelialk says

    Left a comment for Missy..her work is amazing! Loved all of the new pictures!

  22. amelialk says

    I already "liked" Sluiter Nation!! 🙂

  23. Amanda Venema says

    Left Missy a comment. What amazing work she does! 🙂